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US Open: Murray stunned as Nishikori sails into semis

Britain’s Andy Murray made his earliest Grand Slam exit of the year as Japan’s Kei Nishikori fought back to win their US Open quarter-final in five sets.

Murray, seeded second, led by two sets to one but eventually lost 1-6 6-4 4-6 6-1 7-5 in three hours 57 minutes.

The Wimbledon champion lost his rhythm after rain brought the roof across, then his cool when the stadium sound system interrupted a break point.

“It was too exciting on the court, but I tried to stay calm,” said Nishikori.

Sixth seed Nishikori, the 2014 runner-up in New York, goes on to face Stan Wawrinka who beat Juan Martin del Potro 7-6 4-6 6-3 6-2.

Nishikori added: “I didn’t start well – he has a great return – but I finished well.

In the other semifinal, world number one Novak Djokovic will take on Frenchman Gael Monfils.

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