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Flushing Meadows, NY (Sports Network) - Ninth-seeded Swiss slugger Stan Wawrinka ousted reigning champion Andy Murray in Thursda Antworten

Flushing Meadows, NY (Sports Network) - Ninth-seeded Swiss slugger Stan Wawrinka ousted reigning champion Andy Murray in Thursdays quarterfinal, while world No. Brandon Doughty Jersey . 1 Novak Djokovic moved into the semifinals at the U.S. Open. Wawrinka toppled the third-seeded British star 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 inside a breezy, sun-spanked Ashe Stadium. The 28-year-old Wawrinka simply dominated Murray on Day 11, utilizing a big service game, winning 88 percent of his first-serve points en route to his first-ever Grand Slam semifinal. The match came to a close when Wawrinka converted on his first match point when Murray netted a final forehand return. Wawrinka was elated to reach his first career Grand Slam final four. "Its amazing for sure, especially here," he said. "To beat him (Murray) in three sets is just amazing." Wawrinka pulled off the straight-set upset in 2 hours, 15 minutes, as he broke Murray four times, while the Brit was unable to break his Swiss counterpart and did not enjoy even one break-point chance in the surprising setback. Murray suffered his first straight-set loss at a major since losing to Rafael Nadal in the 2011 French Open semis. "I thought he played great," Murray said of Wawrinka. Murray seemed to struggle with some windy conditions on Thursday. "Its a shame I had to play that kind of match today," he said. The 26-year-old Dunblane, Scotland, native is now 8-6 lifetime against Wawrinka, including 2-2 at Grand Slam events. The two have now met three times at the U.S. Open, where Murray prevailed in 2008 before Wawrinka avenged that defeat in the third round in 2010. "When you work hard at something for a lot of years, its going to take time to fire yourself up and get to training 110 percent," Murray said about his preparation for this years Open. "Thats something kind of natural after what happened at Wimbledon." The late-blooming Wawrinka titled in Portugal this year and is a three-time runner-up on tour in 2013, including his first-ever ATP Masters 1000 final in Madrid. His semifinal opponent on Saturday on the hardcourts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center will be the six-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic, who earned a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0 triumph over 21st-seeded Russian Mikhail Youzhny. The 26-year-old Djokovic has reached at least the quarterfinals in New York every year since 2007 and at least the semis at every major event since Wimbledon in 2010. Djokovic was last years Open runner-up to Murray, lost to Murray in Julys Wimbledon final, and beat Murray in Januarys Australian Open finale. The 2012 champion Murray was also a U.S. Open runner-up to the great Roger Federer here in 2008. There hasnt been a repeat mens U.S. Open champion since Federer in 2008. Saturdays other semifinal will pit the second-seeded former world No. 1 Nadal against eighth-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet. The 12-time Grand Slam champion Nadal, whos a brilliant 20-0 on hardcourts this season, was this years French Open champion, captured the 2010 U.S. Open championship, and was a runner-up in New York two years ago. The 2013 mens U.S. Open champ will collect at least $2.6 million. Nadal could earn an extra $1 million as a result of winning the U.S. Open Series leading up to the final Grand Slam event of the year. Kenny Stills Jersey . Johansen scored twice and Derek MacKenzie, Brandon Dubinsky and Cam Atkinson also had goals to lead the Blue Jackets to a 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night, ending a three-game losing skid. Andre Branch Jersey . LOUIS -- Julius Randle had 19 points and 15 rebounds, Aaron Harrison finished with 18 points and No. . Kelli Stack and Alex Carpenter also scored for the Americans, who avoided a repeat of Finlands upset at the Four Nations Cup in Lake Placid, N.Y., in November. Finnish goalie Noora Raty made 58 saves in that one, but the three-time Olympian could stop just 40 of 43 U.Over the past two seasons, the B.C. Lions have had good teams that havent won a playoff game. And because of that those good teams are not remembered as exceptional, just non-producing playoff teams. This is a high pressure year in Lions football because of that fact. You can justify losing once, especially coming off a Grey Cup winning year, but losing twice transitions your team into re-evaluation and, sometimes, over-evaluation. Losing three times tends to lead to a more dramatic change. But can you build a team in May and June for success in October and November? Part of me thinks yes, if you have exceptional depth and a quarterback who performs at his best when the pressure is highest - playoff football. Also, a nice balance of veterans and youth helps on your roster. Veteran guys know and have the ability to rise to a challenge, a playoff game, because they know how to raise urgency both individually and collectively. My argument that you cant develop a playoff capable team early relates to how teams change as the season progresses. Injuries are the single biggest factor. If you lose a lot of players over a season it is difficult to find new performers to play as well as their predecessors. Or if you lose key players, a quarterback, a top defensive back, your best receiver, that individual may not be able to be replaced without a drop-off in production. When it comes to training camp and the regular season, all you can do is demand and hope for progressive and consistent improvement so come playoff time, you are at your best and competing against yourself. Last year BC was good on defence but needed to improve on offence. They finished with the third-ranked rrushing offence, averaging 107 yards per game, but only seventh in passing with 244 yards per game. Leonte Carroo Jersey. . On the other side of the ball there was a clear contradiction. They allowed the fewest passing yards but were at the league bottom in red zone defence. It was tough to move the ball against the Lions between the 20s, yet easier from the 20-yard line in. The vast majority of the time the opposite is true: the closer to the goal line, the tougher to advance because the defence has less space to defend. An unusual contradiction. Still, when you study last season and notice that BC was seventh in kickoff returns and eighth in punt returns, you see just what may be the priority for improvement may not be anything with or without the ball. Where you start drives and the length of field you have to overcome determines success in a season as much as any other aspect of football. As always, the Lions strength will be personnel change at just the right time. More youth on the offensive line and more experience at quarterback will prove beneficial at key moments of the season. Travis Lulay will be ready to go but that is not the concern. It is whether he will be ready for 18 games as his shoulder will be tested at some point in the season. In what may turn out to be the smartest move in the draft, acquiring Kevin Glenn as a veteran alternative is a nice luxury that only half the league has.The Lions will win their fair share of games, maybe even more than what is fair. The question will be whether they can break the “one and done” streak in the playoffs. You cant really prepare for it until the week of. And that week is months away. China Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap Jerseys China Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China ' ' '

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