Andy Murray is proud of his fightback from two sets down against Adrian Mannarino and believes winning in five will give him extra confidence for the rest of the US Open.
In temperatures pushing 33 degrees Celsius in New York, Murray looked in trouble for the best part of two hours against the world number 35, but the Scot found his groove when it mattered most to go through 5-7 4-6 6-1 6-3 6-1.
"I'm proud of the way I fought," Murray said.
"It was not an easy match to come through at all. He was making it extremely difficult for me, I thought he played some really, really good tennis.
"He has such an unorthodox game, I didn't really feel that comfortable at many points out there but I was very happy with the way I fought through that and finished the match stronger than him."
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British number one Andy Murray and world number one Novak Djokovic are set to do battle again in Montreal.
The pair will renew their rivalry when they contest the final of the Rogers Cup on Sunday after coming through their respective semi-finals comfortably.
Many expected Murray to have a long drawn out contest with Japan's Kei Nishikori, but that never materialised as the world number four wilted after an early flourish in just an hour and five minutes.
Murray went on to seal the first set 6-3 and then he blitzed Nishikori off the court 6-0 in the second to set up the clash with Djokovic, who has beaten him on each of their last eight meetings.
Djokovic had earlier put himself closer to a fifth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title of the year after cruising past Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-4 6-4.
Andy Murray progressed to the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup on Friday night with a rain-delayed 6-4 6-4 triumph over defending champion Jo-WIlfried Tsonga in Montreal.
The second-seeded Scot broke the Tsonga serve once in each set to emerge victorious in a match which finished at around 0130 local time.
Murray will meet Kei Nishikori in the last four after the Japanese fourth seed ousted Rafael Nadal 6-2 6-4.
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Roger Federer has won the first set of his semi-final against Andy Murray, breaking the Scot in his final service match to take it 7-5.
Both players held serve faultlessly in a match brimming with quality in front of a packed Centre Court until Murray served to stay in the set at 5-6.
A magnificent single-handed backhand from Federer gave the Swiss legend hope of breaking, and when Murray planted a shot into the net, he was two points away from clinching the first set.
Federer pounced on Murray's second serve to win two set points, and eventually made the second of those count. The British number one has a mountain to climb if he wants to make Sunday's final.
Andy Murray was set to have Sir Alex Ferguson supporting him from the Royal Box in the Wimbledon semi-final against Roger Federer.
Two years ago Murray described advice from Ferguson as "gold dust" as he went all the way to the title.
The former Manchester United manager has attended many of Murray's biggest matches, including during his run to the 2012 US Open title.
Ferguson, 73, was due in the Royal Box alongside a host of major sporting stars, including India cricket favourite Sachin Tendulkar, former footballer Thierry Henry, and Wimbledon past champions Bjorn Borg, Lindsay Davenport and Manuel Santana.