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Illinois News: Kevin Anderson upsets Andy Murray, advances to U.S. Open quarterfinals

Today in #ILLINI news.

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

"Fighting Illini men's tennis alum Kevin Anderson defeated Andy Murray in four sets Monday night at the U.S. Open to reach his first ever quarterfinal in a major."


Fighting Illini alum Kevin Anderson made a huge splash at the U.S. Open by taking down third-seeded Andy Murray on Monday. Anderson upset Murray in four sets to advance to the quarterfinals in a major for the first time in his career. Murray won the U.S. Open in 2012 and finished runner-up to Rodger Federer in 2008.

Anderson is representing Illini Nation well with a huge victory in one of tennis' biggest stages. The South African will continue his run as he moves on to the next round. A victory over Murray is a huge boost for a player like Anderson as he looks to win his first ever major. Anderson moves on to the quarterfinals where he will face #5 Stan Wawrinka. Can he stay alive? We'll all be rooting on him.

Four-Star Point Guard Xavier Simpson to Make Decision Wednesday

- Scott Phillips, NBC Sports

Xavier Simpson will decide where he will play collegiate basketball on Wednesday, and his decision will have Fighting Illini fans on the edge of their seats, as a commitment could be huge for the program. The 2016 point guard is a top 100 recruit who could be a huge boost to a depleted Illini backcourt. With Jaylon Tate as the only sure-fire point guard on the roster next season, there is a huge need for someone to man the point.

Simpson announced his decision date shorty after a visit to Wisconsin. He will forgo his visit to Miami that was scheduled later this month. The fact that Simpson is deciding on his destination right after visiting Wisconsin isn't great news for the Illini, but that being said, Illinois still has a fighting chance. Simpson would be a huge addition to the program, and based on reports from the coaching staff, he really liked what he saw from the orange and blue.