Andy Murray said he failed to capitalise on his opportunities in the game as he crashed out of the US Open in the fourth round courtesy of a four-set defeat against Kevin Anderson.
The British number one, who won his first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows in 2012, was also aiming to continue his impressive run of reaching at least the quarter-finals of a major event dating back to 2010.
However, despite launching a trademark comeback attempt having gone two sets behind against the big-serving South African, Murray fell short in the end and lost out 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-0).
The defeat was all the more galling for Murray given that he had won five of his previous six meetings with Anderson
And the 28-year-old felt the defeat came about because he could not put pressure on Anderson when he had the chances to throughout the tie.
“I felt like I had my opportunities there but didn’t manage to capitalise on them – when you’re playing against someone as good as him it’s tough,” Murray said.
“In the second set I felt like I was starting to put pressure on him there.
“When I had the break point at 5-3, I had a backhand pass that I really should have made.
“When you’re playing against players that are at that level, like him, you need to obviously make them think and then give them a chance to get nervous.”
Anderson will now play reigning French Open champion Stan Wawrinka in his first Grand Slam quarter-final.