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Murray fights, Federer exits at US Open

NEW YORK -- A point away from going down two sets to love, Andy Murray's U.S. Open campaign looked sure to come to a premature end on Wednesday, but by the end of the night, and after the surprise defeat of Roger Federer, the Briton's title hopes had soared.

Murray was down a set and 5-1 in the second against Marin Cilic and the contest looked as good as over. But the Croat tightened, Murray seized the opportunity and the match was transformed, with the Scot careering away to win 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-0.

"He got nervous. That was the main difference," Murray said. "I did start playing better towards the end of the second set. And because I was in it, I started to feel that momentum was with me."

Murray was the first man into the semifinals and he would have fully expected to meet five-time champion Federer, who had made it to the last four at Flushing Meadows for eight straight years.

But the Swiss put in a rare error-strewn performance and was beaten by Tomas Berdych 7-6 (1), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. The Czech is one of the few men on tour who has Federer's measure, having won four of their past seven matches.

"There is something in my game that he doesn't like," Berdych said.

Federer's 40 unforced errors were nearly twice as many as Berdych's 21.

"So many moments I thought, `Man, it's just not happening for me,"' Federer said.

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