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Nishikori stuns Murray in US Open quarter-finals

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Sixth-seed Kei Nishikori of Japan outlasted world No.2 Andy Murray in the US Open quarter-finals on Wednesday, prevailing in five lop sided sets in a shade under 4 hours, 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.

"I had many up and downs, in the beginning I didn't start well. It was tough but in the end it was great tennis, so very happy," Nishikori was quoted saying.

After rushing through the opening set, Murray let the second slip after rain forced a short delay during which the roof was closed midway through the second set. Murray once again re-established his dominance in the third set, but lost his composure early in the fourth set when an ill-timed PA Announcement forced a point to be replayed when Nishikori was down break point early in the set.

Murray got into a heated argument with the Umpire and went on to drop 7 games in a row as he appeared to lose the plot completely.

The fifth and final set started with three straight breaks of serve. Tied at 5-5 with Murray serving, Nishikori scored another break and then served out the match in the 12th game. The defeat was the first five set match that Murray had lost this year.

The last time Nishikori reached the semi-finals was in 2014, when he reached his first ever Grand Slam final before losing to Croatian Marin Cilic.

"I definitely have great memories here," Nishikori added. "Two years ago, I made the final for the first time in the Grand Slams. This is a great opportunity for me, to come in the semi-final here again. This is one of my favourite Grand Slams."

The 29 year old Scot meanwhile was predictably disappointed at having lost, and shared after, "I tried my best. I fought as as hard as I could with what I had today. I pushed myself as hard as I could over the last few months, and I'm very proud of how I've done."

Murray has had a stellar summer, winning Wimbledon and an Olympic Gold medal, both for the second time in his career. Looking back at his summer, the Scot added, "After a few days away, I would imagine I'd be very happy with how I've done and learn from this match and the summer as a whole, because it's been tough. it's been a hard summer. I'm happy how it's gone. There's just a few things I could do differently next time."