8 September 2015
Andy Murray crashed out of the US Open in the fourth round yesterday, his earliest Grand Slam exit in five years, when South African 15th seed Kevin Anderson stunned the third seed British champion 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 6-7 (2/7), 7-6 (7/0). Anderson’s win ended Murray’s run of 18 consecutive major quarter-finals since the 2010 US Open.
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 8, 2015
“It was the match of my life,” Anderson said. “This is a great accomplishment for me.” The win makes Anderson the first South African in New York’s last-eight since Wayne Ferreira in 1992. “Beating a guy like Andy, (feels) like I’ve taken a step forward. It’s amazing. I feel like it’s a great accomplishment.”
Anderson, who won only one out of six previous meetings against Murray, fired 25 aces in ending an 0-15 career hoodoo against top-10 opponents to book a last- eight date with Swiss fifth seed Stan Wawrinka. Reigning French Open champion Wawrinka defeated US left-hander Donald Young 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
“That’s something that is disappointing to lose because of that. That’s many years’ work that’s gone into building that sort of consistency. To lose that is tough,” said Murray. He fell behind two sets and a break, and attempted to pull it back from Anderson, but in the end could not win the tension-packed encounter at Flushing Meadows’ Louis Armstrong Stadium.
Murray, the 2012 US Open champion, had 49 winners and 20 unforced errors against Anderson’s 81 winning shots and 57 unforced errors.
Anderson, South Africa’s most prominent and long-standing player on the international tennis circuit, has been playing professionally since 2003. He has a career-high ranking of 14 in 2015. He has played eight Grand Slam seasons with this latest win giving him his first quarter-final place.
The win and the road ahead caps off a successful 2014/2015 for the tennis player, who reached the fourth round of the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year, as well fourth rounds in all the Slams in 2014. At the US Open last year, Anderson only managed a third round cap, so this year’s triumph is all the more sweet for the South African.
He took to Twitter after the match to thank fans and South Africa for the support.
Incredible experience tonight at @Usopen, a match I will never forget. Thanks to all the amazing fans! On to quarters pic.twitter.com/XcdH02w9qg
— Kevin Anderson (@kevinanderson18) Septemb e r 8, 2015
South African sporting royalty, celebrities and ordinary fans tweeted their congratulations on a well-earned win.
— Ernie Els (@TheBig_Easy) September 8, 2015
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) September 8, 2015