Nishikori stuns Murray at US Open

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Andy Murray was knocked out of the US Open at the hands of Kei Nishikori in an enthralling quarter-final match at Flushing Meadows on Wednesday.

The Japanese, who lost out to Murray in the Olympic semi-finals last month, recovered from a worrying start to come away with a 1-6 6-4 4-6 6-1 7-5 victory.

After struggling to cope with Murray's strong returning in the opening set, Nishikori battled back after a rain delay to stun the world number two.

The result marks just a second victory for the 2014 finalist over Murray in nine attempts.

A long backhand from Nishikori earned Murray his first break to go 3-1 up, and the Briton's vicious return of serve saw him power to a swift first-set victory.

Murray's dominance of the opening set faded in the second and, although he made the first break, Nishikori immediately pegged him back in a pattern that would later become a recurring theme.

After a pause for the roof to be closed, Nishikori levelled matters as Murray found the net following a long rally.

Nishikori appeared to have the crowd on his side against a visibly frustrated Murray.

The Japanese twice came up with an immediate response to Murray breaks during a tight third set, but the Olympic champion made a third gain stick and held serve to go back in front.

Having started with a dominant 6-1 victory, Murray's match was flipped on its head when Nishikori claimed the fourth by the same scoreline as part of a seven-game winning run.

Murray finally stemmed the tide by holding serve to pull back to 2-1 in the decider and he converted a second break point to pull level.

It proved to be brief respite for Murray, though, as Nishikori fired a winner down the left to regain the advantage, but a match of twists and turns had another twist - and turn - to come.

Murray's break to level at 4-4 had the feel of a moment that could shift the momentum in his favour, yet Nishikori - chasing just a second grand slam semi-final appearance - would come again.

A double fault from Murray handed Nishikori a break point that was duly converted to the fury of the Wimbledon champion, and the 26-year-old held serve to wrap up a memorable win.

Nishikori will face Juan Martin del Potro or Stan Wawrinka for a place in the final.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
Nishikori [6] bt Murray [2] 1-6 6-4 4-6 6-1 7-5

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS 
Nishikori - 48/60
Murray - 29/46

ACES 
Nishikori - 1
Murray - 8

BREAK POINTS WON  
Nishikori - 9/13
Murray - 8/15

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE  
Nishikori - 60
Murray - 55

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE 
Nishikori - 72/43
Murray - 69/39

TOTAL POINTS  
Nishikori - 142
Murray - 130