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Murray v Nadal as it happened

US Open

Semi-final result:

A MURRAY (GB) bt R NADAL (Spa)

6-2 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 6-4

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By Piers Newbery

FOURTH SET:

2306: Well who would have thought it? An absolutely incredible performance from Andy Murray and he will play Roger Federer in Monday's US Open final, at 2200 BST.

Nadal 4-6 Murray
Murray gets an enormous slice of luck on the first point as a backhand clips the net, rolls along the top and drops on Nadal's side. Another net cord helps him get to 30-30 as he steps in and puts away an easy forehand. Two points from the final.... but Nadal hits a big serve. A fired-up Murray holds his own in a magnificent rally and forces an error to make it deuce. An even better rally follows and Murray is the one who takes the initiative as he darts to the net and punches away a volley. MATCH POINT!!!!

Nadal brings Murray in and it's a bad move - the Scot chases it down and sends a backhand pass around the stranded world number one. MURRAY WINS!!!

2256: "Andy needs to win so its worth the telling off im gonna get from my boss 4 doing no work and reading all the updates."
From Sam in Lincoln via text on 81111

Nadal 4-5 Murray
Nadal's second running forehand pass of the day gets the top seed off to an ominously good start but he fails with a return on the next point, and a big Murray serve and nerveless forehand volleys get him to 40-15. Ace! Murray is one game away.

Nadal 4-4 Murray
Another brave trip to the net and a flat backhand winner get Murray to 30-30, and Nadal then goes wide in a desperately tense rally. It's break point for Murray! He goes just, just long with a backhand down the centre. Murray then sends a forehand long and Nadal holds.

Nadal 3-4 Murray
Murray is suddenly in charge again, sending down some big serves to get to 40-0 and then producing the shot of the match, day, week, tournament? Nadal chases down a drop shot easily and seemingly hammers away a backhand but Murray sticks his racquet out and flicks it back from behind him. Hard to describe, worth looking out for.

Nadal 3-3 Murray
Murray is looking understandably flat at the moment and some loose play sees him fail to make much impression on the first two points, but he rouses himself with a sortie to the net and gets back to 30-30 when a Nadal lob goes long. Yet another backhand into the net lets the British number one down but he wins a long rally for deuce. Nadal then sticks a very casual volley into the net and Murray has break point number 18 of the match.... and at last! Murray finds a solid return and Nadal goes long with a forehand. It's all square.

2239: "C'mon Andy boy. I'm gonna be late for work tomorrow staying up for this, please make it worth it!"
From Rab, Motherwell, via text on 81111

2238: "Come on Rafa! sorry Andy... "
From Jen 4m manchesta via text on 81111

2237: "Watching game online via BBC sitting at home... Come on Nadal! You've come back 2 sets down before and you can do it again... Vamos!!!"
From Michael in Woking, Surrey, via text on 81111

Nadal 3-2 Murray
Uh-oh. Not only is Nadal back to his usual levels of confidence but he seems to be rediscovering the trademark power that was absent yesterday. He absolutely belts a forehand winner into the opposite corner for 0-30 and Murray does well to battle back and cling onto his serve.

2234: "Nadal played great shots on all those break points, Murray really had only one chance on that passing shot but it was on the run."
Jeff Tarango on 5 Live

Nadal 3-1 Murray
Nadal is in trouble when hits a double fault and an error but he regroups and battles back from 0-30 to take the game and consolidate the break. Five-setter anyone?

2231: "Ah. That glass of red doesn't taste so nice anymore!"
From Dave in newport via text on 81111

Nadal 2-1 Murray
There is no changeover after that dramatic previous game and the inevitable happens. Murray makes three unforced errors to fall 0-40 behind and he goes wide with another backhand to drop serve. It seems unfair somehow. But it's not.

Nadal 1-1 Murray
An epic game. Nadal sends a forehand miles wide - very unusual that one - and it's 15-40, two break points. Nadal saves the first with a big serve-big forehand combination, and the second with a big serve. Impressive stuff. Murray remains unruffled and this time draws the Spaniard to the net and fires an unstoppable backhand down the line.

Break point number three - Murray gets into the rally but nets a regulation backhand. Ouch. Nadal then goes wide when stretching for a backhand, and it's break point number four.... at last he gets a second serve but agonisingly stick the return in the net. Another long rally, another Nadal error under pressure, break point number five... and Nadal saves it with a lunging volley after Murray chases down a forehand on the run. It's breathtaking stuff from both men at the moment.

Murray gets break point number six with a fading backhand slice down the line, but then sends a backhand long. I'm not sure I can take all this. Murray hammers a forehand into the backhand corner and it's break number 36 of this game. Er, seven. Nadal hits an ace. Murray plays the shot of the day, a booming backhand winner, and it's deuce number eight. Nadal finally comes through for a huge hold, could be tough for Murray to get over that one.

Nadal 0-1 Murray
Cripes. Nadal hits a blistering forehand winner down the line on the first point of the set - just like the one he played to get to match point in the Wimbledon final - and Murray then makes an error to fall 0-30 down. He gets back to 30-30 with the help of a superb forehand of his own but then double faults. Break point to Nadal but Murray hits an ace out wide, followed by a big second serve and a Nadal error. A huge hold for Murray, whose grandmother is on her feet in the players' box. Steady there.


THIRD SET:

2204: "Thinking this is going to go the distance but Mr Murray is the 5 set specialist so we could be in for a Blinding evening come on Murray!"
From Liam O'Connell (via text) playing Bingo in North London, eyes down!

Nadal 6-4 Murray
It's 30-30 and the pressure is on Nadal. He's not the world number one for nothing, though, and fizzes a forehand deep into the corner to make it 40-30 and set point. Murray plays a brilliant point, turning defence into attack and making Nadal go for too much with an attempted pass - deuce. Another forehand error from Nadal and it's break-back point! Ace from Nadal, great shot, and he then takes control of the next rally to thump away a forehand down the line - set point number two and he hooks a big forehand onto the line. The Spaniard punches the air and the match is well and truly on now.

Nadal 5-4 Murray
Murray has picked up where he left off yesterday on serve, firing two aces to open the game, throwing in a spectacular forehand winner and rounding it off with ace number three. Now, can he force the break back?

Nadal 5-3 Murray
Nadal attacks with the forehand and sweeps into the net to put away a volley, much to Uncle Toni's delight in the stands. Murray almost hits a winner off a Nadal smash but just goes wide and Nadal looks like taking this set at the moment.

2148: "It feels like Murray has survived the first psychological test. Nadal is clearly pumped up and wired for this but Murray held his nerve."
David Law on 5 Live

Nadal 4-3 Murray
A fantastic response from Murray, who wallops one magnificent cross-court forehand winner and follows up with a sharp volley to hold to love.

2145: "Reading text updates secretly while out on a date. It's really making me nervous. Hope andy wins quickly as otherwise i'll be too annoyed to bother inviting her in for a coffee."
From Tom via text on 81111 - She's a lucky lady, Tom.

Nadal 4-2 Murray
Nadal opens in impressive fashion, finishing a lengthy first rally before smacking a backhand winner onto the baseline. Murray goes for too much with a couple of aggressive backhands and Nadal holds to love with a massive forehand, and gets a huge roar. I think the locals want a five-setter.

2137: The knock-up is well and truly under way, to the familiar sound of U2's Where The Streets Have No Name- they seem to like that one at Flushing Meadows. Strap yourselves in people, here we go....


Sunshine

2132:

Murray gets a decent ovation as he walks onto court and waves to each side of the stadium, before Nadal bustles on in his usual style. And the sun is out.

2131: "I'm SO nervous. If American TV didnt call the shots, we'd have had Muzza through to the final yesterday. Rafa is gonna come out all guns blazing. Fingers x'd. Gonna be tough."
From Phil via text on 81111

2128: "Sitting in Rockefeller Plaza, New York, getting ready to watch Murray. The crowd is 50:50 and expecting a classic! C'mon Andy!"
From Shaun via text on 81111

2127: "Piers..sitting in NYC LaGuardia airport preparing to watch a 3 set match, I say that because I fear Nadal can win 3 straight after the suspension, since he can't be so bad again and Andy may have lost the momentum."
From hyflyer on 606

2125: We have just enjoyed an 11-year-old girl singing the US national anthem. Jeff Tarango on 5 Live: "This is really a big weekend for American sports and to keep the US Open and tennis in the premier spotlight, which the networks have chosen to do - that's what's going on here with the scheduling. I think that's what the international community doesn't understand sometimes, the competition for coverage here."

2120: If you're near a radio, you can get full coverage of this one on 5 Live in the UK - and we shouldn't forget that the women's final is later on at 0200 BST. The reason Murray and Nadal have not appeared at the designated 2100 BST start time is that there is some sort of ceremonial action on Arthur Ashe Stadium. You would think they'd just get on with it after all this time....

Sunday 2115: Welcome back. My sources tell me it's a beautiful day in New York as we wait to see if Andy Murray can become the first Briton to reach a Grand Slam final since Greg Rusedski managed it here 11 years ago.

Remember, he leads world number one Rafael Nadal by two sets to love after a fantastic effort yesterday, but the Spaniard nicked a break of serve in the third before the rain came. I don't know about you but I've filled the last 14 or so hours with sleeping, eating and dealing with an exploding washing machine. It's all too much.


Saturday 2045: We have confirmation that there will be no further play today, meaning the women's final will not take place on a Saturday for the first time since 1974 - stats fans. Serena Williams and Jelena Jankovic will follow the conclusion of Murray and Nadal on Arthur Ashe Stadium. Join us for more drama and less rain, hopefully.

2016: The latest word from the 5 Live team in New York is that the rain has well and truly settled in for now. Should that remain the case, Murray and Nadal will resume on Arthur Ashe Stadium at 2100 BST on Sunday, with the women's final to follow at 0200 BST on Monday. The men will then return on Monday evening at 2200 BST for their final.

2007: "Go murray go! Its in the bag son! U can do it! Oh yeah and lets hope gorgeous jankovic wins the ladies title!"
From Purchox in nottingham via text...rainin ere 2!

2001: It's not looking good for the women's final, but it's several hours away so you never know. The happiest person in New York right now must be Roger Federer. The good news is we can enjoy the home nations' football teams as they begin their inevitable march to World Cup glory. Oh dear....

1952: "There's going to be quite a delay as the rain is now lashing down."
David Law on 5 Live Sports Extra

1948: The rain is coming down enough for the players to head for the locker room. It could be five minutes, or it could be the storm we have all been promised. Stay tuned for updates.

1945: Murray does not look too happy when the umpire suggests stopping as it doesn't appear to be raining. The players sit in their chairs and apparently we are waiting to see if the very light rain stops in a moment.

UMPIRE STEVE ULLRICH CALLS A TEMPORARY HALT BECAUSE OF A SLIPPERY COURT SURFACE.

1941: "In a taverna in deepest mexico. Mon the murray meister!"
From Andy hood via text

Nadal 3-2 Murray
A double fault does not help Murray as he falls 0-30 down on serve but he chases down a superb Nadal backhand and finds an angled forehand winner of his own. Murray then hits two aces to wrap up the game - Sampras style.

Nadal 3-1 Murray
A Nadal error brings Murray into the game at 40-30 down but the top seed holds his nerve, and holds serve.

Nadal 2-1 Murray
Nadal hits a screamer of a backhand return on the first point but Murray responds with aces 14 and 15 and serves out a very confident game.

Nadal 2-0 Murray
Nadal is finally waking up and the crowd are certainly behind him, probably keen to extend this one as long as possible. He holds serve to 30 and takes charge of the set.

1930: "Woah! MURRAYYY! 2 sets up. I didnt give him a chance but cmon MURRAY! But fed express 4 the title!"
From Henry via text on 81111

1929: "Mo watchin from a 300 year old cafe in damascus, we're all behind andy here, COME ON!"
From anon via text

1927: "Listening in Lewis Western Isles SCOTLAND! Come on Andy!"
From Seumas via text

Nadal 1-0 Murray
It's always difficult to keep the level up after winning a set like that and Murray makes a couple of unforced errors to give Nadal two break points - his first of the match. Murray fires a forehand long and Nadal finally has something to cheer about.


SECOND SET:

Nadal 6-7 (5-7) Murray
Murray comes through a desperately tense tie-break to convert his overall dominance throughout the set. The Briton moves 3-1 up with a running forehand pass but is pegged back to 3-3 by the changoever. A thumping forehand winner puts Murray ahead again but Nadal holds both service points for 5-4. The Spaniard then sees a net cord roll along the top of the net and fall on his side. Murray then finds a big serve and Nadal goes wide with a backhand on set point.

1913: "Watching in rockefeller plaza New York. C'mon Murray!"
From anon via text on 81111

Nadal 6-6 Murray
Murray opens with ace number 12 but makes a couple of truly unforced errors on the forehand before another big serve makes it 30-30. Nadal fails to make a return as Murray serve-volleys on second serve and another service winner gives him the game. It's a tie-break, and if there's any justice Murray will win it after that set. Doesn't always work that way though.

1908: "There's so much that can go wrong for Murray in the next two games, I've got ants in my pants right now."
Jeff Tarango on 5 Live Sports Extra

Nadal 6-5 Murray
It's another Nadal service game, and another battle for the Spaniard. Murray smashes a forehand return to earn a break point but Nadal saves it with a backhand volley, and gives it some trademark fist pumping - he's clinging on here. Murray controls the next rally at deuce and forces a seventh break point of the set but Nadal saves it with a smash. He smacks an ace to hold serve yet again.

Nadal 5-5 Murray
The sublime tennis continues on Louis Armstrong and it's pretty much all coming from Andy Murray - he wallops ace number 11 down the middle for a love service game.

ROGER FEDERER BEATS NOVAK DJOKOVIC 6-3 5-7 7-5 6-2 TO REACH THE FINAL.

Nadal 5-4 Murray
Murray holds his own from the baseline and Nadal goes wide with a forehand down the line, before the Briton finds a magnificent cross-court forehand pass on the run from way behind the baseline - 0-30. Nadal hits his third ace of the day and an off-forehand winner for 30-30. Murray just misses with an attempted pass but makes a mid-court forehand to get to deuce. He then sticks a regulation forehand into the net and a return wide, and Nadal comes through another difficult service game.

Nadal 4-4 Murray
Nadal finds a return winner to get off to a good start but again Murray slams the door shut with an ace, a high-kicking second serve, and another ace - number 10 for the day. He eases to the net on game point and puts away the backhand volley. Beautiful stuff.

Nadal 4-3 Murray
Over on Arthur Ashe, Federer has broken to lead by two sets to one and 3-2. Nadal enjoys an easy hold for the first time in recent memory.

Nadal 3-3 Murray
When a Murray drop shot dies into the net on the first point he could be excused for feeling some nerves. Not a bit of it - two fantastic forehand winners and two aces give him the game.

Nadal 3-2 Murray
Murray moves Nadal wide and hammers his favourite backhand into the space down the line to make it 30-30. Nadal then goes wide with a forehand and it's another break point for the Scot. Uncle Toni shifts uncomfortably in his seat but his nephew sees off the danger, just, after needing two bites at a smash. Murray keeps up the pressure, arrowing a cross-court backhand winner for another break point. Murray plays a dodgy drop shot followed by a rather tame attempt at a lob, and Nadal punches away the volley. The Spaniard holds again.

Nadal 2-2 Murray
Greg Norman and Chris Evert have abandoned Federer-Djokovic for this one - just in time to see Murray race through a love-service game. No sign of disappointment after missing three break points in the previous game.

Nadal 2-1 Murray
Nadal fires a backhand wide and Murray makes him pay with a huge forehand winner down the line - 15-40 and two more break points. The Brit gets a good look at a second serve but gets over-excited and sticks the return in the net. Nadal levels at deuce with a service winner but then plays an absolute howler of a drive-volley to give Murray break point number three. Murray goes wide with a forehand, confirmed by Hawkeye, and Nadal hangs on - a great opportunity missed by the British number one.

Nadal 1-1 Murray
Murray stands firm at the net under a barrage of Nadal attempted passes but the world number one makes it 15-15 with a fine return. Murray hits two aces and two forehand errors to stand at deuce, at which point he cracks another ace down the middle before Nadal nets a backhand. Mum Judy and girlfriend Kim are among the Murray support group in the stands.

1815: "Wow squared! I've never seen Murray play better. Totally unfazed by Nadal and the serve and volley tactic is working like a charm."
From Marc, Liverpool, via text on 81111

Nadal 1-0 Murray
Over on Arthur Ashe, Federer breaks in game 11 and serves out to take a two sets to one lead. Back on Louis Armstrong and Nadal still looks less than comfortable, making an unforced error as he is taken to a nervous 30-30 again. The Spaniard does well to find an ace and a service winner for the hold.


FIRST SET:

1813: "Murray was low key after winning that - he knows he's got a long way to go."
Jeff Tarango on 5 Live Sports Extra

Nadal 2-6 Murray
The adrenaline must be coursing through Murray as he picks up where he left off in the last game with an ace to get to 30-0. There are a few nerves as Nadal recovers to 30-30 but Murray crunches a forehand down the line, and takes the set at the first opportunity with some more bold serve-volleying.

1810: "Murray's like a cobra. He just sits there and then every time he sees that forehand down the line he takes it."
Jeff Tarango on 5 Live Sports Extra

1809: "That was absolutely brilliant from Murray...."
From Radiofiend on 606

Nadal 2-5 Murray
Murray continues to dictate the play and has another half-chance at 30-30, but chooses to slice a short, high backhand rather than attack and Nadal takes the point. He doesn't make the same mistake on the next point as he smashes away a fantastic cross-court backhand. If that was good, the forehand down the line on the next point is better still and it's break point again. Murray then plays a sliced return, drawing Nadal into the net and passing him down the line. Amazing stuff.

Nadal 2-4 Murray
Nadal opens with a backhand pass down the line but Murray remains unflappable, calmly putting away a smash and smacking an ace to hold comfortably. It's one set all and 4-4 between Federer and Djokovic.

Nadal 2-3 Murray
A couple more forehand errors from Nadal give Murray a glimpse of another break at deuce but he goes wide with a forehand. The line judge misses it, somehow, but Nadal goes to Hawkeye and gets the point. Murray nets a backhand and Nadal stays in touch.

Nadal 1-3 Murray
Murray decides to serve-volley and it works a treat as he holds serve to love. Nadal has not played on this court during the fortnight and could be struggling with the faster pace, apparently.


Brits Up

Nadal 1-2 Murray

The stadium is half-empty but filling up quickly with lucky punters unexpectedly stumbling across a potential classic. According to Jeff Tarango on 5 Live Sports Extra, the front row is pretty much taken up by LTA people. Some great scrambling from Murray draws the error from Nadal and the Scot leads 15-30. He totally dictates the pace of the following point and Nadal goes wide with a backhand - two break points for Murray. Nadal sticks a forehand long and Murray gets the break! He gives us a little fist pump but keeps the bicep under wraps, for the moment. It's on serve midway through the third set between Federer and Djokovic.

Nadal 1-1 Murray
Murray is clearly intent on being positive from the outset, knowing he does not want to get drawn into a baseline battle with Nadal. A delicate forehand volley and a slam-dunk smash help him to an easy hold.

1742: "I caught up with Judy Murray last night and she was so excited by how the tournament has gone for both her boys."
Jeff Tarango on 5 Live Sports Extra

Nadal 1-0 Murray
The world number one and the British number one are out on Louis Armstrong Stadium knocking up. Briefly... they've played five times and Nadal has won the lot, but the general feeling is that the Scot has improved markedly since his Wimbledon humbling at the hands of the Spaniard. Nadal to serve first...

.... and Murray makes a good start by dictating the opening point and thumping away a forehand. Nadal responds with a fantastic low volley drop shot - didn't know he could do that. Murray hits another forehand winner and goes agonisingly close with a backhand at 15-30. Nadal then wins a brilliant rally at 30-30 and follows up with an ace - great first game from both men.


THIRD SET:

Djokovic 1-0 Federer
Murray and Nadal are out on Louis Armstrong and we'll be heading there in a moment, but I'll keep you up to date with this one too. It continues to be a bit of a ding-dong battle - Federer gets an early break point when Djokovic puts a backhand wide but the Serb saves it with a decent serve and follow-up forehand. He then smacks a cross-court backhand winner and takes the game. Time for Murray v Nadal, I think...


SECOND SET:

Celebrity spot!

Djokovic 7-5 Federer

Federer fails to put away a volley on the first point and then nets a forehand - it's 0-30. A shocker of a backhand into the tramlines hands Djokovic three set points. The Serb goes for way too much on the first and sticks a forehand miles long; Federer saves the second with a fine wrong-footing forehand; but the Swiss misses the easiest of the lot when he hooks a mid-court forehand wide and the set goes to Djokovic. US funnyman Will Ferrell looks perplexed in the stands.

1720: "I think it's fitting if this set comes down to a tiebreaker - I'd like to see a bit of mano a mano in the tie-break."
Jeff Tarango on 5 Live Sports Extra

Djokovic 6-5 Federer
Djokovic opens with a double fault but battles back, with the help of a Federer mishit, to take the game to 15. He finishes off with a tame smash that Federer almost gets back.

Djokovic 5-5 Federer
A quick pan upwards from the camera suggests the breeze is picking up and the clouds are gathering. Perfect timing for Murray and Nadal to come out and knock up on Louis Armstrong. Meanwhile, Federer plays a rock-solid love service game and the pressure switches back to Djokovic.

Djokovic 5-4 Federer
Yikes. Djokovic is in real trouble with a woeful double-fault to go 0-30 down but credit to the Serb, he comes up with a couple of big serves to get back to 30-30 and then fires a forehand into the corner. He comes through after one deuce and that's a big hold.


Celebrity spot!

Djokovic 4-4 Federer

A fantastic opening point sees Federer eventually take it with a big forehand on the run, and he sees out the game to level the scores. Greg Norman and Chris Evert look on, and that's got to be worth digging out the old Wimbledon celeb graphic.

MURRAY V NADAL TO START AT 1730 BST. COVERAGE HERE AND ON 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA.

Djokovic 4-3 Federer
Federer gets the break back! Djokovic gets nervous at the wrong moment and slips break-point down, at which point he snatches at a forehand and stick it into the net.

Djokovic 4-2 Federer
Federer smacks ace number six to go to 30-0 and follows up with a forehand winner and another big serve for a love game.

Djokovic 4-1 Federer
Djokovic consolidates the break easily enough when Federer nets a forehand and this will be a test of the increasingly fragile Federer confidence.

Djokovic 3-1 Federer
Federer cannot control a heavy Djokovic backhand and puts his volley long to slip 0-30 down. Two points later the Serb forces a defensive lob and sticks away a smash for 15-40 and two more break points. Federer goes long with a backhand and it's a break for Djokovic, whose parents look relieved in the stands. Papa Djokovic reminds me a bit of Robert de Niro. Wasn't De Niro in Djokovic's box last year? Or did I dream that? Anyway...

Djokovic 2-1 Federer
Djokovic moves ahead again with a regulation service game and it's a low-key start to the second set.

1648: "In response to Jeff Tarango's comments (see 1642 entry), the weather in New York is a lot more volatile than in the UK!"
WildMercury on 606

Djokovic 1-1 Federer
Federer is looking supreme on serve, moving to the net at one stage and chopping dead a backhand stop volley. Djokovic hits back with a beautiful forehand winner down the line and a backhand that does Federer at his feet like a yorker. Another forehand winner sees Djokovic back from 40-0 to deuce and Federer's under pressure for the first time today, but the Swiss comes up with a sublime backhand winner down the line and goes on to hold.

Djokovic 1-0 Federer
Djokovic gets off the mark with a solid service game and that should do him some good. He's been quietly finding his form in the last few games and there's a long way to go here.


FIRST SET:

Djokovic 3-6 Federer
Unforced errors have plagued Federer this year and it's a mark of how well he is playing today that after eight games he has made just two. There are worrying signs when he nets an easy forehand volley for 15-15 but he continues to serve superbly and wraps up the set with a classic big serve-big forehand combination.

Djokovic 3-5 Federer
Much better stuff from Djokovic now and Federer might be pushed to serve this one out. The Serb finishes off his service game with a clever backhand volley.

1632: "The weathermen here in the States aren't as good as they are in Britain - they don't really have it down. The organisers here are really in a pinch."
Jeff Tarango on 5 Live Sports Extra

Djokovic 2-5 Federer
Federer opens with the sweetest of drop volleys off the backhand side but Djokovic responds with a forehand around the net post that catches the Swiss sleeping at the net. Federer still takes the game to 15 when Djokovic nets a backhand.

Djokovic 2-4 Federer
Djokovic finally shows us what he's made of with a fine one-two punch on the forehand for 30-0 and sees out a love game.

Djokovic 1-4 Federer
A smooth ace down the centre line gives Federer an ace and a love service game, and the world number two - still sounds odd - has started in fantastic form.

1622: "The top 4 in the world. Fantastic. Murray to play The Fed in the final. Murray to take the title. I hope. C'mon the flying Scot."
From Phil, Baker St, via text on 81111

Djokovic 1-3 Federer
Federer opens with a crunching forehand winner and comes up with another scorcher down the line to get to 15-40 and two break points. The Swiss bludgeons away with some more incredible forehands and forces a wayward lob from Djokovic - the first break of the day.

1618: "This is a real rumble. Tennis is supposed to be all these nice guys but they're ready to kick dirt in each other's faces. Federer has a real air about him today, like 'this is my show, you've got to react to what I'm doing.'"
Jeff Tarango on 5 Live Sports Extra

Djokovic 1-2 Federer
A fizzing Djokovic backhand cross-court pass leaves Federer stranded at the net but the Swiss responds with a fierce backhand of his own at 30-30 that almost cuts the Serb in two. Federer holds.

Djokovic 1-1 Federer
Federer goes for a Hawkeye challenge on the second point and fails - he looks disgusted. Djokovic sees out the game easily enough. There is very little atmosphere on a half-full Arthur Ashe Stadium, which is probably due to the unusual 11am start time - very early for such a big match.

Djokovic 0-1 Federer
That was a very solid start from Federer, a couple of big serves followed up by easy winners and the champion looks very comfortable.

1608: "I think what we're going to see today is one of the all-time great champions up against one of the few people who can beat him. I will say Federer in three sets."
Jeff Tarango on 5 Live Sports Extra

1605: Great news! Djokovic is out on court knocking up, resplendent in lime green shorts, with Federer down the other end in his red and brown number, and the weather looks.... fine. What was all the fuss about?

1601: Afternoon all, and welcome to what should be one of the great days in tennis. However, the threat of a lengthy storm has left everyone uncertain as to how much we will get through today.

First up is defending champion Federer against last year's runner-up Djokovic in the opening men's semi. The second match should be Britain's very own Andy Murray against world number one Rafael Nadal, but if the weather is OK it seems likely that one will get under way on Louis Armstrong Court at 1700 BST. If that is the case, I'm afraid to say I will be abandoning Federer-Djokovic, although doing my best to keep you across what's happening on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Finally, the women's final between Serena Williams and Jelena Jankovic is due to start at 0000 BST, but that one seems very vulnerable to the weather.



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