All eyes now turn to day seven and what a schedule we have to mark the tournament's half-way point. Two former world number ones meet in the first match on Ashe at 1600 BST as defending champion Kim Clijsters
faces a rejuvenated Ana Ivanovic
. Then it's two-time champion Venus Williams
- another dazzling outfit? - against Shahar Peer
before world number one Rafael Nadal
does battle with Gilles Simon
, who has just become a father. Over on Louis Armstrong, French Open winner Francesca Schiavone
gets the day under way and, later on, the same court plays host to British number one Andy Murray
as he takes on Stanislas Wawrinka
. And there's much, much more on top of that - so you'd better be back here at 1600 BST. OK? Promise? Good.
This has been a truly outstanding performance from Kuznetsova. Not faultless - 30 unforced errors to Kirilenko's 16 and four double-faults - but ruthlessly effective nonetheless. The 11th seed moves to 5-4 in the second set with a commanding service hold and then batters her way to 40-15 and two match points. She shanks a forehand on the first, but on the second Kirilenko goes long and the 2004 champion let's out a huge yelp of delight. Svetlana Kuznetsova beats Maria Kirilenko
6-3 6-4 and is serenaded by a few spectators who remained inside Arthur Ashe until the bitter end. Next up for her, Dominika Cibulkova.
Try as she might, Kirilenko simply can't make any tangible inroads into the Kuznetsova serve. And now she has an extremely importance service game to negotiate at 3-4
in the second set. Very little talk about two-time Grand Slam winner Kuznetsova this year. Not sure I can see her lifting the trophy but she's looking bang on form and should fancy her chances. If she wins today and then sees off Cibulkova, the winner of Wozniacki v Sharapova would await in the last eight and then possibly Zvonareva in the semis.
oliburgoyne on Twitter:
"I have a cheeky pound on Nadal, Murray, Monfils, Federer to be the semi-final line-up. 23-1!"Now we're talking, I like the sound of that. Shame you only put a cheeky £1 on, though, it could well happen.
"Murray for the men's and Wozniacki for the women's at a massive 8-1 were my bets." Jon in London via text on 81111
Kirilenko looks fairly ravishing out there in a figure-hugging purple dress but, unfortunately for the 23rd seed, she doesn't really have the game to boot. In fairness, she got the better of her fellow Russian in a few enticing rallies but Kuznetsova
is a cut above and grabs a second break with a rasping winner to seal the first set
. Quite a few spectators heading for the exits. Let's not beat around the bush - this is no classic.
simonmcintyre14 on Twitter:
"Hoping the Fish can oust NoDjo in the next round. At 45-1, my cheeky pound looks good value."Anyone else placed any bets on the Open this year?
As Kirilenko holds in game seven to trail by a break at 4-3
in the opening set, my colleague Mike Henson has been listening to Novak Djokovic
talking about his win against James Blake on a windy Arthur Ashe. And here's what the Serb had to say: "It felt like Hurricane Earl came to the centre court. It was incredible. It was a big mental struggle just to stay on the court and stay focused." Is Novak suggesting that if he didn't concentrate hard enough, the wind would have literally blown him off his feet? Imagine that...
A reminder of the headlines from day six, if I may.
Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Robin Soderling
all advanced to round four with straight-sets victories over Paul-Henri Mathieu, James Blake and Thiemo de Bakker respectively. There was, however, a shock on the women's side as fourth seed
Jelena Jankovic bit the dust
, going down in three sets to Estonia's Kaia Kanepi. No such problems for Caroline Wozniacki
or Maria Sharapova
, who between them conceded just one game! Woz beat Chan Yung-Jan 6-0 6-1 and Shazza thrashed Beatrice Capra 6-0 6-0.
The winner of this match on a rather blustery Arthur Ashe Stadium will Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova for a place in the quarter-finals. But if the nine-minute opening game is anything to go by, we could be here for quite some time yet. All of which means your musings will be ever-so-gratefully received, so just not
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. Oh and Kuznetsova
has started brilliantly, striking the ball with large doses of venom and accuracy to lead 2-0
Last but certainly not least, it's the all-Russian affair between Svetlana Kuznetsova and Maria Kirilenko
. The pair have met four times previously and can lay claim to a couple of wins each. Kuznetsova, of course, was the champion at Flushing Meadows in 2004. Two years previously, Kirilenko became the US Open junior champion. Interesting facts? Kuznetsova's father Aleksandr Kuznetsov is a famous cycling coach, while Kirilenko - nicknamed Makiri - dates men's tour player Igor Andreev.
Unreturnable serve. Ace. Blake backhand wide. Blake return wide. Novak Djokovic beats James Blake
6-1 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 to reach round four of the US Open, where he will play Mardy Fish. Some of the best serving we've seen from the world number three and he looks good to repeat his achievement of 2008 and 2009 in reaching the semi-finals. On both of those occasions - and when he lost in the 2007 final - he was beaten by Roger Federer. World number two Federer is his potential semi-final opponent again this year but who would you tip to take it on current form?
Through goes Vera Zvonareva
with a 6-2 7-6 (7-2) victory over Alexandra Dulgheru. Next up for the seventh seed is Germany's Andrea Petkovic. Meanwhile, Djoko staves off a break point to hold serve and move to within a game of the match.
"Does Djokovic's shirt say 8 on the back for when he won the Australian Open in 08." Heather in Manchester via text on 81111Good question, Heather. I thought it was just some sort of fancy pattern, like the one on the cover of
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,
but you could well be on to something.
Can't beat a bit of Djokovic chest pumping. And there's quite a lot of it as he breaks the Blake serve to 15, moving to 3-1
and within touching distance of the match. Top-class performance from the Serb. Not even a garish a black shoes/red shorts/back-and-red top combo is going to stop him from setting up a fourth-round meeting with another American, Mardy Fish. And there's the commanding service hold for 4-1
A second change of computer to mark the start of the third set and, at long last, it's normal service resumed. Djokovic serving a dream - 100% in the third set and 83% for the match. That's surely the form of a title contender?
Massively lacking in matches and wins in the build-up to Flushing Meadows, Blake's rustiness begins to show as he makes a loose start to the tie-break. A wayward backhand volley from the American puts Djokovic 4-1 to the good but then, from nowhere, back comes Blake. He races into the net to retrieve a seemingly lost cause, flicking the ball past a stranded Djokovic and then leaping around the court in celebration. A laser-guided forehand winner makes it 4-4 but a net-cord into the tramlines helps Djokovic regain his advantage and, when Blake whips a forehand long, the world number three takes a two-set lead
...and serve to stay in the set he does. Off we go to a second-set tie-break and this is big. Not a good time to be riddled with technical problems. Bear with me, people.
It's getting tense out there on Ashe. Djokovic holds serve for 5-5 and then cranks up the pressure on Blake in game 11. The Serb engineers a break point but fails to convert it and gazes at his entourage in the stands with an anguished look on his face. Blake is roared on by the crowd and comes through to hold, so Djoko will serve to stay in the set...
At the very moment our technological problems arrived, I was praising Dulgheru for holding her own against Zvonareva. A set down but a break up, was the Romanian. But it's all change on Louis Armstrong now - Zvonareva has clawed the break back and is again pressurising her opponent's serve as we speak.
A power outage at BBC Towers, a switch of computers and an exchange of breaks on Arthur Ashe. Blake does his best to make me eat my words by gobbling up the Djokovic serve in game six, but the world number three hits straight back and then holds for 4-4
. Apologies for the delay.
And we have a winner on Grandstand. Jurgen Melzer beats Juan Carlos Ferrero
7-5 6-3 6-1 to book an appointment with a certain Mr Federer in round four.
Plenty of respected tennis voices were talking up Blake following his opening-round victory over Kristof Vliegen and second-round win against Peter Polansky. One minute they were tipping him to retire after the US Open, the next they reckoned he'd go deep into the second week. To be fair, for a player who could hardly string a couple of games together - let alone a couple of wins - before this tournament, the progress has been impressive. But I'm afraid that progress looks like being halted in its tracks. Djokovic takes the first set in 22 minutes
and, on this evidence, it will take a monumental effort from Blake to contain the world number three.
"Re 0015 I got married during the US Open four years ago. After the lovely ceremony and reception in Barcelona, I ended up watching Federer on a TV in an Irish Bar along with the bride still in her wedding dress. It truly is the most romantic of tournaments." David in London via text on 81111
has taken a two-set lead against JC Ferrero and Zvonareva
is a set to the good but a break down in the second against Dulgheru.
viperdk1 on Twitter:
"Djoko/Blake could be tight - if Blake can rediscover the form that has been lacking this year so far. However, NoDjo in 4."viperdk1 may wish to reassess - Djoko has moved into a 5-0 lead.
Very reckless from Blake. It's all well and good wowing your audience with a few searing winners but you can't be chalking up six unforced errors in the opening four games. There's the double-break
and Djokovic leads 4-0
with a first-serve percentage of 83%. Nole's fans are loving this.
Blake comes out all guns blazing, unleashing a couple of stinging winners to leave Djokovic chasing shadows. The American engineers two break points in game one but a couple of aces see Djokovic hold firm. The Serb then steps it up a level in game two to break
for a 2-0
lead and holds serve to stamp his world number three mark on proceedings.
"Re 2340 The plat du jour will likely be more one sided than people think. I'm not Djoking!" Neil G via text on 81111
Now then. Djokovic and Blake
have completed their knock-up and are just getting started on a windy Arthur Ashe Stadium. Meanwhile, Melzer
remains a set and a break to the good against JC Ferrero and Zvonareva
has moved into a 5-2
lead in the opener against Dulgheru who, I can exclusively reveal, owns a German Shepard named Ciavi. Fact.
"Re 2345, I've just got engaged after a fantastic evening with my now fiancé and now back on to the live us open text updates! All round good result methinks." Paul in Oxford via text on 81111Warmest congratulations, Paul. And delighted to see you've got your priorities right by returning to the live text. Not sure your bride-to-be will concur, mind.
Seventh seed and Wimbledon runner-up Vera Zvonareva
is up and running against 25th seed Alexandra Dulgheru
of Romania on Louis Armstrong. They're going with serve in the first set. Clever girl, Zvonareva. In fact, she's currently studying for a second degree in international economic relations at the
Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The men's draw may be awash with Spaniards but JC Ferrero is not loving out there on Grandstand, recording a first-serve percentage on 55% and making 11 unforced errors as 13th seed Jurgen Melzer
takes the opening set. Oh and the Austrian's just broken for a 2-1 lead in the second.
With Ferrero turning 31 in February and Melzer 30 next May, these two are no spring chickens. Which takes me back to a point from
about there possibly being no teenagers in the men's top 100. Matt in Blackburn
has been burrowing away and earlier on he sent this Text to 81111
: "The youngest male currently in the Top 100 is Alexandr Dolgoporov
(21, ranked 43rd). The oldest male is currently Rainer Schuettler
(34, ranked 79th). The average age of the ATP top 100 is a little over 26. It is also worth noting that should personnel remain the same until 31 December, there will be no-one under the age of 22 in the top 100. By contrast, the youngest female in the WTA Top 100 is Bojana Jovanovski
, aged 18 (ranked 87th). The oldest female is easily Kimiko Date Krumm
, aged 39 and 40 later this month. There are 25 females younger than Dolgoporov in the women's top 100 and seven teenagers. The average age of the WTA top 100 is exactly 24." Outstanding research, Matt.
This would, of course, be as good a time as any to hear from you good people. Predictions for tonight, thoughts on the tournament so far, interesting stories of what you're up to this Saturday night... why not
tweet me @bbcsport_david,
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After that drama, we have a brief lull before the evening session gets started. There is one singles match in progress right now, however, as Spain's former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero
, seeded 22nd, does battle with 15th seed Jurgen Melzer
of Austria, this year's men's doubles champion at Wimbledon. View this match as a tasty hors d'oeuvre before the plat du jour that is Novak Djokovic v James Blake
on Arthur Ashe Stadium at 1900 (000 BST). Not too sure why I've gone all French on you...
Louis Armstrong Stadium is absolutely rocking. Mardy Fish beats Arnaud Clement
4-6 6-3 6-4 1-6 6-3 and sinks to his knees in celebration. Clement was the oldest man left in the draw at the start of day six but it's back to the pipe and slippers for the Frenchman after sending a backhand into the tramlines on match point. Fabulous scenes. Just as in Cincinnati, Fish salutes all four sides of the stadium with embraced arms. The fans love this guy and it's easy to see why. Happy Labor Day weekend, USA!
Jamie Murray on Twitter:
"There's a huge void on Saturdays when the Premiership isn't kicking off... can't come close to filling it."Forget the football, Jamie. Tonight is ALL about the game you and your brother play rather well!
Few men have been more consistent than Mardy Fish
this summer and he's at it again, the wily American. The Louis Armstrong Stadium crowd are in raptures as he breaks Arnaud Clement and then holds serve for a 5-2
lead in the fifth and final set. What a win this would be for the 19th seed. A game away from a meeting with Novak Djokovic or James Blake.
Thanks Bevo, you played a blinder. Hi all, how's day six been for you so far? With Fish and Clement
on serve in the decider and Djokovic v Blake
and Kuznetsova v Kirlenko
still to come, it could get a whole lot better yet. So manually refresh your page to see who's writing to you and we're away...
And that's me done and dusted for the evening. There is still plenty of tennis to come over the next few hours - notably Novak Djokovic against James Blake - but it will be down to David Ornstein to take you through the rest of the action on day six. I'll leave you in his capable hands and look forward to seeing you all again on Sunday.
domcovkid on Twitter:
"Even though Fish is probably a better player on paper at the moment, Clement has the momentum having won 6-1 in the 4th!"
Arnaud Clement is battling on, and putting pressure on the Mardy Fish serve at the start of the fifth set. Fish survives to hold, just, at 2-1. This match has been going on for over three hours now, and still no end in sight.
Wow. After a marathon match lasting two hours and 33 minutes, Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer
is into round four after a 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 7-6 (8-6) win over Patty Schnyder, who had a match-point herself at 6-5 in the tie-break, but cruelly lost it with a double-fault. Wickmayer plays Estonia's Kaia Kanepi
Right then. Clement serves out the set with ease and we are going to see a decider. Elsewhere, Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova has just completed her one-sided 6-0 6-1 win over Lourdes Dominguez Lino, and Patty Schnyder and Yanina Wickmayer are into a final-set tie-break - they have been playing for almost two-and-a-half hours now.
It looks like Arnaud Clement vs Mardy Fish is going to go the distance. The Frenchman trails 6-4 3-6 4-6 but is 5-1 up after a double-fault by Fish sees him broken for the second time in this set.
Blink and you would miss the match on Court 11 between Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain and Dominika Cibulkova, who took the first set 6-0 and is 5-1 up in the second. That one will be over very soon...
2222: Roger Federer on what was a straightforward straight sets win over Paul-Henri Mathieu despite windy conditions at Flushing Meadows:
"I was taking chances and playing safe when it was important, so under the circumstances I was able to mix it up quite well, even though it was hard to time the ball. I think he found it really hard towards the end and that was good for me. After the first set I was able to break his will a little bit."
Fish did take that third set 6-4 in the end... and the crowd are getting pretty excited by his revival. Over on Grandstand, Yanina Wickmayer and Patty Schnyder are on serve at 3-4 in the decider.
From Sarah in London via text:
"Just been stuck in the attic for half an hour with a broken door... thank goodness for BBC Sport."
That is one of the greatest compliments I've ever been given: My text commentary is better than being locked in the attic on your own...
It's headband v bandana on Louis Armstrong right now, where Mardy Fish (headband) is serving for the third set at 5-4 against Arnaud Clement (bandana). Clement has just had an almighty battle to hold his own serve, but which headgear will come out on top?
Rafa Nadal is also in action on Sunday by the way, playing France's Gilles Simon in the third match on Arthur Ashe. It's another busy day, with Kim Clijsters, Venus Williams, Sam Stosur, Mikhail Youzhny and Sam Querry also on court. In case you missed it earlier, Andy Murray v Stanislas Wawrika will be the third match on Louis Armstrong.
From Pickles91 on 606:
"Federer, Murray and Nadal all looking pretty good. All have some tricky matches to come though. Should be a fun second week."
mbb2009 on Twitter:
"I'm liking this Schnyder renaissance - and the list of names she's beaten (see 2118 BST) is impressive. Seems the only one left is Venus..."
Phew. Mardy Fish is flying at the moment. He leads Arnaud Clement 4-3 in the third set after an early break, and is closing in on a 2-1 lead after losing the first set.
I think Roger Federer
was just toying with us there. The second seed had to save three break points at 0-40 but came back to seal an extremely comfortable 6-4 6-3 6-3 victory over Paul-Henri Mathieu.
Go Patty! Schnyder takes the second set 6-3 against Yanina Wickmayer to level the match. Meanwhile, Fed is serving for the match but is 0-30 down. Is this the start of the comeback of all comebacks by Mathieu?
And there it is. Fed breaks to go 4-2 up in the third set, and quickly holds to love to go 5-2 up and move a game away from a place in the fourth round, where he will play Jurgen Melzer or Juan Carlos Ferrero. Mathieu's US Open will be over very soon indeed.
2136: Fifth seed Robin Soderling after his straight sets win over Thiemo de Bakker that sets up a fourth-round match with Spain's Albert Montanes, with Roger Federer a possible quarter-final opponent:
"Everybody has been telling me since the draw came out I'm playing Roger in the quarters. It's still far ahead. It's always difficult to play against Roger and I have played him a lot of times. In any tournament they play, Roger and Rafa will be the favorites, but there are a lot of players who can beat them."
Back on Ashe, Fed is 3-2 up on Mathieu with no breaks so far in the third set. I can't help thinking that Rog is just waiting patiently and will pick his moment to strike and finish that match off sometime soon.
It's game on over on Louis Armstrong where Mardy Fish has landed the second set 6-3 to level his match against Arnaud Clement. Patty Schnyder broke early in the second set against Wickmayer but the Belgian has fought back and that is now back on serve, with Schnyder 3-2 up.
From FedFan-Kim on 606:
"Re 2104. It's nice to see Roger decidedly NOT bothered by the weather. He is just getting on with it, with a little assistance from his opponent in that set. I like this stat: 22 winners."
From Catalan Power on 606:
"Schnyder is still around - respect. She was around already in the 90s and I guess she will continue playing in the next decade. She has something to tell to her future grandchildren since she has defeated Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, Serena Williams, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Steffi Graf, Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic, Jennifer Capriati, Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin, Amélie Mauresmo and Maria Sharapova."
If you were Paul-Henri Mathieu, what would you do now? He is playing in a tennis match he is definitely going to lose, barring injury to Fed (who has just taken the second set 6-3 after a Mathieu double-fault and is currently outclassing the Frenchman). I'm sure Mathieu will battle on, but he can probably start to think about where he could go in NYC tonight.
Over on Grandstand, 15th seed Yanina Wickmayer has taken the first set, winning a tight tie-break 7-5 against Patty Schnyder, who is the oldest player left in the women's draw at 31 years and eight months old. She is playing in her 57th major, the most of any woman left in the competition, and notched her 100th Grand Slam victory in the first round earlier this week. Fair to say the Swiss Mrs has got experience on her side then. Wickmayer, you may remember, reached the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows last year before losing to Caroline Wozniacki.
The wind has been causing everyone on Arthur Ashe all sorts of problems today, but not Roger Federer. Yes, he has made a couple of mistakes but he doesn't seem to be allowing the odd gust to affect his game or his mentality one bit. Still, Mathieu is hanging on, although he remains a break down at 2-3 in the second set.
From EmpereurTennis on 606:
"There seems to be a gale on the court."
No, Monfils has finished now. And besides, he was on Grandstand (apologies for reneging on my promise at 1600 BST).
Another break for Fed, who is still serving supremely and he leads 3-1 in the second set. All seemingly without raising sweat.
Another result for you. Richard Gasquet
sees off South Africa's Kevin Anderson 6-4 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 to set up an all-French clash with Gael Monfils in round four.
DiscoStew1 on Twitter:
"I think Mathieu is about to be Federised - it's a valid verb I checked in the dictionary!"
Fed served out that first set with ease by the way, taking it 6-4, and he couldn't look any more unruffled if he ironed his shirt between every point. Elsewhere, Arnaud Clement has just taken the first set 6-4 against Mardy Fish over on Louis Armstrong and Yanina Wickmayer is 5-4 up on Patty Schnyder on Grandstand, although that first set is still on serve.
Here's some news. Andy Murray
and Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka will be third up on Louis Armstrong on Sunday evening in their third-round match, which means he will be probably on court around 2000 BST.
2041: Fourth seed Jelena Jankovic on her surprise third-round defeat by Estonia's Kaia Kanepi:
"The wind was really tough. I had a really hard time hitting the balls, they were going all over the place. The wind was really strong and she handled these kind of conditions a lot better than I did. You hit the ball one direction, it goes another. You're just getting ready to hit the ball and it just moves away from you. It was really hard out there."
Typical Fed this. After giving Mathieu a sniff in the previous game, he responds by grabbing the set by the scruff of the net - with some imperious shots setting up three break points of his own at 0-40. The first one is saved by a big serve but Mathieu gets too much on a forehand on the next point and Fed will serve for the first set next.
2038: 2006 US Open champion Maria Sharapova on playing top seed Caroline Wozniacki in the fourth round after both completed easy victories today:
"She's playing probably the best tennis of her career. She was a finalist here last year so she is very familiar with this court. It'll be tough but I'm looking forward to it."
A spot of bother for Fed, who faces a break point after an attemped drop volley results in an easy pass for Mathieu. The Frenchman cannot capitalise, however, because two booming serves dig Fed out of a hole and he holds to level at 4-4.
Paul-Henri Mathieu has come out fighting against Federer on Ashe and is holding his own with the first set still on serve at 4-3 to the Frenchman. He's not come close to threatening Fed's own delivery, mind. The second seed fired down three aces in his last service game and looks very comfortable right now.
Patty Schnyder (whose surname I usually manage to spell wrongly) of Switzerland has just started her match with Belgian's Yanina Wickmayer on Grandstand. The winner plays Jelena Jankovic's conqueror, Kaia Kanepi, in round four and Wickmayer has the early advantage, leading 3-1 after a couple of early breaks.
Andy Murray's mate, US comedian Will Ferrell, is in the stands at Arthur Ashe, where it's still pretty windy and we seem to be in need of another ball-boy/girl just to stop the players' towels blowing on to the court between and during every point. Fed v Mathieu is on serve at the moment, and the Frenchman has his nose ahead at 3-2. There are a lot of Frenchmen in the US Open at the moment aren't there? Another one of them, Arnaud Clement, is a break up on Mardy Fish in the first set over on Louis Armstrong and leads 3-2.
lorduday on Twitter:
"Sharapova's invincible - until she faces one of the Williams."
Venus is in the other half of the draw... so that would have to be in the final.
sharpdressed1 on Twitter:
"Wozniacki is lookin good for another final mate... She's on fire at the moment... could be number one in the world if she wins the US Open."
Erm, Janko Tipsarevic's defeat could have some very grave consequences for the Serbian. After Tipsy's shock victory over Andy Roddick in the previous round, he revealed that A-Rod told him: "Well done man, you played great. If you lose early, I'm going to kill you."
Roger Federer is out on court and warming up.
I told you there was a bit of breeze around the courts at Flushing Meadows didn't I? Well on Grandstand, it was Gael-Force.
Monfils is through into round four, where he will play either fellow Frenchman Richard Gasquet or Kevin Anderson, after beating Janko Tipsarevic in 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 6-4 in 3hrs and 42 mins.
Oh, and Richard Gasquet is now two sets to the good against Kevin Anderson after taking a second-set tie-break 7-3. The Frenchman took the first set 6-4. Mardy Fish and Arnaud Clement have just got started on Louis Armstrong too.
Back to the action. Gael Monfils is now serving for the match at 5-4 in what has been a topsy-turvy (or should that be Tipsy-turvy?) fourth set againt Janko Tipsarevic.
Here's a stat for you, well two actually. The three games that Caroline Wozniacki has dropped on her way to the fourth round is the fewest by any player in her first three completed matches at the US Open since Chrissie Evert (who dropped two) in 1976. It is also the fewest conceded in reaching the last 16 at any Grand Slam since Mary Pierce at Roland Garros in 1994. Pierce also dropped two games.
From Lee in London via text:
"As impressive as Wozniacki has been so far, I just don't see enough bite in her groundstrokes, and her net-play leaves a lot to be desired. A power baseliner in the form of a resurgent Sharapova will be an entirely different proposition to the likes of Chang and Chan."
1742: Roger Federer
is on Arthur Ashe in oooh, about 10 minutes time. Fed warmed up for his match against Paul-Henri Mathieu by hitting with 16-year-old British junior Oliver Golding,
who unsurprisingly seems to have enjoyed the experience based on an interview I've just seen. Golding reached the semi-finals at junior Wimbledon this year and will be in action at Flushing Meadows himself in the boys' tournament next week. Let's hope Ollie picked up a few tips off the great man.
It's all over for Beatrice Capra,
who sees her fairytale run at Flushing Meadows ended in brutal fashion by Maria Sharapova.
The Russian clinches a 6-0 6-0 win to set up a clash with top seed Caroline Wozniacki. Meanwhile, back on Grandstand, Tipsy is having a medical time-out to get some treatment on his right foot, and change his shirt too.
Hang about. Monfils has just broken back so we are back on serve. The Frenchman is going for big winners and enough of them are coming off to give him the upper hand. On Arthur Ashe, we move closer to a double-bagel because Sharapova leads Capra 6-0 5-0 and is serving for the match.
There is a real battle going on between Gael Monfils and Janko Tipsarevic on Grandstand. The Frenchman leads two sets to one but Tipsy is digging deep. He is a break up at 3-1 in the fourth set, and currently battling to hold his own serve.
Yep, that's Caroline Wozniacki
safely through with a 6-1 6-0 victory over Yung-Jan Chan. The Dane has dropped just three games in her three matches at Flushing Meadows so far, which is very impressive, whichever way you look at it.
Top seed Caroline Wozniacki is now 5-0 up in the second set against Yung-Jan Chan and just a game away from a place in the fourth round, where it looks like she will be playing Maria Sharapova. If so, that will be an absolutely cracking match.
From Haroon via text:
"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 is probably not going to have to wait very long to see Fed in action. He's on Arthur Ashe after Sharapova...
Another break-point for Beatrice Capra but she's going to have to wait a little bit longer to get on the board. Sharapova holds to lead 6-0 2-0... and has jut broken the American again to go 3-0 up in the second set.
A loose shot from Monfils flies into the crowd behind Tipsy and he asks for the ball back, probably because he just won a point with it. The fans refuse. Tipsy's not happy... and it takes the umpire to explain that "on the three show-courts, they get to keep the ball".
Oops. Gael Monfils takes a tumble as he chases down a ball at the back of the court but he seems OK. He's still down on the floor but is just taking a bit of time out to re-tie his shoe-laces.
While I was watching 'Pova powering through that one, Caroline Wozniacki took the first set 6-1 against Chan. Elsewhere, Richard Gasquet is a set and a break up against Kevin Anderson and Gael Monfils took the third set against Tipsy to lead 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-4) 6-2.
Oh dear. That's the first set wrapped up in 40 minutes for Maria Sharapova, and it's bagel-time for Beatrice Capra. She had a couple of break points in the last game but that was as good as it got for her.
All sorts of debris is blowing on to the court at Arthur Ashe. I'm half-expecting to see a woman on a bike and a house come flying across next, in the manner of The Wizard of Oz. Beatrice Capra now trails 4-0 and clearly needs to use her brain, show some heart and find a bit of courage.
Big news. Caroline Wozniacki dropped A GAME against Yung-Jan Chan, who broke back immediately. Still the Dane is now well on top, leading 4-1 in the first set after breaking her opponent three times. Chan, of Taiwan, has never beaten a top-10 player and is into the third round at a Grand Slam for the first time. She's got a lot of work to do here if she is going to progress any further.
Beatrice Capra is having a tough time out on Arthur Ashe and has just been broken again by Maria Sharapova, who leads 3-0. Still, remember that Sharapova took the first set against Melanie Oudin in the third round here last year... and we know what happened next there.
One other match to tell you about - former world number seven Richard Gasquet is a break up on South African Kevin Anderson on Court 11 and leads 3-2.
That wind seems to be getting even stronger on Arthur Ashe. Beatrice Capra, who was broken in a marathon first game, has just had a warning after her cap was blown off during a point. The players' towels are also flying everywhere, not to mention the occasional piece of litter. All we need now is some tumbleweed... maybe I should make some more 'jokes'?
Janko Tipsarevic needed treatment on a sore hamstring during the second set of his match against Gael Monfils but that didn't stop him winning it to level the match. Monfils won the first set 7-4 on a tie-break but the Serbian has just done exactly the same. All square then...
Last year it was Melanie Oudin who thrilled the home crowds at the US Open, this time it is Beatrice Capra. The 18-year-old American is ranked 371 in the world and had to win a wildcard play-off tournament to reach the main draw. In 2009, Oudin beat Maria Sharapova on the way to the quarter-finals, and now Capra (who has already beaten Karolina Sprem and 18th seed Aravane Rezai this week) has a chance to emulate her.
Top seed Caroline Wozniacki has just started her third round match against Yung-Jan Chan... and is a break up after the first game. Bearing in mind the Dane has dropped just two games in her two matches so far (winning 6-1 6-1 against Chelseyu Gullickson and 6-0 6-0 against Kai-Chen Chang) I don't expect her to hang around too long.
1812: Estonian 31st seed Kaia Kanepi on her surprise win over Jelena Jankovic to reach the fourth round of the US Open:
"It was very tough because of the conditions. I got a lot of points off Jelena because of the wind and she got a lot off me because of the wind. It was the same for both of us but it was very difficult to play in and I don't think it made for a nice match."
From quietplease on 606:
"How is Jelena Jankovic losing to any lower ranked player at a Grand Slam still considered an upset?"
Gael Monfils and Janko Tipsarevic are still out on Grandstand (where Monfils leads 7-6 5-5) but otherwise there is not much going on (senior singles-wise) at Flushing Meadows. While we wait for the arrival of Maria Sharapova and Beatrice Capra on Arthur Ashe, why not read
Andy Murray's latest BBC column,
where he talks about his win over Dustin Brown, the number of football forfeits his fitness trainer is facing, and Stanislas Wawrinka, his next opponent.
Blimey, that was quick. Jankovic collapses completely in the tie-break and Kaia Kanepi runs away with it. She drops only one point to complete a shock 6-2 7-6 (6-1) victory and will play Patty Schnyder or Yanina Wickmayer next. Jankovic is the first big-name to fall in the women's draw, mainly because she never got to grips with the wind.
No stopping Robin Soderling
today. The big-serving fifth seed has just completed a 6-2 6-3 6-3 victory over Thiemo de Bakker to set up a clash with Spain's Albert Montanes
in the fourth round.
Blimey, just as it looked like Jelena Jankovic had turned this round, she shoots herself in the foot. Serving for the set at 6-5 she makes a series of mistakes (despite screaming 'why are you doing this, it's so easy' and 'focus' at herself) and Kanepi breaks straight back. That means it's tie-break time.
From fatClyde on 606:
"Re 1711. I must be the only getting sick and tired of all the 'athletes' withdrawing from matches when it's obvious they won't win. It's not just tennis, either. Football is rife with players feigning injury when it suits them. It's all a bit of a joke."
Hmmm. Although I can think of a couple of occasional culprits of this sort of behaviour on the circuit, I don't think too many players would just decide to pull out when they are a set down like Kei Nishikori was today. I also pulled out of a tournament injured once, when I was a set up, I hasten to add. I couldn't actually run/move anymore but still felt pretty embarrassed about it, mainly because he was about 12 and I was 31.
Kanepi has made 23 unforced errors so far in this second set, and still came within two points of winning it. I don't think either player is enjoying the blustery conditions too much but Jankovic seems to be suffering the most, or at least being the most vocal about it. Her latest mishap comes when she throws the ball up to serve and tops it with the frame of her racquet - it flies for about a mile upwards. Oh dear. Still, she survives a couple of deuces to hold and is level at 5-5 in the second set.
There have been some cracking rallies in this Jankovic-Kanepi match, and until now it seems the Estonian has won most of them. That changes when she flops a weak backhand into the net to trail 15-30 but she makes up for it with a fierce winner down the same flank on the next point. The errors are still coming thick and fast, though, and Kanepi pays the price when she sends her next groundstroke long. Jankovic sniffs a break-back and does just that to take us back on serve at 4-5. The fourth seed still needs to be solid to survive now though... will she crack again?
A bit of frustration by Kaia Kanepi sees her throw her racquet to the ground in disgust after a wild forehand wastes a chance at 30-40. The Estonian has played some cracking shots today, but she has also made a lot of unforced errors too. Still, it only postpones the inevitable as Jankovic is soon facing another break-point. She sees a backhand drift long and Kanepi is 6-2 5-3 up and serving for a place in round four.
From jegga1, via text:
"I've heard Kei Nishikori described as the Japanese Federer, which is very flattering. But he will now have the weight of all of Japan on his shoulders..."
Blimey, surely just one Sumo wrestler would make things difficult enough for him?
More good stuff from Kaia Kanepi on Arthur Ashe as she holds her serve with ease to move 4-3 up in the second set, and she is looking very confident indeed. Elsewhere, Robin Soderling is now 6-2 6-3 2-1 up on Thiemo de Bakker - who will be doing well to pick up a dozen games today.
I'm getting a bit of stick over on
for overlooking 'Gale' Monfils when I made my raft of weather puns earlier on. Apologies, but while I look for an appropriate response, Mr Monfils has taken the first set against Janko Tipsarevic, winning the tie-break 7-4. Did any of you forecast that?
Bad news for RAF (see below) and Japan's Kei Nishikori. He's had to retire from his match against Spain's Albert Montanes,
who was 6-2 2-1 up at the time.
A brave drop shot by Jankovic at deuce comes off but another unforced error puts her back in trouble as she battles to hold her serve. She comes through, just, to hold at 2-2 but if she is going to reach the fourth round then it looks like she is going to do it the hard way: battling her opponent, the gusty conditions... and herself.
Kaia Kanepi is playing some lovely stuff on Arthur Ashe, where Jelena Jankovic is still struggling to find her feet. The Serbian is doing an awful lot of muttering/shouting at herself in between points, which is something I 'like' to do on court myself when I'm losing. Which is quite often.
From RAF on 606:
"Come on Kei, you can still win this! Just needs to forget about the first set."
So what's going on around the courts? Well, on Louis Armstrong, Thiemo de Bakker is doing a bit better in the second set against RobSod, which is currently on serve at 3-2 to the Swede. Gael Monfils and Janko Tipsarevic are locked at 5-5 in the first set on Granstand and, on Court 11, Albert Montanes - the 21st seed - took the first set 6-2 against Kei Nishikori of Japan.
Kaia Kanepi, the Estonian 31st seed, has shot up the rankings by more than 100 places since May of this year, but the 25-year-old had only slipped that low because of a knee injury. She was a top 20 player in 2009 but her record against top five players is not great - she has won only one of nine matches against them, but that lone win did come against Jankovic (in Dubai in 2009).
Hmmm, a couple of double-faults do Jankovic few favours and, after an error-strewn game by the fourth-seeded Serbian, Kaia Kanepi has the first set in the bag at 6-2.
I don't have a wind graphic (although I'm sure a few of you could suggest a few suitable images) but there is a bit of a breeze swirling around Flushing Meadows. It seems to be causing Jelena Jankovic some problems too - she is 2-5 down and serving to stay in this first set.
randalthor1812 on Twitter:
"I don't want to rain on your parade but most interesting match for me is the Sharapova match against Capra. Can Capra shock again?"
Sharapova, the 2006 US Open champion, is next on Arthur Ashe after Jankovic/Kanepi... home hope Capra, 18, is ranked 371st in the world but upset Aravane Rezai in the last round. Should be worth watching, that one.
Robin Soderling is well on top against Thiemo de Bakker, and has just taken the first set 6-2 in less than 30 minutes. Elsewhere, Jelena Jankovic is in a spot of bother against Kaia Kanepi, trailing 4-2 in the first set.
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606. I'm waiting...
We are under way on Grandstand now too, where 17th seed Gael Monfils of France is taking on Janko Tipsarevic, who beat Andy Roddick in the second round. That one is on serve at 1-1 - I'll keep you posted on any
foot faults in that one...
No bagels for now. Seconds after I wrote the below, De Bakker held for the first time and then had two break points of his own. Soderling survived, however, and leads 4-1 in the first set.
Hmmm, thanks Pottiella but I'm not sure everyone will be so forgiving when I mention the possibility of RobSod dishing out a bagel to Thiemo de Bakker... The Swede is now 3-0 up.
From pottiella on 606:
"To Bevan - it's ok, we won't judge you on the weather puns... they had to be done... I almost started my
with one myself, but I didn't want to steal your inevitable thunder."
Jelena Jankovic (on Arthur Ashe against Kaia Kanepi) and Robin Soderling (on Louis Armstrong against Thiemo de Bakker) are already out on court, and RobSod has made a pretty good start, breaking de Bakker in his first service game to lead 2-0.
We've got a busy day ahead of us, and no mistake. As well as Fed and Djoko, Robin Soderling, Gael Monfils, Mardy Fish, Jurgen Melzer, Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic, Maria Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva are all going to be in action. Very much a Super Saturday,
I'm sure you'll agree (although that is actually not until next week).
So much for
then - it got a bit windy at Flushing Meadows last night, but that was about it. Dustin Brown also failed to cause a storm as
Andy Murray breezed through
but will Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic be blown off course today? We will find out over the next few hours, when I will be doing my best to avoid using any more woeful weather puns.