US Open Day 8: Anderson sends Murray crashing out, Halep fights back to advance

Andy Murray’s quest for a second US Open title came to an end on day eight at Flushing Meadows as South African Kevin Anderson stunned the world number three to advance to the quarter-finals.

It is the first time in eight attempts that the South African has won a fourth round match at a grand slam tournament and his win was truly deserved, as Anderson outplayed Murray hitting 25 aces and 81 winners in a 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 6-7 (2/7) 7-6 (7/0) victory over the Scot.

Kevin Anderson beat Andy Murray for just the second time in six matches image: asia.eurosport.com

Kevin Anderson beat Andy Murray for just the second time in six matches
image: asia.eurosport.com

Anderson will face French Open champion Stan Wawrinka in the next round, after the Swiss man overcame a gutsy Donald Young as Wawrinka needed four sets to see off the American with a  6-4 1-6 6-3 6-4 win.

Roger Federer was also given a tough test by American John Isner but it was Switzerland who prevailed again as the 17 time grand slam winner had just too much experience for Isner to handle as Federer won in straight sets 7-6 (7/0) 7-6 (8/6) 7-5.

Federer will face Richard Gasquet in their quarter-final clash on Wednesday as the Frenchman defeated sixth seed Tomas Berdych to book his spot in the last eight having come from a set down to win 2-6 6-3 6-4 6-1.

In women’s action, Great Britain’s Johanna Konta’s dream US Open run acme to an end with two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova denying the 24-year-old a place in the quarter-finals.

Konta had defeated Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza on her way to the last 16 but Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova proved too big of a challenge as the fifth seed won 7-5 6-3 to book her place in the quarter-finals.

Second seed Simona Halep joins Kvitova in advancing to the last eight as the Romanian had to fight from a set down to defeat German Sabine Lisicki 6-7 (6/8) 7-5 6-2.

Simona Halep remains on course for a first grand slam title image: eurosport.co.uk

Simona Halep remains on course for a first grand slam title
image: eurosport.co.uk

There were no problems for Bulgarian Viktoria Azarenka as she comfortably booked her place in the last eight after a 6-3 6-4 straight sets win over American Vavara Lepchenko.

Italian Flavia Pennetta is also through to the quarter-finals as the 26th seed knocked out Sam Stousr with a 6-4 6-4 straight sets win over the Aussie.

You can check out more results from day 8 at Flushing Meadows, including all the doubles action, at this link.

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