Flushing Meadows, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland knocked out defending champion and third seed Andy Murray, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2, Thursday in the quarterfinal round of the US Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
With the victory, the ninth seed Wawrinka advanced to the first Grand Slam semifinal of his 11-year pro career.
Wawrinka will face top seed and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who cruised past 21st seed Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0.
“He’s a champion, a tough opponent,” Wawrinka said of Murray, who was seeking his third straight US Open semifinal. “I’m just happy I came through in three sets today. I was a little bit nervous, for sure, but I was just trying to focus on my game.”
Wawrinka, who had fallen in his previous three major quarterfinals, recorded his seventh Top 10 win since April, beginning with a win over Murray at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. In the fourth round, he defeated world No. 5 Tomas Berdych in four sets.
Wawrinka hit 45 winners, won 31 of 42 net points and four of 11 break chances to end the match in two hours and 15 minutes.
“I didn’t get into enough return games, which is disappointing for me,” said Murray. “That’s normally something I do pretty well. I always give myself opportunities to break serve, and I didn’t today.”
Djokovic, the 2011 championship hit two aces and 10 winners while converting 2-of-5 break point chances to end the fourth set in just 29 minutes and the match in two hours and 34 minutes.
With the victory, the Serbian advanced to his seventh straight US Open semifinal and 14th straight Grand Slam last four.