US Open: Wawrinka knocks out defending champion Murray

New York, Sep 6 (IANS) Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka has knocked out Britain's defending champion Andy Murray in straight sets to enter the men's singles semifinals at the US Open here at Flushing Meadows.

The ninth seed Wawrinka demolished the No. 3 seed 6-4, 6-3, 6-2, in two and quarter hours to enter his first Grand Slam semifinal.

Wawrinka now awaits the winner of the other quarterfinal between top seed Serb Novak Djokovic and Russian Mikhail Youzhny.

Second seed Rafael Nadal will clash with Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the dother semifinal.

In windy Arthur Ashe Stadium, Wawrinka had a stranglehold over the match right from the start and Murray was swept off, hardly looking like staging a comeback. He lost the second set hitting a double fault and he was just going through the motions in the third set.


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