I'm sorry to say that day nine has finally come to an end. Highlight of the day/night? Fernando Verdasco's winner on match point. He'll need to do that about three times a game to trouble Rafa in the next round, I fear. It's under 12 hours until day 10 begins at 1800 BST
with Zvonareva v Kanepi,
followed by Djokovic v Monfils
, and I'll return for Wozniacki v Cibulkova
and Federer v Soderling
from midnight (UK). Just time to jump on the tube and nip home for a snooze. Hang on....
rimonalam on Twitter:
"roger rafa possible final? looks like it though roger has a tougher route than rafa, i would still say roger is the favourite."
From anon via text:
"Rafa will face a stiff test from verdasco, hopefully it will be a repeat of thier 2009 Aussie open semifinal clash (assuming Verdasco recovers well after today's epic!)"
Magnificent. Rafael Nadal
races to 40-0 and three match points and absolutely slams a forehand winner to wrap up a 6-3 6-4 6-4
win and a semi-final against Fernando Verdasco. Good luck, Fernando.
Right on cue, Nadal starts firing on the return and gets to 15-40 before putting the pressure on in a lengthy rally. Lopez cracks first and finds the net with a forehand. Gracias y buenos noches, surely?Nadal 6-3 6-4 5-4 Lopez
After appearing to be on the brink of defeat, Lopez has steadied himself impressively to keep Nadal in check in the third set, but now he must effectively serve to stay in the match.Nadal 6-3 6-4 4-4 Lopez
"I'm going to be disappointed about this one," admits Sam Stosur
after failing to see off Kim Clijsters. "You can't break serve and have chance after chance after chance and blow it in a quarter-final."
Nadal has another break point but Lopez comes up with a big swinging serve to the backhand and an ace to keep himself alive.Nadal 6-3 6-4 2-3 Lopez
The end appears nigh as Lopez finds himself at 0-40 but Nadal lets him off the hook with errors on the first two before pulling a backhand just wide on the third. It's deuce and the crowd gets what they really want - a hotdog! Rafa chases down a lob and duly returns it through his legs, but Lopez is ready for the easy volley and goes on to claim an impressive hold.Nadal 6-3 6-4 1-2 Lopez
Phil and neil still downtown manhattan via text....:
"....but will be courtside. Thick heads or not. Vamos Robbo! Neil's wife not amused. Shame."
Nadal fires an ace that sounds like a rifle shot for 40-0 and moments later he's jogging purposefully back to his chair with a two-set lead.Nadal 6-3 6-4 Lopez
Lopez does well to see off a set point with a heavy serve and forehand into the corner. Does Nadal have the nerve to serve out for a two-set lead? I would imagine he does.Nadal 6-3 5-4 Lopez
Brad Gilbert on Twitter:
"Rafa sill has not dropped serve that is off the charts, really looking foward to him playing Tabasco in a couple of days."
Nadal whips up one of those huge spinning cross-court forehands on his way to another straightforward hold and there is not much sign of a Lopez comeback at the moment. It's been a strange old day though, I wouldn't rule it out. Actually...Nadal 6-3 5-3 Lopez
Dipesh, at work in sydney, via text:
"Bet sophie (see 0224) is enjoying this more than feli. Cheer Piers 4 getting me through the afternoon! :o)"
It's tough luck on Lopez as he's more than holding his own but a double fault at deuce is never a good idea, especially when Nadal is on the other side of the net. The man from Majorca breaks serve and it's a long way back for Lopez now.Nadal 6-3 3-2 Lopez
Lopez wins a battle of the lefty forehands with a spectacular winner but goes for the same again and misses, allowing Nadal to see out a comfortable service game. It's now past midnight in New York. I've no idea what day it is in London.Nadal 6-3 2-2 Lopez
Imtiaz, following update at work, from bangladesh, via text:
"Feliciano lopez On da ropes, Rafael nadal not offerin any hopes! Nando in 3 today. Let's hope of repeat of
aus '09 semi."
"Nooooo!!!!" Lopez gets to 30-30, moves into the net, has the open court at his mercy and... jabs a volley wide. Nadal then hits a forehand down the line that he challenges even though everyone is pretty sure it went out, just in case. Lopez attacks the net and Nadal fires a backhand down the line - nothing Feli could do about that one - and it's a hold.Nadal 6-3 1-1 Lopez
Nadal plays a beautiful off-forehand pass as Lopez gamely approaches the net, knowing that's probably his only chance tonight. The ball whizzes past and moments later Nadal has the set after 39 minutes, nine winners and six unforced errors.Nadal 6-3 Lopez
A couple of fairly regulation holds, Nadal sealing the latest game with an absolutely massive cross-court backhand.Nadal 5-2 Lopez
From L.M zed via text:
"Predict 3 straight sets win for Rafa. He is unstoppable @ the moment."
Interesting. After starting like a train and prompting some very concerned looks in the Lopez player's box, Nadal's level drops off and, after F-Lo holds, a double fault sees the world number one at 0-40. No matter, he works his way back into the game with an especially fabulous point for deuce, finished off by a backhand down the line.Nadal 4-1 Lopez
Ka-boom! Two aces and Nadal holds to love. The bad news for every other player is that it would appear the world number one has decided to add to his armoury a Samprasesque serve. It's not really fair, to be honest.Nadal 3-0 Lopez
It might be a late start for Rafa but he's clearly looking for an early finish. He jumps all over the Lopez serve to break to love. Nadal 2-0 Lopez
Nadal comes through his opening service game to 15 and he's really cracking that serve this fortnight.
The combatants are in place, Rafael Nadal
in threatening black, Feliciano Lopez
in Spanish red. Nadal holds a 5-2 record against Lopez but his countryman won their first and, interestingly,
most recent encounter at Queen's Club in June.
Lopez loves a fast surface and will follow his big lefty serve into the net when at all possible. It's nearly 11pm in New York but do they care? They do not.
In stark contrast to what we've witnessed on Ashe, the climax on Armstrong is so good you have to laugh. Fernando Verdasco
gets to match point and hurtles into the net to get an amazing pick-up and whip it down the line for a winner, before falling onto his back in the same movement. Incredible stuff. Verdasco beats Ferrer 5-7 6-7 6-3 6-3 7-6
. Rafa, Feli... over to you.
Ah, handshake graphic. I feared I might never see you again. Kim Clijsters
smacks an ace (!) on match point to beat Sam Stosur 6-4 5-7 6-3 for her 19th straight win at Flushing Meadows. It's Venus next for Kim and she needs to step it up several gears. In fact, she may need to invent some new gears after that performance. Those two are 6-6 in career meetings so anyone's guess. Nadal v Lopez is imminent, Ferrdasco into a final set tie-break.
Ouch. Stosur falls break points down and double faults. This could be a tough one for her to get over if she does lose it, although Clijsters still has to serve out. Verdasco leads Ferrer 6-5
on serve in the fifth.
Clijsters holds! Stosur had never taken a set off Clijsters until just now but she had to have it gift-wrapped. Twice. Any way back for the Aussie now? Clijsters leads 4-3.
OK, shall I just update you when someone holds? Stosur flops a limp slice into the net and Clijsters is back to 3-3
. And they're at it on Armstrong now, with Verdasco getting the break back and now leading 5-4
in the fifth.
You won't believe this.... Clijsters breaks serve! She's back to 2-2 but it's pretty ropey stuff at the moment and just a question of who gets over the line. Hang on, Clijsters is broken to love - the fifth time in a row she has dropped serve. If Stosur can hold now she deserves a lap of honour. She leads 3-2
0326: Francesca Schiavone
on her defeat by Venus. I think. "She doesn't like to play with me - I play different balls, I push her in defence, I don't give her the chance to play how she wants. This time is for her, but I will find the way to beat her."
Clijsters gets the break back, then smacks a forehand long to return the favour, and after three successive breaks of serve Stosur now leads 2-1
in the decider - meanwhile Ferrer has a break at 4-2
in the fifth against Verdasco.
I'm dusting off the shock graphic. Clijsters saves one break point at the start of the final set but frames a forehand on the second and Stosur leads 1-0
. Ferrdasco is 2-2
in the fifth.
Stosur does well to hold her nerve at the second time of asking and serve it out - we're going to need a decider here too. Rafa, Feli.... at ease.
Well, who would have thought it? Actually, I would. Stosur hands the break back to love. Clijsters is back to 5-5 but this one is getting scrappier and scrappier. The Belgian then double faults twice to fall 0-30 down, wallops a forehand long for 30-40 but saves the break point with a wrong-footing forehand. Stosur finally gets the break with a forehand winner and a volley. She will serve for the set. Again.
Blimey. What had felt like an inevitable trundle towards a Clijsters win may not be so predictable. The Belgian double faults on her way to slipping break point down, and then does so again to give Stosur the chance to serve for the second set at 5-4
. And Ferrdasco is going long! Verdasco levels up at two sets all against Ferrer.
It's all got a bit scrappy on Ashe as Clijsters edges 4-3
ahead on serve, despite having hit 12 unforced errors to eight winners in the second set. Verdasco is a game away from forcing a fifth on Armstrong.
With that Ryder Cup thought in mind, how are our brave continental compatriots doing? Verdasco now has a break at 3-2
in the fourth and that could be heading for a fifth. And another of our own, Clijsters, gets the break back as Stosur throws away a service game for 2-2
in the second. Viva Europa!
0236: Sam Querrey
is asked by the local press about being the last American man out of the singles. "You think about it - you guys tell me that every day I'm in here. I didn't feel any extra pressure or anything. I definitely wanted to win and keep the American men, keep the hope going. I was close. It's annoying that the Europeans are in the quarters every slam but we're trying."
Clijsters has gone off the boil a bit here, slamming a drive volley into the net and then double faulting to allow Stosur back to deuce before squeaking through an edgy game to trail 2-1
. The Ferrdasco clash, as we now call it, is on serve early in the fourth.
Fair dos, Stosur keeps charging forward like Don Quixote and it works as Clijsters plays a poor game to drop serve at start the second set.
From Sophie via text:
"Is it worth me staying awake for Nadal? Trying to weigh up the pros and cons of an almost-sleepless night. Any positives apart from seeing Rafa'sarms?"Only you can answer that question. I think we all know what the answer will be.
From Neil and phil in downtown manhattan via text:
"Looking forward to being courtside tmrrw, saw Robbo yesterday, onwards!"I suggest early to bed so you feel fresh for a busy day tomorrow.
Ominously for Stosur, and the rest of the field, Clijsters steps up a gear and looks in a different class. Stosur faces set point and offers up a couple of mouthwatering short balls, the second of which is hooked past her at the net. Clijsters takes it 6-4
, while Verdasco cuts the deficit on Armstrong but Ferrer still leads 7-5 7-5 3-6
And so she does.... Clijsters gets to 0-40 after Stosur fails to control a return and then messes up an admirable attempt at a serve-volley. The trademark Clijsters splits draw a gasp from the crowd as her retrieving skills get the break back - 4-4
From Tim, Cardiff, via text:
"Why on earth is there such a small crowd watching Ferrer vs Verdasco? It's crackin stuff! Teleport me to New York."
Clijsters steadies a slightly rocking ship with her first love service game but she needs to start making some impression on Stosur's Edbergesque kicking serve. The Australian leads 4-3
Stosur has made a great start, while Clijsters has not found anything like her range, and the fifth seed leads 3-1
If you haven't seen it already
the order of play is out for Wednesday,
and the night session will feature Caroline Wozniacki v Dominika Cibulkova
and Roger Federer v Robin Soderling
. "I expect it to be really tough, especially now that he's gotten a taste of how to beat me," says Rog. "It's up to me to clean up my game and put in a good performance."
Verdasco has a break at 3-1 in the third set and they're not done on Armstrong yet. I hope 5 live's Ali Eykyn
is out there for the duration. Clijsters is in trouble when she fails to control a Stosur slice and nets for 15-40, and the Belgian hooks a forehand long to put the Aussie 2-1
up with a break.
Clijsters, on an 18-match unbeaten run at Flushing Meadows, gets off to a solid start with a hold in the opening game. Keep 'em peeled for stars on Ashe tonight, we've got Diaz, Becker, Stefani and Rossdale to beat from last night.
So Venus is through to the semi-finals where she will play Kim Clijsters
or Sam Stosur
, with the defending champion and the fifth seed heading out onto Ashe right now. Clijsters has won all three previous meetings with Stosur, dating back as far as San Diego in 2006 and as recently as Miami earlier this year, and she looks in great form. But Slammin' Sam won arguably the match of the women's draw so far when she beat Dementieva the other day and her ability to mix it up will give Clijsters a different challenge.
Chicharitorocks on Twitter:
"Staying up to watch Kim Clijsters, got work at 9am, I know I'm going to be tired but a Kim win will make the tiredness sweeter."
Brilliant, brilliant stuff on Armstrong as Verdasco and Ferrero play out a blinding tie-break. Ferrer saves two set points in style, the second with a swashbuckling trip to the net, Verdasco then sees off a set point with a forehand that flies off his racket like a torpedo. It's Ferrer who takes it in the end, 10-8, and it looks like being his day at 7-5 7-6
Ferrer misses a couple of set points before Verdasco finally holds to force the tie-break, and David will have to get over it pretty quickly as he appears to have the hump. At least one racket has been given the treatment so far.
Andy Roddick on Twitter:
"Extreme home makeover is the best show that has ever been on tv..... ever...... ever...."This is what happens when tennis players lose early. Worrying.
"How was it waiting around for the long men's match before you to finish?" Venus
is asked. "Well, I've got a lot of experience from rain breaks at Wimbledon," she responds. Two years, no rain, no hurricanes, no gale force winds. That's all I'm saying. There's a break on Ashe now as the day crowd shuffle out and those rowdy night-time types arrive. Over on Armstrong, Verdasco is serving to force a tie break in the second set after Ferrer won the first.
No she can't. Venus Williams
takes charge and powers her way to match point before hammering a return that Schiavone cannot control. It's a 7-6 (7-5) 6-4
win for the American but a big hand for Schiavone as she exits.
A double fault doesn't help Venus early in the game and when Schiavone sweeps a forehand past her at the net it's 15-40 and two break points for the Italian. Venus then hammers a second serve so long it endangers the Schiavone ankles and, incredibly, the American is broken again. Can Schiavone level? She still trails 5-4
in the second set.
Schiavone thumps her racket into the backstop in disgust after going long on break point and Venus will serve for the match. Ferrer still holds the edge on Armstrong at a set and 4-4
From Alex in Devon via text:
"Oh dear, I have caved in to the bottle of White wine that was chilling in my fridge, was going to wait until the Nadal match I hope I can re-live my school disco days and last the duration whilst under the influence!"
Henry from Durham via text:
"While she will probably win this, Venus is just not the force in world tennis that she used to be."
Schiavone misses two chances to break back with a poor return and then failing to control a volley but converts her third with a heavy backhand. Williams leads by a set and 5-3
. As for
the junior Brits,
Laura Robson is through in the girls' singles, Oli Golding and George Morgan are out of the boys' singles, but both had wins in the boys' doubles. And Rafa v F-Lo? Not before 3am UK, I'd say.
strictlyMUFC on Twitter:
"What time is the Nadal match please? I have matchsticks keeping my eyelids open waiting for his match! "
izzie_rascal on Twitter:
"Evening Piers, looking forward to Clisters but is there any more updates on the young Brits please? ta, :)"
Venus is all over the return of serve at the moment and Schiavone finally cracks, sending a forehand wide on break point and smacking her racket into the ground. Venus leads 7-6 3-1
Due to a neighbour's dog barking and a brave/foolhardy decision to attempt mid-Slam socialising, I'm at less than the peak of my powers tonight, and with the packed schedule still in front of us I'm going to require your assistance. Get my mind racing with your thoughts via
or text on 81111
(UK) or 44 7786200666
(worldwide) with TENNIS before your message. Please.
"This one feels like the last one," says 5 live's Alistair Eykyn
out on Armstrong in reference to Ferrer-Verdasco and the earlier Wawrinka-Querrey epic. Sounds like Alistair is settling in for the night there. Meanwhile, Venus is upping the intensity on Ashe...
Hello there, have I missed much? Not really, it would seem. The day session is still in full swing and Venus and Schiavone are giving it their all on Ashe - we've just had an amazing rally won by the American after both players end up at the net. Venus leads by a set and 2-1
, while Ferrer gets close to a break at the start of the second on Armstrong but leads by a set and 1-1
. A quick manual refresh
and even more will become clear.
A few set points go begging for Ferrer
as Verdasco clings on for dear life. But the eight seed finally relents and there it is - first blood to 10th seed Ferrer. And with that, I'm done. I'll pass you into the far more capable hands of
Enjoy the rest of the 'day' session and what should be a tremendous night schedule. Over and out.
As darkness descends on Flushing Meadows, Venus and Schiavone light up Arthur Ashe with a couple of intoxicating rallies in the first-set tie-break. Two-time champion Venus races into a 4-1 lead but back comes her Italian opponent to level at 4-4. Schiavone thinks she's caught the sideline to move 5-4 ahead but Venus calls for the Hawk Eye challenge and succeeds. A breathtaking exchange ends with Schiavone pouncing at the net for 5-5 but the French Open champion then fires long twice to concede the set.
Tie-break time on Ashe, 5-5 on Louis Armstrong. I can confirm reports that
is chomping at the bit to take over the live text. But you're not having him just yet. Be patient, people...
In the all-Spanish affair on Louis Armstrong, Verdasco
breaks back to check Ferrer's progress. Over on Ashe, Venus is serving to stay in the first set against Schiavone.
"I have seen Nadal practise against Lopez on fast courts. An upset is a distinct possibility." Jewel via text on 81111I get the feeling you lot think I'm gonna fall flat on my face with the Rafa-in-three prediction. You're probably right.
Not sure if it was the sound of
blaring out over the PA system at the changeover or a merely a wayward service game from Venus, but something inspires Schiavone
to break back and then hold for a 5-4
lead in the opening set.
Neither Venus or Schiavone dropped a set in their opening four matches but that will obviously change for at least one of them tonight. The ladies, both 30, have met seven times previously and Venus won them all. In their two matches this year, Schiavone took the opening set but Venus hit back, winning 12 of the final 15 games on both occasions.
Alex Willis on Twitter:
"Much as I like Forza Francesca, based on the marathon first game, I reckon Venus will come through."
Third seed Venus
restores her early advantage with a second break of serve and then holds for 4-2
. Over on Louis Armstrong, Ferrer
breaks Verdasco to open up a 3-0
lead in the opener.
kerrylm on Twitter:
"How are you referring to Venus as the match of the day when Rafa is on later?! Priorities!"
"Does anyone know when was the last time we had two Swiss men in the quarter finals of a Grand Slam? " Jack in London via text on 81111I think you'll find this is the first time it has ever happened. Or so says our
As Verdasco and Ferrer get started on Louis Armstrong, Venus drills down her first ace of the night to level the opening set at 2-2
Wardrobe news: Venus has gone for that sparkly number again. She's done black and red - tonight it's pink. The two-time champion takes her fifth break point to strike in game one, but Schiavone - decked in Wimbledon whites - hits straight back in the second and then holds in game three. Venus, lest we forget, is the last American standing in the entire main draw. And the winner of this one plays Clijsters or Stosur.
For those of you who have been with us since 1600 BST, I doff my cap to you. Now you get your reward. Venus and Schiavone
have just got started on Arthur Ashe, while Verdasco v Ferrer
should be up and running on Louis Armstrong shortly. Then there's the Arthur Ashe night session, which should be special. Kim Clijsters and Sam Stosur
do battle in the opening match before Rafael Nadal takes on Feliciano Lopez
. Excited? I am.
"Just want to highlight the fact that Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi is the first Pakistani to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam event, and he's done it in both the men's doubles and mixed doubles! Finally someone from my country doing us proud." Fauzan in London via text on 81111Qureshi partnered Kveta Peschke to victory over Pablo Cuevas and Gisela Dulko before joining forces with Rohan Bopanna to eliminate Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman.
Four hours and 28 minutes after the first ball was hit, Wawrinka and Querrey embrace at the net before departing to rapturous ovations. Which means that my - and
- match of the day is finally upon us. Venus Williams v Francesca Schiavone
, two-time champions v French Open winner, third seed v sixth seed. It should be a cracker, let's get it on.
Joy for Switzerland, misery for the United States. Stanislas Wawrinka beats Sam Querrey
7-6 (11-9) 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 4-6 6-3 to reach the US Open quarter-finals. Stan is through to the last eight of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time and next up for the 25th seed is Mikhail Youzhny. Querrey's exit means there are no Americans left in the men's draw. Sad times.
At last some good news for the British boys. Youth Olympics champions Oliver Golding
and his Czech partner Jiri Vesely are through to round two of the junior doubles event after beating Daniel Kosakowski and Dennis Novikov 4-6 6-3 and 10-6 in the deciding tie-break. Meanwhile, Bolton's George Morgan
and his French team-mate Mathias Bourgue are there too, seeing off Pavel Krainik and Giammarco Micolani 4-6 6-3 and 10-5 in the deciding tie-break.
"Re Tarango, I've never heard such a load of twoddle! Murray needs someone to make big decisions for him? He has to make his own decisions, he has to get his head together and he has to improve 50% if he ever wants to get near winning a Slam. He doesn't have it upstairs and that's 50% of the battle. No doubt another one of my texts you wont publish!" Dave in Surrey via text on 81111Come on, Dave, don't be like that.
A woeful missed smash from Wawrinka enables Querrey to hold. There's a brief hold-up as the tournament referee denies Stan the chance to exit the court for a comfort break - or was it to have his strapping re-applied? Whatever, they're back under way.
Did you know... Sam Querrey holds the world record for consecutive number of aces. He once hit 10 in a row over the course of two-and-a-half games. Surprised he didn't manage 22. Anyway, he's just saved a break point at 2-3
in the deciding set. Wawrinka has his right thigh muscle heavily strapped but it doesn't appear to be affecting his play.
Querrey holds serve for two-sets all and 2-2. He's also 22 years old and the number 22 seed.
Lockboy121 on Twitter:
"Re jamesadamspace Gasquet's backhand beats the lot! I have no time for two-handers. Ugly."
Hats off to the tireless Elizabeth Hudson alongside me here at BBC Towers. She's back with some Brit junior chat: "After
their singles defeats earlier,
Britain's Oliver Golding
and George Morgan
are back in action in the junior boys' doubles - separately! Youth Olympics champions Golding and partner Jiri Vesely are heading into a deciding tie-break against US pair Daniel Kosakowski and Dennis Novikov, while Morgan and Frenchman Mathias Bourgue are a set down to Pavel Krainik of Canada and Italy's Giammarco Micolani."
DiscoStew on Twitter:
"A coach for different surfaces? Maybe 20 years ago but nowadays the are conditions so close together - can't be worth the bother!"
Jeff Tarango's suggestion on
5 live sports extra
that Andy Murray hire a different coach for each surface is causing quite a stir. Keep the
and texts to 81111
coming. Tarango thinks John McEnroe, Pete Sampras and Tim Henman should be among Murray's 'consultants'.
Querrey squanders another couple of chances to break Wawrinka for the second time and wrap up the fourth set. Stan, struggling to cope with the early-evening shadows on Ashe, delivers a stinging ace to finally come through but now Querrey to serve for the set... and at the sixth time of asking he does it with his 17th ace of the match. Into a decider we go, my prediction of Wawrinka in four left in tatters.
jamesadamspace on Twitter:
"Would love Wawrinka to win, though are his injuries going to hinder him? He must have the best backhand in the men's game..."I'd have to disagree - have you not seen Philly Kohlschreiber's whipped one-hander? It's a joy to behold.
Two set points to Querrey on the Wawrinka serve. Saved. Here's a third... saved with a brilliant ace out wide.
The Arthur Ashe crowd in full voice as Querrey
goes a break up in the fourth and the American is now a game away from the set. Meanwhile, I think I just heard Jeff Tarrango on
BBC Radio 5 live sports extra
suggesting himself as Andy Murray's coach for the hard-court season. Oh and he's slating Alex Corretja.
Commentator Alastair Eykyn having a very good conversation with Jeff Tarrango on
BBC Radio 5 live sports extra
right now. Tarrango reveals Venus Williams' coach has told him she's "pretty nervous" ahead tonight's quarter-final meeting with Fan Schiavone, touts himself for a role at the USTA - perhaps he wants the
soon-to-be-vacated Davis Cup captaincy?
- and urges Andy Murray to hire a different coach for each surface. Thoughts?
"I am all for Sam Querrey! He's young and showing so much power. Meanwhile, enjoying
Tropical Storm Hermine.
" Leah in Austin, Texas via text on 81111"Enjoying"?
How many bad calls am I going to make tonight? "We're heading towards a third-set tie-break on Ashe..." Well, we were until Wawrinka
broke Querrey in game 11 to take the third set 7-5. Don't forget that I tipped Stan the Man to win in four - which means we're almost certainly going to five.
"Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi has made it to the semis of the mixed doubles and is currently playing the quarters of the men's doubles. First Pakistani ever to do so. Outstanding achievement!"tropikal_knights
Did I give you permission to go all quiet on me? No. Forget the football, there's only one sport that really matters tonight and it's the one being played at Flushing Meadows. We're heading towards a third-set tie-break on Ashe and still have four blockbuster matches to come. So let's be hearing from you
on Twitter @bbcsport_david,
via text to 81111
(UK) or +44 7786200666
, or through the
message boards. In terms of predictions, I'm going for Wawrinka in four
, Venus in three
, Verdasco in five
, Clijsters in two
and Nadal in three
. How about you?
Delighted to announce that
BBC Radio 5 live sports extra
are up and running with their live commentary of Wawrinka-Querrey. In the box at present are Jeff Tarango David Law.
And here's another twist for you, Fernando. Wawrinka
breaks back and we're going with serve once more, 4-4, third set
Fernando Verdasco on Twitter:
"At the players lounge watching Querrey-Wawrinka, its unbelievable how the match changed from almost 2-0 to Wawrinka to 1-1 and 3-1 Querrey!"
Irish eyes are smiling on Sam Barry
, who has partnered New Zealand's Ben McLachlan to victory over fifth seeds Juan Sebastian Gomez and Yasutaka Uchiyama in round one of the junior boys' doubles. Final score: 2-6 6-1 and 10-5 in the deciding tie-break. Good job, Sam. His namesake Querrey
, meanwhile, is a break up on Wawrinka and serving for a 3-1 lead in the third set.
At last some noise from the crowd on Arthur Ashe Stadium. Why? Because Sam Querrey
, the last American still standing in the men's draw, has taken the second set against Stan Wawrinka, 7-5 in the tie-break. Game on.
Any fans of Irish junior Sam Barry out there? Aoife (see 1914)? The 18-year-old and his partner Ben McLachlan of New Zealand lost the first set of their doubles first round against fifth seeds Juan Sebastian Gomez and Yasutaka Uchiyama, but they've just taken the second and are into a deciding tie-break.
Into a second tie-break we go on Arthur Ashe. Wawrinka squandered four set points at 5-4 before Querrey broke back and then both men held, although Querrey did have a set point of his own at 6-5. The American has never come back from two sets down to win, so this breaker could be pivotal. He's just come from a mini-break down to level at 3-3...
Just to let you know, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra
will have live commentary from Flushing Meadows once the
Twenty20 international between England and Pakistan
has reached its conclusion. So be sure to tune in. And remember, still to come today we're got Ferndo Verdasco v David Ferrer
, Venus Williams v Francesca Schiavone
, Kim Clijsters v Sam Stosur
and Rafael Nadal v Feliciano Lopez
. What more could you want?
"Little to chose between Wawrinka and Querrey"? There is now. Wawrinka
breaks for a 5-4 lead and will now serve for the second set. Remarkably, that was the first break of the match.
Little to chose between Wawrinka and Querrey as Stan the Man holds for 4-4
in the second set. These chaps have met just the once previously, on the hard courts of Indian Wells in 2009. Stan came through 2-6 7-5 7-6 (10-8) but, as the score suggests, it was anything but plain sailing for the Swiss.
alexwillisACE on Twitter:
"Incidentally, Chanelle van Nguyen (Robson's opponent) was part of the US team that defeated Laura and team GB in the Maureen Conolly Trophy this summer."Revenge is sweet.
And from one Willis talking about Robson to another...
mike_willis_uk on Twitter:
"Looks like Laura Robson didn't have a great match. Two of 12 break points won, but still won easily. Star of the future for sure!"
With Wawrinka and Querrey ticking over nicely in the second set and no other matches of massive importance in progress right now, I ought to use this lull as a chance to post some of your excellent tweets...
Gael Monfils' coach Roger Rasheed on Twitter:
"Gael - light session, went hard for 15min, the rest was just going through his shots as a golfer would on the range."Monfils plays Novak Djokovic in the men's quarter-finals on Wednesday. Should be a belter.
A result of greater significance from Louis Armstrong Stadium. Mikhail Youzhny beats Tommy Robredo 7-5 6-2 4-6 6-4
to reach the US Open quarter-finals for the second time in his career. The Russian will next play either Stan Wawrinka or Sam Querrey and not too long ago Wawrinka
nabbed the first set on a tie-break.
It's cheerio to a Brit for the second time today as George Morgan loses 6-3 6-3 to Filip Horansky
in round two of the junior boys' singles. But it's not farewell to New York for George just yet - he's fourth on court four in round one of the boys' doubles.
"Any news on Sam Barry from Ireland in the boys juniors? I'm at work all evening and your updates are all that's keeping me awake." Aoife in Ireland via text on 81111Berry and his Kiwi partner Ben McLachlan are about to get started in the junior boys' doubles first round on court 10. They're playing fifth seeds Juan Sebastian Gomez of Columbia and Japan's Yasutaka Uchiyama.
In the three matches requiring our attention right now, Wawrinka v Querrey is into a tie-break, Youzhny is a game away from beating Robredo and Morgan is on the verge of defeat.
"Re 1825 Simon Mundie is still reeling? I heard about Murray's defeat (and he's my absolute hero) while dancing at the
on Ibiza. What a come down!" Phil, now at home in Baker St via text on 81111
Querrey, the last remaining American in the men's draw and the youngest man left in the last 16, is holding his own against Wawrinka, the Swiss serving at 5-5 in the first set
as we speak. Querrey is aged 22 and ranked 22 in the world. Which begs the question, are any other players currently occupying the same ranking as their age? You tell me. Youzhny
, meanwhile, is a break up on Robredo in the fourth and Morgan is 3-0
down in the second.
Not a good day for the British lads so far. George Morgan
drops the first set of his junior boys' singles encounter with Slovakia's Filip Horansky and he's battling to hold serve at the start of the second. And here's some more from
Alex Willis of ACE Tennis magazine:
"Morgan and Horansky met in round one of junior Wimbledon this year, with the Briton losing 7-5 7-5."
I promise it wasn't me who said Youzhny was cruising into the last eight... Robredo
, who looked lost for ideas throughout the first two sets, breaks in game 10 to snatch the third set. Did not see that coming. Going with serve in the fourth.
Up and running on Arthur Ashe and Sam Querrey
holds serve to level at 2-2
against Stan Wawrinka
. Stan, of course, knocked Andy Murray out of the tournament on Sunday and here are the thoughts of his coach Peter Lundgren
on both that match and the threat posed by Querrey today: "Stan played a great match against Andy; we spoke before about what to do and he did everything perfectly. He had to be more aggressive and serve well, come to the net and take the ball early, which he did. I was surprised Murray caved in so quickly, all of a sudden he looked so weak. But he's still a top player and he'll be back. Stan played one of the greatest matches of his life. It will be a pretty similar plan today because Sam likes to dictate. Stan will have to get hold of his serve and make him move from side to side."
Can everyone spare a thought for BBC Radio One sports reporter Simon Mundie
, who has texted in on 81111
to say he's still reeling from Andy Murray's defeat by Stan Wawrinka on Sunday (Simon worships Murray, you should've heard him banging on about the Scot in the Radio One/BBC Online commentary box at Wimbledon) and to make matters worse he's being rained on in Aberdeen. Bad times. What are you lot up to today? Gearing up for Switzerland-England, settling in for England-Pakistan, stranded in London due to the tube strikes? Why not
tweet me @bbcsport_david,
send a text to 81111
(UK) or +44 7786200666
, or join the debate on
Also going with serve is the third set on Louis Armstrong, where Tommy Robredo is hanging in there against Mikhail Youzhny. The Spaniard comes through a tricky service game to hold for 4-3
We've just seen some pictures of Venus Williams
and Francesca Schiavone
going through their pre-match practice routines. Both look massively focused ahead of their meeting on Arthur Ashe later today. Two-time champion Venus, seeded third, is obviously the favourite to advance but French Open winner Schiavone would certainly have something to say about that.
tip this match as their "One to Watch" on day nine and I couldn't agree more. Can't wait.
Times tennis correspondent Neil Harman on Twitter:
"Golding had quite a back up team, including Greg Rusedski. Oli needs to control his temperament when he makes mistakes."Sounds like the child actor in him came out to play again. Any remember his chest-pumping/knee-sliding celebrations at Wimbledon this summer?
One Brit out, a second through and now it's time to see a third - George Morgan. The boy from Bolton (someone help me out with a better nickname!) is about to get started on court 4 against Slovakia's Filip Horansky. And the 17-year-old, coached by Colin Beecher and Arvin Palmer, returns to the same strip of concrete later for some doubles action.
Let's nip back to a near-empty Grandstand, where Laura Robson beats Chanelle van Nguyen 6-3 7-6 (7-3)
in round two of the junior girls' singles. Impressive stuff from the 16-year-old Londoner. Next up for her, Robin Anderson or Kyle S. McPhillips. Anderson took the first set and is a break up on her fellow American in the second.
"Saw Andy Murray this morning as he got off my flight from NYC. He was looking a bit cheesed off and stiff. He didn't look to be in the right frame of mind for a pep talk from me, so I just gave him the look of support as he struggled out with his bags." Sam (with Jet lag) in St Albans via text on 81111
Testing times for Laura Robson
on Grandstand. The former Wimbledon junior champion is serving to stay in the second set against American qualifier Chanelle van Nguyen. In fact, she's just done so, meaning we're into a tie-break. Meanwhile, Youzhny
takes the second set off Robredo on Louis Armstrong. The Russian looks to be cruising into the last eight.
My partner in crime today, Elizabeth Hudson, reminds us that in October 2007 Robredo was voted the "Most Stylish Man" in Spain by Men's Health magazine. The 28-year-old world number 41 resides in San Cugat del Valles, he is a Barcelona fan and his favourite player is captain Carles Puyol. Thank her, not me.
And there's the double-break for Youzhny
, who's dominating an all-too-defensive Robredo. These two have met three times previously and Robredo holds a 2-1 head-to-head advantage. But one of those three meetings was in the last 16 of the 2006 US Open and, on that occasion, Youzhny triumphed in straight sets.
It's all getting a bit much for Mr Robredo, who smashes his racquet in frustration after a couple of horribly wayward groundstrokes enable Youzhny to hold serve. Youzhny, lest we forget, is no stranger to racquet abuse himself. Or should we refer to his
as self harm? No sign of such antics from the Russian today, however, and after breaking Robredo to 30 he's just held to love for a 3-1
lead in the second set.
Bad news, Brits. Oliver Golding loses 6-4 6-2 to Mitchell Frank
in round two of the junior boys' singles. Over to you, Laura. And George Morgan, of course.
Precious little to chose between Youzhny and Robredo on Louis Armstrong but 12th seed Youzhny
steps it up at 5-5 to break for 6-5 before serving out the first set. The winner of this will play Andy Mu... sorry, Stanislas Wawrinka or Sam Querrey.
I'm reliably informed by the good lady
Alex Willis from ACE Tennis magazine
that Golding and Frank have met once before, in the last 16 at the 2009 Orange Bowl (a Grade A junior event). Frank won 7-5 7-5 that day and the American has just recovered the break he was down in the second set.
Straight to court 11 and Mitchell Franks serves out the first set against Britain's Oliver Golding
but it's looking good for Oli in the second - he's a break to the good. And better news on Grandstand, where Laura Robson
has snapped up the opener against Chanelle van Nguyen in 35 of your good minutes.
"The quarter-finals look interesting, and I must admit I'm reluctant to look beyond them, because anything can happen... But here are my predictions: Venus to beat Schiavone in three, Cibulkova to upset C-Woz in three, Vera to beat Kanepi in two, Kim vs Stosur - too close to call"shivfan
Busy day of football and cricket, I know, but that doesn't excuse you from getting involved in the tennis chat, does it? You know the drill: pop me a
send a text to 81111
(UK) or +44 7786200666
, or dive into
and I'll pick out the best comments.
So that's what you've got to look forward to, and this is what's happening right now: Youzhny
are all square in the opening set on Louis Armstrong, while Laura Robson
v Chanelle van Nguyen is going with serve too. But Oliver Golding
has been broken by Mitchell Frank and the American is about to serve for the first set.
Wrapping things up on Louis Armstrong later is the all-Spanish meeting between Fernando Verdasco
and David Ferrer
, while the evening session on Ashe sees Kim Clijsters
battle it out with Sam Stosur
and Rafael Nadal
take on Feliciano Lopez
. Another all-Spanish affair, I might add.
Following those opening salvos, Andy Murray's conqueror Stanislas Wawrinka
plays Sam Querrey
on Arthur Ashe Stadium at about 1800 BST, and then comes the women's quarter-final between Venus Williams
and Francesca Schiavone
. Another Brit, George Morgan
, faces Slovakia's Filip Horansky second on court 4 in the junior boys' singles and he's also in doubles action later on.
Thanks for the reminder, Oli. Yes, there's another Brit in action today and it's Oliver Golding
. The youth Olympics doubles champion plays another America, 16th seed Mitchell Frank.
Who's playing, where and when? Our focus starts on Louis Armstrong Stadium - Mikhail Youzhny
takes on Tommy Robredo
in the men's fourth round - and also Grandstand, as Britain's Laura Robson
faces Chanelle van Nguyen of the United States in round two of the junior girls' singles.
Caroline Wozniacki on Twitter:
"Good morning guys! Eating oatmeal and getting ready for a hit! Then after a nice massage, and meet my friends for lunch :)"
Now then, I know this was 'supposed' to be the day Andy Murray did battle with Sam Querrey in the US Open fourth round... but I'm afraid the Scot's a goner, his Grand Slam dream extinguished for another year. Don't blame me, I'm just the messenger! Anyway, fear not my friends - we still have a fairly mouth-watering schedule to get our teeth into. So sit back, relax and enjoy all the thrills and spills sure to dished up at Flushing Meadows over the next 11 or so hours. You won't be disappointed. I promise...