Andy Murray has failed to reach the quarter-finals
of a Grand Slam for the first time since 2010
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 31
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Andy Murray suffered his earliest Grand Slam exit
for five years as he lost a gruelling fourth-round
contest against 15th seed Kevin Anderson.
The South African won 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 6-7 (2-7)
7-6 (7-0) in four hours and 18 minutes to reach a
first major quarter-final, where he faces Stan
It is the first time since the 2010 US Open that
Murray has lost before the quarter-finals of a
Briton Jo Konta lost 7-5 6-3 to Petra Kvitova in
the women’s singles.
British bad times in the Big Apple
A gripping evening at Flushing Meadows saw
Britain’s two remaining singles hopes exit within
12 minutes of each other.
While Konta’s 16-match winning run ended in
straight sets in the cavernous Arthur Ashe
Stadium, Murray’s hopes disappeared in a fever-
pitch atmosphere on Louis Armstrong Stadium.
BBC Sport tennis correspondent Russell Fuller:
“Murray’s racquet was not the magic wand it so
often appears. He lacked a spark, and the usual
pop on his groundstrokes in the teeth of an
exceptional performance by Anderson, who
proved he doesn’t just rely on a big first serve.
“Expletives littered the air and a racquet was
smashed, with Murray even engaging the
umpire about the length of the South African’s
bathroom break. Murray gave everything he
could to complete his second spectacular
comeback in a week but ultimately ran out of
steam at the end of a long, hot American
An emotional Murray smashed his racquet –
handing it over to a spectator – and argued with
the umpire before launching a fight back in the
third set, but Anderson dominated the decisive tie-
It is 38 years since Britain had male and female
quarter-finalists at the same Grand Slam, but
Murray’s defeat means it is the first time in five
years there have been neither.
“That’s obviously something that is disappointing
to lose,” Murray said after a run of 18 Grand
Slams in which he made at least the quarter-finals
“Obviously that’s many years’ work that’s gone
into building that sort of consistency. To lose that
At 6ft 8in tall and with a chart-topping 69 aces
heading into the match, there was no mystery to
the South African’s greatest strength – his serve.
In five of their past six encounters, including the
Queen’s Club final in June, Murray’s returning had
proved more than its equal.
However, it took until he was a set and 5-1 down
for the Scot to break serve this time, and Anderson
saw off another break point to clinch the set at the
The South African then left the court for six
minutes, prompting an angry outburst from Murray
towards umpire Jake Garner as he asked “what’s
reasonable?” for such an interruption.
Fightback not enough
Murray’s mood did not lighten when Anderson
moved a break up at the start of the third, but it
galvanised the Scot to play his best tennis of the
match in a burst of three games in a row.
However, Murray then put a forehand wide to give
the break straight back and duly took out his
frustration on his racquet.
It came down to another tie-break and this time
Murray made the running, moving 6-2 clear and
sealing it with an ace before pumping his fist in
the direction of his team and the spectators.
He had already recovered from two sets down
against Adrian Mannarino in round two, but
Anderson proved much tougher.
The world number 14 had let a similar lead slip
against Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon but
remained rock solid this time, pushing for the
break before completely dominating the third tie-
break of the match.
He raced into a 6-0 lead and converted his first
match point for the biggest win of his life, in the
longest match of this year’s tournament.
Murray undone on Armstrong
The Briton has had his struggles in the past on the
second show court at Flushing Meadows, notably
the 2010 defeat by Wawrinka in the third round.
He also suffered a potentially tournament-ending
bout of cramp there against Robin Haase last year,
and fell 6-3 5-1 down to Marin Cilic in what would
be his title-winning run of 2012.
“Obviously I had some tough losses there, some
tough matches,” said Murray. “But I’ve also had
some good wins on that court, as well.
“But it’s tricky. I’ve been playing on Ashe.
Armstrong is a tighter court which is very open.
You get a lot of wind in there. It’s different
conditions and something you need to just try and
Five key reasons Murray lost
Murray played too defensively and too far back
in the court. It took him 157 points, the last
game of set two, to hit his first forehand winner.
Murray only hit three forehand winners in the
opening three sets. He hit seven in the fourth
When rallies were extended past four shots –
typically Murray’s speciality – Anderson won the
Murray won 77% of net points (20/26) but
Anderson came in almost three times as much,
winning 68% (50/74).
Murray ran 3,158 metres to Anderson’s 2,792m
– the Briton averaging 9.97m per point to the
South African’s 8.8m.