Tennis: US Open repeat dream ends in Murray meltdown
NEW YORK (AFP) - Andy Murray yelled at himself on the court, screamed in his chair and smashed a racquet and when the nightmare loss finally ended, he raced off the court as if he could not escape from it fast enough.
Such was the meltdown for the defending US Open champion as he crashed out of the US Open on Thursday, with Swiss ninth seed Stanislas Wawrinka dumping the British third seed 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 without even facing a break point.
The 26-year-old Scotsman had been enjoying a dream run with 2012 London Olympic gold, his first Grand Slam victory at last year's US Open and a long-sought Wimbledon triumph two months ago.
Beyond the mental burden and physical toll of his greatest Grand Slam success, Murray raised expectations after becoming the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win the Wimbledon singles crown.