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SA's Kevin Anderson kicks Andy Murray out of #USOpen

The South African is through to his first grand slam quarterfinal after beating Andy Murray.

South African tennis ace Kevin Anderson in action at the 2015 US Open. Picture: US Open/Facebook.

NEW YORK - Third-seeded Andy Murray was knocked out of the US Open by big-serving South African Kevin Anderson, who reached his first grand slam quarterfinal with a 7-6(5) 6-3 6-7(2) 7-6(0) win on Monday.

Murray had battled his way back from two sets down in the second round against France's Adrian Mannarino, but could not work another miracle against the 14th-ranked, 29-year-old Anderson, who swept the final tiebreak 7-0.

Anderson, the 15th seed who had lost the seven previous times he had reached the Round of 16 in a grand slam, broke through with a brilliant display of serving in the final tiebreak.

He cracked his 25th ace along with two other service winners in ending the match, the longest of the tournament, after four hours and 18 minutes.

The upset victory lifted Anderson into a last eight meeting against fifth-seeded French Open champion Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland, a 6-4 1-6 6-3 6-4 winner against American Donald Young.

Twitter reaction:

#USOpen Kevin Anderson is through to his first Grand Slam quarter final after he beat Andy Murray 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 6-7 (2/7), 7-6 (7/0)

Congrats @kevinanderson18 for defeating #AndyMurray & advancing in US OPEN.Was cheering loud for u & SA. Lets eradicate stereotypes abroad!

Fantastic win @kevinanderson18 over Andy Murray in New York @usopen & into the QF. Very well done. Great effort. So happy for you. Best. GP

Well played @kevinanderson18 - An awesome match #USopen

YAYYYYY!!! Kevin Anderson beats Andy Murray #USOpen https://t.co/FNsYwzOfgW

Kevin Anderson you bloody biscuit !!!!!! #USopen