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Swiss Beats – Stanislas Wawrinka Upsets Defending Champion Andy Murray to Reach US Open Semifinals

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(September 5, 2013) FLUSHING MEADOWS – Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka reached his first ever Grand Slam semifinal on Thursday afternoon but knocking out the third seed and defending champion Andy Murray 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 at the US Open.

“I’m really happy, for sure,” Wawrinka said. “It’s amazing for me to be in the first semifinal in a Grand Slam, especially after beating Andy Murray, defending champion.  He just won Wimbledon, too.  He’s a great champion.

“To beat him in three sets the way I was playing today is quite good for me.”

“I thought he played great,” Murray said.  “That was the hardest part of the match.  5‑4 game in the first set was important game.  I had a chance to close it out; he had quite a few chances.  I made a few mistakes.

“But I mean, for the most part I didn’t create break point chance, so he served well.  He hit a lot of lines, was going for big shots, and he played too well.”

Wawrinka did not allow Murray even a break point throughout the match, while the Swiss broke Murray four times in the match. Murray had 30 unforced errors, while Wawrinka hit 45 winners. Wawrinka’s aggressive play brought him to the net 42 times, winning 31 of the points.

Murray’s loss is the first time that a defending men’s champion at the US Open did not make the semifinals since 2004 when Andy Roddick lost in the quarterfinals.

For Murray it’s his earliest dismissal from a major since 2010 in the third round when he was beaten by the very same Wawrinka. “I would have liked to have played a little bit better, but, you know, I have had a good run the last couple of years,” Murray said.  “It’s a shame I had to play a bad match today.”

“Look, I can’t complain,” Murray said. “If someone told me before the US Open last year that I would have been here as defending champion having won Wimbledon and Olympic gold, I would have taken that 100 percent. So I’m disappointed, but, you know, the year as a whole has been a good one.”

“My level of tennis right now is quite good,” said the Swiss.  “I’m really confident with myself, with my game on the court.

“And, yeah, today I think I mixed really well the serve.  I was doing a lot of serve and volley to change.  I was mixing my second serve and I was really aggressive after the serve.”

Wawrinka will play the winner of the last quarterfinal between No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 21 Mikhail Youzhny.

“Look, I can’t complain,” Murray said. “If someone told me before the US Open last year that I would have been here as defending champion having won Wimbledon and Olympic gold, I would have taken that 100 percent. So I’m disappointed, but, you know, the year as a whole has been a good one.”

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