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US Open 2016: Andy Murray loses five-set thriller against Kei Nishikori

'Obviously I was in a good position up and a set and a break and chances at the beginning of the fourth set, as well,' Murray said.? Photograph: (Getty)

New York, NY, United States Sep 08, 2016, 01.25 AM (IST)
Britain's Andy Murray lost to Japan's Kei Nishikori in a five-set thriller in the quarter-finals of the US Open on Wednesday, marking his earliest Grand Slam exit of the year. 

Sixth seed Nishikori beat Murray 1-6 6-4 4-6 6-1 7-5 in three hours and 57 minutes.

Murray started the match robustly, winning the first set in a 35-minute canter. He was looking dominant in the second set too before rain interrupted play. 

The rain break proved to be decisive as Nishikori upped his game for the remainder of the match.

Nishikori later admitted that the rain break helped him more than his opponent.

"I didn't start well in the beginning - he has a great return - but I finished well. The rain delay helped me to change tactics. I tried to hit a few more drop-shots than usual today and it worked really well,” Nishikori told BBC. 

He will face either Juan Martin del Potro or Stan Wawrinka in the next match. 

Although Murray said he could have won the match, he chose to look at the positive side. 

"I have also won some (matches) over the last few months I should have lost," he said. "Against (American) Steve Johnson at the Olympics (quarter-finals) I was down a couple of times."

"I have not let anyone down. I tried my best. I fought as hard as I could with what I had today," he said. "I'm very proud of how I have done,” the 29-year-old said. 

(WION with inputs from Reuters)
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