Andy Murray has crashed out of the US Open after losing a five-set thriller to Kei Nishikori.
Murray had been in complete control in Arthur Ashe Stadium until first a rain delay and then, most crucially, a loud noise on break point derailed the 29-year-old’s charge.
Croatian umpire Marija Cicak ordered the point to be replayed and a fuming Murray lost the next seven games in a row as Nishikori claimed a shock 1-6 6-4 4-6 6-1 7-5 victory.
Andy Murray out of the US Open. Such a shame. Would've been nice for him to get this particular slam, but can't win them all.— Jon Glanville (@jonglanville) September 7, 2016
Crushing defeat for Murray 😪 Devastated. #USOpen— Joshua Coase (@JoshuaCoase) September 7, 2016
The Japanese will now face either Juan Martin del Potro or Stan Wawrinka for a place in Sunday’s final.