Stanislas Wawrinka upheld the Swiss pride in the absence of compatriot Roger Federer as he ended the title defence hopes of World No. 3 Andy Murray 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 to reach a US Open semi-final.
In fact Wawrinka played his best tennis right from the first point to the last, defending best of Murray's shots. He never let him to become comfortable, settle in or start rekindling fond memories of his first major title, at the Open last year.
"It feels amazing for sure," said Wawrinka, who received a congratulatory text message from Federer after the match. "Especially to win that match. He's the defending champion, such a tough opponent. I'm just too happy. It was a crazy match for me."
Wawrinka will take on Djokovic in the semifinal match on Saturday.
"He just played great," said Murray, who did not earn a single break point. "He hit a lot of lines, was going for big shots, and he played too well."
Meanwhile, the World No. 1 Djokovic defeated the Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0 in the quaterfinal match and booked his berth in last four.
World No. 9 Stanislas Wawrinka will take on the top seeded Novak Djokovic in the US Open semifinals on Saturday.
Second seed Rafael Nadal will clash with Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the other semifinal.