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US Open 2011 - day eight as it happened

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By Sam Sheringham

BBC Radio 5 Live
2248: Ok people, it's been a pleasure. I'm going to leave you with news that Mardy Fish has just squared his match with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at one set apiece. You can listen to live coverage of that contest over on 5 live sports extra right now. And don't forget to keep an eye on the BBC Sport website for reports and news from day eight at the US Open. Thank you and goodnight.

*Djokovic 7-6 (16-14) 6-4 6-2 Dolgopolov
It's a gentle jog over the line for Djokovic as Dolgo shows little appetite for the fight. Djoko gets himself two match points, but he only needs one of them as a Dolgo forehand drifts long. That's 61 wins out of 63 for Nole. Not bad going, when all's said and done!
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The match is over
NOVAK DJOKOVIC BEATS ALEXANDR DOLGOPOLOV 7-6 (16-14) 6-4 6-2 TO REACH US OPEN QUARTER-FINALS

*Djokovic 7-6 (16-14) 6-4 5-2 Dolgopolov
Dolgo pulls out some big serves from somewhere to keep his finger-tips on the edge of the cliff face. Djoko to serve for the match...
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Djokovic 7-6 (16-14) 6-4 5-1 Dolgopolov*
Better from Dolgo as he pushes Djoko back and battles his way to deuce on the Serb's serve. Djoko hasn't got to where he is today by letting his opponent's back into matches though and he duly works Dolgo around the court until the error inevitably comes.
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2230: Just hearing that Andy Murray is in for an early start tomorrow. The Briton's match against Donald Young will be first on Arthur Ashe at 1600 BST, or 11am local time. That depends on the weather of course. Word has it it's cooking up a storm on the east coast.

*Djokovic 7-6 (16-14) 6-4 4-1 Dolgopolov
Dolgo serves up a little reminder of his immense talent with a drilled backhand pass and an ace gives him game point. Djokovic sends a forehand long and the Ukranian is on the board in this third set.
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Djokovic 7-6 (16-14) 6-4 4-0 Dolgopolov*
This is all a bit easy for Djokovic. At the moment, all he seems to have to do is get the ball in the court and rely on Dolgo to make a mistake. And the pony-tailed Ukrainian is proving very obliging.
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*Djokovic 7-6 (16-14) 6-4 3-0 Dolgopolov
I don't think we're going to be here much longer folks. Desperate stuff from Dolgopolov. He just can't get a first serve in as Djoko breaks to love for the second time in the set.
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Djokovic 7-6 (16-14) 6-4 2-0 Dolgopolov*
Good stuff from Dolgo, his chipped forehands working a treat as he opens up a 15-30 lead. But Djokovic is nothing, if not relentless, wearing down his opponent with blistering ground-stroke after blistering ground-stroke. Dolgo improvises a back-hand drop-shot return at the end of the game, but it lands wide and he's staring down the barrel now.
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*Djokovic 7-6 (16-14) 6-4 1-0 Dolgopolov
Djoko just isn't making many mistakes here, out-lasting his opponent in almost every rally. His 24th service break of this year's championship is complete when the Dolgo dumps a forehand into the middle of the net.
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Twitter
Quigonsmith on Twitter: "Variety and slice causes Djokovic problems. That's why Nadal won't trouble him, but Federer and Murray might."

Djokovic 7-6 (16-14) 6-4 Dolgopolov*
True class from the Serb as he slides across the court and pulls off a backhand winner at full stretch. Dolgo responds with a quite brilliant passing shot to take it to 30-all but he nets a forehand to give Djoko a set point, which he takes with a body serve and a forehand winner.
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It's good news for a Briton
All four Britons are through to the second round of the boys singles. Great work from Golding, Broady, Morgan and Edmund.

*Djokovic 7-6 (16-14) 5-4 Dolgopolov
Great return from Djokovic as he runs around a backhand before planting a forehand into the corner. At 30-30 Djoko is only two points from the set, but Dolgopolov find two first serves to keep his second set hopes alive.
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Djokovic 7-6 (16-14) 5-3 Dolgopolov*
Djokovic races to a 40-0 lead before Dolgo finds his range with a return. The recovery is short-lived though and he can't get the next serve back.
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*Djokovic 7-6 (16-14) 4-3 Dolgopolov
Good strong service game from Dolgo, he's refusing to lie down here and Djokovic knows he is in a match here.
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Djokovic 7-6 (16-14) 4-2 Dolgopolov*
The unorthodox Dolgopolov is his own worst enemy at times, gifting Djoko a point with a chipped return long as the tournament favourite holds to 15.
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Twitter
BBC Radio 5 live's Jonathan Overend on Twitter: "If Djokovic-Dolgopolov tie-break had got any more rip-roaring, there could have been a court invasion. Crowd so charged and into it."

*Djokovic 7-6 (16-14) 3-2 Dolgopolov
Dolgo has his mojo back here, forcing Djoko into a corner before unfurling an exquisite top-spin forehand winner to reduce the deficit to a single game.
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Djokovic 7-6 (16-14) 3-1 Dolgopolov*
Can't help feeling that Dolgo is still thinking about that tie-break and the four set points that slipped away. What was I typing? The Ukranian reminds us of his talents by slamming a 99mph forehand into Djoko's toes to open up two break points. The first is squandered as his return sails long but he converts the second as a forceful approach prompts Djoko to go long.
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*Djokovic 7-6 (16-14) 3-0 Dolgopolov
Dolgo is fighting hard here to get himself on the board but Djokovic is on another level. The world number one takes the game to deuce and seals the double break with a superb forehand winner down the line. Meanwhile over on Ashe Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has taken the first set against Mardy Fish 6-4.
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Djokovic 7-6 (16-14) 2-0 Dolgopolov*
Djoko is looking to stamp his authority on this one now and he shows his class with a hold to love.
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Paul, London, via text on 81111: "That tie-break had almost as many points as the whole of Murray's first set yesterday."

*Djokovic 7-6 (16-14) 1-0 Dolgopolov
Can Dolgopolov keep up the level of the first set? The early signs are not good as Djokovic quickly gets himself three break points. The Ukranian doesn't make a single first serve in the game and he gives it away as a forehand lands well beyond the baseline.
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It's bad news for a Briton
The match is over
British doubles pair Jamie Delgado and Jonathan Marray are out. They have lost their third round match to Polish duo Mariusz Fystenberg and Marcin Matkowski 6-7 6-2 6-3.

Djokovic 7-6 Dolgopolov (16-14)
Truly amazing scenes as Djokovic takes the tie-break by finally converting his sixth set point. Where do I start? Dolgo storms into a 4-0 lead as Djoko twice narrowly misses the side-line. Two-time finalist Djokovic hits back with five points in a row, but the momentum swings again as Dolgo wins two points on his serve to get to set point. Djokovic stands tall to save it and we enter an extraordinary end game in which each player fights like a lion to prevent the other converting their set points. In one truly ridiculous exchange, Dolgo runs 50m in a single point to prevent Djokovic getting over the line. Neither player is giving up here but Djoko finally clinches it at the sixth attempt, before punching the air over and over in delight.

It's bad news for a Briton
Not such good news for the British doubles pair Jamie Delgado and Jonathan Marray. They have lost the second set of their third round match against Polish duo Mariusz Fystenberg and Marcin Matkowski 6-2 and are 2-0 down in the third.

Djokovic 6-6 Dolgopolov
It's very windy out there and any shot given a bit of air seems to get carried away in the breeze. Djoko knows that so he slams a return to Dolgo's feet. But the Ukranian is serving well and seals the game with his first ace. Tie-break time.

Djokovic 6-5 Dolgopolov*
Dolgopolov is mixing it up brilliantly out there and causing Djokovic some real problems. Short, long, top-spin, slice and it's 30-all. Djokovic hits back with an ace and he takes the game when a Dolgo sliced forehand drifts long.
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*Djokovic 5-5 Dolgopolov
Lest you forget, Djokovic is looking for his 61st win in his 63rd match of a record-breaking season. But he's got a game on his hands here as Dolgo easily holds to make it 5-5.
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Djokovic 5-4 Dolgopolov*
Wowzers, a truly brutal forehand cross-court pass from Dolgo takes it to 30-30 but Djoko responds well with a body-serve. Then an engaging rally is ended by a top-spin backhand pass from Djokovic, who roars his approval. The Serb looks fired up for this one.
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2046: So, it's men's singles you want is it Sho? How about a slice of Novak Djokovic, the world number one and favourite to take the title in New York. It's 4-4 on serve in his meeting with Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine, so let's get going with some game by game action.

Twitter
Sho_Rahman on Twitter: "Who is seriously gonna challenge Serena? Just give her the title so everyone can turn their attention to the men's singles."

Williams 6-3 6-4 Ivanovic
Great start from Ivanovic as she chips, charges and puts away a smash. But Serena's serving has been awesome today. First a 111mph bullet that Ivanovic does well to get a racket on, then an ace. Ivanovic then nets a return and puts the next one long and Serena is strolling into the last eight in New York.

The match is over
SERENA WILLIAMS BEATS ANA IVANOVIC 6-3 6-4 TO REACH QUARTER-FINALS

Williams *6-3 5-4 Ivanovic
A double fault, then an ace - Ivanovic's inconsistency in a nutshell. Hold on, what's happening here? Ivanovic's visor comes flying off during her service action and the umpire orders a let. Neither player seems happy with that but Ivanovic is smiling now as a Williams forehand drifts wide to give here the game.
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BBC Radio 5 Live
Williams 6-3 5-3 Ivanovic*
Williams hammers down her seventh and eighth aces of the match to go 30-0 ahead. This is slipping away from Ana Ivanovic, and Williams wraps up the game with a perfect forehand cross-court pass. "She just made that look effortless," purrs Judy Murray on 5 live sports extra.
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*Williams 6-3 4-3 Ivanovic
Ivanovic opens up a 40-15 lead and the ball sits up for a winner but she over-cooks it and the ball sails long. Williams takes it to deuce but gives it away tamely with a backhand into the net. Meanwhile, Djokovic leads Dolgopolov 2-1 on serve.
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Williams 6-3 4-2 Ivanovic*
More awesome serving from Williams takes her to within two games of the last eight.
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It's good news for a Briton
Good news for the British doubles pair Jamie Delgado and Jonathan Marray, who have taken the first set of their third round match against Polish duo Mariusz Fystenberg and Marcin Matkowski on a tie-break.

*Williams 6-3 3-2 Ivanovic
Incredible half-volleyed passing shot from Ivanovic and she's in control of this game. But Serena isn't a big fan of losing you know and soon earns herself a break point. Good comeback from Ana though and she wins three straight points to keep her hopes alive.
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Williams 6-3 3-1 Ivanovic*
Ivanovic opens the door at 15-30 but lets herself down with a poor return and a missed backhand volley. Serena slams down an ace to close it out. Time is running out for Ana.
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*Williams 6-3 2-1 Ivanovic
Ivanovic gets on the board in this second set, after some powerful baseline hitting and an ace to finish it off.
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Williams 6-3 2-0 Ivanovic*
The wind really is swirling around out there. Talk of some storms later. Ivanovic is doing her best to take the wind out of Serena's sails but at 30-30 she dumps a forehand into the net and her chance is gone.
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*Williams 6-3 1-0 Ivanovic
Ivanovic still can't get her serve right and Williams is pouncing on anything short. Ivanovic saves a break point with a whipped cross-court forehand, but she can't last out the next rally and nets a forehand to concede an early break.
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The match is over
1958: A quick result to bring you from the men's draw. Janko Tipsarevic is through to the quarter-finals after a 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 7-5 6-2 victory over Juan Carlos Ferrero. He'll play the winner of the Djokovic-Dolgopolov match, which is next on Louis Armstrong.

Williams 6-3 Ivanovic*
Ivanovic is having difficulty reading the Williams serve and her first three returns are all out. The fourth finds the net and Williams takes the set.
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*Williams 5-3 Ivanovic
Ivanovic is back in trouble here after another two double faults hand Serena three break points. The Serb gets lucky with a net cord to save the first one, then a big forehand winner to get it back to 30-40. Oh no, that's another double and Serena will be serving for the set.
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Twitter
Times tennis correspondent Neil Harman on Twitter: "From 0-3 to 3-3, it would be wonderful for the women's game if Ana Ivanovic could really make a match of this against Serena."

Williams 4-3 Ivanovic*
It's very inconsistent stuff from both players at the moment, the wind clearly a big factor. But Ivanovic is growing in confidence, her huge forehand proving a potent weapon. Then a deep backhand earns her a break point, but Williams powers back to take the game.
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*Williams 3-3 Ivanovic
Ivanovic is getting plenty of joy with her serves to the Williams forehand as she takes a 40-30 lead. Then she fires one to the Williams backhand and once again Serena can't find an answer and we're all square.
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BBC Radio 5 Live
Williams 3-2 Ivanovic*
Opportunity knocks for Ivanovic at 15-30 but she goes long with a straighforward pass. Then Williams nets to give the Serb a break point. The first one is stubbed out but Ivanovic breaks at the second attempt. "That's much more what we want to see from Ana, really taking the game to Serena, says Judy Murray on BBC 5 live sports extra.
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*Williams 3-1 Ivanovic
Much better from Ivanovic as she fights back from 0-30 to get herself on the board, a couple of clean winners thrown into the mix. Meanwhile over at Louis Armstrong, Janko Tipsarevic has just taken the third set 7-5 to lead Juan Carlos Ferrero 2-1.
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*Williams 3-1 Ivanovic
Much better from Ivanovic as she fights back from 0-30 to get herself on the board, a couple of clean winners thrown into the mix. Meanwhile over at Louis Armstrong, Janko Tipsarevic has just taken the third set 7-5 to lead Juan Carlos Ferrero 2-1.
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Twitter
Jarletheaton on Twitter: "I love Nole, but I think Dogolopov will test him today. Nole in 4 or 5, Serena to win two tie-breaks to advance."

Williams 3-0 Ivanovic*
Both ladies decked out in red for tonight's encounter and it's hot and humid out there. Serena misses an easy put-away but makes amends with an ace down the middle to seize a 3-0 lead.
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*Williams 2-0 Ivanovic
A very nervous start from the Serb as she sends down two double faults to give Williams two break points. It's very windy out there and Ivanovic is struggling as she plants a forehand long to concede an early break.
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Williams 1-0 Ivanovic*
Williams serves notice of her intent with an ace first up. Ivanovic replies with a forehand return winner but she can't keep it up and the American holds.
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1920: Right then, first up it's the battle between two former world number ones on Arhtur Ashe. Serena Williams has been in sizzling form as she continues her comeback from injury and is yet to drop a set at this year's championship. But she could be tested by Ivanovic, who is back up to 19 in the rankings after plumbing the depths of the mid-60s in the summer of 2010. The warm-ups are almost complete.

1918: It's was quite a day at Flushing Meadows on Sunday. First there was the bizarre sight of Rafael Nadal sliding under a desk after being overcome by cramp at his post-match press conference. Then there was the small matter of the longest tie-break in Grand Slam history. And all before Andy Murray took apart Feliciano Lopez to book his place in the last 16.

Twitter
BBC Radio 5 Live
1914: I'll be honest. I need your help. So get in touch - you know you want to. You can text me on 81111 (UK), or tweet me using the hashtag #bbctennis. You can also listen to live commentary of Serena's match on Ashe on 5 live sports extra right now.

The match is over
1912: One match has already finished today. It was the first match on Arthur Ashe and it went the way of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who beat Francesca Schiavone 5-7 6-4 6-3 after an epic three-hour tussle.

1910: Yes it's quite a menu for the second Monday at Flushing Meadows and you are in the right place to tuck right into it. We're focussing our attention on the red hot favourites for the men and women's titles. World No.1 Novak Djokovic is taking on Alexandr Dolgopolov and three-time champ Serena Williams is facing a tough test against the resurgent Ana Ivanovic.

1905: The hors d'oeuvres have been guzzled, now it's time for the main course. It's week two at the US Open and there are some very serious tennis players with some very serious business to attend to.





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