Calling it “the most disappointing loss of his career”, Andy Murray went down to big serving Marin Cilic 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 in the fourth round of the U.S. Open. Despite having opportunities to win the first set, Murray was unable to deal with the stellar serving and groundstrokes of Cilic whom he had beaten in three previous matches.
With Rafael Nadal winning against Gael Monfils tonight 6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3, Nadal will reclaim his number two ranking after the U.S. Open ends.
This marks yet another so-so year in the Slams for Murray who came in this year as heavily favored to win his first Slam title. He lost in the fourth round of the Australian Open, the quarters of the French Open but did make it to his first Wimbledon semifinal.
Cilic, in his first ever Grand Slam quarterfinal, will now face sixth seed Juan Martin Del Potro who easily won against Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. Nadal will take on in the quarterfinals Fernando Gonzalez who defeated seventh seed Jo-Wilifried Tsonga 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3), 6-4 in an entertaining match.