Before the semi-finals Novak Djokovic despite all injury worries for the big favorite to defend his title at the US Open.
His nerves were that could Andy Murray no longer hide. The golden summer with the triumphs at Wimbledon and Rio had left its mark. In the legs, arms and head. Murray was emaciated, 20,000 spectators at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York were able to read the rigors of his face. Against most players on the tour, the Scot had nevertheless continued with the great fighting spirit his run that night, but not against Kei Nishikori. "I pushed myself as hard as I could through the last few months, and I am very proud what I have achieved, "Murray said after his dramatic quarter-final exit. After a tennis thriller over four hours Murray lost the battle against himself and the tough, courageous and tireless Japanese with 6: 1, 4: 6, 6: 4, 1: 6, 5:. 7
Twice Murray, who had first celebrated in 2012 at the US Open his by now three Grand Slam titles, had let bring from external influences from the rest. An indication of how it was to its constitution. The rain delay in which the roof was closed, costing him set two, the discussion after a stoppage of play because a sound system had produced a loud gong middle of the rally, set four.
Murray lost his line Nishikori rose. "I do not look so much on my opponents," said the 26-year-old, who had in 2014 reached the final at Flushing Meadows, but afterwards always failed in a Grand Slam semi-final at the draw: "I have to remain focused and me focus the next points. "the fans helped him many Asians supported Nishikori. "Here it is very different than the other Grand Slams," he said, "more like a huge party."
Novak Djokovic: No waiver, and now on the way to the 13th Major Title
The should last for him as possible until Sunday. Before he meets but in the semifinals on Friday at the Swiss Stan Wawrinka, of the Argentine Olympic Second Juan Martin del Potro 7: 6 (5), 4: 6, 6: 3, 6: 2 defeated. So Wawrinkas and Nishikoris impressive performances in the quarterfinals were, for Murray there are still only a contender for the title, his eternal rival Novak Djokovic: "it is now the favorite." The Serb meets on Friday over Frenchman Gael Monfils. Although the injury problems to Djokovic were huge, coach Marian Vajda revealed that had been discussed in the team even seriously consider a waiver of the US Open. After five rounds, but the defending champion is so rested like no other of its competitors.
Just the numbers of kilometers prove this: Wawrinka here Leader (12.7) before Nishikori (11.0) and Monfils (10.5). Djokovic, who benefited twice from the object of his opponents and did not even had to start a round, ran just six kilometers.
"This tournament is for all players a challenge, especially for those who were successful in the summer on the hard courts," said Murray. Djokovic flew at the Olympic Games in Rio in the first round out and gave up the tournament in Cincinnati. Against Monfils won over all twelve previous encounters. Keep elbows and wrist, Djokovic will be hard to stop on the way to the 13th Major title.