Andy Murray defeated Marin Cilic in their quarterfinal encounter at Flushing Meadows as he came back from a set and 5-1 down to eventually prevail 3-6 7-6 (4) 6-2 6-0.
Cilic took the Brit’s serve at the beginning of the match, but Murray managed to restore the break in the 7th game of the first set. However, after dropping his serve in the consecutive game, he gave the Croat the chance to serve out the set, which he took full advantage of.
Murray struggled to find his rhythm on the Louis Armstrong stadium as he went two breaks down in the second set too, with Cilic serving for a two sets lead at 5-2. From that point onwards, the Croat suddenly tensed up and started producing more and more unforced errors, letting the Olympic gold medalist back into the set. Not only did Murray manage to recover one break of serve, he took Cilic’s serve once more to level the set at 5-5. At the end, a tiebreak was going to be played in front of the New York crowd that started to get involved a lot more in the match. Cilic had another chance to move ahead as he got off to a 4-2 lead, just to lose the next five points to allow Murray level the score at one set apiece.
This seemed to have given the Scot a big boost and he looked a completely different player. Allowing Cilic only two games in the next two sets, Murray advanced into the semis, where he will play the Czech Berdych.
Berdych stunned the 5 time champion Federer, defeating him in four sets 7-6 (1) 6-4 3-6 6-3.