Raonic down and out after historic marathon U.S. Open match

Milos Raonic hits a return shot to Kei Nishikori during their men's singles match at the U.S. Open...

Milos Raonic hits a return shot to Kei Nishikori during their men's singles match at the U.S. Open in New York, Sept. 1, 2014. (ADAM HUNGER/Reuters)

Mike Koreen, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:13 AM ET

NEW YORK - On a night he helped make history, Milos Raonic suffered a bitter defeat.

In a U.S. Open Round of 16 match that ended at 2:26 a.m. local time Tuesday — past the 2 a.m. final drinking time in his home province of Ontario — after starting just after 10 p.m. Monday, the fifth-seeded Canadian lost 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-4 to No. 10 Kei Nishikori of Japan.

The match tied the record for latest finish in U.S. Open history — Mats Wilander and Mikael Penfors (1993) and John Isner and Philipp Kohlschreiber (2012) also ended at exactly 2:26 a.m. Officials waited 15 minutes to confirm the Raonic-Nishikori finish time to the media, checking the umpire's sheet before making it official.

The U.S. Open is famous for matches going well past midnight at Arthur Ashe Stadium and this one won’t soon be forgotten. At four hours, 19 minutes, it was the longest match at this year’s tournament by one minute.

Nishikori appeared to be in big trouble in the fourth set. Dealing with a nagging toe injury, he took a medical timeout to have his foot bandaged and was clearly in pain. But he kept fighting, rallying to win this Grand Slam rematch after losing to Raonic in the same round at Wimbledon earlier this year.


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