U.S Open 2015: Andy Murray crashes out!
Andy Murray will have to wait until next year for another crack at a grand slam.
Suffering an ignominious defeat to South African Kevin Anderson in four sets, Murray looked frustrated and often powerless against the 15th seed who played out of his skin.
Anderson took the game 7-6, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6.
Murray, the World No. 3, complained to himself and the umpire repeatedly -- often in expletive-laden tirades caught on camera -- about everything from perceived game delays by Anderson to line calls.
The truth is, it just wasn't his day.
Going into the match, the 29-year-old Anderson was an unlikely candidate to dominate a former U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion.
In his ninth year on the pro circuit, Anderson has had only three tour victories to his name and never advanced beyond the fourth round at a Grand Slam.
But the 6'8" Johannesburg native was a force throughout the match, battling nerves only occasionally. He was broken early in the third set before losing it on a tiebreak, before coming back with an assured performance in the fourth set.
Anderson played aggressively and took chances, pouring 25 aces past a sometimes helpless Murray, who was denied a 20th consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal run.
He hit 81 winners during the match against Murray's 49, and rushed the net 58 times versus 24 approaches for Murray. In fact, Anderson has been the most prolific net player in the entire U.S. Open, often displaying a graceful touch belying his giant frame.
"I'm a little lost for words right now. I was just trying to keep my composure against Andy, and I honestly played one of the best matches of my life," said Anderson, who clinched the fourth set tiebreak to win.
"He's such a fighter, and such an amazing player, I knew I had to try my best and just stick with it," he said.