Andy Murray out of US Open after Fernando Verdasco beats him in four sets on red-hot Arthur Ashe Stadium

ANDY MURRAY said there was no chance of him winning the US Open – and he was right.

The Brit ace knew coming off a 13-month Grand Slam lay-off following hip surgery was always going to test his chances when mixing it with the very best.

 Andy Murray was sent crashing out of the US Open on Wednesday

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Andy Murray was sent crashing out of the US Open on Wednesday
 The Brit couldn't handle the heat on his return to grand slam tennis in scorching temperatures

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The Brit couldn't handle the heat on his return to grand slam tennis in scorching temperatures

And although the 31 year-old typically battled his heart out in the stifling New York heat, it just wasn’t enough to see off the supremely solid Fernando Verdasco who eventually ran out a 7-5 2-6 6-4 6-4 winner.

It was a disappointing end for Murray but at least his two matches here have shown there is hope for the future following such a serious operation.

With the match before involving Sloane Stephens lasting almost three hours, by the time Murray walked out onto Arthur Ashe, conditions had cooled with the court covered with shade.

Murray started well and looked to be moving freely although errors began to creep in and when Verdasco broke for 2-1, the three-time slam champ was already up against it.

 Fiery Spaniard Fernando Verdasco claimed a four-set win on Arthur Ashe Stadium

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Fiery Spaniard Fernando Verdasco claimed a four-set win on Arthur Ashe Stadium
 Andy Murray battled valiantly but came up short against the No 31 seed

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Andy Murray battled valiantly but came up short against the No 31 seed

But he broke back straight away at the end of a 26 shot rally when Verdasco’s serve failed again, Murray was looking bang in the mood.

The Scot produced a strong hold for 5-4 but a double fault allowed Verdasco back in and a smoking forehand did the trick.

It was a blow – but boy did Murray respond.

The lightning like movement which many feared would never return was allowing him to run Verdasco ragged and despite being broken just moments after the Spaniard did the same, Murray was able to edge into a 5-2 lead and draw level.

Could Murray keep his foot on the gas? Sadly not. The Scot’s game began to fall apart with a 48 per cent first-serve percentage and 11 unforced errors hampering his charge and he headed into the 10 minute heat break at the end of the third down on his luck.

As the end grew near, Murray was reduced to a sweaty wreck on a day when US Open bosses were told to rethink the rules as tennis players fear for their lives in the burning Big Apple sun.

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 Andy Murray was playing in his first grand slam for 13 months

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Andy Murray was playing in his first grand slam for 13 months

Scorching temperatures of 36 Celsius saw multiple retirements on Tuesday and with yesterday’s play also affected, worried stars want to see the action stopped or shortened if conditions become too brutal.

Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer, who retired in the fourth set of his match with Laslo Djere because of heat-related issues, reckons someone could die and wants matches shortened to three sets.

He raged: "I think we should no longer play five sets.

"They won't stop until someone dies. It's incredible — matches become ugly. The only way [to solve this] is to shorten them.

"I had heat stroke. I was not going to die on the court, tennis is not for that.

"In the locker room I saw several people lying there, just like me, it's very hard. I could not do it anymore."

ANDY MURRAY said there was no chance of him winning the US Open – and he was right.