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US Open : Murray’s quarter-final streak is over loss against Kevin Anderson

South African 15th seed Kevin Anderson has upset British third seed Andy Murray 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 6-7 (2/7), 7-6 (7/0) at the US Open to reach his first major quarter-final.



Anderson ended a 0-15 career hoodoo against top-10 opponents and a 0-7 hex in fourth-round major matches on Tuesday morning to book a last-eight date with Swiss fifth seed Stan Wawrinka, the reigning French Open champion.

For the 2.03m Anderson, known mainly for a booming serve but terrific off the ground in this 4-hour, 18-minute victory, it marked a real breakthrough. He entered with an 0-7 record in fourth-round matches at majors, including when he had a two-set lead against Novak Djokovic before losing at Wimbledon two months ago.
This time, Anderson held it together, with the help of 25 aces and 81 total winners.
“I’m a little lost for words right now,” the 29-year-old Anderson said. “I just managed to keep my composure throughout.”
Murray, meanwhile, heads home much earlier than usual.
He had reached at least the quarters at his previous 18 grand slam tournaments, a streak that included championships at the US Open in 2012 and Wimbledon in 2013, along with four runner-up finishes.
Jon Isner put up a good fight against second seed Roger Feder but the Swiss veteran advanced to the quarter-finals with a 7-6 (7/0), 7-6 (8/6), 7-5 victory.

Federer will play French 12th seed Richard Gasquet who eliminated Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1.

Murray, the 2012 champion, saw his run of 18 consecutive major quarter-finals come to an end.
The 28-year-old Scotsman last failed to reach a slam last eight at the 2010 US Open.
"It was the match of my life," said Anderson.

"Andy is such a great fighter and amazing player.
"I just tried to stick with it after that third set tiebreaker. I wish I could play a fourth set tiebreaker like that all the time.
"This is a great accomplishment for me."

Federer, trying to become at 34 the oldest US Open champion since Ken Rosewall in 1970, stretched his US Open win streak over Americans to 12 since losing to Andre Agassi in 2001.

Isner had held in 110 consecutive US Open service games since broken by Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber in the third round in 2013, but Federer ended that streak on match point to close out the victory in two hours and 39 minutes.

"John has one of the best serves in the game," Federer said. "You have just got to hang around and win your service games."


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