Thursday, 8 September 2016

ANDY MURRAY Crashes Out Of US Open After A Five-Set Defeat To Japanese No.1

It started like a dream and ended in  a dogfight that saw Andy Murray exit the US open defeated by Kei Nishikori after four hours of astonishing drama.

Nishikori won in five sets, 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 but the bald statistics don't tell the whole story of how this tennis tale of the unexpected unfold under the roof of the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Murray, wielding his racket like a claymore, ended up sliced and diced by an opponent using his like a Samurai sword in a match that had everything - apart from the victory that the Scotsman wanted but could not deliver on the day.

After an hour, Murray was cruising into the semi-final against a man he had beaten seven of the eight times they'd met. A set up, a break up, then the roof came over as the rain came down and everything changed.

Nishikori, who reached the final at flushing Meadows two years ago, reached deep within himself to show some of the resilience for which Murray is renowned. And the Japanese clawed his way back into the contest that he was so far out of he was almost standing in Brooklyn.

Murray was broken and broken again in the second set which evened the match up to the delight of the 20,000 crowd.

Murray took the third set, but only after the combatants swapped service breaks. Finally at 4-4, Muray broke through again and this time held on to retake the advantage.
That made the No.2 seed hot favourite to get the job done but Nishikori wasn't finished. Murray might have beaten him en route to Olympic gold in Rio and the Scottish might have killed his rival's Davis cup dream, but the Japanese No.1 refused to accept defeat this time.

Nishikori took full advantage of a Murray meltdown at 1-1 in the fourth set when the Scot held a break point but got involved with the umpire, who stopped the point when the air conditioning boomed loudly - which she had refused to do when it had occurred on a Murray serve earlier in the contest.
Murray lost the point, went on to loose that game and then the set - without winning another game in it.

Andy Murray was in deep trouble against a player who had all the momentum and could do nothing to stop the Japanese player, whose return of serve was sensational, taking control of the deciding set with an early break.

Murray was screaming at himself, his coaches' box where Ivan Lendl looked on stoney-faced and urged himself to dig deep.

Murray said after the game; "I am not disappointed in a way, obviously I would have loved to have won, but I have had a good run every match. I would have loved to have gone further, but it wasn't to be today.
"I have not let anyone down. Certainly not myself. I tried my best. I fought as hard as I could with what I had today.
"I pushed myself as hard as I could over the last few months, and I'm very proud of how I have done.
"If someone had offered me the summer that I have had before wimbledon, I probably would have signed for that." 

He continued " I'm not going to have the best  perspective on things right this minute, but, after a few days I would imagine i'd be very happy with how I have done and learned from this match today and the summer as a whole.
It's been a hard summer and I'm happy with how it's gone. There's just a few things I could do differently next time.
I was in a good position, up a set and a break and chances at the beginning of the fourth set, as well. I could have won the match for sure.
But, I have also won some over the last few months I should have lost. Against Steve Johnson at the Olympics I was down a couple of times. The third set against Fogini, I was down a break in the third there.
"Against Tsonga at Wimbledon I was up, but that could have gone the other way in the beginning of the fifth.
It happens sometimes. I have won a lot over the last few months, but couldn't quite get it going my way today."


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