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US Open day five as it happened



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By David Ornstein

0530: That's just about it from me. Don't forget to check out Saturday's order of play and we'll see you back here at 1600 BST. It's been a pleasure. Cheerio!

5 live's Jonathan Overend tweeting from Flushing Meadows: "What a fun day. Big efforts from Clijsters, Pennetta, Schiavone... Cilic, Dent and... Denis Istomin - Uzbek Representing... night all"

0520: Nadal smashes his spare ball into the crowd with his face a picture of genuine satisfaction. The 23-year-old knows he was given a run for his money by an inspired Kiefer, but he battled and scrapped for every point to come through for a solid victory. Nadal remains some way off top form and things will get a lot tougher from now on, but he remains in contention and it would take a brave man to bet against the Majorcan going deep into week two. Vamos!

The match is over
0515: The game is up for plucky Kiefer. Rafael Nadal knows as well as anybody how to close out a match and, in a touch under three hours, the Spaniard serves out for a 6-0 3-6 6-3 6-4 victory. Next up for the world number three is a third-round meeting with compatriot Nicolas Almagro.

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0511: "Maybe if i go back to sleep Kiefer will win?! I doubt it."
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0508: The umpire turns his attention to spectators using "cameras with flashes". He made his announcement potentially two points before the end of the match. Has he not realised there have been flashes going off all match? Rafa wants to put this to bed and is all over the Kiefer serve like a rash. A couple of stunning winners force deuce but Kiefer is hanging in there. The German holds with yet another magnificent drop shot after Rafa managed to return a full-blown smash.

0500: Midnight in New York and Rafa marks it was a sensational game, back to his commanding best from the first set. The crowd are twice warned by the umpire for making "odd calls". One of the calls was, "I can see you, Will Ferrell". Kiefer serving to stay in the match.

Bob Bryan on Twitter: "Just ate a chicken/rice ball from a dirty late night deli. Tasted better than it looked. Fingers crossed that I'll have a pepto-free night."

0455: Another routine service game has Team Nadal on their feet in the stands. The pressure turns to Kiefer and, at long last, he buckles. It all happened rather quickly really. A couple of passing shots from Rafa, an unforced error from Kiefer and an unreturnable forehand seals the break. Rafa is now two games from securing his passage to round three.

0448: A potentially crucial love hold for the six-time Grand Slam champion... but he cannot capitalise and a sprightly Kiefer holds just as comfortably. Kiefer doesn't hit a single winner in his service game. Rafa's groundstrokes have gone AWOL.

0440: Several openings come Rafa's way on the Kiefer serve in game four but he fails to capitalise. The Spaniard was playing some wonderful tennis early doors but he looks to be flagging a touch during the long rallies. Kiefer, on the other hand, looks to be growing in confidence with the realisation that he is still very much in this match. Rafa goes wide with a backhand down the line and will now serve to level the set at 2-2.

0435: If Rafa was showing any signs of complacency in the second set they have well and truly been banished. Game face on. No nonsense. Comfortable service hold.

0428: If Kiefer is to go down, he certainly won't do so without a fight. It is hard to think this is the same man who received ironic applause for winning his first game in game one of the second set. Now the Arthur Ashe crowd are loving him and rightly so. I wouldn't go as far as to say he is playing the better tennis, but the German has shown some flashes of absolute breathtaking brilliance. He's often had Rafa chasing shadows and that is illustrated as he holds serve in game one of the fourth set.

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0424: "I was watching this live and after the first set decided to go to bed but cant sleep and what do ya know? It's turned into a match! Come on Kiefer! "
Anon via text on 811110421: Kiefer is barely given a sniff as Rafa races through his service game to take the third set. The world number three looked in a right pickle when Kiefer levelled the match at one set all but he's now just a set away from a place in round three, where he would play Nicolas Almagro.

0415: By his usual standards, Rafa has been pretty quiet tonight. But at the start of game eight there is a feeling that the Spaniard is pushing extra hard for the break of serve and with his first two break points come uppercut-style fist pumps and yelps of "Vamos!" Kiefer saves both and has the opportunity to close out the game but sends a tame backhand into the net. Another chance goes begging for Kiefer before Rafa turns the screw and forces his opponent to net on break point. Rafael will surely now close out the second set.

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2344: "Is it me or does DJ Slinky look like Ricky from Eastenders?"
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0405: Funny? Without doubt. Good actor? Yep. Fashion guru? Not on this evidence. Will Ferrell goes all Italian promenade at Flushing Meadows and commits the ultimate fashion crime. The classic jumper wraparound over the pastel shirt. It's a shocker. C'mon Will - raise your game. Kiefer serving at 3-4 down.

Will Ferrell
0358: Mr Ashenden has uncovered some snaps of Mr Ferrell. Talking of Mr Ferrell, does anyone know what's going on with the second Anchorman movie? I've heard conflicting reports - some say it's on, some say it's off. In an interview I read with Ferrell a while ago he suggested they would happily shoot a second Anchorman if they could get all the cast together, which was proving problematic. Anyway, back to the tennis. Kiefer comes from 0-30 down to hold impressively. Rafa now serving at 3-3.

0353: Still going with serve on Arthur Ashe. Kiefer is more than holding his own and Rafa, leading 3-2, looks more than a bit puzzled. That said, a break here and the Spaniard is firmly back in the driving seat.

DJ George Baker and Sienna Miller
Slinky and Sienna
0345: BBC Sport's Mark Ashenden has donned his showbiz goggles and spent much of the evening scouring the Arthur Ashe Stadium court crowd for A-list celebs. He says actress Sienna Miller and DJ George Baker (aka Slinky Wizard) were watching Venus Williams against Magdalena Rybarikova. Who on earth is Slinky Wizard?

0339: The Arthur Ashe Stadium court comes back down to earth with a low-key start to the second set. Both men hold serve and Rafa is now serving for a 2-1 lead.

0333: Kiefer makes the early running but some stunning defence from Rafa and an awful volley from the German takes us to 15. Rafa then wastes all his hard work by netting a forehand and then goes wide to give Kiefer two set points. The world number 129 nets a backhand but then produces his fourth ace of the match and we're all square. Who would've thought it? At 32 Kiefer probably won't have many more chances to play in front of stadium courts like this and he is rising to the occasion. Rafa scuttles off for a comfort break as YMCA blares out of the PA system. Game most definitely on.

0326: OK, that's enough. I really must stop talking about Taylor Dent. Especially when we have a mouth-watering second set developing on Arthur Ashe. Kiefer breaks the Nadal serve for a second time to go 4-2 up and then holds for a 5-2 lead. He closes out the game with an unreturnable serve out wide but it was the point before, which took him to advantage, that really captured the imagination. It was arguably point of the tournament so far. Both men running flat out to stay in the rally, both coming to the net, both rescuing lobs... It ended with a Kiefer smash which sent the crowd, including Anchorman star Will Ferrell, delirious. Kiefer jumped around as if he had just won the US Open. Utter pandemonium. Rafa successfully serves to stay in the set. Kiefer now serving to level the match.

5 live's Jonathan Overend tweeting from Flushing Meadows: "Celebrations continue on Grandstand with Dent doing a lap of honour, high-fiving the fans who are leaning over the boards... still out there!"

0315: I actually think we should consider renaming the first Friday night at every future US Open. Let's call it "Taylor Dent Night". This was the night the loveable American returned to the consciousness of world tennis.

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0310: "Well done TD. Always good to watch him play in the past, welcome back."
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Andy Murray on Twitter: "Physio just had 300 dollars on table, Ross 200 to down a lump of wasabi after 10 seconds of chewing both spat it out after 6 seconds amazing."

0302: And then there were two. Rafael Nadal and Nicolas Kiefer. The final match in progress on day five of the US Open. Rafa broke in game three for a 2-1 lead but Kiefer hit straight back with a shock break of his own. This second set is getting tasty. Kiefer is belting groundstroke winners left, right and centre as Rafa - wearing black shorts, yellow top and luminous blue headband and wrist bands - begins to sweat profusely. Kiefer takes a 3-2 lead.

0302: Amid that flurry of excitement I totally forgot to inform you about Jose Acasuso victory over 18th seed David Ferrer. The unseeded Argentine prevailed 6-3 3-6 1-6 6-3 6-2 and goes on to face Frenchman Gael Monfils.

5 live's Jonathan Overend tweeting from Flushing Meadows: "Dent wins - awesome - 11-9 - Grandstand jumping - grabs the umpires mic to say thanks to the crowd! - from wheelchair to famous US Open win!"

The match is over
0257: Andy Murray's third-round opponent has been decided. American wildcard Taylor Dent, contesting his first US Open since 2005, edges out Spain's Ivan Navarro 6-4 5-7 6-7 (1-7) 7-5 7-6 (11-9). An absolute epic.

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2344: "Rafa is making me hungry. Bagel anyone? "
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Serena Williams on Twitter: "The restaurant could not have been any nicer. I must go back. They were so nice. And the food was sooo good! I'll b back in my Sundays Finest!"

0253: As Jonathan Overend points out, Taylor Dent and Ivan Navarro are slugging out a fifth set tie-break. It's 9-9. Hi-carrumba. More drama than an Eastenders and Casualty sandwich…

5 live's Jonathan Overend tweeting from Flushing Meadows: "Amazing deciding tie-break in the Dent match. Crowd are on their feet as Dent breaks back. 5-5! Folk standing up all around Grandstand"

A bagel
0247: With one bagel already in the bag, Rafa looks hungry for another as he goes 0-30 ahead in game one of the second set. But back comes Kiefer to level with two perfectly-weighted volleys and he goes 40-30 up with a booming forehand winner down the line. Several deuces later and Kiefer gets his neck in front before Rafa nets. The crowd rise to acclaim Nic's first game of the match and he responds with a gladiatorial raising of the right arm. Game on? I very much doubt it.

0240: And there goes the opening set. In all of 24 minutes.

0234: It would be way, way, way too brave of me to stick my neck on the line and predict a triple bagel But... Rafa has just chalked up his third break of the opening set to lead Nic Kiefer 5-0. So he's serving for the first set as we speak and he doesn't seem to have even moved up into second gear yet. The Spaniard may be playing a guy who's woefully out of form but you can't help but think he's capable of going all the way this fortnight. Much, obviously, depends on those knees - not to mention Messrs Federer, Murray, Del Potro and Roddick - but if anyone is capable of doing it after a lengthy spell on the sidelines it's Rafa.

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2344: "Stuck looking after a pub for the weekend in the depths of Yorkshire with no internet or Sky TV! Only the live text is keeping me from being completely bored!"
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Venus Williams on Twitter: "Hey I've been MIA for a lil bit maybe too focuced on the tennis! I will keep you updated from here on. I had a great match tonight. Luv ya!"

0225: We could have a quicker-than-expected end to the evening session. Rafa has barely broken sweat in racing into a 3-0 lead. Kiefer has had a terrible year, with injuries and poor form seeing the former world number four's ranking plummet. The draw is looking very promising for Rafa and his dodgy knees are getting a nice and gentle workout. Make that 4-0.

0220: It looks as though a seed is about to fall out on Court Four. Jose Acasuso of Argentina leads 18th seed David Ferrer 5-1 in the fifth and deciding set. Ferrer pulls it back to 5-2 but now Acasuso is serving for the match. Can we call it a semi-shock? Undeserving of the lightning graphic me thinks.

0215: A sign of things to come on Arthur Ashe? Rafael Nadal brings up three break points in game one of his second round match against Nicolas Kiefer. The German saves the first with an ace but tentatively comes forward on the second and hits the net. First blood to Rafa.

Andy Murray on Twitter: "Copying thieving cheating robbing stealing ROSSING."

0206: Wakey wakey Rafa fans. Your man is warming up with Nicolas Kiefer on Arthur Ashe Stadium court as we speak.

0158: Acasuso-Ferrer is actually on Court Four (refresh your page and it will be put right). Meanwhile, Andy Murray must be loving the action on Grandstand. He plays the winner of Ivan Navarro and Taylor Dent, who are into a late-night fifth set. It's become a attractive match, with Dent's game especially easy on the eye, but neither player will want to face world number two Murray after a five-set epic. They've got no choice now. Stop chuckling, Andy.

0153: Jose Acasuso and David Ferrer aren't up for an early finish - they're into a decider on Court Four.

The match is over
0148: Venus could hardly have timed her first love service game of the set any better. She seems transformed from the player who couldn't serve for toffee not too long ago and storms into a 6-5 lead. Classic Venus. All of the pressure is transferred to Rybarikova and the 20-year-old cracks. We see the point of the match as both players scamper left, right, forward and back - but it's Venus who takes it with a surge to the net and pinpoint volley. It's match point for number two seed and when Rybarikova goes long that's it. Venus Williams beats Magdalena Rybarikova 6-2 7-5 and will play Kim Clijsters for a place in the fifth round.

0140: Confidence boosting holds for both Venus and Rybarikova. The Ashe crowd is now gripped. Venus to win in two? Rybarikova to level at one set all? You tell me...

Serena Williams on Twitter: "Omg most embarrassing moment in my life! We had reservations @ a restaurant we did not know it was fancy. And they r giving us jackets to wear! Mortified!!!!! Ahhhhh I can't be more embarrassed!!! They put @bigsascha in a jacket!!!!! I'm in my Nike shoes and sweats!! Shall we Leave???"

0130: Rybarikova continues to pile spade loads of pressure on the Venus serve and brings up another two break points. But the second seed fights for her life and a magnificent succession of volleys have the crowd on their feet. She holds for 3-3 but her opponent barely breaks sweat in doing likewise to 15 and Venus is back on serve.

0125: BBC Sport's Mark Ashenden has just made my night by unveiling a bag of toffee popcorn. What a way to celebrate the start of Labor Day weekend! And right on cue, Rybarikova goes long to hand Venus a sweet moment of her own - the break back. We're back on serve in the second set. And we've got popcorn.

0120: Venus looks though she could be in serious trouble as her erratic serve gives Rybarikova hope of a second successive break. Rybarikova isn't exactly playing out of her skin but when you're opponent is making one unforced error after the next - Venus racks up a sixth double fault of the match - there's no need to. Venus battles her way through the game but now here Rybarikova, the world number 46 from Bratislava, serving for a 4-2 lead.

0113: At 0101 I told you Venus Williams was bang on form. She was, I promise. But then her first-set service problems returned to haunt her and she couldn't hit a barn door. First serves a right off, he second efforts were crossing the net at around 65mph. She seems to lose concentration as a stylish and persistent Rybarikova engineers three break points. The Slovakian had three in the first set and took none. This time she takes her first as Venus shanks a forehand long and wide. Rybarikova then holds for a 3-1 lead. This could yet be interesting and, by no coincidence, Arthur Ashe is filling up...

The match is over
0106: The comeback keeps rolling on for Kim Clijsters. Contesting just her third Grand Slam match since the 2007 Australian Open, she steam-rollers fellow Belgian Kirsten Flipkens 6-0 6-2 in 62 minutes. Clijsters now faces the winner of Venus Williams and Rybarikova.

0104: Andy Murray's probably got his slippers on by now and sharing a couple of sparkling mineral waters with Will Ferrell. But does he care who he plays next? Probably. He faces the winner of Navarro and Dent and the pendulum swings towards the Spaniard, who wins the third set tie-break 7-1.

0101: The 6-2 scoreline would suggest Venus Williams breezed through the opening set but it was not that easy and she has plenty of room for improvement. That said, she has come out like a train in the second set and looks bang on form.

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0100: "Venus' outfit is very clever. She chases her opponent around and then, eventually, knocks her off. "
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0055: So the battle to see who takes on Andy Murray continues to rage. American wild card Taylor Dent and Spain's Ivan Navarro shared the opening two sets and it's turning out to be a bit of a humdinger. Boom. Dent had a sniff there on deuce but it's going to a tie-break. More details shortly. This one could go on all night.

0052: Scrappy tennis on Ashe right now. Venus is struggling on serve and has started relying on her venomous groundstrokes to get her out of trouble. Rybarikova brings up a third break point of the set but fails to convert. Venus races to the net and executes a fine volleyed winner before passing her Slovakian opponent with a laser-guided forehand. The American is now a game away from the first set.

0048: The crowd on Arthur Ashe is sparse at best, no one is Tweeting and no one is texting. Where are you all? I might not be the most riveting company for you on a Friday night but come on, let's be havin ya. Venus survives two break points to go 4-1 up but Rybarikova holds with relative ease. Venus now having more troubles on serve. She's actually sending her first efforts down at about 120mph but very few are finding their way into the service box.

0045: Argentina's Jose Acasuso is pegged back after taking the first set against David Ferrer. It's one-set each now. Game on. And in the women's, Flipkens has won her first game of the night but is still one set down against Clijsters.

0040: A little birdie (OK, 5 live tennis correspondent Jonathan Overend) has his ear very much to the ground at Flushing Meadows and he has unearthed some interesting news. Andy Murray and Laura Robson are set to form a surprise partnership for the 2010 Hopman Cup in Perth. More details to follow later but what a prospect.

0036: Commentators curse. There I was praising Rybarikova and she goes a break down. With Venus much equal to everything thrown her way, the Slovakian tries to shake things up by bringing her opponent to the net. But Venus races in and passes with ease. The third seed opens up a 3-1 lead, serving for 4-1.

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0035: "It's amazing just how many balls Kim Clijsters gets back over the net. She is wearing Flipkins down. Come on my namesake!"
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A bagel
0034: Belgium's Kim Clijsters saves two breaks points and strolls to take the first set against compatriot Kirsten Flipkens without dropping a game all in the blink of an eye - 27 minutes. The comeback queen is cruising.

Venus Williams
Venus sporting a Scalextrics track?
0030: My esteemed colleague Mark Ashenden points out that two-time Venus appears to have a Scalextrics track running down the front of her outfit. Thoughts? Venus blasts her way into a 2-1 lead but Rybarikova is no slouch and certainly seems to be feeding off her opponent's power. The Slovakian is serving to level the opener at 2-2.

0025: Quicker than you can say Magdalena Rybarikova, Magdalena Rybarikova levels the first set a 1-1 with a comfortable hold. Venus resplendent in her tournament pink and 20-year-old Rybarikova decked all in white, a la Wimbledon.

0020: A gorgeous sunset over Arthur Ashe and we're ready to roll with the night session. Third seed Venus Williams and Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia warm up to the sound of I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas. Great tune for a Friday night. But, then again, none of you are out partying are you? We've got an important night of tennis ahead! Venus to serve first and how. A powerful to 15.

0015: Battle of the Belgians. Former champion Kim Clijsters has made a great start against Kirsten Flipkens. Two breaks of serve up already and she's taken a 3-0 lead in the first set. In the men's side of the draw, Argentine Jose Acasuso could be in line for a bit of a shock. He's grabbed the first set 6-3 against 18th seed David Ferrer from Spain.

0011: Opening Saturday's proceedings on Louis Armstrong are fourth seed Novak Djokovic and impressive American youngster Jesse Witten. Then comes Tommy Haas versus Fernando Verdasco and then Sorana Cirstea against Caroline Wozniacki.

0007: It's just been brought to my attention that, scandalously, we haven't informed you of the order of play for day six. So here goes. World number one and top seed Roger Federer gets the action under way on Arthur Ashe against Lleyton Hewitt at 1600 BST. They are followed on court by Melanie Oudin and Maria Sharapova. It what a match to wrap up the day-time session - big-serving American John Isner against big-serving American Andy Roddick. The night sessions starts with women's top seed Dinara Safina against Petra Kvitova and concludes with James Blake versus Tommy Robredo.

The sun is out
0000: The sun may have gone down in NYC but there's plenty of action still to come today so don't forget to send me your news and views via text 81111 and you can follow the BBC Radio 5 live team at Flushing Meadow on Twitter.

2355: Dent entered Flushing Meadows on a wildcard and is competing at "the Open", as the Americans refer to it, for the first time since 2005. I'm not going to lie - neither of these chaps will keep Murray awake at night. Dent took the first set 6-4 but meekly surrendered the second 7-5. We're at the changeover and the third is about to get under way. There seems something of a lull around the grounds as the spectators gear up for what should be a fairly decent night session.

2352: Mr Murray may be done and dusted for the day but both he and us will have a keen eye on the current tussle on Grandstand. It pits Spain's Ivan Navarro against Taylor Dent of the US. The winner, lest we forget, has the unenviable task of taking on British number one and second seed Murray.

5 live's Jonathan Overend tweeting from Flushing Meadows: "So... American reporter: "Who's Fred Perry?"... Me: "very funny"... Dim reporter: "No, who is Fred Perry - does he make clothes?" Andy: "He's one of the greatest players of all-time"… Dim reporter: "Well you learn something everyday..." Rip that credential."

2340: Almagro breathes an immense sigh of relief as he return to his seat after a 6-7 (7-9) 6-2 6-3 4-6 6-4 victory over Robby Ginepri. He did in five sets what he should have done in four but he's through and that's all that matters. The Louis Armstrong crowd rises to salute the Spaniard. Nice touch. Almagro will now face the winner of world number three Rafael Nadal's match against Nicolas Kiefer, which is the final match of the night session and you can follow it right here.

The match is over
Someone is having a tantrum
2335: A bit harsh to use the broken racket logo here but Nicolas Almagro is getting very, very angry at his inability to see off Ginepri. But now he has a match point. Will he? Won't he? A lengthy rally ends when the Spaniard sends down a booming forehand that his American opponent can only get a frame to.

5 live's Alastair Eykyn tweeting from Flushing Meadows: "Sat on court 13 with the Chileans who are going nuts for Gonzo v Ouanna. It's amazing how hard Gonzo hits the ball."

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2331: "In all honesty didn't think Almagro would make a mess of it but he's giving it a good go. Just noticed as well he looks a bit like Everton's Tim Cahill"
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5 live's David Law tweeting from Flushing Meadows: "2 years ago, Taylor Dent was commentating a few boxes down from us here - seemed finished due to back injury. Now one match from Murray."

First aid
2325: Over to Louis Armstrong. Almagro, looking to reach round three for the third successive year, is a break up in the deciding set of his match against American Robby Ginepri. But could there be a twist? Spain's Almagro, seeded 32nd, is receiving treatment from the trainer for what appear to be a thigh injury. is it cramp? He's up and about to serve for the match. Crowd on their feet. They want Robby but he's up against it here.

2320: Scores on the doors. Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin has beaten Nicolas Lapentti. It went to five sets, Istomin coming through 2-6 6-4 4-6 7-5 7-6 (7-4). Lapentti, of course, was a surprise winner against 19th seed Stan Wawrinka in round one. But it's goodbye to the Ecuadorian.

It's good news for a Briton
2314: I only caught the third and fourth sets of Murray victory over Capdeville but I hear he had a bit of a shocker in the second. Here's the explanation: "In the second set, I had a bit of a down, physically," said the world number two. "I felt like I was going to be sick. I wasn't exhausted, maybe I didn't eat enough or I ate too soon to the match. Basically, I played three good sets and one bad one."

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2305: Hey, wassup? Fairly comfortable win for Andy Murray, that. Now for the night session - Venus and Rafa being the headline acts. Let's get going.

By Pranav Soneji

2259 My time in the seat has come to an end, time to hand over to Dave Ornstein and his easy listening favourites on the graveyard shift. See you back here tomorrow.

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2247 Despite Paul Capdeville's defeat, Chileans can raise their mate gourds in Fernando Gonzalez's direction. The 11th seed is 1-1 going into the third set against France's Josselin Ouanna.

2241 A couple of epic matches simmering along to potentially dramatic conclusions in the outer courts. Nicolas Almagro, the 32nd seed, has just been broken by American Robbie Ginepri in the fourth set with the Spaniard 2-1 up. Meanwhile Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin has just been broken by Ecuador's Nicolas Lapentti serving for the match in the fifth set. This could be a corker.

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2225 While we've been on board the Murray Express, more seeds have tumbled and yet another top-10 woman has bitten the dust as eighth-seed Victoria Azarenka is beaten 6-4 2-6 2-6 by a beaming Francesca Schiavone, the 26th seed, who joins compatriot Flavia Pennetta in the third round. Belorussian Azarenka pounds her racket into ground in frustration as a double fault hands the Italian victory. Further bad news for Russians - China's Na Li completes a straightforward 6-4 6-2 win over Maria Kirilenko.

5 live's Jonathan Overend tweeting from Flushing Meadows: "Hot hot hot here today and not much breeze. Murray won 8/9 games after putting the cap on. Fed at 11am tomorrow - unusually early."

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Andrew, Newcastle, text 81111: "Murray has looked good today, excellent at times but his concentration has got to be better later in this tournament. If not I can't see him getting past Del Potro in the quarters, let alone Nadal."

2213 Take that second set out and it was textbook stuff from the 22-year-old. But what happened during that blip? No doubt Murray will address his shortcomings with his backroom staff in the next few days. But for now, he has a third-round encounter with either Taylor Dent or Spain's Ivan Navarro, who are due on court very soon, on Sunday to focus on.

Andy Murray beats Paul Capdeville 6-2 3-6 6-0 6-2

Murray 6-2 3-6 6-0 6-2 Capdeville*
Wallop! Murray runs around a tired second serve and hammers down a rocket-like forehand winner for two match points. The Chilean hauls one point back but overhits a return to hand the world number two victory.

Murray* 6-2 3-6 6-0 5-2 Capdeville
Capdeville looks a broken man as Murray floats a backhand sliced winner down the line. The inevitable is inevitably around the corner.

Murray 6-2 3-6 6-0 4-2 Capdeville*
Capdeville summons up one last vestige of resistance to seal his third service game to love.

Murray* 6-2 3-6 6-0 4-1 Capdeville
After launching his 14th ace, Murray slightly disappoints with a double fault - his third of the match - to take the game to deuce. Capdeville has absolutely no chance to attempt to break as Murray marmalises two further aces.

Murray 6-2 3-6 6-0 3-1 Capdeville*
Phenomenal - the only word to describe Murray's cat and mouse tactics in the last two points to seal the first break of serve in the fourth set, nailing two outright winners into empty space with Capdeville nowhere to be seen.

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Murray* 6-2 3-6 6-0 2-1 Capdeville
Murray's attempt at the outrageous nearly comes off, but can't quite get enough racket around his double-handed backhand 'jab' on the run to bend the ball back beyond the tramlines. However, he seals the game with his 12th ace, it's all looking healthy for Britain's number one.

Murray 6-2 3-6 6-0 1-1 Capdeville*
Bereft of inspiration, Capdeville opts for a throaty groan with every serve and return to help penetrate Murray's vault-like defences. And to the Chilean's credit, he summons up enough tactical nous to outplay Murray and hold on to his serve for the first time in four games.

Murray* 6-2 3-6 6-0 1-0 Capdeville
Probably the first unforced error from Murray in the last 20 minutes, misguiding a backhand return into the net. Despite the blip, Murray controls the game with consummate ease.

Third set

A bagel
Murray 6-2 3-6 6-0* Capdeville
A spooned Murray return loops invitingly for Capdeville to batter into open court, only for Murray to correctly anticipate and return a simple backhand winner for a 0-30 lead. Two points later and it's a horrible bagel symbol for Capdeville as fends a weak backhand into the net. Reinvigorated, Murray is bossing this match.

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Murray* 6-2 3-6 5-0 Capdeville
Amazing how 15 minutes can completely change the complexion of a match. Impressive racket control, superb placement and whippet-like speed across the court - Andy Murray is back on song again.

Murray 6-2 3-6 4-0 Capdeville*
Capdeville challenges a Murray winner, a shot which clearly looked in to the naked eye but Hawk-eye says just about shaved the service line. Murray's abundant energy returns and he clinches a quite brilliant point with Usain Bolt-like court speed before a wide Capdeville forehand earns the Scot his fourth successive game.

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Murray* 6-2 3-6 3-0 Capdeville
Clearly perturbed by his indifferent display in the second set, Murray cranks the intensity knob to 11 as he holds his service game with little trouble.

Murray 6-2 3-6 2-0 Capdeville*
Ridiculous amounts of backhand slice sees Murray spin the ball like Shane Warne as Capdeville's speedy footwork cannot open the court for a winner. More intelligent play from Murray, manipulating his opponent all over the court before nailing a winner earns him a much-needed service break. Game on.

Murray* 6-2 3-6 1-0 Capdeville
Capdeville winds up a huge forehand on the run, only to smash his return straight into the net to hand Murray the opening game of the third set. Murray's body language suggests the Scot is not enjoying this runaround in the temperate climes of the New York boroughs.

A quick look around the rest of the ongoing matches now, then, and French ninth seed Gilles Simon has booked his place in the third round with a 6-3 6-2 6-4 win over Brazilian Thomas Bellucci. He will be joined by Czech 17th seed Tomas Berdych, who enjoyed a hard-fought 6-3 6-7 7-6 6-2 win over Argentine Horacio Zeballos, while Austrian Daniel Koellerer looks in good shape against Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay, leading as he is 3-6 6-2 6-1 4-2. In the women's draw, Russian seventh seed Vera Zvonareva has wasted little time in dispatching compatriot Elena Vesnina, seeded 31st, 6-2 6-4.

Second set

Murray 6-2 3-6 Capdeville*
Capdeville wraps up the second set with a thumping ace right down the middle, Murray looks like someone has replaced his racket with a table tennis paddle, his timing is all over the place and his reliable footwork is conspicuously absent. Fair play to the world number 87, who looked outclassed in the opening set.

Murray* 6-2 3-5 Capdeville
Murray regains some form of semblance, comfortably holding his serve with little trouble. But Capdeville is armed with new balls as he serves for the second set.

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Murray 6-2 2-5 Capdeville*
A sloppy double-backhanded return from Murray and a quite sensational bullet-like forehand sees Capdeville reclaim his three-game lead with minimal effort. No doubt about it, Murray has been banjaxed by an opponent adopting the world number two's tactics.

Murray* 6-2 2-4 Capdeville
Capdeville adopts Murray's tactics, making the Scot run to ever corner of the court before returning a backhand into the net. He does the same again a couple of points later with the most perfect backhand drop volley at the net with Murray retreating on the service line. But despite the setbacks, Murray launches his ninth ace of the match to reduce to the deficit to two games.

Murray 6-2 1-4 Capdeville*
Still steaming from a slack service game, Murray controls a quite breath-taking point, manipulating Capdeville all over the court before nailing a simple winner into empty space. Capdeville attempts to slow the game down again, but receives a time violation in the process. The Chilean gifts Murray two break points when he mis-hits a standard approach shot. He claws one point back with an overhead smash before taking the match to deuce with his third ace of the game. A strangled cry of grief is exhaled from Murray's lips after sending a standard return into the net, but he compensates for his mistake with an immaculate forehand pass down the line for deuce. Capdeville moves to game point with a confident forehand winner and takes a 4-1 lead with a quite brilliant double-handed cross-court backhand winner beyond Murray's sprawling defensive lunge.

Murray* 6-2 1-3 Capdeville
A huge return of serve helps Capdeville to 0-30 up, and when Murray sends a return long under little pressure, the Chilean goes 15-40 up. The blip becomes a bump when Murray pings a return into the net and an awful service game is punished with the break.

Murray 6-2 1-2 Capdeville*
Clearly not intimidated by his former training partner, Capdeville keeps his opponent waiting by bouncing the ball at least 20 times before sending down his third serve, a point won with an unforced error. He clinches the game in similar circumstances - the second set is following the same pattern as the first set.

Murray* 6-2 1-1 Capdeville
Impressive defensive resolve from Capdeville, who challenges a tight call on the tramlines, but the ball is clearly out. Murray hammers ace number seven - hit at 132mph - to take a 40-30 lead before cranking up the speedgun a further 5mph to clinch the game with another thunderbolt.

Murray 6-2 0-1 Capdeville*
Capdeville caresses a smouldering backhand return down the line to dumbfound Murray to take a 40-0 lead, only to serve up an unforced error and a double fault to leave the door open for Murray at 40-30 to eye his sixth successive game. But he holds on for a winning start to the second set.

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First set - Murray 6-2 Capdeville

Murray* 6-2 Capdeville
Sensational net coverage from Murray, who drops the most perfect volley at the net from Capdeville's testing forehand return, a point which hauls the game back to deuce after the Chilean earned his first break points of the match. Another deft touch, a low forehand volley on the run, a forehand winner down the line and an overhit Capdeville return sees the world number two seal the first set without too many issues.

Murray 5-2 Capdeville*
Murray opens up his body and caresses a pinpoint forehand winner for two more break points duly converted with another winner. The confidence is flowing through the Scot's veins following his second successive service break. Capdeville has been utterly outclassed in the last four games.

Murray* 4-2 Capdeville
Murray's movement around the court is a sight to behold, footwork as fleet as a big cat sniffing dinner on the African plains, although he fires an overhit forehand beyond the service line with his opponent beaten. But he nails the game with his fourth ace straight down the middle with Capdeville nowhere near the yellow projectile missile.

Murray 3-2 Capdeville*
Capdeville is attacking the net at every opportunity, but a volleyed return is too short and Murray nails a superb double-handed backhand on the run. After a few rusty games, Murray's tricks are up to their usual mischief and he nails his fourth break point as Capdeville returns into the net.

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Murray* 2-2 Capdeville
Murray's serve - possibly the biggest improvement in his game over the past 12 months - is on the money as he sends down his third ace. However, his defensive game needs a bit of fine-tuning as he nets a backhand slice from a standard Capdeville forehand return for deuce. A wild double-handed backhand from Murray goes horribly wide, but he eventually prevails after a lengthy rally when Capdeville's defensive lob travels beyond the service line before hammering successive forehands with his opponent struggling at the net.

Murray 1-2 Capdeville*
Murray floats a cheeky slice to Capdeville's forehand, meekly returned into the net. But so far so good from the 26-year-old, who is clearly not intimidated by Murray's reputation or defensive game, putting away the points to once again hold on to serve.

Murray* 1-1 Capdeville
Bosh - Murray serves up an ace with his very first serve of the match with a beauty. Rivulets of sweat drop from Murray's forehead as he attempts to work Capdeville around court, but his opponent responds with a series of well-placed returns as the rally ends when Murray hammers into the net for deuce. But Murray clinches the next two points without too much bother to hold on to serve.

Murray 0-1 Capdeville*
A whippy double-handed backhand from Capdeville has Murray beaten before sending down the first ace of the day for 40-30. A series of unforced errors earns Murray his first break point of the match, but Capdeville refuses to buckle and an overhit forehand from Murray sees the Chilean hold for the game. Nervy opener from both players.

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1958: Murray wins the toss and elects to receive, so Capdeville to serve first.

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Andy Murray
1952: This match is the first time Andy Murray has played Paul Capdeville in a competitive match. The pair used to practise together at the Sanchez-Casal academy in Barcelona in their younger days. Chilean Capdeville boasts an impeccably white headband against an all-Black shorts and T-shirt number, while Murray sports a resplendent sky blue effort with crisp white shorts.

1946: Juan Martin del Potro safely negotiates his way through to the next round with a 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 6-3 win over Jurgen Melzer, teeing up a third-round encounter against either Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas or Austria's Daniel Koellerer. And after being made to work hard in the second set, Serena Williams holds her serve to clinch a straight sets 6-3 7-5 win over Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez. Time for the wee Scot.

1940: The 11th game of the second set between Serena and Martinez Sanchez just refuses to finish. Unbelievable, the groaning sounds like two Harrier Jump jets flying over Flushing Meadows. Serena eventually manages to break at the umpteenth time of asking as the Spaniard double faults for the fourth time to give Serena a 6-5 lead.

1934: Amid all the excitement of fightbacks and David O'Leary, I've neglected to mention that sixth seed Juan Martin del Potro is two sets up against Jurgen Melzer after winning the second 6-3. It's all level at 3-3 in the third. Elsewhere, Nicolas Lapentti is one set up against Denis Istomin, while seventh seed Tomas Berdych leads Argentine Horacio Zeballos 6-3 5-5.

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All depends on how Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez stands up to Serena Williams in the second set at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. Serena took the first set but the Spaniard leads 5-4 in the second with Serena serving to stay in the set. There have been some tasty rallies so far, so we could be in for a 2000 start for dear old Andy.

1919: Juan Carlos Ferrero breaks Philipp Petzschner's serve - and probably his heart too - before holding on to his own to seal a stirring 1-6 3-6 6-4 6-2 6-4 win and book a third-round berth against Thomaz Bellucci or France's ninth seed Gilles Simon.

1913: Bit of a ding-dong epic going on over at Court 13 with Juan Carlos Ferrero and Philipp Petzschner locked at 4-4 in the decisive fifth set. If you've been following the action, you'll know the German raced into a 2-0 lead against the 24th seed. if you didn't, you do now.

5 live's David Law tweeting from Flushing Meadows: "David O'Leary on our bus. Here to support Murray. Wants to get back into football. Approached recently, wouldn't confirm if Newcastle."

A bagel
1904: A touch of class from Marin Cilic, who completes an impressive comeback from a 2-0 deficit by bagelling Jesse Levine in the fifth set for a 4-6 2-6 6-0 6-3 6-0 victory. The Croatian will face the winner of the match between Nicolas Lapentti and Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin, currently taking place on court four, in the third round. Another impressive fightback, this time from Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, who leads Serena Williams 3-1 in the second set. Lots of grunting and fist-pumping in this tasty encounter.

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1847: Sensational play from Sanchez Martinez, who swivels blindly to pump a double-handed forehand cross court past the stranded Serena Williams - definitely a contender for shot of the day. But it's not enough to prevent the defending champion from taking the first set 6-3. If all goes to Serena's plan, then Andy Murray is likely to be out on court around 1920ish.

A bagel
1843: Bye bye Viktor Troicki. The 30th seed is bagelled in the decisive fourth set as Julien Benneteau records a comfortable 6-1 3-6 6-1 6-0 win. Fightbacks ahoy from struggling seeds Juan Carlos Ferrero and Marin Cilic, who both take their second-round matches into the fifth set after trailing their respective opponents 2-0.

1830: Serena is all over Martinez Sanchez right now, roaring into a 4-1 first-set lead with a combination of sheer unadulterated power and subtlety. Juan Martin del Potro seals the first set tie-break against Austrian Jurgen Melzer, but 30th seed Viktor Troicki is in serious danger of the exit door. The Serb, who trails 2-1, is 4-0 down in the fourth set against Julien Benneteau.

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A bagel
1821: Tie-break time over on Louis Armstrong as Juan Martin del Potro and Jurgen Melzer smash, crash and bash for ascendency in the first set. Meanwhile on court 11, Croatian 16th seed Marin Cilic has bagelled Jesse Levine in the third set to trail 2-1 overall. Still life left in this match...

1815: Time for defending women's champion Serena Williams to grace the Arthur Ashe Stadium. Spaniard Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez - possibly the longest name on the women's tour? - stands in the way of an intriguing third-round encounter against Daniela Hantuchova. Interestingly, there was a bit of beef between the two players at this year's French Open when Williams accused Sanchez of cheating during her 4-6 6-3 6-4 win. Serena claimed a shot ricocheted off Sanchez's arms on its way over the net, but the Spaniard said she did not touch it. And to make matters worse, the point sealed the first set for Sanchez. Ooooh, testy. Anyway, Serena's out in an all-purple number, an outfit which wins the approval of the man sitting to my right.

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1800: A stirring fight-back on the horizon from the trailing seeds? Both Juan Carlos Ferrero and Marin Cilic have taken the third sets to trail 2-1 in their respective matches. Serbia's 30th seed Viktor Troicki, who is 1-1 against France's Julien Benneteau, is 4-1 down in the third set.

1756: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga pummels another ferocious forehand winner and Jarkko Nieminen looks like a man forlornly waving a five-pound note as the ice cream van screech off in the distance. Sure enough, the Frenchman nails the match with yet another confident point and judging by this performance, not too many people will want to come up against the Great Wall of Tsonga.

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1748: Easy pickings for Daniela Hantuchova, who completes a regulation 6-2 6-2 win over Vania King, who must until next year to reach her first ever grand slam third round match. The Slovakian will face either defending champion Serena Williams or Spain's Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, who are due to play in about 12 minutes, in the next round. Elsewhere Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is one game away from a third-round passage.

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1731: Ouch, dodgy start from giant number six seed Juan Martin del Potro, who drops his very first service game to Jurgen Melzer over on Louis Armstrong. His fellow Juan - Carlos Ferrero - now trails Philipp Petzschner 2-0, the same score that Marin Cilic is down against Jesse Levine. The axe is being sharpened...

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1723: It's all going a bit Sean Long for Marin Cilic. The 14th seed loses the first set 6-4 against unheralded American Jesse Levine, who has broken the Croatian in the second set to take a 5-2 second-set lead. I sniff some giant-killing antics in the distance... Better news for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who takes a 2-0 lead against Jarkko Nieminen.

1712: So what do we know about Paul Capdeville? The world number 87 used to practise with Murray at the Sanchez-Casal academy in Barcelona, so hopefully no ghastly surprises in store for the Brit. He's the same height as Murray (6ft 3ins) and once shoved Mario Ancic at the French Open.

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1706: A routine victory from what could have been a tricky second-round match for 10th seed Flavia Pennetta, who cleans up Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak 6-1 6-1. Not so good for two men's seeds right now - both Juan Carlos Ferrero (24th) and Serbia's Viktor Troicki have lost their respective first sets 6-1. Troicki has been outplayed by Julien Benneteau, who could set up an all-French third-round encounter against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

It's good news for a Briton
1655: So how has Andy Murray been preparing for his second round match against his unheralded Chilean opponent? Um, fiddling with his Fantasy Football team. "I've just transferred in Nicolas Anelka," Murray told Radio 5 live on Thursday, which is more than Chelsea can do right now. Murray also unveils the term "Rossing" - to copy or to cheat other players' teams to gain an advantage, a thinly veiled jibe at close friend Ross Hutchings' underhand team tactics. And just for no4chelseafan on 606, it's time to unleash the Brits on the up graphic.

5 live's tennis team tweeting from Flushing Meadows: "Tennis beauty parade in Raffles Cafe this morning... Davydenko and Stepanek enjoying some waffles..."

1648: Tsonga makes the decisive break on Nieminen's serve to take the first set 7-5 on the Grandstand. Women's 22nd seed Daniela Hantuchova is a break up against Vania King, hope to reach the third round of a grand slam for the first time in career. She'll need to up her game a notch if she wants to overcome the lithe Slovakian favourite.

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1633: Potential Upset O'Clock over on court 13 as 24th seed and arch Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero finds himself 4-1 down against Germany's Philipp Petzschner, while Flavia Pennetta confidently takes the first set 6-1 against Aleksandra Wozniak.

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The sun is out
1622: Another glorious late summer's day in New York as Flavia Pennetta makes an early break to lead Aleksandra Wozniak 4-1 on Louis Armstrong. This is very much a two-way service, so let's have your news and views via the 606 website, or via text 81111. And you can follow the BBC Radio 5 live team at Flushing Meadow on Twitter.

1615: Jarkko Nieminen drills a vicious double-handed backhand down the line as Tsonga's second serve kicks up off the hard surface, but the big-haired Frenchman holds on to his serve to take a 2-1 lead in the match, which has featured eight outright winners already.

1609: Everyone's favourite Scot (sorry Midge Ure fans) Andy Murray is back in action today after pasting Latvia's Ernests Gulbis 7-5 6-3 7-5 on Wednesday. The world number two takes on Chile's Paul Capdeville at about 1930ish at the Arthur Ashe stadium once defending women's champion Serena Williams and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez finish their match, scheduled to start about 1800. In the meantime, Slovakia's 22nd seed Daniela Hantuchova takes on home player Vania King while 10th seed Flavia Pennetta faces a tricky second-round tie against Aleksandra Wozniak, the Canadian who impressed at the AEGON International in Eastbourne in June. In the world of men, seventh seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga plays Finland's Jarkko Nieminen on the Louis Armstrong Stadium.

1604: Afternoon team tennis, so after a bad day for the top women's seeds on Thursday, with the demise of Elena Dementieva and Jelena Jankovic, will Friday be equally as brutal to the world's best in Queens? I have absolutely no idea, nor will I be drawn on predicting any results as they'll only come back and slap me around the face like a wet halibut.

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