Writing that first entry at 1545, not for a moment did I expect eight hours of play without a single spot of rain. But that's exactly what we got and it was a brilliant day. Although it's not over just yet. Oh no. Roger Federer v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga still to come. No game-by-game commentary I'm afraid, but keep tabs on this page,
Piers Newbery on Twitter
for updates. I'll be back in position for day 12 and the final two men's quarter-finals - Murray v Isner at 1700 BST followed by Nadal v Roddick
. Provided it stays dry. Bye for now.
Federer and Tsonga should be on court some time after midnight, so there's just the one match in progress right now... Fleming and Hutchins v Bopanna and Qureshi. The IndoPak Express take the first set 7-5
but their British opponents have opened the second with a strong service hold.
Disappointing end to what at one stage was shaping up to be an absolute classic. But it wasn't to be thanks to yet another retirement. How many is that now? Too many to recall. Not right. Something must be done. Next up for Novak... Roger Federer or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who meet in the night-session match on Ashe. Oh, and that's five successive US Open semi-finals for Djokovic.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC REACHES THE US OPEN SEMI-FINALS AFTER JANKO TIPSAREVIC RETIRES WHILE TRAILING 6-6 (7-2) 6-7 (3-7) 6-0 3-0 2327:
Solid start from Fleming and Hutchis on Court 17 - they're serving at 5-5
in the opening set against Bopanna and Qureshi. Djokovic holds for 3-0
against Tipsarevic in the fourth.
Djokovic sprints to 0-40 and three break points. Takes the first with a backhand service return winner that Tipsy doesn't even move for. That's eight games in a row to Nole and fellow-Serb Tipsy is wearing the look of a beaten man. Shame.Djokovic leads Tipsarevic 7-6 6-7 6-0 2-0
Michael via text on 81111:
"Is this Novak finding form or Janko struggling all of a sudden? If Tip is broken early in this set it's all over. I can't see him having enough to fight back from that. Hoping for a return of the tennis we saw in the first two sets and to go into the 5th..."
Djokovic sends the crowd wild with excitement after chasing down a volley and clipping an mind-blowing crosscourt forehand past Tipsarevic at the net. Even Tipsy stands to applaud his compatriot. Incredible. But Djoko then doubles up in pain, rolling on to the ground with a grimace. What on earth's up? The world number one's in trouble here... seems to be a foot or toe problem... he calls for the trainer mid-game... apologises to Tipsy... medical time-out... off comes the sock... horrid big toe.... treatment does the trick. He's fine. We're back under way, but it's gloomy overhead. Talk of a thunderstorm nearby. Coats are being reached for. Please, no more rain. Pleeeeeease!
Flembo and Hutchins are up and running in their doubles quarter-final against the IndoPak Express. Going with serve at 3-3
in that one, the Brits about to serve in game seven.
Djoko v Tipsy has gone from an absolute belter of a match to a bit of an anti-climax. Novak breaks to love to secure the third set 6-0
with minimal fuss. Silence from the crowd. Tipsy trudges off to the locker room for a comfort break and change of shirt. He switches from white to red but it'll take more than that to turn this one around.
Fair to say Djoko has this third set in the bag. He's 5-0
ahead and Janko's receiving treatment from the trainer for a thigh problem. Heavy strapping being applied to that left leg during the changeover. Can't imagine anything other than a Djokovic victory from here.
Another word on the schedule... Saturday will see the men's and women's semi-finals played back-to-back on Ashe. So, the first men's match starts at 1600 BST and is followed by the second. The first women's match starts at midnight and then comes the second. Not a bad couple of tickets if you can get your hands on some. Tough turnaround for the women, mind - their final is at 2100 BST on the Sunday. Same time for the men's showpiece on Monday.
Is this Flushing Meadows or animal farm? These two are making some of the strangest noises I've ever heard on a tennis court. Tipsy groans like a angry buffalo during a jaw-dropping rally that ends when a forehand catches the net tape and lands on his side. Djoko raises his arms aloft and shrieks like an over-excited hyena. Break point to the top seed. Tipsy then makes an complete hash of a forehand. A turning point? Djokovic holds for 3-0
in the third set.
Nole holds comfortably in game one of the third set before squatting down to stretch his quads out. Certainly seems to be feeling this more than Tipsy. Whether the same can be said in an hour or so's time remains to be seen.
Marcus Ringer via text on 81111:
"Djokovic-Tipsarevic has the potential to be the match of the tournament. The two men will know each other's games inside out, being fellow members of the Serbian Davis Cup-winning side. This is why I think Janko is the only player outside the top four able to defeat Novak at the moment. This match is just getting started."
A near-faultless tie-break from Tipsarevic
leaves Djokovic chasing shadows. The older of the two Serbs takes it 7-3 when his opponent fires long. That's the first set the world number one has dropped all tournament. Back on level terms. Get comfy, folks, this one looks like it could go on long into the night.
The unseeded German will play Sam Stosur for a place in the final - what an opportunity for both players. Now that Angelique and Flavia have vacated Court 17, we await to arrival of British pair Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins, who play the IndoPak Express for a place in the last four of the men's dubs.
Angelique Kerber beats Flavia Pennetta 6-4 4-6 6-3 to reach the US Open semi-finals 2237:
Nole does his part so we're into a second-set tie-break. Can't help but be impressed by the way Tipsy is performing in his maiden Grand Slam quarter-final. And still loving the beard and specs.
Djokovic is slapped with a warning for the length of time he is taking between service points. He scowls and mutters in the umpire's direction. It does little to affect his flow, however, and a hold takes us to 5-5 in the second set. But Tipsy responds with a stunning backhand winner down the line for 6-5
. Both men are posting first-serve percentages well above 60%, with Tipsarevic hitting 32 winners to Djokovic's 22. Impressive stat. Tipsy has, though, made 40 unforced errors to his compatriot's 34. Who blinks first?
That means the US Open will finish on a third Monday for the fourth year in a row. Why don't they just officially lengthen the tournament to two weeks and a day?
***BREAKING NEWS: US OPEN MEN'S FINAL MOVED TO MONDAY WITH WOMEN'S FINAL SWITCHED TO SUNDAY*** 2225:
Back to the current match on Ashe, where despite seeing his early break of serve overturned Tipsarevic
is battling valiantly to level up the match. He leads Djokovic 5-4
in the second set and looks full of energy as he mixes massive forehands from the baseline with well-timed volleys at the net. He's striking the ball a dream.
Talking of Murray, the day 12 schedule is out and he will meet John Isner in the first match on Arthur Ashe Stadium
at 12pm local time - 1700 BST. A nice early-evening treat to get the weekend started for those of you in the UK.
Britain's Andy Murray
has had plenty to say about the scheduling, as well as the rights and wrongs of the ATP and the ITF . "If something happens to a player and the final turns out to be an absolute dead match because someone's so tired, I think it would show up," he told the media in his post-match press conference. "A lot of flaws have shown up, but it would be time to say: 'Look, this is meant to be the biggest match or one of the biggest matches in tennis, and it's messed up because of the schedule.'"
Super result for the top seed but awaiting her in the last four is Serena Williams. Caro will need more than a pep talk from boyfriend Rory McIlroy to get through that one.
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI BEATS ANDREA PETKOVIC 6-1 7-6 (7-5) TO REACH THE US OPEN SEMI-FINALS
breaks back for 2-3
and will now serve to level up the second set. How Tipsy could be made to pay for letting his off-colour compatriot back in. Back on Court 13, Petkovic fails to serve out the second set against Wozniacki
and they're into a tie-break...
British doubles player
Colin Fleming tweets
to inform us that despite all the chopping and changing in today's schedule, he and partner Ross Hutchins are still due to play their quarter-final against Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi - aka the IndoPak Express - following the completion of Pennetta v Kerber on Court 17.
Will via text on 81111:
"I thought it was all going to be one way traffic after Janko choked at the end of the 1st set. Seems he still has something to prove based on how he's started the 2nd. Djok still not quite right. Hope Tipsarevic can hold his nerve this time round."
A sensational start to the second set from Tipsarevic
and he brings the crowd on Ashe to its feet with a stunning forehand winner down the line off of a smash in game four. He may have lost the opening set but he leads 3-0
in the second. Over on Court 13, Wozniacki has lost her way. After dropping the first set 6-1, Petkovic
is about to serve for the second set. They look set for a decider, while over on Court 17 they're already into one. Kerber took the first set 6-4 but Pennetta
has hit back to snatch the second by the same scoreline. Top-class action wherever you look.
Liam is back on court later today against Julian Lenz of Germany. Fellow Brits Kyle Edmund and Oli Golding are also in action.
A tweet coming up from Liam Broady
, who played Mate Delic of Croatia in round three of the boys' singles indoors today...
The top seed's class eventually shines through and he picks up the first set when Tipsarevic nets a backhand pick-up. Reminiscent of Novak's fourth-round victory over Dolgopolov, in which he was pushed all the way in the opener before easing to a straight-sets win. Anyone fancy a repeat?
Djoko leaves Tipsy in a heap on the ground after getting the better of his compatriot in a gruelling rally. The world number one leads the tie-break 6-1
- five more set points.
Andy via text on 81111:
"Unless he's really ill this will just be a blip for Novak. Janko needs to take advantage while he can. Hoping for a good match between these two. Unless Djok finds his form again soon though I reckon Tipsarevic in 4."
The clumsiest of service games from Tipsarevic there. Three poorly-executed drop shots belie his nerves and Djokovic is able to break back with a crosscourt forehand put-away.Djokovic and Tipsarevic are into a first-set tie-break.
Forget our celeb-spot, the US Open website has gone for hairstyle-spot, compiling a
gallery full of barnet designs
from the first 11 days at Flushing Meadows. Talking of which, who do you reckon has the best haircut in tennis? I'm tempted to say Ivan Ljubicic, but that would just be cruel...
Haven't seen anyone play with this sort of aggression against Djokovic for some time. Tipsy brings up a fifth break point... and takes it when Nole fires a tired forehand into the net. The world number one has yet to drop a set so far this tournament, but his compatriot is about to serve for the opening set and the crowd on Ashe are absolutely loving it.Tipsarevic leads Djokovic 6-5
Not too sure what's going on with Djokovic out there. He doesn't look at all happy, his feet aren't moving and he's really struggling at the end of this first set. Injury? Illness? Just struggling for rhythm? Who knows... Tipsy sees two break points going begging at 5-5
but here comes a third...
Aggressive stuff from Tipsarevic to save a set point and draw level at 5-5
. You've got to love the bearded, bespectacled 27-year-old - he's such a positive player who also happens to have a very attractive... er... set of groundstrokes.
Tipsy breaks the Djoko serve for the second time today and we're back on serve. Both men look to be struggling a bit physically. Impressively high standard of tennis so far out there on Ashe. Wozniacki and Petko are just starting up in the second set on Court 13, while Kerber is a break up and about to serve for the first set against Pennetta on 17.
Interesting shout on the celeb-spot front...
writes in to tell us Matthew Perry of Friends fame is expected at Flushing Meadows this week. Any others out there? Keep the
tennistweetscom on Twitter:
"One more peek at the radar shows all clear for another few hours, maybe some rain later, will check back."
More pressure on the Djoko serve from Tipsy, but the world number one comes up with a crosscourt volley to save a break point. But here comes a second... brilliantly saved as he belts Tipsy into submission and the 20th seed first a forehand long. Tipsy drops his racquet to the floor as if to say 'what more can I do?'. Novak seals his fifth game in a row to lead 5-1
. Over on Court 13, Caro Wozniacki isn't hanging around. The Danish top seed takes the first set 6-1
against PetkoDance. Out on 17, Pennetta leads Kerber 4-3
, going with serve.
Djokovic hits straight back, holds serve to love and then breaks for a 4-2
. It was this time last year that Nole's game came together following a worryingly-poor run of form (by his standards). He
beat Roger Federer
in five sets before
losing to Rafa Nadal
in the final. Then came the unforgettable unbeaten run
(ended by Federer in Paris)
and his overall win-loss record this season stands at 61-2
Djoko v Tipsy is the first-ever all-Serbian Grand Slam quarter-final. We're all expecting Nole to come through comfortably but it's Tipsy who's secured to early break of serve to lead 2-1
in the opening set. Wozniacki is also a break to the good on Court 13, while Pennetta and Kerber are going with serve.
Now then, Djokovic v Tipsarevic
, Wozniacki v Petkovic
and Pennetta v Kerber
. Who's yer money on? Oh, and by the way, victory for Roddick and Isner sets up quarter-final matches against Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray respectively. Murray said he'd prefer to face Gilles Simon but Isner it is and that match will take place on Friday.
Will Rider, Tunbridge Wells, via text on 81111:
"There's been so much criticism and negative publicity surrounding this years US Open but it's hardly a disaster. Just think of the lucky people who have ground passes to Court 13. With Roddick beating Ferrer and Wozniacki due on court later, I think it's time we appreciate the tennis we do see and just calm down!"
After an awful couple of days was capped off by a giant crack appearing on one of their stadium courts, the USTA must've been wondering what it had done to deserve such bad luck. But life is looking far rosier for the tournament organisers following two massive wins for US players and the completion of the men's fourth-round matches. Now for a couple of tasty-looking quarter-finals.
Roddick, who lifted the title in 2003, next plays Rafael Nadal
"We just wanted to get on. Armstrong was having some issues - there was nothing they could do about it. They said 'what do you want to do?', I said 'is there a court open?', they said '13', I said 'let's do it'. It wasn't about revenge [after being thrashed by Ferrer in the Davis Cup], I've got so much respect for that guy. He's a player people should know more about, I had to play my best."
John Isner beats Gilles Simon 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-4) to reach the US Open quarter-finals 2007:
Like him or not, that's some result for Roddick, beating fifth seed Ferrer after what has been a pretty poor season for the 29-year-old. In fact, there's some more good news for the home fans and also the besieged tournament organisers. Like London busses...
ANDY RODDICK BEATS DAVID FERRER 6-3 6-4 3-6 6-3 TO REACH THE US OPEN QUARTER-FINALS 2000:
We're expecting Novak Djokovic
or Ashe shortly for his all-Serbian quarter-final against Janko Tipsarevic, while fellow world number one Caroline Wozniacki
will follow Roddick and Ferrer on Court 13 in her match against Andrea Petkovic.
Serena is all smiles and after shaking hands with APav and the umpire, she waves to the delighted crowd on Arthur Ashe. It's a crowd that today includes her good friend, socialite, TV personality, model and actress
A-list enough for you? If you've spotted any celebs at Flushing Meadows over the past 11 days, pop me a
with the details.
SERENA WILLIAMS BEATS ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA 7-5 6-1 TO REACH THE US OPEN SEMI-FINALS 1950:
And there I was earlier signing the praises of Pavlyuchenkova... Serena
is serving for the match at 7-5 5-1
. APav has made 30 unforced errors to her opponent's 22, hit 13 winners to Serena's 25 and won just four of 26 points on her second serve. Stuttery first set but, all in all, this has been a demolition job by the tournament favourite.
Robin Soderling on Twitter:
"It's been a difficult period but I am getting better. Doctors confirmed that I have had mono for quite some time and this truly explains my lack of energy but my health is improving and I hope to be back on the court as soon as possible."
Moving away from the on-court action for a moment, if I may... one noticeable absentee from the men's draw was world number six Robin Soderling
. Well, he was in the draw but pulled out before his opening match through illness. We've finally heard from the big Swede and here's what he had to say...
Anon via text on 81111:
"This year's US open may well b cursed but its exactly the karma Andy Murray needs to win the trophy."
Sammy S is the first player into the last four at this year's tournament, but who'll be joining her? Serena
now leads APav by a set and 3-0, so chances are it'll be her. We're still awaiting the start of Wozniacki v Petkovic
, the winner of which advances to play Serena. Next up for Stosur is either Pennetta or Kerber.
Infostrada2012 on Twitter:
"Sam Stosur is first Australian in 27 years to reach USOpen Women's Singles semifinals and 1st since Wendy Turnbull in 1984.
Sam Stosur beats world number two Vera Zvonareva 6-3 6-3 to reach the US Open semi-finals 1927:
AnPav succumbs to the power Serena
, who wraps up the first set 7-5 and holds to love in game one of the second. Stosur
is now a game a way from sending second seed Zvonareva packing, Ferrer
has taken the second set against Roddick and Simon/Isner
is still on serve in the fourth.
Reports reaching us that the temperature has dropped, the wind is up and the atmosphere's getting a bit heavy. Don't like the sound of that. If you're in the NYC area, get
AnPav fighting hard to hold serve but here's a set point for Serena
.... saved with a magnifico winner. Listen to blow-by-blow commentary on
BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.
Little to chose between Serena
and Pav right now but the 2008 champion has just held for 6-5 with a gigantic ace down the middle, so her Russian opponent will now serve to stay in the opening set. Stosur
is still a set and a break up against Zvonareva, Ferrer
is closing in on the third set against Roddick and Simon v Isner
is going with serve in the fourth.
No sign of the predicted thunder storms - yet - so fingers crossed we can plough on with the day 11 schedule. Following Serena on Ashe will be world number one Novak Djokovic
, while Wozniacki
is due to play Andrea Petkovic
on Armstrong. Mind the crack. The night session features just the one match but it should be an absolute belter. Roger Federer
v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
in a repeat of
their Wimbledon quarter-final.
hits straight back for 3-3 and then holds in game seven. Six breaks of serve so far in that one. Over on Court 13, Roddick
leads by two sets to love but he's a break down in the third. Don't suppose he's starting to crack
moves 2-1 ahead of Simon on Court 17 and Stosur
takes the first set 6-3 against Zvonareva and is already a break up in the second.
Those predicting a Serena
procession may find themselves gobbling up a hefty slice of humble pie. Her opponent, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, has started off very well indeed on Arthur Ashe Stadium, more than holding her own for 2-2 before getting four break points. Serena saves the first three but has no answer on the fourth. The Russian leads 3-2
and it looks like tournament-favourite Serena could be in for a right old battle in the afternoon heat.
mang00se on Twitter:
"On the roof issue... if the main court is too big, why not put it on the 2nd court? Not ideal, but at least it means play."
From the championship courts to the practice courts, where Andy Murray is busy working on his serves. He went straight there from Grandstand, meaning the journalists hoping to hear from him in the press room will be in for a longer-than-expected wait.
As we await the start of Serena v Pavlyuchenkova
on Ashe, let's take a look at the latest scores from around the Meadows. Battling it out for the right to face Murray in the last eight, Isner and Simon
are locked at a set all and 4-4 in the third on Court 17. Over on Court 13, angry man Roddick
leads fifth seed Ferrer
6-3 5-3, while Zvonareva
are going with serve in the first set of their quarter-final on Grandstand.
First the retirements, then the rain and now crack-gate. Whatever next?
using the hashtag
or text in on 81111 (UK)
with your suggestions - however weird, wacky or even, perhaps, sensible.
Roddick, Ferrer and umpire Carlos Bernardes inspect the crack
Standing between defending champion Rafa and a place in the last four is the winner of Roddick v Ferrer
. Ahhh Roddick v Ferrer... finally back under way after crack-gate. We've just seen pictures of Roddick continuing his tirade against tournament referee Brian Earley outside the locker room while poor Ferrer looks on a touch perplexed by it all. For those of you just joining us, their match resumed on Armstrong this morning, but not for long. A couple of games in, Roddick complained about water seeping up from a crack in the surface behind once of the baselines and demanded to leave the court. US Open staff attempted to dry the dampness with towels and a hoover. Yes, a hoover. It didn't work and they've been moved to Court 13. Anyone else think this year's US Open might be cursed?
RAFAEL NADAL BEATS GILLES MULLER 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 6-2 TO REACH THE US OPEN QUARTER-FINALS
Murray is into the last eight for the first time since 2008
"I'm very happy, it's getting very warm now, very humid. I'm pleased to get off and get some rest because it's a long few days ahead. I had good length today, I was very consistent from back. I could've made it easer by serving better and I'll go out and hit some serves this afternoon. I'd probably rather play Gilles next because against him you have more control - again John it can come down to a few points and he has a huge serve. But Gilles doesn't give you anything so I'll have to play very well to beat either of them."
Murray lobs a few items of kit into the stands. One young lady looks particularly delighted to get a freebie - until she realises it's a sweat-filled wristband. Next up for the British number one is the winner of that match on Court 17 between Gilles Simon and John Isner
. They're evenly-poised at a set apiece after Isner took the opener on a tie-break and Simon the second 6-3.
ANDY MURRAY BEATS DONALD YOUNG 6-2 6-3 6-3 TO REACH THE US OPEN QUARTER-FINALS Murray 6-2 6-3 6-3 Young
First blood to Murray but a lazy double-fault levels things up. Young then charges in for a mid-court put-away for 15-30, only to twice go long and yell filthy expletives at himself. Match point
is takes with a beautiful ace out wide.*Denotes next server
*Murray 6-2 6-3 5-3 Young
A breathtaking Murray pass brings up 15-40 and two break points
. Young looks lost for ideas and physically spent. The sideways cap and earrings not looking quite so pretty any more. The American wildcard fires long in desperation and Murray will serve for a place in the 2011 US Open quarter-finals.*Denotes next server
A quick scoot around the other courts... Nadal demolishes Muller to take a two-set lead and Simon is serving for the second set against Isner.
Murray 6-2 6-3 4-3 Young*
Pressure on Murray at 30-30 but he comes up trumps with a big kicker of a second serve out wide and then seals the hold when Young goes long. "COME ONNNN!!!" shout the Scot as Young swipes his towel rather aggressively from a petrified-looking ball boy. Murray wants to get this over and done with asap.*Denotes next server
*Murray 6-2 6-3 3-3 Young
Can't say I saw much of that game due to the Roddick/Earley tête à tête, but I do know Young held serve reasonably comfortably.*Denotes next server
Roddick and Ferrer come back out on to Armstrong for another gander. But the American can still see water coming through the crack and he's not at all happy. Never shy of a confrontation or voicing his opinion, Roddick starts berating tournament referee Brian Earley: "I'm just baffled, absolutely baffled. It's not fair on the people, Brian, it's not fair on us." They're off to Court 13, which has no TV cameras.
Murray 6-2 6-3 3-2 Young*
Credit to Young for hanging in there, keeping the rallies long and forcing Murray into errors. A poorly-timed drop shot from the baseline sees the Scot hand his opponent 15-40 and two break-back points
. On the first, Young drives a forehand way beyond the baseline and screams at himself in frustration. But it's second time lucky with a rare successful foray to the net.*Denotes next server
*Murray 6-2 6-3 3-1 Young
Murray is left to kick himself after a couple of sloppy errors help Young to 30-30. But then comes a winner for break point
and, after the American saves it, another from a second break point
. Majestic backhand pass, his best of the day. Young then makes an ill-judged decision to launch another surge forward. It ends in predictable failure, a simple volley dumped into the net.*Denotes next server
Anon via text on 81111:
"Murray's abysmal serving is exactly the reason why he's so far off winning a major. He gets through early rounds alright against players with lower quality returns but against the big three, he always gets punished. I will happily eat my words if proven wrong but unless he improves that aspect of his game, he'll never win a major. It may be possible to get away with it over three sets but definitely not over five."
Murray 6-2 6-3 2-1 Young*
The first-serve percentage is starting to improve for Murray and that, allied to Young's oft-wonky radar, helps keep the Scot's nose in front at the start of the third set. A break now and Murray's place in the quarter-finals would be within touching distance.*Denotes next server
*Murray 6-2 6-3 1-1 Young
This time it's Murray who gets the look-in at 15-30 but the Young forehand swiftly puts its owner in control. At game point, Murray nets a backhand service return. Elsewhere, Nadal is up a break on Muller in the second set and Isner takes the first-set tie-break against Simon. STILL no resumption for Roddick and Ferrer. Apparently they're now using a vacuum cleaner to dry the dampness.*Denotes next server
Murray 6-2 6-3 1-0 Young*
At long last Young enjoys some success on his faltering forehand, moving to 15-30 and dictating point four. He's got his eye on an early break of serve in set three. But then comes another kamikaze surge to the net and Murray whips a forehand pass up the line. Stunning shot, to be fair. Murray is soon in control at 40-30 and after Young sees a Hawk Eye challenge fail miserably, the British number one gets over the line.*Denotes next server
*Murray 6-2 6-3 Young
A set to forget for the 22-year-old American. That's the third time he's sent down a double-fault on break point, thus gifting Murray a two-set lead. Abysmal body language from Young, too. Looks like he knows he's on his way out of this tournament.*Denotes next server
Murray 6-2 5-3 Young*
At last a service hold, and it's a fairly comfortably one for Murray as Young wastes far too much energy getting angry with himself. The world number four's first-serve percentage currently stands at just 43%, which is pretty shocking, but he has won 84% of points when that first serve has landed, so it's not all bad. That, however, is not where this match is being won and lost... Young has made 32 unforced errors to Murray's nine.*Denotes next server
Over to Ashe, where Nadal takes the first-set against Muller on a tie-break
. 7-1 the score. On Court 17, Simon and Isner are into a breaker of their own.
*Murray 6-2 4-3 Young
Murray breaks again, obviously. A superb volleyed put-away at the net helps the British number one to 0-40 and the break points
. We've told young Donald not to come to the net but he's not listening. His latest foray forward ends with a volley miles long.*Denotes next server
Murray 6-2 3-3 Young*
Murray fails to hide his annoyance after a forehand off his feet flies into the net to gift his opponent an immediate break-back point
. Imagine the Scot's annoyance, then, when he sends down the most untimely of double-faults. His first of the match. Breaks galore.*Denotes next server
On Court Eight, Peter Norfolk
takes the first set of his wheelchair quad singles match against Nicholas Taylor of the United States.
*Murray 6-2 3-2 Young
Young initially looks to have the momentum, a couple of brilliant combinations helping him to 30-0 and drawing big cheers from the crowd on Grandstand. But now it's his turn to lose focus and after going long to give Murray a break point
at 30-40, he lashes a wild forehand well wide. Over on Ashe, Nadal is serving to stay in the first set. Simon and Isner are 5-5 on Court 17. And still no play on Armstrong as water seeps through the crack. Staff dabbing it with towels but it just keeps coming.*Denotes next server
Rachael via text on 81111:
"I know he won the first set easily but Murray's serving has been poor this match. 39% first serves is unacceptable!!!"
Murray 6-2 2-2 Young*
The change of tactic pays dividends for Young, who engineers 0-40 and three break points
. Murray's serve and concentration appear to have gone walkabout. Young nets a forehand but then lands another bang on the baseline. Murray challenges - seemingly more in hope than expectation - but Hawk Eye shows it to be IN by a good couple on inches. Young strikes back. Did not see that coming.*Denotes next server
*Murray 6-2 2-1 Young
Young gives us a glimpse of the big-hitting that helped him
shock Murray in Miami
earlier this year. He appears to have figured out that stay back may just help him move forward. If you see what I mean. By the way, the other two fourth-round matches in progress are going with serve in the opening set.*Denotes next server
Murray 6-2 2-0 Young*
Murray bashes his way to 30-15 with a 131mph ace down the middle before lacing a forehand into the net for 30-30. The Scot has a good record against left-handed players - his win-loss record stands at 36-15 - and he seems to have figured out this particular lefty already. A succession of groundstrokes to the American's backhand pay off as Young chips a return wide. The world number 84 managed to get to deuce but he's swiftly dispatched as Murray consolidates his advantage. Don't forget you can listen to live commentary of this match on
BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.
Tune in.*Denotes next server
*Murray 6-2 1-0 Young
It's going from bad to worse for Young on Grandstand. You would've thought he'd have given up on the net-approach tactic by now but, no, he tries is again - and it duly punished. The 22-year-old, who angles his baseball cap to one side, dumps a volley into the net to give Murray 15-40 and two break points
. Then? Double-fault.*Denotes next server
Murray 6-2 Young*
Outhit, outmanoeuvred, outfought and, frankly, outclassed. Murray holds to love when Young lashes a forehand service return into the net. Perfection from the British number one. Over on Ashe, Nadal
breaks back and is now serving for 4-4, Simon
is a break up against Isner on Court 17, while Roddick and Ferrer remain in the locker room. Staff now trying to cover that crack in the surface on Armstrong with... gaffer tape.*Denotes next server
*Murray 5-2 Young
Young attempts to shake things up by basing himself at the net for pretty much the entire game. He won't be doing that again... a nice volley takes the American to 40-30 but Murray comes up with a stupendous crosscourt backhand pass for deuce. A backhand up the line forces Young to net and here's a break point
to Murray. Young returns to the baseline but he doesn't fare much better, an inside-out forehand floating into the tramlines. Murray to serve for the set...*Denotes next server
Murray 4-2 Young*
Murray looks to have this one in the bag before Young picks up a couple of cheap points for 40-30. Fear not, Murray fans. Your man finishes strongly, letting out his second big shout of "come on!" so far. Nadal and Muller
now under way on Ashe, too. Muller led 3-0. He now leads 4-1
. Isner and Simon
have started as well.*Denotes next server
Bad news over on Armstrong, where Roddick has spotted a crack in the surface
behind one of the baselines. Water is coming up from beneath
. Umpire Carlos Bernardes and a couple of tournament officials come scuttling over. They ask the players what they'd like to do. They ask each other. Roddick says they're off to the locker room. Yet the latest embarrassment for the tournament and USTA. Roddick, by the way, leads his Spanish opponent 4-2 in the opening set.
*Murray 3-2 Young
And that confirms the perfect start for Murray. He gets to 0-40 and three break points
. Young puts a smash away to hang in there but then chucks down a languid double-fault. The 22-year-old American wildcard trudges back to his seat and smashes his racquet into a bag. Advantage Murray.*Denotes next server
Murray 2-2 Young*
Plenty of aeroplanes overhead, but it's Murray who gets off to the flying start. Sorry, poor effort. The British number one comes out with a definite spring in his step and superb body language. He moves to 40-0 with a booming ace down the 'T' and a routine forehand put-away secures the hold.*Denotes next server
Roddick and Ferrer are already up and running on Armstrong, but the focus of our attention is very much Grandstand. Andy Murray v Donald Young
. Murray to serve at 1-2 in the opening set. Let's be hearing your thoughts on this match, any of the others, the players, the schedule, the roof (or lack of), the palaver of Wednesday... just
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Later in the day, Serena Williams
, Caroline Wozniacki
, Novak Djokovic
and Roger Federer
are all in quarter-final action. British interest aside from Murray as well, with Ross Hutchins and Colin Fleming
facing Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi for a place in the doubles semi-finals. Liam Broady
, Kyle Edmund
and Oli Golding
play in the junior event, which has been moved indoors.
Looks like we're going to get started on time
. Remarkable, I know. Here's the feast awaiting you first up today: Nadal v Muller
on Ashe, Roddick v Ferrer
on Armstrong, Murray v Young
on Grandstand, and Simon v Isner
on Court 17. Much more coming up after those encounters, too.
Before we cast aside the shambles of the past two days and focus on a mouth-watering schedule of play, it's worth mentioning that the weather forecast for Flushing Meadows today is fairly awful. More rain, thunder and lightning. But, pah, what's a forecast?
And for that, we can all breath an almighty sigh of relief. Eleven days into a 14-day tournament and we're still to complete the men's quarter-final line-up; not the best state of affairs.
Hello there. It's not raining in New York. I repeat, it's not raining in New York. In fact, there's a glimmer of sunshine in the sky. Which means we may get to see more than three games of tennis for the first time in three days. We may even get to see Andy Murray
complete his fourth-round match. Hope. Optimism. Reason to be cheerful. At last! Day 11 of the US Open