And that, my friends, is your lot for day five.
is all about Roger Federer
. And Maria Sharapova
. And Novak Djokovic
. And Jelena Jankovic
. And Robin Soderling
. And many more players and matches you'd be crazy to miss. So you know the score - we'll see you right back here at 1600 BST. Sound good to you? Excellent.
Interesting to see that Rafa has yet to send down a single winner on the backhand side all evening. Not that it stops him from getting the job done. Just a shame the match ends with Denis netting a routine backhand. Nadal
beats Denis Istomin 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 to set up a third-round meeting with Gilles Simon of France. The world number one is all smiles as he bounces around the baseline. The players shake hands after a hugely entertaining encounter, and the healthy crowd that stayed inside Arthur Ashe Stadium until the very end salute their men.
"The point for 5-1 in the tie-break was easily point of the tournament so far. Superb play from both players but the best outcome for the match would have been Istomin to take the tie-break. Oh, and Fed and Wozniacki for the titles." Matt in Blackburn via text on 81111
A hold apiece and a break of serve now would hand Rafa the match. That said, we've had no sign whatsoever that Denis is ready to roll over. The Uzbek has been holding his thigh muscle but he seems to be OK.
"Rafa and Roger final. It has to be! Both are in great form and I think Federer will also finally get one over on Nadal in a Grand Slam final!" AM via text on 81111I do hope AM doesn't stand for Andy Murray!
... Rafa's initial response is good but Denis delights the crowd again by keeping up with his opponent during an arduous rally at 30-30 before stepping in from the baseline and bludgeoning a backhand winner down the line. Rafa serve-volleys his way out of trouble, however, and Denis must now serve to stay in the match
Admirable spirit from Istomin to stave off two break points and hold serve for 4-4
with the aid out an outrageous crosscourt backhand pass and a resounding winner. Rafa now under pressure at 15-30, how will he respond?
Critical service game coming up for Istomin after Rafa holds for a 4-3
lead in the third set. Separately, one of the TV commentators just said he thinks there are no teenagers in the men's top 100. If that's true, it's fairly astonishing, especially when you consider the women's game.
"Come on Rafa! You are playing fantastic tennis! My eyes are wanting to close but don't want to miss a second. Go Rafa!" SSK in Bristol via text on 81111
I'm not going to lie, I had to go for a stroll to calm down after that tie-break. UN-FOR-GETTABLE. Anyhow, this one isn't over just yet and Istomin has already engineered three break points on the Nadal serve in the third set. So let's be hearing from you on both this match and day six, which sees the likes of Federer
back in action. As always, you can
tweet me @bbcsport_david,
or send a text to 81111
(UK) or +44 7786200666
"Hi. I'm texting from Pakistan. Hope Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova win the titles. Here they are not showing it on TV so I'm reading your texts and getting the updates." Haroon via text on 81111
Asthur Ashe Stadium is jumping. And, for once, I'm lost for words. Well, almost. Deep breath... Nadal and Istomin play out the
most incredible point. It looks like Rafa, down 4-1 in the second set tie-break, is in total control of the point as he gets Denis scrambling from side to side with a series of laser-guided groundstrokes. But the Uzbek hangs on in there and Rafa changes things up by charging to the net. The world number one makes a tricky pick-up but Istomin races forward, slides across the concrete, performs the splits and feathers a crosscourt pass beyond his stranded opponent. The 23-year-old leaps into the air, waving his arms around like your tipsy uncle on the dancefloor at a wedding. The crowd are jumping, cheering, whooping and hollering. Utterly incredible scenes. Nadal on the ropes... but back he comes from 1-5 to 6-5 and the Spaniard is stirring. Istomin with a wild approach and there it is, the second set to Nadal
. The man from Majorca is screaming "Vamos!", thumping his chest, punching the air. That tie-break alone was worth the admission fee. And breath...
Poor old Guillermo Garcia-Lopez sees his fightback come to nothing as 14th seed Nicolas Almagro
beats his fellow Spaniard 6-3 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 7-6 (7-4) to set up a third-round meeting with Sam Querrey. The winner of that match will play the winner of Andy Murray v Stanislas Wawrinka
. Meanwhile, Rafa and Denis are into a second set tie-break.
P.S. Almagro and Garcia-Lopez into a fourth-set tie-break.
I should, however, have mentioned that at 2-2 Nadal found himself at 15-40 and facing two break points. Both were saved. Brilliantly, in fact. Equally as brilliant is the tune played out over the PA system at the 5-4 changeover. At long last the Arthur Ashe Stadium DJ realises that no-one wants to listen to Katie Perry and instead spins out
What is Love (Baby Don't Hurt Me)
by Haddaway. Absolute classic.
My apologies, it was actually Rafa who asked for the trainer but it was just to deal with some support strapping around his feet/ankles. Fear not, Nadalians - your man is in better shape than ever. He holds serve for 4-4
in the second set and the pressure cooker swings back to Denis. But the unseeded Uzbek comes through confidently to make it 5-4
. Game on.
Bob and Mike Bryan on Twitter:
"Good day. Got past Smyzcek & fellow @stanfordtennis Cardinal, Bradley Klahn. Still shocked Earl missed us. Radar looked nasty..."Hmmm, whatever did happen to Hurricane Earl? Thought it was gonna hit Flushing Meadows like
Hanna did 2008.
Knee-high flooding, I seem to recall.
I think Istomin has asked for the trainer to attend to him at the next changeover. Not sure why as he looks to be moving fairly well. Turn your attention to Court 7 and you'll find Guillermo Garcia-Lopez two-sets-to-one down but a break up on fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro. Hold on a sec... Almagro's just broken back and we're going with serve once more.
Istomin can't really be faulted for the way he's started and, as he holds for a 3-2
lead in the second set, it's easy to see why he reached the final in New Haven and is up to a career-high ranking of 39. I assume Deni, as he likes to be known, is the highest-ranked Uzbek ever. Want some more info? He's coached by his mother and supports Real Madrid. Istomin, who was actually born in Russia, badly injured a leg in a road accident in April 2001 and spent three months in the hospital. He didn't touch a racquet for the next two years, eventually resuming training in April 2003.
"Go Rafael! Can't wait for you to lift the US Open Trophy! All the best from the UK." SSKvia text on 81111
One-way traffic on Arthur Ashe as Nadal
gets the double-break with some quite scintillating strokemaking, and then serves out the opener with an unreturnable delivery on the first of three set points. Istomin looks stunned - that was as close as you'll get to a faultless set of tennis. The world number one is well and truly on fire.
Over on Court 7, Garcia-Lopez
does indeed hold for a 5-3 lead and, after Almagro holds in game nine, the 27-year-old serves out the set to put himself right back in contention. Rafa, meanwhile, cranks up the pressure on Istomin, engineering two break points in game five. The Spaniard goes long on the first and his opponent lashes a forehand winner on the second. But Rafa gets a third bite at the cherry and this time he makes no mistake, passing a lead-footed Istomin for the break of serve
and a 3-2 lead. The world number one follows it up with a breathtakingly confident service hold.
"Watched Istomin v Nadal at Queens and Denis should have beaten him. I think if he can steal the first set, we could have a real match on our hands. Got to fancy Nadal if it goes the distance though. As for the title, I think the doubts about Rafa here remain and can't honestly see him winning the title." Matt in Blackburn via text on 81111
Away from Arthur Ashe Stadium, there is only one other match in progress at Flushing Meadows right now, and it may go on for some while yet. That's because in the battle of Spain between Nicolas Almagro and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez on Court 7, Garcia-Lopez
is two-sets-to-love down but a break up in the third. Will he hold for a 5-4 lead? To be continued...
Superb effort from the unseeded Gilles Simon
(who, by the way, has the skinniest legs I've ever seen on a male tennis players) as he beats Philipp Kohlschreiber 4-6 6-3 1-6 6-1 6-3. Next up for the talented Frenchman is Rafael Nadal or Denis Istomin.
Ruthless hold to love and the Nadal serve looks as well-oiled as ever. The world number one - part of an very healthy Spanish contingent still going strong at Flushing Meadows - is extremely hungry for the career Grand Slam, you can just see it in his eyes. Will he do it? Let me know by
tweeting me @bbcsport_david,
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An in-form Istomin gets us under way with a solid hold to 30. These two have met just the once previously, at Queen's this summer.
Denis gave Rafa a genuine scare that day
but the Spaniard came through to win 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 6-4. Predictions please...
"Please will you wake me up when Rafa's on? Thanks!" Somerset via text on 81111NOW! WAKE UP!
A very large crowd on Ashe for Nadal
. The players are knocking up as we speak - Rafa all in black with electric green/yellowy shoes, Denis sporting a pair of bland grey shorts and a slightly more exciting orange top. Not long 'til kick-off now. Real buzz about the crowd. Any of you have plans for Labor Day weekend?
While we await the arrival of the world number one and Denis Istomin on Ashe, let's see what's happening elsewhere. Another result - Shahar Peer
beats Flavia Pennetta 6-4 6-4 to set up a meeting with Venus Williams - and a couple of matches in progress. Almagro and Garcia-Lopez are into a second set tie-break, while Gilles Simon and and Philly Kohlschreiber are into a decider.
And there it is for Venus Williams
, too. The two-time champion beats Mandy Minella 6-2 6-1, unleashing 29 winners but also 30 unforced errors and recording a first-serve percentage of just 48%. Nonetheless, a win is a win and the third seed is through to a meeting with either Shahar Peer or Flavia Pennetta.
How dare I forget David Nalbandian
. The 31st seed from Argentina is having a great summer and he storms through to a third-round meeting with Fernando Verdasco by seeing off Florent Serra 7-5 6-4 6-2.
Arthur Ashe erupts. Well, not literally, but huge cheers ripple around the stadium as qualifier Minella gets on the scoreboard for the first time in the second set with a fine hold. But Venus will now serve for a 5-1 lead.
Web users, here's a pic of the much-hyped sparkly Venus outfit for you to feast your eyes on. They're all talking about it - Serena, Wozniacki, me... Mobile users, apologies if you can't see it, it'll probably be in the newspapers on Saturday and should be in our
And this from BBC Sport's Mike Henson, sitting alongside me in BBC Towers: French Open champ Fran Schiavone
, who beat Alona Bondarenko 6-1 7-5 today, apparently copied tennis magician Roger Federer's trademark back-to-the-net-and-between-the-legs shot, a YouTube video smash hit twice over. "It's instinct, I think," Schiavone said. "When you calculate that it's good time to do it and a good ball to do it, you do it. It's nothing programmed. It's just instinct. It's art. It's something that's coming from inside and you have just to have good timing, otherwise the ball flies."
Around the courts we go... Shahar Peer
takes the first set off Flavia Pennetta and is a break up in the second. The Israeli is on course for a fourth-round meeting with Venus
, who's just broken serve for a 3-0 lead in the second. Frenchman Gilles Simon
grabbed the second against Philipp Kohlschreiber
but the German (who has a backhand to die for) is on course to take the third. Almagro and Garcia-Lopez are all square in the second.
The ever-so-helpful US Open stats team tell me Minella failed to land a single winner in the first set, while Venus reeled off 14 of them. And the American has already broken and held for a 2-0 lead in the second. Rafa time fast approaching, me thinks.
Loads of you texting in about Venus' outfit. Most of you far from complimentary, so I won't be publishing those comments. However, Gemma in Newcastle
made me laugh: "Venus Williams looks like she should be singing in a Las Vegas casino, not playing tennis!"
Andy Murray's potential fourth round opponent Sam Querrey
beats Marco Granollers 6-2 6-3 6-4 and he will play the winner of Almagro v Garcia-Lopez. Almagro
has just bagged the first set in that one. Meanwhile, Minella breaks back against Venus
but the two-time champion steps up her game and breaks twice more before serving out the first set to love. She's got the game to go with the outfit, this girl.
Serena Williams on Twitter:
"I'm sorry but Venus dress is the best dress I've ever seen in my LIFE. Go @Venuseswilliams"Injured world number one Serena, I may add, looks pretty dazzling herself. The 28-year-old is watching her sister from the stands on Ashe and is decked in a lovely red number.
So, Americans, I hear you have a public holiday this weekend. Very exciting, although the idea of Labor Day
symbolising the end of summer is all a touch depressing, isn't it? I'm told that the first Monday in September is regarded by you guys as a day of rest and parties. Um... does anyone care to explain how that makes sense?
Scores on the doors: Venus
wastes three break points but comes up with two unstoppable forehand winners to take the initiative on Ashe, while Querrey
claws the break back against Serra to level the third set on Louis Armstrong. Nalbandian
saves a break point before serving out for a two-set lead against Serra on Grandstand and Almagro v Garcia-Lopez, Peer v Pennetta and Kohlschreiber v Simon are all going with serve.
It's fair to say Venus is sparkling out there on Ashe. In terms of her outfit, at least. WOW. I believe the number she's sporting tonight is referred to in fashion circles as a LBD (little black dress). And it's covered in silver sequins in pretty patterns. That aside, the American breaks Minella in game one but the little-known Luxembourger hits straight back to level as Venus races to the net but sends her volley long on break-back point.
Arthur Ashe beginning to fill up for Venus Williams against Mandy Minella
. Warm-up complete and we're under way. Murray's potential fourth round opponent Sam Querrey
has moved into a two-set lead against Marcel Granollers, but is a break down in the third, and David Nalbandian
is serving for a 5-3 lead against Florent Serra. Philipp Kohlschreiber
is a set up on Gilles Simon and they're all square in the second, while it's going with serve in the first set of the match on Court 11 between Shahar Peer
and Flavia Pennetta
. The all-Spanish affair between Guillermo Garcia-Lopez
and Nicolas Almagro
has just got started on Court 7.
Talking of Mr Murray, we'll have an exclusive column from the the British number later on so watch this space. And he's just tweeted, too. Hang on a mo...
Thanks Dom in Warrington via text, Venus is indeed third seed behind Caro Wozniacki and defending champ Kim Clijsters. My bad. Meanwhile, 31st seed Nalbandian
early and has held for a 3-1 lead in the second set. Over on Louis Armstrong, Querrey
are going with serve in the second, while number 29 seed Philly Kohlschreiber
has taken the first set off Gilles Simon
on Court 13.
With a rather tasty night session to come, it's only right that you good people get involved in proceedings. So why not
tweet me @bbcsport_david,
or send a text to 81111
(UK) or +44 7786200666
. You know it makes sense.
A howler of a service game from Serra enables Nalbandian
to break and he'll now serve for the opening set... 15-0, 30-0, 40-0, double-fault, ace. And there it is, in 42 minutes.
So, who's up for a night session involving two-time champion Venus Williams
and world number one Rafael Nadal
? Rafa, lest we forget, is bidding to complete his career Grand Slam. Venus - well, she's in the hunt for a first Grand Slam title since Wimbledon 2008. The women's third seed is first up on Arthur Ashe at 1900 (0000 BST) against Mandy Minella
. Who? Why, that famous Luxembourger, of course. Then it's Rafa against everyone's favourite Uzbek, Denis Istomin
. Well, my favourite anyway...
A break apiece now on Grandstand as Serra
hits back against Nalbandian
and we're on serve once more. Elsewhere, Querrey
has just taken the first set off Granollers
on Louis Armstong and Simon
is under way against Philly Kohlschreiber
. Don't you just love that name?!
Hi there, David Ornstein here. A nice manual refresh will illustrate that in front of your very eyes. Great work, Tommy. How are we all? Good? Super. Let's get going...
Early move on Grandstand - France's Florent Serra breaks David Nalbandian to lead that second round match 2-0.
French Open champ Schiavone will play Russia's 20th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the next round, of course. Pick an anagram out of that line-up.
Wawrinka goes a break up in the third. Could be an interesting match-up for Murray, that one.
Ivanovic bagels Razzano in the second to seal a very impressive win. Rain still holding off, rather surprisingly. And happily.
Ivanovic rampant now - she's stormed into a 4-0 lead in the second, and Razzano is in bits. Make that 5-0. And it's Schiavone who stays strongest in the battle with Bonders to go through 6-1 7-5.
The easiest of peas for Fernando Verdasco - the Spanish no.8 seed has thrashed France's Adrian Mannarino 6-1 6-2 6-2.
From pottiela on 606:
"it's lookin' like Stan the Man for Mr Murray, eh? Chela still capable of taking a set off, but I think Wawrinka's safe now..."
Bondarenko wobbling again - having led that second set 4-1, she's now at 5-5 with Schiavone. And Wawrinka takes the second against Chela to lead two sets to love.
Well well well. Ivanovic fights back herself to snatch the first set 7-5. It's her first serve that's doing a lot of the damage - she's winning 75% of points on it at the mo.
This from American qualifier Ryan Harrison
after his epic five-set defeat to Sergiy Stakhovsky: "Obviously I'm not the happiest person in the world right now. But looking back on it, it was a great experience. My ranking is 220 in the world right now, and I'm trying to hopefully get to the top 10. So I feel like one match doesn't make or break that. It's the experience of playing these type of matches that is really going to help me to get there."
23rd seed Feliciano Lopez hangs on to that break in the fifth to finally see off the threat of Benoit Paire 6-4 6-7 5-7 7-6 6-2. Hard yards.
Bondarenko battling back against Schiavone - having shipped the first set 6-1, she's 4-1 up in the second with one break. And Razzano's broken Ivanovic back - 4-4 on Louis Armstrong.
Let's pop metaphorical heads round to Louis Amstrong, where Virginie Razzano is taking on Ana Ivanovic. Dressed in eyeball-searing pink, is Ana, and she's just broken serve to go 3-2 ahead in the first set.
Out on Court Eight. Lopez-Paire goes to five sets, with Lopez just breaking to sneak a 2-0 lead in the decider. Tasty.
Wawrinka takes the first set 7-5 against Chela - remember, the winner of that one meets Murray in the next round. And Schiavone is spanking Bondarenko 5-0.
More results as 10th seed David Ferrer
books his third-round place following a 6-3 6-4 6-4 victory over Germany's Benjamin Becker.
Over we go to Louis Armstrong where John Isner
is serving for the match against Marco Chiudinelli. The huge-serving American sends down an ace to wrap up the match - only for the umpire to rule the serve had kissed the net before landing. However, the 6ft 9in star brushes off the inconvenience by slamming down a second-serve ace to clinch a 6-3 3-6 7-6 6-4 victory.
2125:Andy Murray on facing Brown:
"I knew what to expect because I had spoken to few people, he's a shotmaker who tries to get the crowd on his side. He has a whippy serve, it took me a bit of time to work out. I tried to serve and volley a little bit more [in the second and third sets] as there were no rallies, he was dictating when the point was finishing."
And it's straight over to the Grandstand where Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky and American Ryan Harrison are involved in a humdinger of a fifth-set tie-break. This match has been ebbing and flowing while Murray disposed of Brown - and it's Stakhovsky
, winner of the New Haven Open last week, who prevails 6-8 in the tie-break to win 3-6 7-5 6-3 3-5 6-7.
Murray 7-5 6-3 6-0 Brown
There we go - all straightforward enough after that first set, despite a brace of uncharacteristic forehand errors, and Murray seals the deal on his first match point as Brown batters a forehand long. Into the third round for Murray, yet to drop a set, and he waves to the patchy crowd as he goes to his chair.
* Murray 7-5 6-3 5-0 Brown
Brown's first-set zip has long evaporated, although there's still a bit of fight in him with a stonker of an ace for deuce. But Murray winds up a quite sensational cross-court double-handed backhand before Brown serves meekly into the net.
Murray 7-5 6-3 4-0 Brown*
Murray holds in the time it takes to write this sentence. Job. Almost. Done.
* Murray 7-5 6-3 3-0 Brown
Brown reduced to blazing wildly, and his bullets are flying way wide of the intended target. Break to love, and time to think about Wawrinka/Chela in the next round.
Murray 7-5 6-3 2-0 Brown *
Too strong on the first serve now, after going along at a wobbly 45-ish% in that second set, and Brown bows his head in near resignation.
* Murray 7-5 6-3 1-0 Brown SECOND SET
Brown taken apart on his first service game, Murray stepping on the gas with casual ease. The end may be in sight.
Murray 7-5 6-3 Brown *
Here come the serves - too well-placed and powered from Murray, Brown blazing overambitious replies wide and long, and that's the second set tucked away in the back pocket.
* Murray 7-5 5-3 Brown
Brown with a little spring in his step here - crunching backhand drive, flashing forehand. Three games in a row; Murray still with the break and finger on the trigger.
Murray 7-5 5-2 Brown *
Chance here for Brown at 0-15 and Murray wrong-footed by a net-cord, but that's a super recovery - quick readjustment, vicious slicing approach. Brown nets a double-fisted backhand at 15-30 - another sliver of succour tossed away - but Murray is forced to stretch on the forehand side, and that'll bring up the first break point on his serve. Bang - muscled forehand stepping in to the second serve, and hands-up if you were expecting that.
* Murray 7-5 5-1 Brown
Stunted, slappy serve on Brown, and its power takes him to 40-15 before a Murray drive long breaks his barren streak. Reanimation in the Jamaican corners.
Murray 7-5 5-0 Brown *
The previously punchy partisans in the crowd now silenced by Murray's ruthless class, the serving on a button, the volleying crisp. Seven games on the bounce for the number four seed, and he's all over this game like a swarm of Scottish bees.
* Murray 7-5 4-0 Brown
Unexpected yet splendid inside-out forehand winner from Brown, foxing Murray completely, and a gossamer-touch backhand topspin lob to leave the Briton stranded, leaden-footed, at the tape. Super movement now from Murray, in to the net in a blur of white trainers to pop away a winner, and another forehand dipper that's too good for the outsider. In the groove.
Murray 7-5 3-0 Brown *
Ace number nine. Ace number 10. Murray thrashes his way through the service game, and Brown is looking shell-shocked. Rain still holding off. Keep those digits and limbs crossed.
* Murray 7-5 2-0 Brown
The Murray machine starting to purr, the foot movement rapid, the shots certain - Brown is out-scampered, forced into an error for two break points and broken, decisively you'd have to think, as a pressurised backhand volley nose-dives into the net.
Murray 7-5 1-0 Brown *FIRST SET
Scorching ace to get us underway in the second set, and another. Lovely volley from Murray off a return hammering in towards his toes, but Brown is on the ball in a flash to barrel cross-court. Forehand slice dropper, read in a flash, put away with ease.
* Murray 7-5 Brown
Here we go - jumping backhand overhead from Murray, followed with a crashing forehand cross-court. This is the chance... Ooh la la, stunning pick-up pass from the baseline, and he'll have two set points. Now then... Ace! Right down the middle from Brown. The second... Brown forced out to the backhand, now stretching on the forehand, tries that squash-shot slice... net! Murray's snatched the set away, and Brown looks crestfallen.
Murray 6-5 Brown *
Brown waits, blowing on his fingertips - oh, splendid exchange, Brown with the blistering forehand reply, Murray with a reflex pick-up drive off his toes. Double fault again, and at 30-30 it starts to look interesting. Ace and a failed challenge, the game made safe with a flashy leaping forehand drive. Can Brown battle into the tie-break?
* Murray 5-5 Brown
Murray, untameable curls trapped under a white baseball cap, is left flat-footed by a howitzer forehand across his bows. Better return of serve, and Brown is forced into the error at the net. Error again as Brown tries to play that trademark forehand slice off a skidder at the baseline, and it's set point - saved with a beefy first serve out to the Murray backhand. Lovely punchy forehand volley at the net, and we're level pegs once again.
Murray 5-4 Brown *
Murray challenges an out call on a sizzling serve - biting the centre line, that one, and we all knew it. Second double fault as an unpalatable second course, and an exchange of drops and dabs that ends with a simple cross-court drive. Brown to serve to stay in the set.
* Murray 4-4 Brown
That drop-shot already in danger of being over-used by Brown, and Murray is at the net to pop away the winner. Feeble return off a second serve to toss away the advantage, and when an acer puts the game to bed the well-scattered punters roar their support.
Murray 4-3 Brown *
Funny old match, this - to describe Brown as unorthodox is to understate the way he plays. Murray's always in control of the service game, but the shot de jour is an extraordinary slapping forehand winner from Brown, hit with insouciant feet-planted power.
* Murray 3-3 Brown
Brown, one shoelace lumo green, the other lumo orange, and he's hitting the ball like a dream - a gaggle of eight yellow-shirted compatriots dance with delight as a ripper of a forehand seals the service game.
Murray 3-2 Brown *
First double-fault of the match from Murray, going for a second-serve spitter into the body and finding the net, but the snap is there on the first serves for the remainder and he holds to 15. Still grey up above, and Brown decides to spend the changeover standing up just to keep things colourful.
* Murray 2-2 Brown
Almost a token warm-up, and then Brown will get us going again - big gap left for Murray to topspin a pass cross-court, but the Jamaican battles back at 0-30 with his favourite forehand drop-shot - Murray makes one only to be lobbed, and then puts a forehand long to toss away the slim glimmer.
You want the good news? The rain has abated. You want the better news? The players are coming out.
I'd like to be able to tell you how long this delay will be, but's that sort of indeterminate sky that could go either way. Hurricane Earl, don't be such a spoil-sport.
Over on Court Eight, Feliciano Lopez has lost the second set on a tie-break to Benoit Paire. One set apiece in that one. And Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is 4-0 up in the second set against Gisela Dulko, having won the first set 6-1. It's easy for you to say. And David Ferrer is 6-2 0-2 against Benjamin Becker.
Yup - the rain getting heavier, and the players will trudge back to the locker-room. Disappointing - very disappointing.
Murray 2-1 Brown *
Hold to love with nerveless precision from Murray - but what's this? Looks like the rain is returning, and brollies explode upwards all around Arthur Ashe.
* Murray 1-1 Brown
Raucous court-side support for the Jamaican, and with the blustery wind at his back he barrels down an ace at 138 mph - Murray will challenge, but he won't get that. Same again - wasted challenge, and the half-capacity crowd is going ballistic. Easy - we've got a long way to go. Super first service hold for the rank outsider, and we've got a match on our hands.
Murray 1-0 Brown *
Born in Germany, Dustin, and moved to Jamaica in 1996. Luxuriant dreadlocks, and they're bouncing around as he slams a big forehand return to move to 30-30 on the Murray serve. Slow first serve - a mere 94 mph - and Dustin will cream a backhand return onto the baseline to move to a surprise deuce. Mmm - ace down the middle at 128 mph, and a muted "Come on..." as a forehand into the net from his opponent seals the first game.
* denotes next server
Grey up overhead - very grey. Andy Murray warming up in blue shirt and white shorts, Dustin Brown in white sleeveless number. Do me a favour and manually refresh
to see all changes go through, would you?
Thankfully, the rain has abated and both Andy Murray and Dustin Brown are out on court and unleashing groundstrokes in the warm-up. My time in the text commentator's chair is up - Tom Fordyce will guide you through this game and everything else in between. Adios.
It's all level at 1-1 on Louis Armstrong, where Marco Chiudinelli takes the second set 6-3 against John Isner. Mikael Youzkny, meanwhile, is looking delectable on Court 4, bagging the first set 6-1 against Dudi Sela and the Russian has already broken early in the second. Uh-oh, the brollies are on their way up - it's raining, but not in bucketloads. Will keep you updated.
Wallop! A tired forehand into the net from Petra Kvitova hands two-time champion Kim Clijsters
a 6-3 6-0 victory. Considering the Belgian lost her opening three games, that's one serious turnaround from the mother-of-one. Watch out fourth round, Clijsters is looking meaner than an angry nightclub bouncer.
Clijsters is five-sixths of her way through dishing out a second-set bagelling as a resigned Kvitova sends down her sixth double fault of the match in the fifth game. The poor Czech looks utterly demoralised while the Belgian positively skips to her chair at the changeover. Well, wouldn't you if you've just won your 11th successive game of the match? Expect this encounter to be over very soon.
After winning the first set without too much bother, John Isner suffers a second-set blip and is currently 3-0 down against Marco Chiudinelli. Court 4 is the scene for Mikael Youzhny's second-round match against Dudi Sela - and the Russian seed is two breaks up at 3-1 and serving in the fifth. Over on Court 11, Russia's 20th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova safely holds her opening service game against Argentine Gisela Dulko to level at 1-1 in the first set.
, conqueror of Tomas Berdych in the first round, books his place in the third round following a 7-6 6-4 6-2 win over Romania's Victor Hanescu. All looking good for the Frenchman so far.
Like Elena Dementieva before her on Arthur Ashe, defending champion Kim Clijsters needs a couple of games before rediscovering her rhythm to dictate proceedings against a stunned Kvitova. The Belgian wins five successive games before extending that run to six to take the first set 6-3.
After an early blip, Clijsters hits back against Kvitova, breaking the Czech in the seventh game to reduce the arrears to 3-4 with the chance to level on serve in the eighth. Over on Louis Armstrong, John Isner - one half of the marathon match at Wimbers - is 5-3 up against Switzerland's Marco Chiudinelli in the first set while Ryan Harrison bags the third set against Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3 to lead 2-1 going into the fourth set, and Spain's 23rd seed Feliciano Lopez is 1-0 up in the second set against Frenchmen Benoit Paire. On Court 13 Michael Llodra is serving for the match against Victor (erm, not Victoria as I unfortunately typed in one of my previous entries) at 5-2 in the third.
Whoops! Our live feed told me Benneteau won because Robredo retired - turns out it's the other way around
. Sorry. Benneteau was forced to retire with a wrist injury, so send Lucozade (in old-skool crackling orange wrapping complete with sticky lid) and grapes by way of the Frenchman. Thanks to all you eagle-eyed people for pointing that out.
Confident start by Kvitova, breaking Clijsters in her first service game and holding her own for a 2-0 lead. Elsewhere, Michael Llodra has taken a 2-0 lead against Victor Hanescu after winning the second set 6-4 while Julien Benneteau
secures his place in the third round, albeit in sad circumstances after Tommy Rebredo was forced to retire in the second-set tie-break with a leg problem. Pound of grapes and a bottle of Lucozade for Tommy. Get better soon.
So out come second seed and defending champion Kim Clijsters and second-round conqueror of British number one Elena Baltacha, Petra Kvitova. The Czech Republic player is 27th seed and a tricky left-hander to boot. Just ask Elena. Baltacha not Dementieva, mind.
1747: Elena Dementieva on her fourth-round match-up with Sam Stosur:
"She's a very solid player with a huge serve and she's a great athlete and moves very well around the court." No doubt Sara Errani would agree...
slams her 18th - and final - winner against Hantuchova, a powerful forehand running into the net, to seal a 7-5 6-2 victory over her Slovakian opponent. The Russian 12th seed will play fifth seed Sam Stosur
, who brushed aside Italy's Sara Errani 6-2 6-3. A potential belter.
From Anon, text 81111:
"With Serena not playing its hard to call who is actually going to win the women's title this year as no particular player has been completely perfect in the matches played so far. Far too early to call and the men's is looking like it could be a shock with several guys being made to work very hard against unknowns!"
Over on Court 13, Michael Llodra has won the first-set tie-break against Victor Hanescu 7-2 and the Frenchman is currently a break up at 2-1 in the second, while Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky is 1-0 up against Ryan Harrison of the United States.
Poor Daniela Hantuchova must be wondering what happened. She was the very definition of plain sailing about 50 minutes ago and now she's unravelling like a cheap cashmere wool jumper. She shrieks like a giddy schoolgirl as she slams yet another unforced error into the net as Dementieva takes a 3-1 lead in the second set. Fifth seed Sam Stosur is not getting an easy ride in the second set, although she is up 4-3.
And Dementieva clinches her fifth successive game to take the first set 7-5 - who would have thought that would happen at 2-5 down? Extraordinary. Tommy Robredo snaffles the first set over on Court 11 against Julien Benneteau while Victor Hanescu and Michael Llodra go into a first-set tie-break on Court 13.
So from 5-2 down, Elena Dementieva wins four successive matches, twice breaking Hantuchova in the process, to lead 6-5 and serving for the first set. Bizarre. But thoroughly enthralling. More twist and turns than a Suffolk B-road.
From Ray, text 81111:
"My boss thinks I'm checking out hand-dryers online but I'm following your comments and waiting for Murray to hang out his opponent to dry." Hand-dryers? I'm not even gonna bother asking...
More twists between the Slovakian and Russian as Dementieva breaks Hantuchova for the second time to reduce the arrears at 5-4 with the opportunity to level on serve in the 10th game. Fifth seed Sam Stosur, however, has little trouble winning the first set 6-2 against Sara Errani.
Tommy Robredo is a break up against Julien Benneteau and serving for the first set while specks of rain pepper Ashe as Elena Dementieva finally halts a five-game losing run at 5-3. However, Hantuchova is serving for the first set.
I can exclusively reveal that Andy Murray is feeling "good" today after arriving at Flushing Meadows about five minutes ago. Meanwhile, third-round opponent Dustin Brown, sporting an enormous tea cosy which just about keeps his abundant dreadlocks from obscuring his vision, arrives looking like a man searching for the sundecks on the first day of his Mediterranean holiday. Elena Dementieva, however, is anything but relaxed as she loses her fifth successive game to Hantuchova. While looking elegant in an all-pink number, Hantuchova is biffing winner after winner as her Russian opponent wilts.
From Pickles91 on 606:
"Wonder if the French can continue to dominate the numbers, it's almost become France v Spain in tennis... they seem to have an awful lot of players playing!"
In the world of men's tennis, Victor Hanescu
of Romania is taking on Michael Llodra
, conqueror of Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych in the first round. The scores are level at 2-2 in Court 13 while compatriot and doubles partner Julien Benneteau
is 3-2 up against Spain's Tommy Robredo
on Court 11. And fifth seed Sam Stosur
is 3-2 up against Sara Errani
Oh dear, after a promising start, Dementieva's strokeplay begins to unravel as she loses three successive games, sending down a 66mph serve in the process, as Hantuchova takes a 3-2 lead and serving in the sixth game. Ashe is completely empty save for 1,000-odd souls ready to run for cover should the clouds threaten a downpour. So far the overhead conditions are promising, but there is little of the sun which has dominated the last few days. Don't make me feel lonely - not today. Text me on 81111
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From Shahoor Sur on 606:
"Easy passage for Scotland's No 1 today. This Broon character will be swept aside by the Scottish tennis genius. Straight sets once more, with maybe a plumber's washer thrown in for good measure!"
Thursday was not a good day for seeds following the exits of
Nikolay Davydenko, Marin Cilic
One seed is guaranteed to fall in the opening match on Arthur Ashe as Daniela Hantuchova (24) takes on Russia's Elena Dementieva (12). Meanwhile, French Open finalist and fifth seed Samantha Stosur is first up on Louis Armstrong against Italy's Sara Errani. We're expecting British number one Andy Murray to hit Ashe at about 2000 BST, barring any interventions from the heavens.