Murray buoyed by slugfest defeat by Djokovic

Thu Sep 4, 2014 3:04am EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - For two sets, Andy Murray went toe-to-toe with world number one Novak Djokovic and battled him to a standstill at the U.S. Open.

In the end, the Scotsman's body betrayed him and he was eliminated 7-6 (1) 6-7 (1) 6-2 6-4 in a three hour 32 minute quarter-final that gave him some optimism going forward.

Murray has yet to win a title since last year's Wimbledon and his subsequent back surgery, but on Arthur Ashe Stadium there were glimpses of his full power.

"I played well," he told reporters as the clock neared 2 AM on Thursday morning. "Especially the first couple of sets was some good tennis.

"I was down in the first set and I fought back. I was down in the second set and a break and I fought back. So I fought hard. I played some good tennis. But it wasn't enough.

"Right now I'm obviously disappointed. It's extremely late. I'm tired. I don't feel particularly proud right now. I feel disappointed. But I think there was some good tennis.

"Hopefully I can build on that."

After giving as good as he got over the first two sets, Murray began to wear down late in the third. He walked gingerly, leaned on his racket like a cane, and picked his spots to cut loose on his groundstrokes.   Continued...

Andy Murray (GBR) returns a shot to Novak Djokovic (SRB) on day ten of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports