Andy Murray Has A Shocker At The US Open
Andy Murray's glorious 2016 has had some of the shine taken off it after the Scot suffered a surprise US Open quarter-final defeat.
The reigning Wimbledon and Olympic champion was heavily favoured going into the clash with Japan's Kei Nishikori, but ended up losing out 1-6 6-4 4-6 6-1 7-5 over five sets.
Murray was aiming to become only the fourth man since the Open era began to reach all four major finals in the same year, having won Wimbledon and reached the finals of the Australian and French Opens.
The butterfly that interrupted the match between Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori at the US Open quarterfinals pic.twitter.com/IpXsPdOB2j- AFP news agency (@AFP) September 8, 2016
Initially Murray set about his sixth-seed opponent in ominous fashion, taking the first set 6-1 in thoroughly convincing fashion. However, a rain break disrupted the 29-year-old's flow allowing Nishikori back into play with a hard fought second set win.
It continued to unravel and Murray lost his rag with te umpire midway through the fourth set when the stadium alarm system disrupted a rally.
His misery was compounded with Nishikori rounding things up after almost four hours of tennis to book a semi-final meeting with Stan Wawrinka.