By: Ahmed Serag
Defending champion Andy Murray was ousted from the US Open, falling to Swiss ninth seed Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 in a quarter-final shocker at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
While Wawrinka reached his first Grand Slam semi-final by stunning the reigning Olympic and Wimbledon champion, booking a Saturday last-four date against world number one Novak Djokovic,This is the first time Murray has failed to advance to the semifinal at the U.S. Open since 2010, when he lost to Wawrinka in the 3rd round.
Murray’s record from two sets down is impressive but there was no sign of a comeback this time, and a double fault gave Wawrinka the lead at 2-1 before another terrific pass all but sealed victory for the Swiss with a double break.
“I was playing well enough to get to the quarters,” said Murray.
Ninth-seeded Wawrinka made his first Grand Slam semifinal, told BBC : “It’s amazing for me to be in the first semi-final in a Grand Slam, especially after beating Andy Murray, defending champion. He just won Wimbledon, too. He’s a great champion.”
Spanish second seed Rafael Nadal and French eighth seed Richard Gasquet will meet in Saturday’s other semi-final