Nishikori stuns Andy Murray to reach US Open semis- Another testimony to the dynamic nature of sports was Wednesday’s win of Kel Nishikori over Andy Murray. Nishikori has caused one of the biggest upsets of this tournament by beating Murray and reaching the semi-finals.
The second-seeded Murray intially led with two sets but eventually lost to the Japanese star 1-6 6-4 4-6 6-1 7-5 in a time span of well over three hours.
The Briton has lost to Kel Nishikori only the second time in their last nine encounters. The quarter final exit is the earliest exit for Andy Murray in a Grand Slam event.
Kel Nishikori could become the first Asian man to win a single’s Grand Slam title with two more wins.Quite incidentally, just two weeks ago Nishikori had lost to Murray in the Olympic semi-finals in Rio.
This match was as dramatic as could be, with Andy Murray losing his rhythm when the roofs were pulled up during the match and then lost his cool when a loud noise went off mid-point. But none of this seemed to affect the virtually aloof Nishikori who held on to his nerves till the end. On the contrary, it was as if Nishikori used these factors to his benefit to win the match.
Nishikori said: “In the beginning I didn’t start well – he has a great return – but I finished well. The rain delay helped me to change tactics. I tried to hit a few more drop-shots than usual today and it worked really well.”
Murray would have been only the fourth man to reach all the major finals of the Open Era, had he won this match. He finished runner-up at the French Open, Australian Open and won the Wimbledon this year.
Murray had begun with a terrific form and was leading 40-0 only to give away his lead and level the game at 4-4. He broke through with a 5-4 lead but Nishikori held on only to win the match.
Nishikori, the sixth seed will now face Stan Wawarnika who beat Juan Martin Del Porto 7-6 4-6 6-3 6-2.