Thursday 8 December 2016

Murray left to lament missed opportunities

Published 09/09/2015 | 02:30

Andy Murray reacts after losing a point to Kevin Anderson during his fourth round exit at the US Open
Andy Murray reacts after losing a point to Kevin Anderson during his fourth round exit at the US Open

Andy Murray bemoaned missed opportunities after being dumped out of the US Open in a shock four-set defeat to Kevin Anderson.

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Murray was heavy favourite to beat Anderson, having won five of their six previous meetings, but the big-serving South African played the match of his life to win 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 6-7 (2/7) 7-6 (7/0).

It means Anderson progresses to his first grand slam quarter-final, where he will now play Stan Wawrinka.

"I felt like I had my opportunities there but didn't manage to capitalise on them - when you're playing against someone as good as him it's tough," Murray said. "In the second set I felt like I was starting to put pressure on him there.

"When I had the break point at 5-3, I had a backhand pass that I really should have made. When you're playing against players that are at that level, you need to make them think and then give them a chance to get nervous."

Nerves could have played their part had Anderson been taken to a decider - given the 29-year-old threw away a two-set lead to lose to Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon.

While the 6ft 8in ace-king moves into his first quarter-final, the defeat for Murray brings an end to a run of 18 consecutive appearances in the last eight of major tournaments.

"That's something that is disappointing to lose," Murray said.

"That's many years of work that's gone into building that sort of consistency. To lose that is tough."

Irish Independent

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