Day 8 results from Flushing Meadows are here. Andy Murray, considered as one of the best players of the hard court alongside Roger Federer, suffered his earliest exit from the Grand Slam for five years after being knocked out by 14th-seed South African Kevin Anderson in a four-setter contest on Monday.
Anderson won won 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-0) in four hours and 18 minutes to reach the first major quarterfinal for him. He will now face Swiss French Open champion Stan Wawrinka.
“Obviously I had some tough losses there, some tough matches,” said Murray. “But I’ve also had some good wins on that court, as well.
“But it’s tricky. I’ve been playing on Ashe. Armstrong is a tighter court which is very open. You get a lot of wind in there. It’s different conditions and something you need to just try and adjust to.”
6-feet-8 Anderson started the match with 69 aces under his belt and struck 25 to knock the 3rd seed Briton out of the U.S. Open.
Simona Halep wins, Jo Konta bows out
Women’s second seed Simona Halep came from one set behind to edge past Sabine Lisicki 6-7 (6-8) 7-5 6-2.
Two time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova ended Britain’s Johanna Konta’s dream run in this U.S. Open. Fifth seed Kvitova won 7-5 6-3 in the 23,000-seater Arthur Ashe Stadium.
24-year-old surprise package Konta only won one main draw in Grand Slam before stepping on Flushing Meadows this year. She is projected to rise considerably in the rankings and feature just after Britain’s No 1 Heather Watson.
“I don’t even know what Heather is ranked right now – that’s not something I actively look at,” said Konta. “It’s not my most important goal.”
The Czech, on the other side, said, “From the beginning of the match I was the worst player on the court, but somehow I managed to keep my serve on and wait for my chance.”