Britain’s Andy Murray has reached the semi-finals of the US Open for the third time in his career, but only after surviving a huge scare against Marin Cilic.
Cilic was a set ahead and 5-1 up in the second when Murray began to produce a dazzling comeback as the Scot levelled the match on a tie-break.
Murray then went on to win the next 11 games in a huge momentum swing and from there on in the result looked in little doubt as he won the match 3-6 7-6 (7/4) 6-2 6-0.
Both men started the match without any kind of winning rhythm and Murray did well to retrieve a break at 4-3 down although he promptly gave it back.
Frustration ensued from the Olympic gold-medallist and following a broken racquet moment from Murray Cilic went on to serve out the set.
The second set began in horrible fashion for Murray as he double faulted twice and was broken for the third time in five games.
The Scot was moving tardily around the court on Louis Armstrong and he was unable to break with Cilic serving big every time.
The turning point in the match began when at 5-1 down, Murray saved a break pulling himself back to 5-3.
Cilic went on to serve for the set a second time but threw in three errors to give Murray as many break points. Following three big game-saving serves from the Croat he double faulted on the fourth to give Murray the game.
Cilic was able to hold serve to force the tie-break though and even went 4-2 up as Murray’s skill deserted him on court again.
However, the Wimbledon runner-up dug in and won four points in a row to produce set point and with Cilic hitting the net with a backhand Murray’s comeback was on.
Winning that set did wonders for Murray and when he went in front in the match for the first time, in the fifth game of the third set courtesy of a break, he never looked back as the Scot served out for the set to go into the lead.
The 25-year old went on to win the fourth set handsomely as Cilic’s head dropped and he looked spent despite having some interesting break points he never capitalised on.
Murray will now face Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych for a place in the US Open final. A win over Berdych would be the Scot’s second appearance in the New York showpiece.
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