Murray loses way after let, beaten by Nishikori

Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts against Kei Nishikori of Japan during their Men's Singles Quarterfinal match on Day Ten of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Wednesday in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts against Kei Nishikori of Japan during their Men's Singles Quarterfinal match on Day Ten of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Wednesday in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK – Andy Murray dropped seven consecutive games after a let call caused by a loud noise in the arena’s speaker system during a fourth-set point and lost to Kei Nishikori 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 in the U.S. Open quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Murray, the No. 2 seed and 2012 champion at Flushing Meadows, disagreed with chair umpire Marija Cicak’s decision to immediately halt things when play was interrupted by a sound similar to that of a gong being struck. It happened with Murray already up two sets to one and holding a second break point at 1-all in the fourth.

Murray complained about the ruling right away, gave away the next three points to lose the game, then brought it up again with Cicak at the ensuing changeover, saying something similar had happened earlier without a re-do of the point.

Nishikori was the 2014 runner-up at Flushing Meadows.