Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Stanislas Wawrinka beats Andy Murray

British tennis icon Andy Murray's hopes of winning US Open title faded when he was ousted by 25th seeded Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka. The fourth-seeded Murray was widely expected to become the first British man to win a Grand Slam tournament since 1936. But he was made a shocking third round exit at the US Open losing 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (7/4), 6-3, 6-3.

This is Murray's second consecutive earlier than expected exit at the US open. Last season he lost to Croatia’s Marin Cilic because of a wrist injury. Murray who won the first set failed to capture the second and there started his struggling. Wawrinka won the third set, and opened up a 2-1 lead. Wawrinka had never played so well at the Grand slams.

It was a high-quality match with some excellent points. Wawrinka came within two points of winning the first set, when he was serving at 5-3, 30-0. Still Wawrinka dropped a serve, and Murray proved he is a better tiebreaker. The second set was the exact opposite of the first set. Murray was broken as he served for it at 5-3, and it was Wawrinka who produced a best tennis in the shoot out.

A break to Wawrinka in the sixth game and that’s it, Murray had no chance of advancing to the next round. In the end, it was a 5-2 game with six aces and 20 winners. As the defeated Murray left the court, victorious Wawrinka kept signing autographs for his fans. 20th seeded America's Sam Querrey is Wawrinka's next opponent.

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