Djokovic beats Murray to make semi-finals

September 04, 2014
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Andy Murray suggested his lack of match sharpness was to blame for world number one Novak Djokovic wrecking his hopes of a second US Open title.

The 2012 competition winner was on a receiving end of a 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (1-7) 6-2 6-4 defeat against Serbia's Djokovic in a marathon match that lasted three hours and 32 minutes in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

"I think he was better than me physically in the end," said Murray.

A breathless opening two sets in Queens saw eight service breaks before top seed Djokovic took control against a tiring Murray to advance to his eighth consecutive US Open semi-final appearance.

Djokovic arrived in New York City concerned for his form following early losses in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati, but the Wimbledon champion is now just two wins away from claiming back-to-back Grand Slam titles.

The Serbia superstar will now play Japan's Kei Nishikori, who beat third seed Stan Wawrinka 3-6 7-5 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (5-7) 6-4, in the semi-finals.

Murray, who by the end of the third set looked to be suffering from a repeat of cramp, suggested a lack of competitive matches against the men's best had been his undoing.

"Maybe I haven't played enough matches at that level this year," he added. "Maybe when I play against Roger [Federer], for example, it's quicker points, so physically that's not as demanding. But when me and Novak play against each other, you obviously see a very tight, long rallies. Both of us do a lot of running.

"Maybe I'll gain a lot from playing a match like today. Because it doesn't matter how much training you do, when you get on the match court it's different. I can't practice with the best player in the world, so it's tough to train at that intensity."

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