That’s all for me today, but here is Kevin Mitchell’s updated piece on another strange day of tennis. Thanks very much for following. Until tomorrow.
Denis Shapovalov defeats Taylor Fritz 3-6 6-3 4-6 7-6(5) 6-2
Fritz may have crumbled after failing to serve out the match, that was a big, big performance by Shapovalov and one of the best wins of his career. He was two points away from defeat numerous times, down a 5-2 deficit in the fourth set and he spent much of this match visibly frustrated, but he buckled down and found a way.
By the end of the fourth set, he was serving incredibly well. Another opportunity awaits against David Goffin.
Updated at 11.40pm BST
This is astounding serving from Shapovalov as he moves up 5-2* in the fifth on Taylor Fritz.
His fifth set stats: 7 aces, 67% first serves in, 11/12 first serve points won. 10 winners, 2 unforced errors. One game away.
Still no problems for Denis Shapovalov on his serve. He moves up 4-1 in the fifth, with the finish line nearly in sight. He is serving so well now and the question is whether he will also get tight.
Meanwhile on Armstrong, Adrian Mannarino takes the first set 7-6 on Alexander Zverev. 4 double faults and 26 unforced errors from Zverev. Not pretty.
That was some way to consolidate the break. Shapovalov rolled through a quick hold to love in the blink of an eye and there is now clear daylight between the two. Shapovalov 3-6 6-3 4-6 7-6(5) 3-0* Fritz.
Taylor Fritz is still ruing from his failure to serve out the match and Denis Shapovalov clearly smells blood. The Canadian took advantage of some missed Fritz first serves and errors, burying an excellent forehand crosscourt winner to break. Shapovalov 3-6 6-3 4-6 7-6(5) *2-0 Fritz.
Shapovalov snatches the set and pushes Fritz to a fifth!
Truly impressive work from the Canadian to break back. The tiebreak was dominated by huge serving: Shapovalov served his 8th ace of the set to reach 4-3*, Fritz responded with two huge unreturned serves for 5-4*, then Shapovalov slammed down another ace for 5-5.
At 5-5, Shapovalov missed his first serve, but no matter, he curled a nice unreturned second serve down the T. On set point, Shapovalov defended for his life and then whipped a forehand down the line when the space opened. Fritz couldn’t reach it.
A great effort from the Canadian after Fritz served for the match at *5-3 and stood two points from victory multiple times. Shapovalov 3-6 6-3 4-6 7-6(5) Fritz.
After two consecutive aces by Denis Shapovalov to secure a brisk hold, the fourth set will be decided by a tiebreak. Shapovalov 3-6 6-3 4-6 6-6 Fritz.
Great effort by Denis Shapovalov to drag himself back to 5-5. Down 15-30, the Canadian slammed dan ace down the T and escaped with some good serving.
Fritz’s mind must be racing, but he responded well with a quick hold to love. He will get a tiebreak at the very worst. Shapovalov 3-6 6-3 4-6 *5-6 Fritz.
The USTA responds to a 2 hour 45 minute delay by saying nothing.
The most important service game of Taylor Fritz’s career so far did not go as planned. Serving for the first fourth round of his career, Fritz was broken by a patient and disciplined Shapovalov. The Canadian brought up double break point with an excellent forehand down the line winner. After a service winner by Fritz on the first, Shapovalov got into the point and patiently moved the ball around at 3/4 pace, eventually forcing an error from Fritz. Good work. Shapovalov 3-6 6-3 4-6 *4-5 Fritz.
Denis Shapovalov dragged himself to 30-30 with some incredible defensive play, put himself in the position to have one more shot at breaking serve, and then he shanked a routine forehand at 30-30. Both criminal and typical.
At 40-30, Taylor Fritz connected with a serve-forehand 1-2 on game point and moved on. He is now one game from his first slam fourth round. Shapovalov 3-6 6-3 4-6 *2-5 Fritz.
Receiving a message of encouragement from the great Rod Laver may well feel better than the fourth round itself.
Taylor Fritz keeps himself ahead as he digs out a long deuce hold for 4-1 in the fourth set. Denis Shapovalov was threatening to break back and dictating most of the rallies throughout the game, but Fritz found an enormous 137mph first serve at deuce and he followed it up with another big serve to hold. Shapovalov 3-6 6-3 4-6 *1-4 Fritz.
On Ashe, Denis Shapovalov throws in an error-strewn service game and Taylor Fritz moves up a quick 2-0 lead in the fourth set.
2 hours 45 minutes and millions of conspiracy theories later, Adrian Mannarino and Alexander Zverev have arrived on Louis Armstrong Stadium. At this point, the match itself feels far less significant than the circumstances around the delay.
Updated at 10.37pm BST
Taylor Fritz breaks to take the third set 6-4! Quite a dramatic finish. Shapovalov saved the first set point at 30-40 with a serve-forehand 1-2 punch. At deuce, Shapovalov played an excellent point, moving the ball around with discipline before netting the easy finishing forehand. On the second set point, Shapovalov swept to the net and then let Fritz’s passing shot go. Instead of flying out as expected, it landed in. Shapovalov 3-6 6-3 4-6 Fritz.
It appears that Denis Shapovalov’s burst of anger worked as he immediately breaks back. After dragging Fritz to deuce, the Canadian played a brilliant, disciplined point by defending his backhand for a long period before punishing Fritz with a bruising inside out forehand. Fritz then sprayed a forehand wide on break point.
Shapovalov is so amped up right now – fistpumps after every successful point, groans to his mother in each time he makes a mistake.
“He is not happy” was a slight understatement. Denis Shapovalov is seething. After losing the opening point of Fritz’s service game, Shapo completely destroyed his racquet.
Taylor Fritz will serve for a two sets to one lead on Ashe. Great effort from the American, who buried two gorgeous backhand passing shots in three points deep into Shapovalov’s service game, including one at deuce.
Down break point, Shapovalov went for a big second serve and thought he had landed an ace, only for hawk-eye to call it long. He is not happy. Shapovalov 3-6 6-3 3-5* Fritz.
Angelique Kerber, who has quietly navigated the draw, has a big fourth round next with the in-form Jennifer Brady. In my opinion, the top semi-finalist is likely to come from this match and it will be the first true glimpse into whether Kerber, who is ranked 23rd, is capable of rediscovering the form that took her to #1 with three slam titles, including this tournament in 2016:
Q. You know what it takes to be a Grand Slam champion. You already have that flavor. So what do you think you’re lacking or do you think that now you have everything to go back to where you left and to lift the trophy again, Grand Slam trophy again?
ANGELIQUE KERBER: I think it’s still a long way. I mean, of course I know the way. I have been there already. But now we have a new tournament. Every tournament starts from zero, and it’s still a big challenge to go on top there.
It’s important, you know, to play the best tennis, especially in the important moments and in important matches. It’s impossible actually to play two weeks your best tennis.
So you have to, yeah, find a way to give everything every single day. It is completely new tournament. You know, new situation for everyone. So it’s still a long, long way.
Of course I know the way, but this year it’s a little bit different (smiling).
On Ashe, this match between Denis Shapovalov and Taylor Fritz has been quite messy. After Fritz took an early break in the third set to lead 3-1, things are now back on serve after three consecutive games for the American. Shapovalov 3-6 6-3 *3-4 Fritz.
There were false reports that Kirsten Flipkens, a Belgian player who must quarantine in her room until September 11th, was spotted at JFK Airport in New York. Her two word response:
Updated at 9.45pm BST
Adrian Mannarino and Alexander Zverev are now scheduled play at 10pm GMT. We will see what on earth has happened over the past few hours.
Meanwhile, here is Luka Mladenovic, brother of Kristina Mladenovic, who is accompanying her in New York as a coach:
“If only you knew everything that is going on here … THIS IS A NETFLIX SERIES I SWEAR TO YOU !!! You are aware of 10% I think …”
“So I’m telling you clearly .. we don’t care about the US ShitOpen 2020, cancel our matches .. Just let us go home. Make us go home.”
What a dramatic sport.
Updated at 10.00pm BST
What a great effort from Denis Shapovalov to snatch the second set just as it seemed to be sprawling out of control.
After Taylor Fritz sprayed three consecutive unforced errors to lost his serve to love, Shapovalov then responded with three consecutive errors to start his game down 0-40.
Shapovalov survived triple break point with some good serving and then he survived a brilliant rally at deuce, defending exceptionally before flipping the point and finishing with a lovely drop volley. He took the set with his first opportunity.
Shapovalov 3-6 6-3 Fritz.
The plot thickens.
On Ashe, Denis Shapovalov and Taylor Fritz remain on serve in the second set. Fritz leads 6-3 *3-4.
In-form 14th seed Anett Kontaveit leads Magda Linette 4-1.
Here is Kevin Mitchell on Cameron Norrie’s loss tonight.
For those who may not quite be up to date, a refresher on the ‘bubble within a bubble’. After being in contact with Benoit Paire, who tested positive for coronavirus, 7 players, including Adrian Mannarino, were allowed to compete this week under strict protocols isolating them from other players. 4 other players are under daily testing.
The defeated players were already learning today that they will have to remain quarantined in their hotel rooms until next Saturday under CDC rules.
An update on Sascha Zverev, who should be playing right now but still looks like he doesn’t have a care in the world. We wait to see what has transpired with Adrian Mannarino.
As well as Corentin Moutet competed and despite a shower of great passing shots from the Frenchman in the tiebreak, I think this has to go down as a poor loss for Dan Evans. Evans is now around the top 30, seeded at slams and he has had considerable success against top players recently. He is 6-4 against top 20 players in 2020, which is a tremendous record.
However, most of those wins have come at ATP 500s and 250s. His next step is to start producing his best tennis when it truly matters at the biggest events.
The presenters Amazon Prime just suggested that Adrian Mannarino “may” be quarantined in his hotel and unable to play. What a tournament!
Updated at 8.36pm BST
Corentin Moutet defeats Dan Evans 4-6 6-3 7-6(5) 7-6(1)
The young Frenchman produces a brilliant fourth set tiebreak to upset Dan Evans, sealed with a netted backhand and a roar of “allez”. A first slam fourth round for the 21 year old. All British singles players are now out.
Curious scenes unfolding in New York right now. Alexander Zverev is due to be on court against Adrian Mannarino, who is one of the players being isolated yet still competing after being in close contact with Benoit Paire, but the match has not started and Zverev was just pictured chilling with his shirt off on Arthur Ashe stadium. He certainly did not look like he was in a rush to go anywhere. This has been a strange five days and it is only getting stranger.
Corentin Moutet recovers from 15-30 down to force a very important fourth-set tiebreak. Evans 6-4 3-6 6-7(5) 6-6 Moutet.
From ZTE Blade:
Two of the shortest players on tour squaring off. Perhaps only better by the Rochus’s or Ferrer-Fognini.
Agreed. It is absolutely refreshing to see two 5’9 guys and so is the the knowledge that no service hold is certain. It is hard not eo enjoy how crafty Evans and Moutet are and in completely different ways.
Dan Evans holds on to guarantee himself a fourth set tiebreak at worst. He lost focus a little from 40-0 up, throwing in two double faults and a horror netted backhand volley, but he pulled himself back together in time. Evans 6-4 3-6 6-7(5) 6-5* Moutet.
Over on court 5, Dan Evans edges back ahead of Corentin Moutet 6-4 3-6 6-7(4) 5-4*.
An interesting match between two young players is about to begin on Arthur Ashe Stadium: Denis Shapovalov vs Taylor Fritz. Who is ready to snatch this opportunity?
Over on Court 5, Dan Evans has lost his break lead in the fourth set. With the scoreline poised at *4-2 30-30, Moutet unleashed on an inside out forehand, forcing an Evans error. On break point, the Frenchman produced a glorious forehand lob to break. Evans 6-4 3-6 6-7(5) 4-3* Moutet.
More Naomi Osaka:
“I’m very tired right now. I don’t know, I just want to go into an ice bath. I’m not sure if this is classed as an emergency but I feel like I’m going to pass out… While I was playing, honestly, I was cursing myself out so you wouldn’t want to know what I was saying.”
Note: Due to current COVID-19 health protocols, players can only use on-site ice baths in the case of an “emergency”.
Naomi Osaka with the highest praise for her young opponent:
“She was very good, like, I’m kinda scared of how she’s gonna be in the future.”
Naomi Osaka survives 18 year old Marta Kostyuk 6-3 6-7(4) 6-2
An exceptional performance from Kostyuk, who pushed Osaka hard and has a great future ahead. Osaka once again showed that she is a rare champion who, when in the right mood, can flip a switch and turn any match around.
Updated at 8.00pm BST
There is nothing like momentum in tennis. Marta Kostyuk was pushing Naomi Osaka all the way early in the third set but all it took was one tight service hold to flip the match on its head. Down 2-4, Kostyuk opened her service game with a three errors and Osaka closed it with a supreme crosscourt running forehand. The 4th seed will have two chances to serve it out. Osaka leads Kostyuk 6-3 6-7 *5-2.
Naomi Osaka twists the knife, flitting through a love hold to move up 6-3 6-7 4-2* on Marta Kostyuk. What does the 18 year old have left?
Over on court five, Dan Evans has responded nicely to Corentin Moutet after losing that third set, breaking immediately in the fourth. Evans 6-4 3-6 6-7(5) *2-0 Moutet
Those five saved break points were ultimately worth two games for Naomi Osaka. Marta Kostyuk responded by throwing in two consecutive double faults to face a 0-40 deficit herself. Kostyuk managed to save two of the break points, but Osaka unleashed an enormous crosscourt forehand on the third to break. Osaka leads Kostyuk 6-3 6-7(5) *3-2.
Naomi Osaka saves five break points to hold on for 2-2 in the third set. After immediately falling down 0-40 following Kostyuk’s medical timeout, the 2018 champion worked hard to dig herself out of the hole as Kostyuk lasered returns each time she sniffed a second serve. Osaka saved four of the five break points with an ace, a 113mph unreturned serve and two forehand winners. Clutch. Osaka 6-3 6-7 2-2 Kostyuk.
Dan Evans will have to recover from two sets to one down if he wishes to reach the third round. From 4-1 up in the tiebreak, Evans lost 6 of the next 7 points to squander the set. The key moment arrived at 5-5 in the tiebreak, on Evans’s serve. The Brit landed a first serve but he sent his forehand long. Corentin Moutet eventually swept up the tiebreak. Evans trails 6-4 3-6 6-7(5).
Marta Kostyuk continues to show what she is all about and it is so impressive. The 18 year-old digs out a hold after a tough, long deuce game. Kostyuk moves extremely well, strikes the ball smoothly off both wings, she has served 7 aces, hit 34 winners, won 18/22 net points and she has shown so much grit. Osaka trails 6-3 6-7(4) *1-2.
Corentin Moutet and Dan Evans return with an extremely long rally, which included Evans moving to the net, being lobbed and then the point restarting before Moutet finally dumped a forehand into the net. A tiebreak will decide this third set. Evans 6-4 3-6 6-6 Moutet.
Updated at 7.19pm BST
Dan Evans is now on court 5 to resume his second round match against Frenchman Corentin Moutet. Moutet currently leads 4-6 6-3 6-5* Ad-40. Delicately poised.
18 year-old Marta Kostyuk has pushed Naomi Osaka to a third set, taking the second set tiebreak 7-4. Kostyuk is moving beautifully and playing with enormous confidence.
The key moment came at 4-5 when Kostyuk threw in an awful drop shot and stood helpless at the net. Osaka chased it down and hit her response straight towards Kostyuk, who showed incredible reflexes and redirected her volley into play. Osaka’s racquet went flying towards the end. Osaka 6-3 6-7(4) Kostyuk.
Updated at 7.25pm BST
Over on Ashe, Naomi Osaka is into a second set tiebreak with Marta Kostyuk. Osaka leads 6-4 6-6 (*2-1)
For Norrie, it was good until it wasn’t. Norrie battled back extremely well from the first set to lead *2-1 in the third. Then he collapsed. There is a suggestion that he had some vision problems behind the end, or else it could have simply been nerves borne out of the enormity of the situation. Either way, he is out and it will be bitterly disappointing. Still, he should eventually reflect on a career best slam performance this week. There is more to come.
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina defeats Cameron Norrie 7-6(2) 4-6 6-2 6-1
The 21 year-old Spaniard reaches the first slam fourth round of his career, winning 11 of the final 12 games.
For the second time in the fourth set, Cameron Norrie hands over his service game with a double fault on break point. It will take a miracle for a recovery now. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina will serve for the match at 7-6(2) 4-6 6-2 *5-1.
Staring down the prospect of a third set, Naomi Osaka locks in and breaks back for 6-3 *5-5. Osaka was helped by a double fault from Kostyuk at 0-30, but otherwise three brilliant points from the Japanese when she most needed them. She sealed the break with a searing forehand down-the-line winner.
Over on Ashe, 18 year-old Marta Kostyuk will attempt to serve out a set against a slam champion. The biggest moment of her young career so far. Osaka currently leads 6-3 4-5*.
A big win for the 18 year-old American. McNally, an all-court player who sweeps to the net as much as possible, is surely loving these fast courts.
Cameron Norrie finally breaks the run of 8 consecutive games with a love hold. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina did not look particularly moved by the lost game, barely attempting to return the final serve. Norrie trails 6-7(2) 6-4 2-6 1-3*.
Cameron Norrie has now squandered 8 games in a row since leading *2-1 in set three. Norrie double faulted on break point at 0-1* and he keeps on spraying errors on important points. Fokina consolidated the break with an excellent backhand down-the-line. Norrie trails 6-7(2) 6-4 2-6 *0-3.
Naomi Osaka is down a break in the second set on Ashe. Osaka has been rolling through her service games and putting pressure on Marta Kostyuk’s serve in the second set, yet suddenly she threw in a few errors. With one further forehand error, Osaka is now down 6-3 3-4* against the 18 year-old.
Let’s take a look around the grounds.
- Naomi Osaka leads Marta Kostyuk 6-3 3-3.
- Angelique Kerber is up 6-3 on Ann Lu.
- Caty McNally is in the midst of a tough third set, tied at 4-6 6-3 5-5 with Ekaterina Alexandrova.
- David Goffin leads Filip Krajinovic 6-1 4-4.
- Elise Mertens is up 6-3 1-1 on Sara Sorribes Tormo.
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina wins his 5th consecutive game to lead Cameron Norrie by two sets to one. Sadly, Norrie lost his way in those final games and he closed it off with a horrid shanked forehand that more-or-less flew into the back fence. If he wants to advance, he will have to do it in 5. Norrie trails 6-7(2) 6-4 2-6.
Updated at 6.31pm BST
He did not. Norrie believes he was misheard. Either way, he would have been more than justified to curse in the midst of this poor form and momentum swing.
From 15-30 down, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina holds for 5-2 in the third with an ace. Cameron Norrie had a big chance to swing the momentum back in his favour, but he threw in two consecutive nervy errors at 15-30. Norrie now trails 6-7(2) 6-4 *2-5.
Cameron Norrie has now lost three games in succession and suddenly finds himself under immense pressure at 2-4* in the third. Norrie quickly fell to a 0-40 deficit after a smattering of errors. He saved the first with an unreturned serve and the second by firing a forehand after some great defence. On the third break point, Fokina unloaded on a backhand down-the-line and forced a backhand error from the brit. Norrie trails 6-7(2) 6-4 2-4*.
Cameron Norrie meekly hands back the break with a slew of errors, sealed by a forehand into the net. The score is now even: 6-7(2) 6-4 2-2.
Updated at 6.13pm BST
It should be noted that Donald Trump has a long history in tennis, including this horrifying video.
Cameron Norrie breaks early in the third set to take the lead, 6-7(2) 6-4 *2-1. It was sealed in typical Norrie fashion, with ample running and grit before he eventually drew out a forehand error from Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
How prominent is Novak Djokovic in Serbia? He is a discussion point between Serbian and US presidents.
Naomi Osaka takes the first set 6-3 against Marta Kostyuk on Ashe. A businesslike, solid set from the tournament favourite who hustled through two breaks without any spectacular play. Kostyuk is trying to take risks and take her game to the 2018 champ, but too many errors and not enough first serves landed so dar.
Meanwhile, the drama of the so-called Paire 11, the players who were in contact with Benoit Paire, continues. They will have to remain quarantined in their hotel rooms until next Saturday and they are not happy.
Cameron Norrie recovers to take the second set against Alejandro Davidovich, levelling the match at 6-7(2) 6-4. Excellent work from the Brit, who rode his luck as he survived a break point after a backhand error from Fokina. From deuce, he took control with two consecutive serve-forehand 1-2 punches to close out the set.
Cameron Norrie will attempt to serve out the second set against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and level the match with the score at 6-7(2) *5-4. At *4-3 30-30, Norrie came up with a gutsy forehand down-the-line to keep Fokina at bay. He then squandered a half-chance at 15-30 on Fokina’s serve, two points from the set. Now he has to get it done on his serve.
We have reached the point where there are too many matches to follow. On Court 11, 26th seed Filip Krajinovic faces 7th seed David Goffin.
Despite the ranking differential, Krajinovic is the in-form player having reached the quarters last week in the Western & Southern Open.
This is also a nice little grudge match and an illustration of the petty rivalries at work in tennis – Goffin’s coach, 2002 Australian Open champ Thomas Johansson, dumped Krajinovic in favour of coaching Goffin at the beginning of last year.
Krajinovic has won both matches against Goffin since the breakup and he made his bitterness very clear afterwards.
Cameron Norrie had two break points and a big opportunity to move up a double break in set two, but Alejandro Davidovich Fokina keeps himself in touch by saving both to hold. Norrie still retains one break: 6-7(2) *4-3.
Naomi Osaka breaks first on Ashe with a searing, angled forehand. Kostyuk has done well in every category but on her second serve. Four double faults in 3 service games will not cut it.
Updated at 5.41pm BST
An efficient day at the office for the Australian Open champs.
After saving break points in the previous game, Cameron Norrie punches into the lead with an early break in set two. Fokina double faulted at 30-30 then threw in an awful dropshot on break point, which Norrie cleaned up with a nice forehand down the line. 6-7(2) *3-2.
Updated at 5.31pm BST
Marta Kostyuk is hanging tight with Naomi Osaka at 2-2 in the first set. Already 6 winners from the 18 year old compared to only 1 from Osaka.
Cameron Norrie is living dangerously but he survives a couple of break points to hold for 6-7(2) 2-2* with some great serving.
Staring down a break point at 30-40, he curled an excellent second serve out wide that did not. He saved the second with an unreturned first serve down the T. Eventually, after a Fokina forehand error on game point, the Brit holds.
Norrie has now faced 50 break points and saved 40 this week.
Back on Court 5, both Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Cameron Norrie have opened set two with a string of holds. Fokina leads 7-6(2) 2-1*.
Over on Arthur Ashe Stadium, Naomi Osaka has arrived for an interesting first round against 18 year-old Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk.
Osaka looked excellent on Wednesday against Camila Giorgi, but she is also carrying a hamstring injury from last week when she withdrew in the Western & Southern Open final.
Osaka’s opponent, Kostyuk, is very interesting. Before there was Coco Gauff, there was Kostyuk who reached the third round of the 2018 Australian Open as a 15 year old. But she struggled with injuries and pressure afterwards, falling out of the top 300.
She has rebuilt her ranking since then and at the ripe old age of 18, she is steadily rising. Let’s see what she has to offer against a champion.
Cameron Norrie 6-7(2) Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Fokina plays a brilliant tiebreak to take the first set. Norrie has been looking tight for a while, with a few too many uncharacteristic errors, and Fokina finally made him pay.
After Norrie missed a backhand to fall down a mini-break at 2-3*, the Spaniard played an incredible point to consolidate. He defended everything, chased down a smash and then destroyed a 93mph crosscourt forehand the second he could attack.
And then he never looked back, dictating the play and producing some of his best ball-striking to take the first set.
Updated at 5.09pm BST
Cameron Norrie 6-6 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Once again, Fokina dug himself a self-inflicted 0-30 hole before puffing out his chest and coming up with some big groundstrokes to survive. The decent 106mph second serve helped at 30-30, as did two consecutive backhand errors by Norrie from that point. We’re heading to a tie-break.
Meanwhile, a tremendous racquet smash from Yulia Putinstseva on court 17. The 23rd seed is down 6-3 1-0 to Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
Cameron Norrie 6-5* Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. After 4 serves and four missed returns and Norrie is back ahead in 57 seconds. The pressure returns to the Spaniard.
Cameron Norrie *5-5 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. This time, it’s the Spaniard’s turn to survive a game he seemed to have no chance of winning.
Down 0-30, Fokina just came up with the most absurd reflex volley after attempting a terrible drop shot. Norrie chased the drop shot down and fired his response hard at the Spaniard, who somehow got his strings onto the ball and the ball into the court. The Spaniard used that point as a springboard, overcoming an exhausting point at 30-30 before holding serve.
Updated at 4.54pm BST
Cameron Norrie 5-4* Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. I’m not sure how Norrie survived that hold. He still looks very tense, opening the game with a couple of errors before eventually finding himself down 30-40.
Norrie saved that break point with a great unreturned serve down the T, then he saved a second break point with a lovely angled volley. From deuce, Fokina mercifully offered up a couple of forehand errors. Norrie keeps his lead.
Cameron Norrie *4-4 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. That was not good at all. Norrie once again found himself at 30-30 and putting pressure on the Fokina serve, but then he sprayed two bad forehand errors and handed over the game with little fight. Perhaps some nerves there.
Around the grounds, third seeds Rajeev Ram and Britain’s Joe Salisbury are up 6-2 1-1 on Christian and Ryan Harrison. Aliaksandra Sasnovich leads 23rd seed Yulia Putintseva 4-2 and 8th seed Petra Martic is up *3-2 on Vera Gracheva.
Cameron Norrie 4-3* Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. In the blink of an eye, Norrie moves ahead with a love hold. Norrie’s lefty serve has been pretty successful so far, with an enormous 78% first serves in so far and a decent 71% points won behind it. More importantly, he has served really well on all the important moments. The Spaniard has to keep up.
Cameron Norrie *3-3 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Good serving from the Spaniard there, who eases through a hold to level.
Cameron Norrie 3-2* Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Norrie left himself a lot to do there, opening his service game with two errors and eventually falling down 15-40 but the response was so impressive. He scuppered the first break point with an ace, then the second by cleaning up at the net after a nice serve-forehand 1-2. After more great serving from deuce, Norrie moves back into the lead.
Cameron Norrie *2-2 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Although a lovely mover and ballstriker, Fokina’s biggest weakness is his serve and he has already rolled in numerous meek deliveries barely above 100mph. His second serves are even dropping under 80mph. Norrie capitalised exactly as he should, immediately breaking back.
A particularly lovely shot from Norrie at 40-30. After being pulled into the net and then lobbed, he pulled off a lovely angled backhand overhead to scupper the game point.
Cameron Norrie 1-2* Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Fokina is already showing all of his skills out here. After bringing Norrie to deuce, he played a beautiful point, dragging the Brit around with his backhand, pulling him into the net with a dropshot and then making the passing shot. On break point, he fired a backhand down the line return winner to take the first break. Too good.
Cameron Norrie *1-1 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Fokina responds with a quick hold to open up his account. A couple of slick forehand winners are a good representation of the firepower we will see from the Spaniard today.
Here is the order of play on the main courts: Vera Gracheva vs Petra Martic and Aliaksandra Sasnovich vs Yulia Putintseva are also currently in action on the outside courts.
Cameron Norrie 1-0* Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Norrie opens with a quick hold to 15, sealed with an ace and 5/5 first serves in. A good start.
For the second straight match, No 76 Norrie is ranked higher than his opponent but don’t be fooled by Davidovich Fokina’s ranking of 99. Foki is a former junior Wimbledon champion and, at 21, one of the more talented young players around. He is also quite crazy. Aside from being an excellent mover, he is a shotmaker with a gorgeous backhand and a penchant for flair shots. He is clearly extremely at home on these fast courts and if he plays as he has so far this week, some of his shotmaking will be spectacular.
Norrie will do as he always does, remaining consistent, punching with his heavy topspin forehand and testing Davidovich Fokina’s patience in longer rallies. This is an enormous opportunity for both players as they chase their first slam R16s, so we’ll see who handles the moment best.
Hello! Welcome to our coverage of day 5 of this very unique US Open. We begin today with Cameron Norrie, who is the only British player in the third round so far and only Dan Evans can join him. Norrie has a great chance to go even further this evening.
Norrie arrived at this point in style, recovering from two sets down against 9th seed Diego Schwartzman to secure the biggest win of the 25 year-old’s career. In the second round, he was far too good for the clay preferring Federico Coria and moved through in straight sets. Today he will face young Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and both will be playing for their first slam fourth round.
Elsewhere, Naomi Osaka will be in action from 5pm on Ashe. Dan Evans will follow Norrie on Court 5, with yesterday’s postponed match poised at 4-6 6-3 *6-5 to Frenchman Corentin Moutet. Denis Shapovalov, Angelique Kerber, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipass will also be in action tonight.
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