The defending champion of the U.S. Open, Andy Murray, was eliminated from the tournament Thursday afternoon in a straight-sets loss to the top-10 ranked Stanislaus Wawrinka.
Coming into the match as the defending champion, Murray’s status as one of the most likely players to teach the finals was almost a guarantee. Despite Wawrinka’s no. 10 ranking and perpetual place in late-rounds of major tournaments, Murray’s momentum made him the clear favorite, especially since he had won the most recent major title at Wimbledon back in July.
Unfortunately for Murray, no one seemed to inform Wawrinka that he was supposed to walk off the court a gracious loser. In fact, no one has ever told Wawrinka that he was supposed to lose at all, as today’s win brought the overall record between these two to 8-6 in Murray’s favor. Wawrinka has always been a thorn in Murray’s side, and today was no different.
Murray did not lose the match; Wawrinka simply was the better player in the quarterfinal. Murray actually had a higher percentage of first serves in, but only managed to win 54 percent of those first serve points while Wawrinka won 88 percent of his. Further, Wawrinka had 45 winners to Murray’s 15 as the former ran all over the court and around Murray.
In a post-match interview, Murray admitted that his performance was below that of Wawrinka: “He played great, I mean, he hit big shots, he passed extremely well, he hit a lot of lines, big points, he served well and that was it. He played a great match.”
Losing a tennis match is not a new concept to Murray, so he will certainly bounce back and retain his place among the top three tennis players in the world. Please leave a comment with your impression of Murray’s performance and whether or not you think Wawrinka can get to the finals this year. Thanks for reading!
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