Marin Cilic, dude, I knew you had it in you. You aren't one of my special favourite Stars of the Future for nothing!
But I don't know if anyone would have picked this one. Andy Murray, who was, according to some, tournament favourite, knocked out in the round of sixteen by Marin Cilic. Especially after Andy made the final last year. Wow. Just wow.
Pretty much Murray sucked today. I didn't see the match but I've gathered that that was the case. And Mighty Marin played very very well - here's hoping he can make some stuff happen in the quarters! His first quarter final ever... nice work, Marin! I feel all proud.
But let's go back to Murray, because on account of him being out, this is really the last time we can talk about him this tournament. He has just not performed that well at Slams this year - by the standards he should be holding himself to, that is. By most people's standards, a semi, a quarter and two fourth rounds is a very respectable year. But for someone who managed to knock Rafa Nadal off his perch? Not so much.
This was supposed to be Murray's year. This was supposed to be the year where he won his Slam, where he made stuff happen. Like Djokovic in 2007, he made the final of the US Open and was supposed to go on to greatness. Djokovic came away with a Slam. Murray hasn't even made another finals appearance. Before the Aussie Open, before Wimbledon and before the US Open, he was talked about as a serious contender and even potential favourite. In no circumstance did he deliver. I mean, semis at Wimbledon was pretty good, and with the way Roddick was playing you can't blame him for losing... but for me, his best result was quarters at Roland Garros, where I feel he exceeded expectations. Losing to Verdasco in Australia? Now Cilic in the US? Not so much.
I mean, it's certainly not the end of the road for Andy Murray or anything like that. He's still got Slam-winning potential and whatnot. But I think he's got to have a long hard look at himself. The top guys do perform well at the Slams, and he's just not going all the way yet. Once Murray can figure out why... I think we'll be seeing him deep in the second week.
Oh, and GO MARIN!
US Open (Flushing Meadows)
Marin Cilic def. Andy Murray, 7-5 6-2 6-2
Juan Martin del Potro def. Juan Carlos Ferrero, 6-3 6-3 6-3
Kim Clijsters def. Li Na, 6-2 6-4
Roger: older and not quite out
6 months ago