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US Open 2011: day 12 as it happened


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By Piers Newbery

2330: Well done everyone. Just the four semi-finals to get through on Saturday, with Murray v Nadal not before 1945 BST. We will have live text and 5 live coverage from the start of Djokovic v Federer at 1700 BST, so I suggest we convene then in an orderly fashion - no pushing, please, you'll all get a seat. Until tomorrow.

Rafael Nadal
2325: "The beginning of the match was really, really important," says Rafael Nadal. "Andy had a really tough match yesterday so probably it was a little bit tough for him." And on playing Murray, he adds: "Always it's a pleasure to play against Andy, he's one of the players with more talent on the tour and always the matches against him are a big challenge. I lost against him in the semi-finals here [in 2008] and tomorrow I'll have to play my very best tennis. I have to play aggressive if I'm going to have any chance." Good old Rafa.

From mattdvernon on Twitter: "Look on the bright side Andy, you did better than Juan Monaco v Federer the other night! #bbctennis"

Nadal 6-2 6-1 6-3 Roddick
No problems for Nadal, who eases to 40-15 and two match points.... he sends a forehand over the baseline on the first, but on the second - guess what - it's a forehand winner down the line. Murray next up for him.


* Nadal 6-2 6-1 5-3 Roddick
Hmmm, dreamy. Nadal hooks a great forehand around Roddick at the net for 0-15 and another into the open court for 30-30 (little coaching tip for Murray - avoid the Nadal forehand). Roddick edges back in front with an ace, and takes the game with a terrific drop volley. He gets a big ovation from the crowd, not sure he really appreciates the sympathy.

5 live's Jonathan Overend on Twitter: "Interesting Murray would have preferred Sunday final. Won't feel the same if he beats Rafa in 5 tomorrow!!!"

Nadal 6-2 6-1 5-2 Roddick *
"Yes, I made a mistake," says the umpire after a bit of overruling chicanery. Roddick smiles/grimaces, Nadal hits two big forehands down the line and holds to love.

* Nadal 6-2 6-1 4-2 Roddick
Nadal lines up another forehand pass but frames it and Roddick storms into a 30-15 lead. Nadal pegs him back by finding the back of the baseline but Roddick takes the game with a good backhand into the corner.

Nadal 6-2 6-1 4-1 Roddick *
A love game on serve for Nadal and after 95 minutes, we're nearly done here. Of course, I said that when Mikael Pernfors led Jimmy Connors 6-1 6-1 4-1.....

From dancastromusic on Twitter: "Nadal is on fire - a far cry from the press conference the other day! A Nadal/Djoko final would be immense! #bbctennis"

From keef2000 on Twitter: "Roddick is getting owned by nadal here. Murray will have his work cut out 2moro #bbctennis"

* Nadal 6-2 6-1 3-1 Roddick
It's time for another Roddick leg-rub. I'm not sure the healing hands of the ATP's finest can get A-Rod out of this one, but he does come out and hold for only his fourth game of the day. And if you've got a moment, bask in the glory of British male tennis players by having a look at our gallery of today's play.

Nadal 6-2 6-1 3-0 Roddick *
Uncle Toni has a smile on his face in the stands. The last time I saw him, he was standing outside Argos in Wimbledon town centre on a Saturday evening in June. He wasn't smiling then. Rafa presses on remorselessly, his 156th forehand winner of the day giving him the game.

* Nadal 6-2 6-1 2-0 Roddick
Ouch. Roddick nets a backhand volley to slip 15-30 behind and Nadal then comes up with a bit of magic, using his footwork to read a net cord and still fire the forehand down the line. Two break points.... and Roddick gives up the second. Bit depressing, this.

Nadal 6-2 6-1 1-0 Roddick *
What on earth.....? Roddick leans into a few forehands and Nadal makes his ninth and 10th errors of the day (sloppy) to fall 0-40 and three break points down.... Nadal hooks a forehand into the corner, Roddick nets a forehand and then, after a decent rally, angles a volley into the tramlines. Chin up, the American hits a solid forehand to get a fourth break point.... but Nadal's forehand is too strong and he closes with an ace. I'm not totally convinced Nadal didn't engineer that situation for a bit of practice.

From Dfault_gal on Twitter: "nadal has been flawless. The only person I can see taking him down is djoko so here's hoping feds does rafa a favour tmrw! #bbctennis"

* Nadal 6-2 6-1 Roddick
Roddick does everything right at 15-15 but cannot make a volley on the stretch, and the American then rolls over a forehand and follows it into the net, teeing Nadal up perfectly for the pass. Two set points..... Nadal fires a forehand pass and Roddick almost falls over trying to reach it. The American walks around the net and it looks like he's going to call it a day, but he's just taking the scenic route back to his chair.

Nadal 6-2 5-1 Roddick *
The trainer comes on for Roddick, I think to attend to his leg but possibly just for a hug. The focus has been on Roddick so far but Nadal is playing very well, and this could be the perfect workout for him going into finals weekend. He whips a forehand down the line on game point.

* Nadal 6-2 4-1 Roddick
So Sam Stosur and Angelique Kerber get bumped to Grandstand for their Grand Slam semi-final on Saturday because the schedule has been changed and Armstrong is out of action because of a leak. Bit tough on Kerber, especially. I bet Roddick wishes he was back on Court 13 right now - he double-faults to drop serve to love. "He's down and he's out," says Jeff Tarango on 5 live sports extra.

Greg Rusedski on Twitter: "Nadal playing sensational. Going to be top 4 in semi finals again. Last time it happened was the french open."

Nadal 6-2 3-1 Roddick *
"Game, Nadal." Not much to add to that really.

* Nadal 6-2 2-1 Roddick
Roddick sticks away a couple of volleys under a barrage from Nadal and hits an ace to seal the hold. Michelle Obama hasn't been a lucky charm for the Americans so far today.

Nadal 6-2 2-0 Roddick *
Nadal hits an ace for the love hold and after 50 minutes he's lost two games.

Judy Murray on Twitter: "Secret Service has blocked off the player lounge coz Michelle Obama's in da house!"

* Nadal 6-2 1-0 Roddick
Roddick is in trouble on serve once again at 15-30 and the match could be slipping away after 40 minutes. He gets himself to game point but Nadal blasts an off-forehand winner and a backhand down the line. Break point.... Roddick hits a decent forehand to make space down the line but can't find it with his backhand. He looks out of his depth at the moment.

2210: "Roddick came in and attacked but Nadal came up with all the answers," says Jeff Tarango on 5 live sports extra. "We'll see if Roddick can make a couple of adjustments but it looks like Nadal is ready to handle anything that's thrown at him."

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Nadal 6-2 Roddick *
Roddick has his best moment of the afternoon so far by getting a Hawkeye challenge correct and the point is replayed at 30-15. Nadal sweeps a forehand down the line anyway for two set points.... he misses a forehand on the first, but Roddick goes long on the second. And Saturday's schedule is out, with Federer v Djokovic from 1700 BST, followed by Murray v Nadal/Roddick not before 1945 BST. Then it's Wozniacki v Serena at 0000 BST, with Kerber v Stosur on Grandstand from 2300 BST. Bit harsh on them for a Grand Slam semi.

* Nadal 5-2 Roddick
Nadal is threatening a third break with a forehand winner for 0-30, and he then has a great chance to make another but catches the tape. Roddick serves his way out of the immediate danger but double-faults on game point, before converting his second. Scratchy stuff from the 2003 champion.

From Pengumile on Twitter: "What happened to the150mph Roddick serve? He doesn't have enough to win a grand slam anymore, but he can still trouble opponents. #BBCTennis"

Nadal 5-1 Roddick *
Michelle Obama is still on Ashe, putting in quite a shift. Nadal double-faults for 15-30 but Roddick cannot put the pressure on and the champion holds comfortably enough. Apart from Nadal, everyone seems very flat on Ashe. Maybe they're saving energy for Scotland v Romania in the rugby later.

* Nadal 4-1 Roddick
Roddick gets off the mark with a more regulation service game and Stevie Wonder triumphantly belts out Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

It's good news for a Briton
2149: Apologies for not updating earlier but Oli Golding has joined Kyle Edmund and George Morgan in the boys' semi-finals. I know, I know, it's only three out of the four semi-finalists, but let's give the LTA a break on this one. All we need is one of them to win Wimbledon now.

Nadal 4-0 Roddick *
Brilliant stuff from Nadal on game point at 40-30, as Roddick looks to have hit a winning forehand only for the Spaniard to chase it down and fire a forehand back up the line.

* Nadal 3-0 Roddick
Game as ever, Roddick goes for a bit of serve-volleying, only to see Nadal fizz a cross-court backhand past him for 0-30. Roddick then nets a backhand and it's three break points.... Nadal winds up a huge forehand down the line and he has the double break. Roddick's once fearsome serve looks a bit lightweight after three hours of watching John Isner.

Nadal 2-0 Roddick *
Roddick makes a good start as he tries to get the break back but at 0-30 he can't control a backhand volley. Four points in a row, topped off with an ace, and the defending champion consolidates the break.

bgtennisnation on Twitter: "What a great start for Rafa he has gotten so much better as this tourney has gone on."

* Nadal 1-0 Roddick
Nadal whips a forehand winner for 15-30, Roddick smacks an ace for 30-30. I could be writing that quite a lot. Nadal leads their head-to-head 6-3 and in my eyes is an overwhelming favourite, but there seem to be plenty who think the rejuvenated Roddick has a chance. Dropping serve straight off won't help the American and on break point, Nadal makes a forehand return. A manual refresh will give you access to 5 live's commentary.

2129: Look out, more tennis. Roddick to serve.....

Andy Murray
2109: "I hope and I'm sure you hope it's a long match," jokes Andy Murray as he speaks to Mary Joe Fernandez afterwards. "I like your haircut by the way," he adds. The bounder. Back in 15 minutes.....

2106: "A great effort from Andy Murray and he can put his feet up now and wait for Nadal and Roddick," says David Felgate on 5 live. Never in doubt. We will continue with text and 5 live commentary of Nadal v Roddick in the next 15-20 minutes, I'm guessing. Time for us all to regroup.

It's good news for a Briton
Murray 7-5 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7-2) Isner
Isner nets a forehand volley and Murray has the double mini-break, which is better than it sounds. Isner goes for a forehand drop shot but it hits the net and Murray has four match points..... and Isner misses with the return! I always fancied him in a tie-break.


Murray 7-5 6-4 3-6 6-6 (4-2) Isner *
Murray gets the mini-break at 2-1 when Isner double-faults, and moves 3-1 clear with a big serve-big forehand combination. A tense rally follows and Murray steps in and thumps away a cross-court backhand, great shot, and it's 4-1. Isner hits a forehand winner to change around 4-2 down.

* Murray 7-5 6-4 3-6 6-6 Isner
Some ladies in the crowd are easing/ignoring the tension by waving brightly-coloured umbrellas. New York! Isner makes an error on the first point and Murray then looks to have caught the line with a good return, but it's called out before being overruled by the umpire. Murray has a great chance to pass on the replayed point but hits the net, and punches his strings in frustration. Isner attacks the net at 15-15 and Murray misses with a far trickier attempted pass, but the American then steers a nervous forehand volley into the tramlines - 30-30. Murray looks good when his return goes deep but Isner rocks back and plays a brilliant forehand winner. Big serve, and we're into a tie-break. Isner has won his last 11 in a row, apparently. Whatever.

Murray 7-5 6-4 3-6 6-5 Isner *
Murray double-faults for 15-15, but naysayers and doom-mongers can hold their fire as he actually plays a very solid game from then on, sealing it with a backhand down the line. One game to avoid 'Isner tie-break hell', as I am officially sensationalising it.

* Murray 7-5 6-4 3-6 5-5 Isner
A classic blocked Murray return to the feet does the job as Isner fails to scramble back the volley and it's 15-15. Isner then has a drive-volley that looks long, but we're all distracted by a heavy fall for Murray. The Scot eventually gets up and points out to the umpire that he asked for Hawkeye, but the eye in the sky says Isner caught the line. Murray hooks a nice forehand down the line but Isner serves it out to 30, and there wasn't too much sign of pressure on the American there.

Murray 7-5 6-4 3-6 5-4 Isner *
You know those Murray drop shots I was talking about? He's just done one. A backhander flops into the net and it's 15-15. A great rally follows, with another Murray drop shot, and the Briton looks to have it but his high backhand volley goes into the tramlines. Heavy, heavy Isner forehands and he earns himself two break points.... huge cheering, at last, from the crowd an Ashe.... ace down the 'T'! Controversy follows - Murray looks to have double-faulted but whips back Isner's return from the service line for a winner and pumps his fist. Isner thinks it was a double but doesn't appear to challenge, or maybe has waited too long. Either way, Murray gets out of jail. Isner hits another great forehand winner but Murray edges through to win a massive game with a forehand of his own. Are we all having fun?

* Murray 7-5 6-4 3-6 4-4 Isner
Murray has a sniff at 15-15 but Isner plays a couple of great points, moving to 40-15 by leaning back and cracking a forehand up the line. The American then cuts away a backhand volley and Murray is bobbing inexorably towards the terrifying rapids of an Isner tie-break.

Evening Standard correspondent Simon Cambers on Twitter: "Oli Golding levels his junior quarter-final by winning the second set. One more set to set up semi v Morgan and guarantee British finalist."

Murray 7-5 6-4 3-6 4-3 Isner *
Murray plays another fine winner down the line from his favourite territory, outside the tramlines on the backhand side, and holds to 15. Adele gets a run-out on the stadium PA. Hasn't she done well for herself? "You could have had it aaaaaalllllll......."

* Murray 7-5 6-4 3-6 3-3 Isner
Isner plays an ominously solid service game, getting to 40-0 before Murray hits a sweet backhand cross-court return. Isner smashes one away on his second game point. "Good returning there, Andy," mutters.... Andy.

Murray 7-5 6-4 3-6 3-2 Isner *
Murray chops over a devilish forehand drop shot - exactly the shot we all moan about when it hits the net - and a service winner takes him to 40-0. An ace wraps it up and as long as Murray keeps edging ahead on serve, he'll surely get another chance to break.

* Murray 7-5 6-4 3-6 2-2 Isner
Murray steps in and forces a volley error from Isner to lead 0-30. He makes the return but it sits up mid-court and Isner plays a brave forehand right onto the line. Isner then produces the obligatory 136mph ace out wide for 30-30. A second serve jams into Murray's body and the return finds the net. Game point for Isner and Murray sends a lob into the tramlines.

From mattdvernon on Twitter: "Keep calm people! Only time Murray has lost in a GS from 2 sets up was v Nalbandian in his first slam, Wimbledon 05. #bbctennis"

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From cfearn via text: "Can we have a special Murray rant graphic? Pretty please?"
Good thinking, I'll order one.

Murray 7-5 6-4 3-6 2-1 Isner *
"We could get the whole Andy Murray repertoire here," says David Felgate on 5 live as Murray gets increasingly irritated. Isner hits huge winners off the backhand and forehand sides and he is threatening at 15-30, only to mishit a forehand. Murray aces out wide and finds another service winner to edge ahead again.

* Murray 7-5 6-4 3-6 1-1 Isner
"I haven't made one all day, it's so annoying!" screams Murray when he misses with a return. He's half right. Isner wins a terrific rally from the net, which only serves to wind the Briton up even more and the end of his tether is within sight.

It's good news for a Briton
2008: Kyle Edmund and George Morgan are both through to the boys' semi-finals, with Oli Goldig still battling away out there. Someone dust off the bunting and make sure Trafalgar Square is free for a victory bus parade next week.

Murray 7-5 6-4 3-6 1-0 Isner *
Keep calm, Britain. You didn't really expect straight sets, did you? Isner plays a couple of poor points at 0-15 up and Murray plays a blinder of a backhand down the line for 40-15. Isner nets and Murray stomps off to the chair determinedly.

* Murray 7-5 6-4 3-6 Isner
Ace, service winner, service winner and it's three set points.... Murray's return looks to have gone wide but Hawkeye says otherwise. No matter, Isner hits an ace down the 'T' and after two hours and 20 minutes, the American is well and truly in the match.

Murray 7-5 6-4 3-5 Isner *
Isner doesn't get anywhere on that return game and after Murray wins it, the American heads over to the umpire and asks for the trainer at the next changeover. He's got to serve this set out first though.

* Murray 7-5 6-4 2-5 Isner
Seems a bit short but apparently my brother is officially a giant. Excellent. Isner holds to love with an ace and shuffles back to his chair. He did that for two days at Wimbledon last year though, he's fooling no-one.

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From Mark Gunning via text: "I do believe if you are 6 foot 6 you are officially a giant."

Murray 7-5 6-4 2-4 Isner *
Isner appears to have some sort of ankle injury but gets himself to 30-30, and Murray then stumbles worryingly when he has game point but sems OK. Deuce, and Murray hits an ace before Isner puts a forehand long.

* Murray 7-5 6-4 1-4 Isner
Isner thumps down ace number 11 to move 30-0 up, but Murray hangs in there and draws a couple of errors to get back to 30-30. Second serve... great rally... Isner looks to have won it with a drop shot but Murray produces a backhand lob that defies the physics I was wittering about earlier. The best shot of the day by far and it's break point.... Isner gets lucky with a net cord that just stays in and it's enough to knock Murray out of his rhythm, going long with a backhand. Isner holds and turns to his supporters to give it some fist pump of his own.

Murray 7-5 6-4 1-3 Isner *
Oh, I see. It's my fault, is it? Isner hits a huge return to make it 0-30 and only narrowly misses with a similar effort on the next point. Isner is in great shape again but makes the error and Murray is fortunate to be at 30-30, but capitalises to get a foothold in the set.

From indec on Twitter: "I always get this sinking feeling when the good people at #bbctennis start making positive noises about Andy Murray's chances in a match."

From Sho_Rahman on Twitter: "Given the way Isner is playing right now, it begs the question...Why didn't he go after Murray the first 2 sets? #bbctennis"

* Murray 7-5 6-4 0-3 Isner
Isner is on a roll here and, after one forehand that's called marginally out, he sees out his service game confidently with an ace. Technically speaking, how tall do you have to be to qualify as a giant?

Murray 7-5 6-4 0-2 Isner *
Murray plays an optimstic lob over the 9ft-tall Isner at 30-15 and physics demands that it goes long. A backhand into the net gives Isner only his second break point of the match.... and Murray plays a superb, aggressive point, moving into the net and jabbing away two sharp backhand volleys. Cue Murray fist pump. Isner is making possibly his final charge here though and he hammers a forehand return for his second break point.... big serve from Murray, 122mph out wide. Isner then rushes the net and Murray has two cracks at backhand passes before mishitting on the third. Cue Murray rant. Break point number three.... and Murray sends a backhand long. We have a match on our hands.

* Murray 7-5 6-4 0-1 Isner
You don't need me to tell you that, after a couple of admittedly lean years, Britain stands once again on the verge of world tennis domination. Maybe. There are three Brits in the boys' quarter-finals right now - Oli Golding, George Morgan and Kyle Edmund - and we'll keep you updated on how the future of British tennis is getting on. Meanwhile, Old Man Murray has work to do as Isner squeaks a sevice hold to 30 at the start of the third set.

BBC Radio 5 Live
1915: "I think Murray is really in the zone, he'll chisel more and more first serves out and I'm sure he'll go on and win this," says David Felgate on 5 live.

It's good news for a Briton
Murray 7-5 6-4 Isner *
Isner takes the first point when Murray makes an error in a lengthy rally, but the Briton responds with a magnificent backhand pass from out wide. A great shot. There's a bit of tension for the first time today but Isner lets the air out with an error for 15-30, and a poor drop shot for 15-40. Two set points.... Isner sends a backhand wide, and Murray is closing in.

Sun tennis correspondent Steve Brenner on Twitter: "Not wanting to tempt fate but Murray looking very good here right now. All over John "Crouchie, Niall Quinn" Isner."

* Murray 7-5 5-4 Isner
Isner looks to have taken the game with a second-serve ace at 40-30 but Murray challenges, and Hawkeye shows it was well wide. Deuce, but Murray fails to make a second-serve return and Isner sees out the game. The big man needs a break, now or never. Or in the third set.

Murray 7-5 5-3 Isner *
Mungo Jerry coins in a few more royalties on the changeover as In the Summertime floats around the stadium - next week I'm going to pen a weather-themed classic and retire. Murray nets a forehand for 15-15 that is apparently his first unforced error of the set, but Isner follows up with a couple of his own to take the prressure off the Scot.

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From Will via text: "First serve percentage for murray today is more than 20% higher than yesterday. He needs to keep it at this level for his chance at the title. With his groundstrokes chances will come on opponents service games."

* Murray 7-5 4-3 Isner
Murray is relishing a steaming hot day in New York, with all those punishing hours of training paying off, and he is driving Isner to distraction by just gently moving the ball all over the court. Isner lets a lob go at 30-30 and it's called 'in', but Hawkeye comes to the American's rescue and he follows up with his eighth ace of the day.

From WhelanWrites on Twitter: "John Isner looks shattered, after just over an hour of tennis. Foregone conclusion? #bbctennis"

Murray 7-5 4-2 Isner *
Murray gives Isner a very unwlecome runaround on the opening point and the American takes his revenge with a walloping return for 15-15. Murray then plays the kind of deft backhand volley that puts one in mind of a young Stefan Edberg, or maybe Sir Tim Henman. Lovely stuff. Isner dumps a forehand into the net on game point, apparently out of sheer frustration.

Times correspondent Neil Harman on Twitter: "The guy behind me called AM a bum in the first set. Stopped short of an international incident, but I was steaming."

* Murray 7-5 3-2 Isner
The Isner serve is back in the groove for now and he makes a good lunging forehand volley on his way to a solid hold. It's all very relaxed out there but Murray needs to keep sharp in his service games.

Murray 7-5 3-1 Isner *
In the time required for me to take a comfort break, Murray moves 40-0 up, and a ridiculous drop shot gives him the game. It almost spins back over the net, and Isner is starting to get the hump. Understandably.

* Murray 7-5 2-1 Isner
Murray plays a sensational forehand pass for 0-30 and another off the backhand side to make it 15-40. Two break points.... two aces from Isner, and another gives him the game. To be honest, the American looked sprightlier after 11 hours on court at Wimbledon two years ago.

Murray 7-5 2-0 Isner *
Isner produces a magical/slightly fortunate drop shot but he's 40-0 down at the time and has just lost seven points in a row. An ace from Murray seals the game and an early ice bath beckons.

* Murray 7-5 1-0 Isner
The Isner forehand has gone walkabout and Murray makes him pay at 0-30, returning a fairly weak smash and finding a gap down the line with a forehand pass. Three break points.... and Isner nets with a forehand. Good stuff from Murray, making all the returns and dragging a tiring Isner all over the place.

BBC Radio 5 Live
1833: "I expect to see Murray loosen up a little now and, early on in the second set, really make his intent clear and drive it home to Isner," says David Felgate on 5 live. "If he can get an early break, he can see the finish line."

It's good news for a Briton
Murray 7-5 Isner *
Isner plays a Murrayesque rally of cagey backhands to draw an error for 0-15, but he can't make a Murrayesque running pass on the second point and it's 15-15. Isner then drags a sliced backhand into the net, but Murray responds with a dreadful forehand into the net off a high, floating ball to mid-court, but earns himself a set point.... and Murray's backhand pass is enough to see off Isner at the net. Set in the bag, tie-break avoided!

* Murray 6-5 Isner
Murry plays a great pass on the first point and lines up another on the second, only to net with a cross-court backhand. "He knows he should have made that," says David Felgate on 5 live. He does make a forehand pass on the next one and, to everyone's surprise, Isner double-faults. Two break points.... Murray makes the return but it only floats to mid-court, yet Isner hoiks a shocker off the frame and way over the baseline. Great news for Murray but an odd game from Isner.

A celeb has been spotted
Murray 5-5 Isner *
Michelle Obama looks down from on high as Murray opens with an ace and takes another quick love hold.

* Murray 4-5 Isner
A glimmer of a sliver of the door possibly being ajar, a bit, when Isner nets a routine one for 15-15. A smash from Isner and a missed backhand from Murray make it 40-15, before the Briton fizzes over a good return for 40-30. Isner attacks the net behind a second serve and his volley is good enough to firmly boot the door shut.

Murray 4-4 Isner *
Murray levels it up with a hold to 15 when Isner fires a backhand long and it's all very calm and quiet out on Ashe. Hard to get into it so far as both men are holding relatively easily.

* Murray 3-4 Isner
"Challenge, challenge, CHALLENGEEEE!!!" Murray screams as he chases down a lob and thinks it has missed the baseline. But Hawkeye says it caught a fraction of the paint and both players have a bit of a grin about it. Isner holds easily and it might be a bit early to mention tie-breaks, but the American is pretty good at them and won three against Gilles Simon in the previous round.

Murray 3-3 Isner *
A much stronger game from Murray who takes it to love with an ace.

British doubles player Colin Fleming on Twitter: "Is it possible to have some kind of challenge system for touching the net? We got completely done over on a huge point last night by umpire. Break point for them at 5-3 in 3rd. We won the point. Umpire said my racket touched. I know & video proves I didnt. Thanks."

* Murray 2-3 Isner
Isner opens by smashing into the net from the baseline, and that's the stuff he's supposed to be good at. Although as a tall type myself, I can confirm it does not exclude you from being woeful at smashing. The chink in my armour. Isner gets a smash right for game point but Murray takes it to deuce with a backhand winner. The American seals the game from the net.

It's bad news for a Briton
1800: From my colleague David Ornstein: "It's heartache for British doubles pair Colin Fleming & Ross Hutchins in their doubles quarter-final against Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi. The match was stopped last night with the Brits trailing 5-6 15-30 in the third set after they had missed match points. On the resumption, they lost three straight points as their opponents came through 7-5 2-6 7-5.

Murray 2-2 Isner *
We've been here before, in the last week actually. Murray's oppopnent is playing the more aggressive tennis and looking the likelier early on but the Briton keeps him moving, so the question is how long can Isner last? A clever lob-volley and a couple of heavy, flat forehands bring Murray back from 15-30, and he rounds the game off with a drop shot of his own.

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From Andrew via text: "Murray has to be serving on top form today. He said himself he won't get many chances to break Isner. The flip side of this is that if he throws silly service games away he might not get the chance to win them back. Serve poorly and it's over. Serve well and Murray will win in 4."

* Murray 1-2 Isner
Isner plays another excellent drop shot at 15-30 - he's the new Fabrice Santoro. Then he smacks an ace, a bit more like the old John Isner. And another.

Murray 1-1 Isner *
Murray is in a bit of bother when he double faults for 15-30 but he then pulls a cross-court backhand pass out of the very top drawer, possibly nestling on top of the cupboard gathering dust it, was so good. Isner is going for it from the back of the court right now though, blazing away with some heavy forehands and following up with a neat drop shot-volley combo for break point.... but Isner comes up with the error and Murray holds.
* denotes next to serve

* Murray 0-1 Isner
The first game sets the scene nicely as Murray works his opponent beautifully when he gets the return back, while Isner fires down a 140mph ace and finishes with a sharp volley behind another big serve. The American takes it from deuce.
* denotes next to serve

1739: Isner to serve...

BBC Radio 5 Live
1731: The players are out on a sunbathed Arthur Ashe Stadium, uninhibited as ever by a roof. You can follow the action with 5 live commentary via the link on the right-hand side of this page.

John Isner
1724: "This is probably the biggest match of life. I've never made a Grand Slam semi-final before and I want to get there. I have such a tough match today - Andy's playing so well here and I'll have to play my absolute best to have a shot. He took my legs out from under me [at the Australian Open]; he uses short angles and had great hands. But I'm a better player now than I was then, so it should be a good match-up."

Daily Mail tennis correspondent Mike Dickson on Twitter: "To me Andy Murray's Aus Open 2010 clinical dismantling of John Isner one of his finest Grand Slam performances and hopeful he'll repeat it. But Isner's serve unplayable when it's on. Rafa doing his usual trick of peaking when it most matters so take him to beat A-Rod in 4."

Coach and commentator Brad Gilbert on Twitter: "Going to be low 80's today and a bit humid you would have to think that would an advantage to AM vs Isman, as he had a routine match yest."

Andy Murray
1719: "Isner has had a pretty up and down year but he's playing good tennis and is a tough guy to break - I'm going to have to play very well," Murray tells Sky. "I have to get the first serve back, the more you make of them the more pressure it puts on him. I'm usually OK with second serves but I need to make him go for things on his first serve and hopefully he'll make a few mistakes."

1716: Murray and Isner have met just the once before and it was a comprehensive win for the Briton at last year's Australian Open. However, Isner is on a great run of form and has won his last nine matches, which included taking the title at Winston-Salem in the buid-up.

1710: Afternoon all, the sun is shining in New York and we're apparently going to get some tennis at the scheduled time. Andy Murray v John Isner for a place in the US Open semi-finals. It's the American's first Grand Slam quarter-final but, if you didn't know already, he's 6ft 9in and has a pretty tasty serve. Murray has made the semi-finals, at least, at all the Grand Slams this far and he has a pretty handy return. There's your analysis.

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