US Open 2016: Daily updates from Flushing Meadows

10/09/2016

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Keep up to date with all the latest news from the British players in action at the final Grand Slam of the year, as three Brits make it through to the final 16 of a major for the first time since 1985! #BackTheBrits

Day 13

Day 11

  • Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares (BRA) bt Nicolas Mahut (FRA) & Pierre Hugues-Herbert (FRA) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3

Jamie Murray is back in the US Open final!

Jamie MurrayThe British No.1 avenged last year’s final defeat to Nicolas Mahut & Pierre Hugues-Herbert by knocking the top seeds out in the semi-final 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 with Bruno Soares.

Unseeded Spanish pair Pablo Carreno Busta and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez await in Saturday’s final.

Murray, who reached World No.1 earlier in the year, has now reached the final in four of the last six Grand Slam events.

He said in New York: “It's not much fun to lose in finals. We have had a great tournament so far and we'll give it our best to try and win.”

Day 10

  • Kei Nishikori No.6 (JPN) bt Andy Murray 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5
  • Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares (BRA) bt Chris Guccione (AUS) & Andre Sa (BRA) 7-6(9), 2-6, 6-3

A sublime performance from Kei Nishikori knocked Andy Murray out of the US Open at the quarter-final stage after a five-set battle in New York.

Murray beat Nishikori over five in the Davis Cup in March, but couldn’t repeat the feat as he fell to a 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-Andy Murray1, 7-5 defeat meaning this will be the first Grand Slam final of the year he won’t contest.

The Wimbledon and Olympic champion blitzed through the opener, but lost his rhythm when rain interrupted play in the second set.

Murray then edged a tight third after breaking the Japanese star twice in the closing stages but was blown away in the fourth after a frustrating loud noise from the sound system halted play on a break point with the No.2 seed in control.

Nishikori took advantage and powered into the decider winning seven straight games and despite being pegged back twice from being a break up in the decider, he held his nerve to get over the line.

Murray said: “I could have won the match but I have also won some over the last few months I should have lost, like at the Olympics.

I tried my best. I fought as hard as I could with what I had today. I didn't let anyone down. I pushed myself as hard as I could over the last few months, and I'm very proud of how I have done.

Jamie MurrayEarlier on, Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares secured their semi-final spots by overcoming Chris Guccione & Andre Sa.

Murray will take to the court in his fourth Grand Slam semi-final in his last six major tournaments after fighting hard to beat the experienced duo down the other end.

He said afterwards: “I'm really happy to go through. Personally it was a relief to win that and my energy dropped a bit. I really think tomorrow I will play better again."

Day 8

  • Andy Murray bt Grigor Dimitrov No.22 (BUL) 6-1, 6-2, 6-2
  • Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares (BRA) bt Brian Baker (USA) & Marcus Daniell (NZL) 6-3, 7-6(7)

Andy Murray swept aside the challenge of Grigor Dimitrov for the loss of just five games to cruise into the US Open quarter-finals.

The British No.1 was in scintillating form throughout to thrash the Jamie MurrayBulgarian in two hours and set up a clash with Kei Nishikori.

After breaking Dimitrov seven times and hitting serves around the 140mph mark, Murray said: “I played extremely well. Tactically I played a good match, made very few unforced errors and made it tough for Grigor."

Older brother Jamie also continued his quest for another Grand Slam title by comfortably seeing off Brian Baker and Marcus Daniell 6-3, 7-6 (7) with Bruno Soares.

The Australian Open champions secured their qualification for the end of year ATP World Tour Finals with the win. 

Day 7

  • Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) bt Johanna Konta 6-4, 7-5 
  • Novak Djokovic No.1 (SRB) bt Kyle Edmund 6-2, 6-1, 6-4

Kyle Edmund’s memorable run at the US Open came to an end at the hands of defending champion Novak Djokovic in straight sets.

After already seeing off Richard Gasquet and John Isner, the World No.1 proved a little more tricky with a refreshed Kyle EdmundDjokovic running out a 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 winner.

Edmund started to find his game in the third set and said afterwards: “I have a lot of learning to do from it, which is a really good thing. To play the world No. 1 on the biggest tennis court in the world, it doesn't get much better than that.”

Earlier on, an inspired performance from Anastasija Sevastova halted Johanna Konta’s bid to reach the quarter-final, holding her nerve to win 6-4, 7-5.

“I didn't play the tennis level that I maybe would have liked, but I competed the best I could. I've played a lot of very good matches and won a lot of them, so it's a good problem to have."

Day 6

  • Andy Murray bt Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-2, 6-3
  • Stan Wawrinka No.3 (SUI) bt Dan Evans 4-6, 6-3, 6-7(6), 7-6(8), 6-3
  • Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares (BRA) bt Jurgen Melzer (AUT) & Marcin Matkowski (POL) 6-1, 6-1
  • Nicole Gibbs (USA) & Nao Hibino (JPN) bt Heather Watson & Michealla Krajicek (NED) 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 
  • Caroline Garcia (FRA) & Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) bt Naomi Broady & Shelby Rogers (USA) 6-3, 6-1
  • Robert Farah (COL) & Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) bt Dom Inglot & Michaella Krajicek (NED) 6-4, 3-6 [10-8] 

Dan Evans was involved in a thrilling five-set epic with Stan Wawrinka on a day that confirmed three British players Dan Evansare through to the last 16 of a Grand Slam for the first time since 1985.

The British No.2 was in inspired form to push the No.3 seed all the way, even having a match point in the fourth set tie-break before going down 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-7(8), 3-6 in just over four hours.

Wawrinka, a two-time Grand Slam champion, saved the match point with a volley before pinching the decider and later described himself as ‘lucky’ to get through the match.

Evans said: “It's a tough one to take, I'm pretty happy to be part of a match like that but also to come off the court losing is a difficult one. It's a bit of a heart-breaker really.”

Andy MurrayEarlier on, Andy Murray overcame a stern test from the energetic Paolo Lorenzi to progress through to the fourth round to join Kyle Edmund.

Italian Lorenzi was playing magnificent tennis to level the match at one set all before Murray retook control to dominate the final two sets to win 7-6)4), 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 and create a meeting with Grigor Dimitrov.

In the doubles, Jamie Murray safely progressed in style, but there were defeats for Heather Watson, Naomi Broady and Dom Inglot, while Evans is also out after his partner Nick Kyrgios had to withdraw through injury.

Day 5

  • Kyle Edmund bt John Isner No.20 (USA) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(5)
  • Johanna Konta bt Belinda Bencic No.24 (SUI) 6-2, 6-1
  • Heather Watson & Michealla Krajicek (NED) bt Abigail Spears (USA) & Raquel Atawo (USA) 6-2, 7-5
  • Naomi Broady & Shelby Rogers (USA) bt Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) & Chia-Jung Chuang (TWN) 6-0, 6-7(6), 6-3
  • Dan Evans & Nick Kyrgios (AUS) bt Tommy Paul (USA) & Taylor Fritz (USA) 6-4, 6-2
  • Dominic Thiem (AUT) & Tristan-Samuel Weissborn (AUT) bt Colin Fleming & Mariusz Fyrstenberg (POL) 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-2 

Kyle EdmundSensational! Kyle Edmund stunned American No.1 John Isner overnight to book a crunch clash with Novak Djokovic at the US Open.

Edmund, who had never been beyond the second round at a Grand Slam before, toppled the giant Isner 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(5) to reach Round 4.

The World No.84, who also sent Richard Gasquet packing, said: “It's been a great tournament so far. I played the big points well. I knew it would come down to one or two points. I'm just very pleased.”

Arthur Ashe StadiumEarlier, Johanna Konta had blasted her way into Round 4 once again after demolishing Belinda Bencic 6-1, 6-2.

Konta was aggressive, efficient and comfortable right from the off against her Swiss opponent and goes on to face Anastasija Sevastova.

The British No.1 said: "I feel overwhelmingly happy. I felt I did a good job and I was happy how I dealt with things."

There were also great wins in the doubles for Heather Watson, Naomi Broady and Dan Evans!

Day 4

  • Andy Murray bt Marcel Granollers (ESP) 6-4, 6-1, 6-4
  • Dan Evans bt Alexander Zverev (GER) 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2
  • Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) bt Naomi Broady 7-6(9), 6-3
  • Oliver Marach (AUS) & Fabrice Martin (FRA) bt Dom Inglot & Marin Draganja (CRO) 6-4, 0-6, 6-4

Andy Murray

Four Brits are into the third round of the US Open for the first time since 1968!

Andy Murray breezed past Marcel Granollers 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 to join Kyle Edmund before Dan Evans took down Alexander Zverev to join Kyle Edmund in the draw. 

Playing under the roof on the Arthur Ashe Stadium due to rain in New York, the in-form No.2 seed, Murray, started strongly and broke straight away to move into a 4-1 lead.

Despite the Spaniard breaking back to trail 5-4, Murray regained the advantage in the very next game to take the opener before powering through the second in next to no time.

The third went with serve until the penultimate game when the rock solid Murray upped the ante to take the lead and Naomi Broadyserved out the match with an ace. Job done!

Joining him in the third round is Evans after the British No.2 toppled Zverev in four tough sets in a late night match under the lights.

Evans, who reached the third round in 2013, was too good for the talented teenager and described the win over the No.27 seed as one of the best of his career to date. 

Naomi Broady was also involved in an almighty tussle and played fantastically to push No.4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska all the way but the Polish payer recovered from 2-5 in the opener to pinch it on a tie-break before taking the second 6-3.  

Day 3

  • Johanna Konta bt Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 6-2, 5-7, 6-2
  • Kyle Edmund bt Ernesto Escobedo (USA) 7-5, 6-4, 6-4
  • Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares (BRA) bt Gastao Elias (POR) & Joao Sousa (POR) 6-3, 6-7(3), 7-5
  • Dan Evans & Nick Kyrgios (AUS) bt Noah Rubin (USA) & Daniel Nguyen (USA) 6-3, 6-3
  • Dom Inglot & Michaella Krajicek (NED) bt Raquel Atawo (USA) & Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) 7-6(4), 5-7, [10-4]

Kyle Edmund continued his impressive run of form to beat Ernesto Escobedo in straight sets and move into the third Johanna Kontaround of a Grand Slam for the first time.

Edmund saved a set point when trailing 5-4 in the opener before breaking in the very next game to help him take the lead. He controlled the match from there on in and got the decisive break in the next two sets at 4-4 to set up a tie with big-serving American John Isner.

In an action packed day in New York, Johanna Konta was then involved in a dramatic match with Tsvetana Pironkova.

After taking the first set 6-2, the British No.1 collapsed on court with blurred vision, breathing issues and an increased Jamie Murrayheart rate and had a worrying medical timeout before recovering and claiming the deciding set.

Konta said: “We push our bodies to the limits that they can go. I definitely hit one of my limits. That was the way my body reacted.”

The doubles also got underway at Flushing Meadows with 2015 finalist Jamie Murray and partner Bruno Soares surviving a scare against Portuguese duo Gastao Elias & Joao Sousto to win in three tight sets while Dan Evans and Aussie Nick Kyrgios teamed up to comfortably beat Noah Rubin & Daniel Nguyen 6-3, 6-3.

Day 2

  • Andy Murray bt Lukas Rosol (CZE) 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
  • Dan Evans bt Rajeev Ram (USA) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
  • Naomi Broady bt Laura Robson 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-4
  • Nick Kyrgios (AUS) bt Aljaz Bedene 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
  • Richel Hogenkamp (NED) bt Heather Watson 6-2, 7-5 

Dan EvansAndy Murray, Dan Evans and Naomi Broady all picked up strong victories to ensure five British players reached the second round of the US Open.

No.2 seed Murray soundly navigated the test of Lukas Rosol by demolishing the Czech player 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 with his impressive serve doing plenty of damage.

After wrapping it up in under two hours, Murray said: “I served very well. It was a tough start to the match and once I got the break up, I started to relax and play well."

Naomi BroadyEarlier in the day, Dan Evans was the first Brit to get off and running and overcame home player Rajeev Ram 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 to set up a clash with talented German Alexander Zverev.

"It was good to come through, I enjoyed it out there and started to play a bit better towards the end.”

Broady then edged the battle of the Brits against Laura Robson in a tight match out on Court 13. After dropping the opener on a tie-break, Broady, who was making her debut, fought back well to win her first match at the event.

Day 1

  • Kyle Edmund bt Richard Gasquet No.13 (FRA) 6-2, 6-2, 6-3
  • Johanna Konta bt Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) 6-3, 6-3

Kyle Edmund stole the show on Day 1 in New York after crushing Richard Gasquet in straight sets on his US Open debut.

Edmund, with his huge forehand in fine form, overpowered the French No.13 seed and former semi-finalist 6-2, 6-2, Kyle Edmund6-3 in high temperatures at Flushing Meadows to record the best win of his career and confidently move into the second round.

He said afterwards: “It's definitely one of the best wins in my career. I went about my process and didn’t worry about who I was playing. I probably played better than I expected today.”

Overnight, Johanna Konta got her campaign underway by clinically dispatching American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-3, 6-3.

No.13 seed Konta, who reached the fourth round last year, dictated the match from start to finish with her backhand and said afterwards: “I knew she would be inspired and feed off the atmosphere. It's definitely never easy coming out for a first round of a Slam.”

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