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Former champion Andy Murray defeated France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 on Monday to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open. The eighth-seeded Scot booked a clash with world number one Novak Djokovic, the man he beat in the 2012 final at Flushing Meadows for his first Grand Slam title. Murray broke Tsonga in the final game of each set en route to the victory, recovering an early break in both the second and third sets as he battled past the Frenchman, who had beaten him on his way to the title in Toronto in August in their last encounter.
Three US citizens held in North Korea pleaded for their freedom Monday, urging Washington to send an envoy to the isolated authoritarian state to negotiate their release. As government minders looked on, Kenneth Bae, Jeffrey Fowle and Matthew Miller, who appeared tense, provided new details about their treatment in the reclusive, autocratic state. "Continue to pray for me," Bae, the longest-held detainee, said in a message to family and friends in a highly unusual interview with CNN. Bae was arrested in November 2012 and later sentenced to 15 years of hard labor on charges of seeking to topple the North Korean government.