Andy Murray’s reign as the US Open champion was brought to an abrupt end in New York by the Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka.
Wawrinka dominated the encounter in Arthur Ashe stadium, prevailing in straight sets 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.
It was a lacklustre performance by the third seeded Scot. He failed to earn a single break point opportunity on the Wawrinka serve throughout the entire match, and lost the first set after being 40-0 up at 4-5. In a critical game, lasting over 15 minutes, the Swiss finally converted his sixth set point to take the opening stanza.
Murray’s woes continued in set two, as Wawrinka got even better, hitting winners from both wings in an impressive display of controlled aggression that Murray seemingly had no answer for.
Devoid of energy, the Scot found himself a double break down and could not recover as Wawrinka served out the set to take a comfortable lead.
The third set continued in the same fashion. Murray’s game was littered with uncharacteristic errors and his second serve was being attacked with impunity by the Swiss. Wawrinka secured another early break to jump out to a 1-3 lead. A second break to go 2-5 all but ended the Scot’s title defense.
After 2 hours and 15 minutes, Wawrinka wrapped the match up by first executing a powerful overhead to set up match point, and then a netted Murray return secured it. He won 107 points to Murray’s 78 — a clear reflection of his dominant display.
Post-match, Murray stated: ”He played exceptional tennis and served very, very well. He hit a lot of lines on big points, went for his shots, and they all went in today. He played too well.”
Wawrinka, seeded 9, will meet the winner of Novak Djokovic and Mikhail Youzhny for a place in the final.
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