Tennis: Anderson sends Murray crashing out of US Open

Kevin Anderson leaves after defeating Andy Murray of the UK during their 2015 US Open men's singles round- four match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Sept 7, 2015 in New York.
Kevin Anderson leaves after defeating Andy Murray of the UK during their 2015 US Open men's singles round- four match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Sept 7, 2015 in New York.PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - 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) on 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."