NEW YORK: South African 15th seed Kevin Anderson upset British third seed Andy Murray 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 6-7 (2/7), 7-6 (7/0) Monday at the US Open to reach his first Grand Slam quarter-final.
Anderson ended a 0-15 career hoodoo against top-10 opponents and an 0-7 hex in fourth-round Slam matches to book a last-eight date with Swiss fifth seed Stan Wawrinka, the reigning French Open champion.
Murray, the 2012 champion, saw his run of 18 consecutive Grand Slam quarter-finals come to an end.
The 28-year-old Scotsman last failed to reach a Slam last eight at the 2010 US Open.
“It was the match of my life,” said Anderson.
“Andy is such a great fighter and amazing player.
“I just tried to stick with it after that third set tiebreaker. I wish I could play a fourth set tiebreaker like that all the time.
“This is a great accomplishment for me.”