South Africa’s Kevin Anderson has knocked Andy Murray out of the US Open after a four sets fourth round victory in New York on Monday. The 15th seed eliminated the 2012 champion 7-6, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6 in four hours and 18 minutes at the Louis Armstrong Stadium. The 29-year old was as strong as ever on serve, bombing 25 aces on his way to a first ever Major quarter-final.
Anderson also hit 81 winners on the night in a tightly-contested affair that on another occasion could have gone the other way. The Johannesburg-born player comes up against Stanislas Wawrinka in the next round. The Roland Garros winner was too strong for American Donald Young 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Meanwhile, five-time US Open winner Roger Federer won through to the quarter-finals thanks to a 7-6, 7-6, 7-5 win over John Isner. Federer received a proper workout at the Arthur Ashe Stadium before winning the day in two hours and 39 minutes. The Swiss served 15 aces during this night session fixture as he prepares to take on Richard Gasquet in the quarters at Flushing Meadows.
There were mixed fortunes for South Africa at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center on the day. Despite Anderson’s victory, Raven Klaasen and American doubles partner Rajeev Ram exited the tournament in the men’s doubles second round. The pair was beaten by Poland’s Marcin Matkowski and Slovenia’s Nenad Zimonjic 6-3, 7-6 at the Grand Stand Arena.
However the future appears bright for South Africa. After Lloyd Harris won his junior boys’ singles first round clash on Sunday, the 18-year old won through to junior boys’ doubles second round with partner Yosuke Watanuki of Japan. The duo defeated Swiss side Johan Nikles and Marko Osmakcic 6-3, 6-4.