Powerless Murray is sent crashing by Cilic

WORLD No1 Andy Murray admitted he was powerless to stop big-hitting Marin Cilic ending his US Open dreams at Flushing Meadows last night.<br /><br />The Croatian 16th seed proved just too strong for the British No1 as he blasted his way to a 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 victory in two hours, eight minutes.<br /><br />Cilic showed his dominance by hitting 33 winners to Murray&rsquo;s 13 in earning a Grand Slam quarter-final berth for the first time.<br /><br />In contrast, last year&rsquo;s finalist Murray never got going, admitting afterwards that he had no answer to Cilic&rsquo;s more aggressive game plan.<br /><br />&ldquo;I just couldn't get myself into enough return games to get myself back into the match,&rdquo; a disappointed Murray said. <br /><br />&ldquo;A lot of times when I lose I get asked &lsquo;why did you look flat?&rsquo; but it is not always the case. Today I couldn&rsquo;t get myself into games and he was dominating points so there wasn&rsquo;t much I could do about it.&rdquo;<br /><br />Murray will, however, look back on a number of missed opportunities, notably the seven points he had to break the Cilic serve, which remained in tact throughout.<br /><br />In particular, Murray will have cursed the two set points he had for the first set before Cilic eventually held firm and broke in the next game.<br /><br />Cilic, 20, will now play Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarter-finals after the Argentine sixth seed proved too string for Juan Carlos Ferrero, of Spain, coming through 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.<br /><br />Meanwhile, Kim Clijsters continued her fantastic giant-killing run at Flushing Meadows to record a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Na Li to reach the semi-finals of the women&rsquo;s event.<br /><br />Playing in her first Grand Slam since coming out of retirement, Clijsters equalled the best performance by a wild card entry to earn a last-four berth against champion Serena Williams or in-form Italian Flavia Pennetta.<br /><br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;m glad I got through it again, and stayed focused on my game,,&rdquo; Clijsters said. &ldquo;I wanted to be aggressive and I think that&rsquo;s what helped winning those important points today.&rdquo;