Nishikori won in five sets – 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 – but the bald statistics don’t tell the whole story of how this tennis tale of the unexpected unfolded under the roof of the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Murray, wielding his racket like a claymore, ended up sliced and diced by an opponent using his like a Samurai sword in a match that had everything – apart from the victory that the Scotsman wanted but could not deliver on the day.
After an hour, Murray was cruising into the semi-final against a man he had beaten seven of the eight times they’d met. A set up, a break up, then the roof came over as the rain came down and everything changed.
Nishikori, who reached the final at Flushing Meadows two years ago, reached deep within himself to show some of the resilience for which Murray is renowned. And the Japanese clawed his way back into the contest that he was so far out of, he was almost standing in Brooklyn.
Murray was broken and broken again in the second set which evened the match up to the delight of the 20,000 Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd who wanted their money worth. – MirrorOnline