US Open 2015: Andy Murray out as Jo Konta run is ended

Andy Murray suffers a surprise defeat by Kevin Anderson in the fourth round of the US Open, as Jo Konta loses to Petra Kvitova

Andy Murray suffered his earliest Grand Slam exit for five years as he was beaten by 15th seed Kevin Anderson at Flushing Meadows.

The South African won 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-0) in four hours and 18 minutes to reach a first major quarter-final, where he faces Stan Wawrinka.

As for Murray, it is the first time since the 2010 US Open that the British number one has lost before the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam and the Scot was left picking up the pieces.

“That’s obviously something that is disappointing to lose,” Murray said after a run of 18 Grand Slams in which he made at least the quarter-finals.

“Obviously that’s many years’ work that’s gone into building that sort of consistency. To lose that is tough.”

And Johanna Konta’s remarkable US Open run also came to and end as she was beaten by fifth seed Petra Kvitova in the fourth round.

Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, won 7-5 6-3 in the 23,000-seater Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Konta, 24, had only won one Grand Slam main draw match before arriving in New York this year.

She said: “My mum actually reminded me when I was speaking to her yesterday that when we were here back in 2007 for juniors, I said: ‘This is like the most amazing stadium.’ I completely forgot about that.

“I guess I had a little childhood dream come true, so that’s pretty special.”

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