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US Open: Andy Murray raises a 'racquet' during loss to Kevin Anderson

World No 3 admits his frustration en route shock 7-6, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6 loss to South African Kevin Anderson in US Open pre-quarters

New York: Andy Murray tumbled out of the US Open and was one racquet down after losing his temper during the fourth-round defeat to Kevin Anderson.

Beaten & broken: World No 3 Andy Murray is seen breaking his racquet in a series of pictures (1 to 4) en route his pre-quarter-final defeat to South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in the US Open on Monday night. Pics/AFP
Beaten & broken: World No 3 Andy Murray is seen breaking his racquet in a series of pictures (1 to 4) en route his pre-quarter-final defeat to South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in the US Open on Monday night. Pics/AFP 

The Scot let out a string of expletives during the break between the second and third sets, seemingly frustrated by the time Anderson was taking in a break off the court.

Then after dropping serve in the third set, he smashed a racquet on the court, breaking it beyond repair and handing it to a spectator as an unexpected souvenir.

Speaking about the tension in the match, Murray later said: "In the second set I felt like I was starting to put pressure on him there. When I had the break point at 5-3, I had a backhand pass that I should've made.

"When you're playing against players that are at that level, like him, you need to obviously make them think and then give them a chance to get nervous.

South African Kevin Anderson celebrates his US Open win over Andy Murray
South African Kevin Anderson celebrates his US Open win over Andy Murray 

The beginning of the fourth set, as well, I think it was his first service game, I had 15-all, hit a drop shot, mid-court forehand, then ended up winning the next couple of points.

"I felt like I had my opportunities there but didn't manage to capitalise on them. When you're playing against someone as good as him, you know, it's tough."

Big-serving South African Anderson played the match of his life to win 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 6-7 (2/7) 7-6 (7/0).

Anderson has been helped by a sports psychologist and believes he has been able to keep his composure and focus in high-pressure matches because of that off-court guidance.

He said: "At this level, there's such fine details. I think a lot of the physical side, but I'm working on that.

But I felt just from the mental side, being as neutral as possible in these big match-ups, somebody just to talk through, sort of understands how I think has been a huge benefit.

I feel even though it's a gradual process, I feel like I'm on the right path and making good decisions."

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