Andy Murray believes his battling victory over Richard Gasquet in the quarter-finals of the Western & Southern Open bodes well for the US Open, which starts next week.
After coming through an epic three-hour third round match against Grigor Dimitrov on Thursday, the world number once again had to call on his resolve against the enigmatic Frenchman, eventually winning 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 to set up a semi-final against Roger Federer.
With the US Open starting in New York City on August 25, the former champion at Flushing Meadows believes the grit he illustrated so far in Cincinnati this week serves as excellent preparation for the year's final grand slam event.
"I was striking the ball well, better as the match went on. I was a little bit sluggish at the beginning of the match, at the end I was striking well," Murray told Sky Sports.
"When you're doing that, these courts are fairly quick so I was able to dictate the points. I didn't have to do as much running. I came up with a few good defensive shots in the third set when it mattered.
"I'm tired, my body hurts. But these matches at the US Open just coming up are good for me physically and mentally. I've won a lot of matches this year which helps when you're behind."