US Open 2009: Andy Murray vs. Taylor Dent

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Andy Murray, the world No.2 and last year’s runner-up, is all set for his encounter against American Taylor Dent at Arthur Ashe Stadium for a spot in the last 16 of the U.S. Open.

The 22-year-old Scot advanced to the third round after defeating Paul Capdeville of Chile, while Dent was put to the test during his four-hour second-round victory over Spain’s Ivan Navarro.

Dent, 28, did not play a great deal of competitive matches due to the recurring back and groin problem, but he underwent surgery and has slowly begun to claw his way back up the world rankings.

The crowd will play a significant role as almost each and every American fan is longing to see him make comeback to the world of tennis. But Murray has vowed to shut out the partisan Flushing Meadows audience when he takes on the 196th-ranked U.S .wild card tonight.

This match is scheduled to take place sometime after 8:30 p.m. ET, at which time the Vera Zvonareva vs. Flavia Pennetta match would have concluded.

UPDATE: Murray eased into the fourth round of the tournament with a dominant straight-sets win over Dent. The second seed took the match 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in just one hour and 30 minutes.