Updated: 06/09/2012 08:01 | By pa.press.net

Murray rallies to see off Cilic

Andy Murray beat Marin Cilic in four sets to book his place in the US Open semi-finals

Andy Murray beat Marin Cilic in four sets to book his place in the US Open semi-finals

Andy Murray dug himself out of a huge hole against Marin Cilic to reach the semi-finals of the US Open for the third time.

At a set and 5-1 down, the third seed looked in danger of suffering one of his biggest grand slam disappointments but he turned things around and levelled the match on a tie-break.

That made Murray a big favourite and he reeled off 11 straight games to win 3-6 7-6 (7/4) 6-2 6-0 and set up a last-four clash with Tomas Berdych, who upset world number one Roger Federer in four sets.

The Scot said: "He played very well at the start and I struggled a little bit. When I managed to get the breaks back in the second set I relaxed a little bit. I've been in that position before when you're serving for a two-set lead and someone comes back and it's tough. The fourth set I played better."

Murray had been due to play on Arthur Ashe but the match was moved to Louis Armstrong because rain had put things behind schedule.

This was the scene of Murray's third-round struggle against Feliciano Lopez, and the early signs were not good as the third seed won only one of the first 10 points, losing his serve to love.

Murray had beaten Cilic in six of their seven previous meetings, including in straight sets in the fourth round of Wimbledon. But the Croatian's only win came here three years ago in the fourth round, although Murray was hampered by a wrist injury.

The Scot had put in one of his best performances of the season to beat Milos Raonic in the previous round and he needed to rediscover that form quickly.

In truth, neither man was playing well, but Murray was just the more reliable.

There was almost a slight twist when Cilic had three chances to retrieve one of the breaks but Murray saved all of them and clinched victory after exactly three hours.

06/09/2012 03:28
Another one in the eye to the imbecile who has yet to post a comment. Probably still throwing up after another Andy Murray victory. Our best tennis pro since Fred Perry and the 4th best tennis player in the WORLD.
06/09/2012 08:21
No Quitter, Plenty of Guts and a Real Fighter!! At times just not good for the old blood pressure, couldn't go to bed until it was over though! and boy am I glad I stayed with it. Well done Andy you really sent out a big message -  down for a while but NEVER out.   Good luck on Saturday but please start like you did against the canadian, I don't think my nerves could take it :) 
06/09/2012 05:02
06/09/2012 07:13
Aye Cleo .....Andy won again....... and so what if he gets beat in the next round.......to turn the game round like he did shows he is a super sportsman! As long as he drinks his Irn Bru he'll be fine!  Toodle pip for now.  I'm off now to shoot down some haggis!
06/09/2012 09:29

So Andy's a little grumpy and people dont warm to him ! Think on this..... as a kid to witness what he has the worst side of human nature and to go on from that and make a success of your life is no mean feet.


I recon he will be moving off his number four spot shortly.


Must be the best tennis player this country has ever produced and definately one of the best to watch.

06/09/2012 07:59
On yirsel Andrew. All the best from Namibia. Stayed up late to watch this. Cleo yir a fud
06/09/2012 10:13

well done Andy Murray number 3 in the world britain's no 1 and now one step closer in the us open


but whatever he does the anti-scottish anti murray haters always have something to say


i have great admiration for all the players their skills and detemination


if murray loses in one of his next two matches i will simply say  ok he did not play good enough on the day--thats sport for you


All true BRITISH tennis fans will be right behind him whatever happens    GOOD LUCK

06/09/2012 10:53
Well done Andy. Keep it up and ignore the buffoons who use abusive language. (From an English Brit to a Scots Brit.)
06/09/2012 09:18
when all is said and done it doesn`t matter if he`s scottish english british american spanish whatever he`s the number 4 in the world has been for years he`s a well entertaining player to watch given the range of his shot selections and whether he wins a major or not do you really think any player on tour is doing it for their country? hell no they do it for THEIR career and rightly so only in the olympics they do it for their country and the davis cup and how did andy do in the olympics again??? but seriously the number 4 plumber/joiner/electrician/whatever in the world doesn`t give a **** about doing his job for his country he`ll do it to line his pockets and provide the best life for himself/herself and their family as for people not liking him i`m sure there is a percentage from evey country in the world that dislikes him as there will be for any player on tour but it does seem alot of english hate him for what i can only see as the fact that he`s not english a bit petty but i guess that says alot for his haters i mean he`s liked in austrailia in the u.s all over the world fans cheer him on so i guess 1 nation not really liking him wont bother him much in fact given his sense of humour he probably finds it amusing
06/09/2012 09:00

Chris Radgast (and all the other detractors) - Andy did NOT get lucky but he DID fight back from what had been a pretty lacklustre performance in the first set and from 5-1 down in the second.  Showed a grit and determination I don't think I've seen him in before.  I was very impressed, although I can't warm to him as a person particularly, I very much hope he gets this 'slam.  He deserves it.  The only problem THEN is the fact it will probably be a Scot, rather than a Brit.... but hey! who cares really - he's the best we've had in a LONG LONG while. 


Come on Andy.  British Tennis is right behind you.


And has this flippin' millionaire wedding taken place yet "someone"?  How much longer is MSN going to allow these irritating and space consuming posts to advertise here?  This is not an advertising site.

06/09/2012 09:02
Great come back Andy which shows you have mettle. To the haters who tried to undermine Olympic Champion Murray, are you going to say Federer let Berdych win? No, thought not.
06/09/2012 09:08
Maybe Federers performance at the olympics in more context now, or did he let the other guy win cause he felt sorry for him, well done Murray another solid performance at a major. 

Well done Andy, you really are developing into a top player getting towards the level of the other three, all that is needed is a breakthrough Slam win and I believe a few more will follow. Coming back from a set down and 5 games to 1 down in the second and then going on to dominate and destroy your opponent is the characteristics of thge very best.


On another subject why doesn't everyone just ignore Chris Burford and Cleo as they are simply saying things to get a reaction and by giving them a reaction you are giving them what they want and simply dropping down to their level. All the english v scottish crap that then gets printed is just playground stuff and very embarrasing, these comments are meant to be about tennis! By the way most English people actually support Andy and can see he is the best tennis player this island has probably ever produced.

06/09/2012 10:28

hahaha  its nothing to do with him being a scot,thats just banter  SO SAYS CHRIS


have a look at many previous posts from chris burford and everyone can see that is simply UNTRUE


there are many arrogant big mouthed sportsmen who dont get the put downs that andy murray gets from this poster



06/09/2012 10:26
You can do it Andy. We support you whatever you do.
06/09/2012 09:44
Andy seems to do better under pressure, but if he could find that same will to win without first being under pressure, then he would be unstoppable. Come on Andy, you are Olympic Champion. You have joined the greats already and proved you have nobody left to fear. If you keep your top game going you can win your first grand slam. You can be the "Tartan Terror of Tennis"
06/09/2012 09:17
I can understand why people can't warm to him as a person, but lets face it, would you not be grumpy having media slammed around you 24 7 and having to give interviews when the APT tell you, and journalists asking the same stupid assed questions all the time! I actually think he is very whitty having watched him on gameshows etc and through some more laidback interviews, not to mention he is a great player!
06/09/2012 07:22
So 'someone' just assumes Federer will win and completely discounts Berdych, the man who knocked Federer out at Wimbledon 2 years ago, and Andy Murray is the arrogant moron?
06/09/2012 10:37
Fantastic one game nearer the final ,you know u can do it I know u can do it ,so just do it and show all the please and make my day ;
06/09/2012 10:50
Well Done Fellow Scotsman we are so very very proud of you Andy.

Your time has come for sure no more set backs I predict you will have the best 6 years of your career from now.

Jock C
Please help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant community by reporting any illegal or inappropriate behavior. If you believe a message violates theCode of Conductplease use this form to notify the moderators. They will investigate your report and take appropriate action. If necessary, they report all illegal activity to the proper authorities.
100 character limit
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
10 reasons to make MSN UK your homepage (© Microsoft)

latest tennis news

  • Maximo Gonzalez claimed a 6-3 4-6 7-5 win in two hours and 30 minutes

    Maximo Gonzalez provided the biggest shock of the opening day of the bet-at-home Cup Kitzbuhel by knocking out eighth seed Pablo Carreno-Busta.

  • John Isner recorded a 6-3 6-4 triumph to retain the Atlanta Open title

    Defending champion John Isner played up to his top-seed status as he claimed a straight-sets victory over Dudi Sela to win the BB&T Atlanta Open on Sunday.

  • Tommy Robredo, pictured, could not repeat his 2013 triumph in Umag

    Pablo Cuevas rounded off what has been a fine July for the Uruguayan as he denied Tommy Robredo a successful title defence in the final of the Vegeta Croatia Open in Umag on Sunday.

  • Pablo Andujar beat Juan Monaco to win the Suisse Open

    Pablo Andujar won the third ATP World Tour title of his career on Sunday as he saw off Juan Monaco in straight sets in the final of the Credit Agricole Suisse Open in Gstaad.

  • Elina Svitolina's victory in Azerbaijan on Sunday secured what is her second WTA title

    Ukrainian teenager Elina Svitolina retained her Baku Cup title by defeating another former champion, Bojana Jovanovski, in straight sets in Sunday's 2014 final.

  • John Isner, pictured, defeated Jack Sock 7-5 6-4 in Atlanta

    Top seed and defending champion John Isner reached the final of the BB&T Atlanta Open with a straight-sets victory over Jack Sock.

  • Tommy Robredo was thwarted by the rain

    Torrential rain forced the cancellation of play at the Vegeta Croatia Open on Saturday, forcing both semi-finals to Sunday.

  • Juan Monaco is finding his form after injury

    Juan Monaco will regain his place in the world's top 100 on Monday after reaching the final of the Credit Agricole Suisse Open in Gstaad.

  • Elina Svitolina was taken to three sets

    Former champions Elina Svitolina and Bojana Jovanovski will meet in the Baku Cup final on Sunday after coming through tight three-setters in the semi-finals.

  • John Isner progressed in Atlanta

    Top seed John Isner reached the BB&T Atlanta Open semi-finals with a straight-sets win over Australian Marinko Matosevic.

  • Italy's Fabio Fognini is back in the semis at Umag after being a defeated finalist last year

    Top seed Fabio Fognini progressed to the semi-finals of the Vegeta Croatia Open in Umag on Friday after coming from behind to defeat local teenage wild card Borna Coric.

  • Mikhail Youzhny, pictured, fell to a 3-6 6-1 6-4 defeat to Robin Haase in Gstaad

    Top seed Mikhail Youzhny saw the defence of his Credit Agricole Suisse Open title come to an end on Friday as he was beaten by Holland's Robin Haase in a last-eight repeat of the 2013 final.

  • Ukraine's Elina Svitolina, the defending champion, was among those to advance to the Baku Cup semi-finals on Friday.

    Japanese qualifier Misa Eguchi's impressive run in this year's Baku Cup came to an end on Friday as she was knocked out at the quarter-final stage by fifth seed Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia.

  • John Isner, pictured, beat Robby Ginepri to book his place in the quarter-finals

    Top seed and defending champion John Isner moved into the quarter-finals of the BB&T Atlanta Open with a comeback victory over home favourite Robby Ginepri.

  • Fabio Fognini is through to the quarter-finals of the Croatia Open in Umag

    Number one seed Fabio Fognini marched into the quarter-finals of the Vegeta Croatia Open in Umag after coming through a tight first set.