Murray loses in US Open quarterfinals
By Howard Fendrich ,APNEW YORK -- Andy Murray's first attempt to defend a Grand Slam title ended on Thursday as he bowed out quickly, if not quietly, in the U.S. Open quarterfinals, losing 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 to Stanislas Wawrinka.
September 7, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
Two months on from his drought-breaking victory for British men at Wimbledon, the Scot was no match for the Swiss in a surprisingly one-sided encounter.
Wawrinka's semifinal opponent will be top seed Novak Djokovic, who overcame a third-set wobble with an authoritative final frame to beat Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0.
It is the 14th consecutive Grand Slam tournament in which Djokovic has made it to the semifinals. Roger Federer holds the record with 23.
The other semifinal is Rafael Nadal against Richard Gasquet.
Murray's managed only 15 winners, 30 fewer than Wawrinka. He tapped in some very slow second serves which allowed the Swiss to hit four return winners and easily take control of countless other points. Murray, one of the sport's top returners, never earned a single break point.
“I have had a good run the last couple of years,” Murray said. “It's a shame I had to play a bad match today.”
“I didn't get into enough return games, which is disappointing for me. That's normally something I do pretty well. I always give myself opportunities to break serve, and I didn't today.”
At age 28, Wawrinka finally made it further at a major tournament than his Swiss Olympic teammate and good friend Federer, who lost in the fourth round and sent a congratulatory text to Wawrinka after his breakthrough victory.
“Today, for sure, it's my moment,” Wawrinka said.
Asked what part of his performance made him the most proud, Wawrinka said: “How I was dealing with the pressure. Normally, I can be a little bit nervous and I can lose (a) few games because of that.”
Murray was frustrated at his own errors in the 22-point final game of the first set, with muttering, eye-rolling and slaps to the forehead eventually giving way to some unbridled racket abuse.