Kevin Anderson defeated Andy Murray 7-6, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6 in a fourth round clash of the US Open 2015 at Louis Armstrong Stadium on Monday.
The Scot failed to make it past the last 16 as he lost over four sets to South African Anderson. It is the first time since the 2010 US Open that Murray has lost before the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam. The British number one treasured his run to at least the last eight in his 18 previous slams, but came up short against a player who had defeated him only once in six previous attempts.
Johannesburg native Anderson advanced to his first major quarter-final in his seven previous attempts as he clinched a thrilling victory against the world number three. The grueling game lasted four hours and 18 minutes, the longest of the championship of this year.
“That’s obviously something that is disappointing to lose,” said Murray. “Obviously that’s many years’ work that’s gone into building that sort of consistency. To lose that is tough.”
Murray found himself in crisis after a first-set tie-break which Anderson stole 7-5 with a couple of stinging winners at the death. The second set found Murray at a loss early as he slid to a 1-5 deficit. There was a marked shift in Murray’s behavior as he sat down to digest his two-set deficit.
Murray managed to edge the third set on a tie-break as the match clock ticked past three hours. But in the fourth, Anderson played his best tennis of the match, landing 72 percent of his first serves and committing to his ground strokes with total self-belief.
“I wish I could play every tiebreaker like that,” said world number 15 Anderson, who smashed serves as fast as 137 mph and fired 25 aces.
Anderson will play number five Stan Wawrinka, who ended Donald Young’s brief but captivating run with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3,6-4 victory in their fourth round match earlier at Arthur Ashe Stadium. IMAGE/cbc.ca