Andy Murray crashed out of the US Open on Thursday night.
Andy Murray lost the generation game with young Felix Auger-Aliassime to go out of the US Open in the second round.
The Canadian, 20, recalled before the match how he travelled to New York to watch the Scot play in the Arthur-Ashe Stadium in 2009.
And under the roof of the main court this morning, the young star showed he has the potential to be a future Grand Slam winner as he destroyed the 33-year-old 6-2 6-3 6-4 in two hours and seven minutes to reach the third round in devastating style. Murray did not even force a break point.
Auger-Aliassime looked stronger and quicker against the three-time Grand Slam champion with the metal hip who was playing only his second event of the year.
Amazon pundit Greg Rusedski said the Canadian played “lights out tennis” as he ripped Murray apart with his brutal forehand.
Auger-Aliassime made a lightning fast start as he held his opening serve to love after sending down an ace and immediately broke Murray.
The stats told the stark story of the match.
In the first set, Auger-Aliassime hit 18 winners to only one by Murray as he broke twice.
The Scot could be heard shouting at himself “hit it” as he made another backhand error to be broken to go 5-3 down in the second set.
In the first round, Murray came back from two sets down for the 10th time in his career to defeat Japan’s world No.49 Yoshihito Nishioka.
But the world No.21 took his fourth break point after after Murray rushed a backhand into the net in the first game and he showed ruthless efficiency in closing out the biggest win of his Grand Slam career.
Cameron Norrie, who faces Alejandro Davidovich Fokina later, is the only Brit to so far make it to the third round.
Jo Konta crashed out and Dan Evans’ match with fiery Frenchman Corentin Moutet was interrupted by rain in the third set.
Auger-Aliassime, who hit 24 aces, said: “It is an amazing feeling – I wish the fans were here.
“I watched him here in 2009 and it is crazy I get to play him tonight.
“It all comes together with serve. We were away for five months and I worked on it a lot.
“Through the whole match, even with big nerves, I was able to serve well and that was the key.
“At the back of your mind you know you are facing Andy Murray.
“Even though you are two sets up, you are thinking: I have got to get this break, because you never know what tricks he has got on his pocket.
“I was really focussed on keeping my serve, giving myself chances on the return and I think I did well because it is not easy against a great champion and it was not an every day second round.”