US Open, Flushing Meadows
A MURRAY (GB) 19 v J Bjorkman (Swe)
5-7 6-3 6-1 4-6 6-1
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"Well done Murray. He had to work hard for the win, but got there in the end. This was a very good workout for Murray, a couple of weeks ago he would just have capitulated.
From blaster on 606
"Finally I can get back to working. Didn't know how long I could make my lunch break last. Any Brits in New York this weekend to see the next round?"
From jstocks on 606
Murray 5-7 6-3 6-1 4-6 6-1 Bjorkman
That's it. Murray reaches the third round after completing a battling win. He produces a stunning drop volley at full stretch to help him fight back to deuce after going behind early on. A backhand service return gives him match point and he takes it with another winner.
That's it from me. There is a pie and chips (plus random veg) with my name on it at the BBC canteen. Yummy. Thanks very much for your company.
Murray 5-7 6-3 6-1 4-6 5-1 Bjorkman
Murray is a man in a hurry. He produces a love game and can afford a little smile. He believes he has won this.
"I said that Bjorkman would take Murray to four sets, but I am not surprised that the Swede has done this. He is a fantastic player, and his age is little problem to him."
From twocents on 606
Murray 5-7 6-3 6-1 4-6 4-1 Bjorkman
The players are flagging, and you can't really blame them - I wouldn't have been able to make it out of the first set. Murray pummels four sparkling service returns which leave Bjorkman reeling and the break is sealed when the Swede puts a volley long. Murray is in control.
Murray 5-7 6-3 6-1 4-6 3-1 Bjorkman
Murray holds to retain his slender advantage, helped by the 16th ace of the match so far.
Murray 5-7 6-3 6-1 4-6 2-1 Bjorkman
No dramas for Bjorkman as he holds with little fuss. We can all take a deep breath now then.
Murray 5-7 6-3 6-1 4-6 2-0 Bjorkman
It's a dogfight now people, the two players are slugging it out. Reminds me a bit of the end of Rocky II. Fine film that. Murray unleashes a punishing forehand winner that puts him ahead and after a bit of panting and wheezing, he delivers an ace that seals the game. His first serve percentage was down to 43% compared to Bjorkman's 70% in the fourth set so any improvement would be helpful to the Scot.
"The saucer runs on ethanol too. At one mile to the gallon, no wonder it's a bit wobbly."
From John French via text
Murray 5-7 6-3 6-1 4-6 1-0 Bjorkman
Another flash of brilliance from Murray, this time a superb forehand return, levels the game at deuce. But he follows it up with a lame shot to the net and he lets out an anguished cry to vent his frustration. Bjorkman is also having his problems and double faults to give Murray a break point which is converted when the Swede puts a volley long. First blood to Murray.
Murray 5-7 6-3 6-1 4-6 Bjorkman
Superb stuff from Bjorkman as he takes the fourth set with a perfectly-judged volley that breaks his opponent. Murray is getting rattled and walks up to the umpire to have a moan about a line call. This match is turning into a epic.
"Will Vincent1982 be licensed to drive a sky car if he passes his exam?"
From LC, Newquay via text
Murray 5-7 6-3 6-1 4-5 Bjorkman
This match continues to amaze. Now it is Murray's turn to shine as a return winner gives him break point. He converts it with a spectacular backhand lob which he digs out from a well-placed Bjorkman volley into the corner.
"Have you seen the photo of the prototype 'flying saucer'? Eight engines and about as airworthy as a cathedral."
Marc, Chester via text
Murray 5-7 6-3 6-1 3-5 Bjorkman
Oops. This match is turning again. Bjorkman claims a break point when Murray can't get back to his side of the court after almost clattering his head on the umpire's chair. Murray surrenders the game with a very tame drop shot attempt from mid-court that had fatigue written all over it. If that is possible.
"I am supposed to be studying for some commercial pilot exams I have next week, can Andy hurry up and win already so I can get back to it?"
From Vincent1982 on 606
Murray 5-7 6-3 6-1 3-4 Bjorkman
Murray battles back from 40-0 down to bring the game back to deuce but the Swede then delivers the first ace of the set so far to hold.
"Come on Jonas, rally here. If Bjorkman takes this set, he will be mentally and physically fitter than Murray in a fifth and will come through to win."
From Krizjun on 606
Murray 5-7 6-3 6-1 3-3 Bjorkman
Murray apparently was rubbing ice on his legs during the changeover, this lengthy contest must be taking its toll - on both players. Murray does manage to hold as Bjorkman makes a couple of unforced errors.
Murray 5-7 6-3 6-1 2-3 Bjorkman
That's better from Murray. Just when it looks as if his injury break is catching up with him, Murray ups his game, firing winners at will. A forehand down the line puts the set back on serve.
Murray 5-7 6-3 6-1 1-3 Bjorkman
Murray's first-serve percentage is dropping off and he has another double fault in this game. Bjorkman claims two break points, the first of which is saved by a quite brilliant Murray drop shot from the baseline, but the Swede secures the break when the Scot goes long.
Murray 5-7 6-3 6-1 1-2 Bjorkman
The Swedish veteran (there I go again, sorry) stretches to produce a superb drop volley that goes cross court and leaves Murray scrambling. The shot gives Bjorkman the hold. It seems that he will not roll over for anyone.
"Sky Car, a la Jetsons. Won't we just move the traffic jams three metres above the roads?"
Stephen via text
There is always someone who has to be sensible, isn't there? Can't I just dream?
Murray 5-7 6-3 6-1 1-1 Bjorkman
Murray is unhappy with a line call on an ace he feels is good. The umpire tells him to "have a look". Don't know at what though, there does not seem to be an obvious mark. Anyway, Murray produces two tired-looking double faults to give Bjorkman a break point but he delivers a brave second serve to restore parity. Bjorkman has another but Murray digs in again and manages to hold. The Swede has lost his last seven break points now - that could prove costly.
Murray 5-7 6-3 6-1 0-1 Bjorkman
Bjorkman knows he has to start this set well if he is to have any chance of coming back and he does precisely that with a solid service game that keeps Murray at bay.
"I'm off to the patent office with the blueprints for the sky car. I could make millions!"
Matt, Leeds via text
Murray 5-7 6-3 6-1 Bjorkman
Well that was simple enough, Murray wraps up the game and the set with ease. It really is looking good for Murray at the moment and it is a question of how much Bjorkman has left to give.
"I'm feeling so optimistic I've started looking for tickets for Saturday now. It's like buying quarter-final tickets for the world cup, gambling on which stadium to buy tickets for and which session. I may hold off till he's won. Don't want to jinx things."
From jstocks on 606
Murray 5-7 6-3 5-1 Bjorkman
Bjorkman finally stops the rot with a hold despite Murray taking the game all the way. The Scot places a return into the net and the game is Bjorkman's.
"Whoa! Take your eye off the match for a bit and Murray storms ahead. Go Andy!
Eric, Wimbledon via text
Murray 5-7 6-3 5-0 Bjorkman
Murray makes it nine games in a row despite being placed under a bit of pressure and Bjorkman having a break point.
"Surely there's more chance of seeing 'two jags' Prescott in a sky car than Andy Murray winning the US Open. Either way, I'd quite like to see one of these happening in the next five years."
From 606Guy on 606
Murray 5-7 6-3 4-0 Bjorkman
Bjorkman is making far too many unforced errors at the moment, allowing Murray to dominate. Murray blasts a forehand return down the line to break again and is running away with this.
Murray 5-7 6-3 3-0 Bjorkman
Murray gets sloppy all of a sudden and Bjorkman goes 40-0 ahead although the 19th seed grabs back the initiative when the Swede puts a simple smash into the net.
Murray 5-7 6-3 2-0 Bjorkman
Murray produces his best game of the match as he breaks Bjorkman for the first time this set. He fires three winners, the pick of them coming when he somehow gets hold of a Bjorkman smash to lob it right back.
Murray 5-7 6-3 1-0 Bjorkman
A quick change of top for Murray and he is ready to go again. He looks in the groove and holds with little difficulty. Murray's first serve percentage improved massively in the second set, that was key.
"Really good quality second set from Murray there - had to fear for him after losing a set and then a break immediately, but he then treble-breaks Bjorkman that set."
From philosophicalarfster on 606
Murray 5-7 6-3 Bjorkman
An exquisite backhand return winner, that even has yours truly exclaiming out loud, gives Murray two break points. With Bjorkman seemingly resigned to losing this set, Murray takes the game on the second. We are all level now but Murray is certainly in the ascendancy.
Murray 5-7 5-3 Bjorkman
Comfortable again on his serve, Murray backs up the break with another hold. He is on course for this set now.
"Ah, the 'sky car'...otherwise known as an 'aeroplane'.
Ian, London via text
No way Ian, this was the real thing, honestly. A hovering car to get you out of all those traffic jams. One word - class.
Murray 5-7 4-3 Bjorkman
Murray shows real acceleration and composure as he chases down and calmly despatches a drop shot. It gives him break point but that stubborn Bjorkman fella battles back yet again to save it. Murray then has another thanks to a forehand winner but this time he converts it with a backhand fizzer.
"Come on Andy! You can do it!
Tom, Eastleigh via text
Murray 5-7 3-3 Bjorkman
After the grind of the last game, Murray keeps this one brief and holds with ease.
Murray 5-7 2-3 Bjorkman
A real war of attrition this one. Murray puts Bjorkman under pressure and claims two break points although the Swede saves both of them. The games then descends into an advantage ding-dong before Bjorkman somehow saves his serve after 12 minutes of effort. Murray seems not to be pushing that forehand of his and tellingly fires two attempts despairingly into the net. That game could turn out to be a crucial one.
Murray 5-7 2-2 Bjorkman
Steady hold from Murray despite a double fault on the opening point. Bjorkman has a quick word with the umpire at the end, he obviously wasn't happy with a call, but the man in the chair is not having any of it.
"If you write this I promise to stop refreshing this page and get back to work!"
Ollie, London via text
Murray 5-7 1-2 Bjorkman
Now it is Bjorkman's turn to struggle as Murray breaks straight back. That was a vital one, he didn't want to see Bjorkman race off into the sunset.
Murray 5-7 0-2 Bjorkman
Oh dear. Murray will not want to look back at this sloppy game on the video. Bjorkman claims three break points and takes the game and first blood in this second set when a Murray backhand slice goes wide.
Murray 5-7 0-1 Bjorkman
Bjorkman comes out of the blocks firing and races into a 40-0 lead. But he takes his foot off the gas, produces some unforced errors and finds himself at deuce before Murray dispatches a forehand winner down the line on the way to claiming a break point. The battling Bjorkman hangs on in there and holds. Murray is not taking his opportunities.
Murray 5-7 Bjorkman
There is a real sense of tension as a Murray mis-hit flies off into the atmosphere - I could catch it if I had a sky car, and Bjorkman takes a 30-0 lead. Murray levels it up but a wonderful return gives the Swede his first break point. He loses that one though, and another two, before finally breaking and taking the set with a backhand pass that Murray does not even bother to chase.
Murray 5-6 Bjorkman
A quick change of racquet for Murray but it does not do the trick and he puts a weak forehand wide to give Bjorkman the game.
Murray 5-5 Bjorkman
Bjorkman does not get close to Murray's serve as the Scot claims his first love service game of the match so far.
Murray 4-5 Bjorkman
Murray gets a sniff of a chance by taking the game to 30-30 but he lets Bjorkman off with a backhand into the net. Bjorkman, a former world number four, closes out efficiently.
Murray 4-4 Bjorkman
Good serving from the 19th seed to keep Bjorkman guessing - one fantastic return aside - and Murray holds again. Tie-break anyone?
Murray 3-4 Bjorkman
Murray is not happy and is starting to mutter angrily to both himself and a line judge. Bjorkman just gets on with holding and will be satisfied with his display so far.
Murray 3-3 Bjorkman
Murray spurns an easy forehand wide at the start of the game although you can excuse a bit of rustiness after his injury lay-off. He manages to hold and this set is turning out to be a bit of a battle.
Murray 2-3 Bjorkman
The Briton brings up his first break point with the help of a quite stunning passing backhand that lands just inside the line. Bjorkman digs in to save the first and then a second before holding. The veteran Swede (stop it, stop it) takes a big gulp of air as he sits down, he knew he was under pressure there.
Murray 2-2 Bjorkman
Murray seems to be settling into his game and concedes only one point as he holds again.
"If you write this on the Murray v Bjorkman match page thing, I will name my first child Jonas 'the Swedish veteran who has bladder problems' Howe."
Gregg, via text
We are going to hold you to this now, you do realise that.
Murray 1-2 Bjorkman
Murray has two tiny moans to the umpire as he feels they have gone long. Bjorkman is taken to deuce but holds when Murray fires a backhand into the net.
Murray 1-1 Bjorkman
Good work from Murray as he holds after battling back from 15-30 down. The 20-year-old finishes off with a passing backhand winner down the line.
Murray 0-1 Bjorkman
Nice simple hold for the Swedish veteran, see I've done it again. He only drops the one point and has a steady start in the stifling heat of New York.
1606: I don't know how much I can concentrate on this game. I have just seen a news report from California on scientists that have developed a sky car. Brilliant. The players are out on court and have just finished their warm-up routines. It is bright sunshine in New York and Bjorkman will serve first. Let us know your thoughts on the game or give us your inventions that could revolutionise the world on 606 or by text.
1556: Murray thrashed qualifier Pablo Cuevas in the first round and showed no signs of the wrist injury that has troubled him since May. Bjorkman had an equally easy time against Juan Pablo Guzman, and showed no signs of the forgetfulness or loss of bladder control that must surely be affecting him these days.
1548: Andy Murray is about to take on Jonas Bjorkman, who is these days always referred to as 'Swedish veteran Jonas Bjorkman'. He's 35. The pair have never played each other before but their games should match up well for Murray, who enjoys having a target at the net to pass.