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Result: Andy Murray crashes out of US Open in fourth-round defeat to Kevin Anderson

World number three Andy Murray crashes out of the US Open by losing in four sets to Kevin Anderson in round four of the competition.

Andy Murray has crashed out of the US Open in the fourth round by losing in four sets 7-6 6-3 6-7 7-6 to number 15 seed Kevin Anderson.

Both players battled out a tight first set as neither gave away their serve, leading to a tie-breaker where the South African managed to up the ante and secure the set with a 7-5 victory courtesy of a winner on his forehand.

The number 15 seed took the initiative in the second set as he secured an early break of the 28-year-old to take a 2-0 lead before he produced further quality tennis to break the Scot once more.

However, Murray fought back to bring the set back to 5-3 and had another break point which would have allowed him to serve to level, but Anderson fended off the threat and held out for the 6-3 win.

The third seed began the third set badly as Anderson secured an early break, but Murray levelled the scores in the next game and forged ahead with a break of his own. The South African came back into the set strongly and broke back to take it to a tie-breaker.

The British number one displayed his quality in the tie-breaker with an array of impressive groundstrokes to force mistakes from Anderson to take the set courtesy of 7-2 victory.

Both men battled ferociously in the fourth set, producing outstanding tennis to bring about another tie-breaker. The South African dominated proceedings as he fired a series of winners across the court to take a 6-0 lead.

On match point the 29-year-old fired a shot deep to the baseline that Murray could only guide into the net to hand Anderson a place in the quarters.

Anderson will now face Stanislas Wawrinka in the last eight of the competition.

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