Andy Murray smashed a racket, screamed, sulked.
Dispatched in straight sets by his Swiss opponent after some sloppy play, Murray reverted to the guy whose Grand Slam runs end in dismay.
But once it was all over, everything was different. Murray no longer must answer the questions of when he'll win a major title.
The defending U.S. Open champ was upset 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 by ninth-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarterfinals Thursday, then put it all in perspective.
''I lost today in straight sets, so that's disappointing,'' Murray said. ''I would have liked to have gone further. But, look, I can't complain. If someone told me before the U.S. Open last year I would have been here as defending champion having won Wimbledon and Olympic gold, I would have taken that 100 percent.''
While Murray insisted he had regained his focus just fine after that historic Wimbledon title two months ago, he acknowledged the mental drain of the last, life-cha...