Murray Stuns Nadal at US Open

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 7, 2008 5:50 PM CDT
Andy Murray, of Britain, returns a shot to Rafael Nadal, of Spain, during their semifinal match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – No one ever seems to run Rafael Nadal ragged, and yet Andy Murray did just that in the US Open semifinals. Murray finished a stunning, rain-interrupted 6-2, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4 victory today at Flushing Meadows to reach his first Grand Slam final and stop the No. 1-ranked Nadal's 19-match winning streak at major tournaments.

The sixth-seeded Murray won the first two sets and was down a break at 3-2 in the third when play was suspended Saturday because of Tropical Storm Hanna. "Tough to sleep," Murray said. And as should surprise no one, the generally indefatigable Nadal made a stand Sunday, taking the third set and going ahead 3-1 in the fourth. But Murray took five of the last six games and will face Federer in tomorrow's final.