By Darren Walton
NEW YORK, Sept 7 AAP – Cool Swiss Roger Federer restored order after Andy Murray lost his rag in an explosive exit from the US Open in New York.
As Federer advanced with a minimum of fuss to a record 46th grand slam quarter-final, Murray snapped and challenged Open officials to fine him while having his own streak of 18 consecutive last-eight appearances at a major shattered by Kevin Anderson.
Anderson, the 15th seed, smashed 0-15 career hoodoo against top-10 opponents with a tense 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-0) win over the 2012 champion at Flushing Meadows.
The South African’s reward for his first foray into a grand slam quarter-final is a date on Wednesday with fifth-seeded French Open champion Stan Wawrinka.
“It was the match of my life,” the South African said.
“Andy is such a great fighter and amazing player.”
But Murray’s expletive-laden mid-match tirade spectacularly overshadowed Anderson’s watershed win.
Livid about Anderson’s lengthy bathroom break after the second set, Murray unloaded at Louis Armstrong Stadium.
The third seed dropped a series of F-bombs in protest to Anderson’s lengthy bathroom, then smashed a racquet and launched a ball into the crowd in frustration as his Open hopes slipped away.
“F…… fine me,” Murray raged during Anderson’s toilet trip.
“Federer also had to wait out a bathroom break from his opponent after the second set but, as usual, kept his cool to safely progress with a 7-6 (7-0) 7-6 (8-6) 7-5 victory over American 13th seed John Isner.
Isner extended his remarkable run of service holds at Flushing Meadows to 114 games, a streak stretching back to his third-round loss last year to Philipp Kohlschreiber, but still couldn’t manage to extract a set from the great Swiss.
Second seed Federer will play 12th-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet – a 2-6 6-3 6-4 6-1 winner of Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych – on Wednesday for a place in the semi-finals as he eyes a sixth title in New York.
The 34-year-old, who is trying to become the oldest US Open champion since Ken Rosewall in 1970, has yet to drop a set this campaign and remains on track for an all-Swiss semi-final with Wawrinka.
Wawrinka, though, must reverse a run of four straight losses to Anderson, including three on hard courts, to keep alive his hopes of landing a second grand slam crown in 2015.
Wawrinka defeated US comeback king Donald Young 6-4 1-6 6-3 6-4 to book his place in the last eight.
Wawrinka dropped his first set of the tournament but made an eighth quarter-final in his past nine grand slams, denying 68th-ranked Young his first trip to the last eight at a major.
Young was the first player since Gilles Muller in 2008 to twice rally from two sets down at a US Open, having been 0-17 in such matches before this week.
But the left-hander fell to 3-18 against top-10 opponents.
“He had the crowd. It was a tough match for sure,” Wawrinka said. “It was a great atmosphere.”