31 August - 13 September 2020

US Open

Flushing Meadows, USA

US Open – 31 August - 13 September 2020

US Open 2020 Match Updates: Day 14

  • 13/09/2020

  • US Open

Highlights

  • Jordanne Whiley and Yui Kamiji win 11th team Grand Slam title
  • Alfie Hewett runner-up to Shingo Kunieda
  • Andy Lapthorne and Dylan Alcott win US Open quad doubles title
  • Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid win their fourth US Open doubles title
  • Read the full US Open Draw - Men's Singles, Women's Singles, Men's Doubles, Women's DoublesQuad Singles, Quad Doubles 
  • Wheelchair matches are available to watch on Amazon Prime if held at Louis Armstrong Stadium (Thu-Sun) and Arthur Ashe Stadium (Sat-Sun).

Day 14

Jordanne Whiley and Yui Kamiji win 11th team Grand Slam title

Jordanne Whiley clinched her second US Open women’s doubles title with best friend Yui Kamiji of Japan on Sunday after the second seeds defeated Dutch top seeds Marjolein Buis and Diede de Groot 6-3, 6-3.

Whiley’s victory means that players on the LTA’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme complete the US Open with three titles after Alfie Hewett narrowly missed out on earning a third successive men’s singles title after a final set tie-break.

Whiley and Kamiji earned the initiative to take a 3-1 first set lead and continued to pressurise Buis and De Groot to take the opening set. However, the Dutch duo made a much brighter start to the second set and gained their own 3-1 lead. But Whiley and Kamiji regained the momentum to close out their 11th Grand Slam doubles title together. A delighted Whiley said:

“It feels like a very different title given the situation we are in, but I think we should be really pleased with what we’ve done and I was really pleased with how we played, particularly in the second set. And it’s really nice to be back on court with Yui, to be honest.

“Yesterday’s semi-final was a much different match and we were pretty relaxed, but I was quite nervous today, purely because we haven’t played Marjolein and Diede as a team that much. But once I got into the match and we got the first set in the bag then I felt a lot better.”

With Whiley able to engage with her family back in Britain thanks to the interactive fans’ screens on Arthur Ashe Stadium, she added:

“It was really emotional to see Jackson (Whiley’s son) as I’ve only seen him a few times over Facetime and I’ve missed him so much. So I really loved that touch we players have been given and he’d written me a little sign, so to be able to share that moment with him and my fiancé Marc was very special.” 

Alfie Hewett runner-up to Shingo Kunieda

Alfie Hewett US Open runner-up

Alfie Hewett made a tremendous attempt to retain his men’s singles title as he took on world No.1 Shingo Kunieda of Japan, the player he beat in the 2018 final at Flushing Meadows to win his first US Open singles crown.

Renowned for staging comebacks on the biggest of stages, Hewett battled back from 4-1 and 5-2 down to lead Kunieda 6-5 in the final set. But despite the world No.3 getting to within two points of the title, it was world No.1 Kunieda who went on to complete a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(3) win for his seventh US Open title.

Hewett, who claimed his fourth successive US Open men’s doubles title with fellow Brit Gordon Reid on Saturday’s penultimate day of play, said: “I gave it all I could today and after coming back as I did, I’m really disappointed not to be able to take the title again. I could almost taste it, but Shingo was the better player on the day. I don’t think there was much between us, but I just want to say thank you to everyone back home for all their support, it’s really helped to keep me going and I’m still proud to have got to two finals again and to be coming home with the double title. “

Day 13

Andy Lapthorne and Dylan Alcott are US Open Champions 

Andy Lapthorne and Dylan Alcott lift US Open trophies

Andy Lapthorne claimed a fourth US Open doubles title in a row, after partnering Australian Dylan Alcott to the 2020 US Open title. 

Lapthorne and Alcott, the inaugural Wimbledon quad doubles champions in 2019 before winning their first US Open title together 12 months ago, had to come from behind before retaining their crown with a 3-6, 6-4, (10-8) victory over Dutchman Sam Schroder and David Wagner of the USA.

Schroder and Wagner gained momentum midway through the opening set to take the lead. However, Lapthorne and Alcott opened up a 3-0 second-set lead and although they missed chances to convert game points that would have given them a 5-1 lead, Lapthorne ultimately scrambled a drop shot over the net on set point to force a deciding match tie-break.

After a series of tense exchanges, Lapthorne and Alcott earned three match points and they needed all three before Alcott wrapped up their successful title defence with an ace.

Despite making it four US Open doubles crowns in a row, having won the 2017 and 2018 titles partnering Wagner, world No.2 Lapthorne still rued his singles performance against Schroder earlier in the day, which saw the Dutchman win their pivotal round-robin match 6-2, 6-1 to earn his place in Sunday’s final. However, Lapthorne conceded that the doubles final had produced an entertaining match. He said:

“I think today you saw some of the best quad doubles that you could wish to see. It’s been a tough week. I expected more, to be honest. I feel that the only player that beats me is me. It didn’t go my way today and I’m not happy with the way I played, but it’s not the end of my world. I go home with another doubles title and get ready to go again in another few weeks at Roland Garros.”

Alfie & Gordon are US Open Champions 

Alfie & Gordon

Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid claimed a remarkable fourth successive US Open men’s doubles title on the penultimate day of play at Flushing Meadows after defeating French second seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer 6-4, 6-1.

Top seeds Hewett and Reid, the world’s top two ranked doubles players ever since winning their first Australian Open title together in January, made a fine start to their third title decider in four years against the French duo in New York and secured an early break. However the momentum quickly shifted as Houdet and Peifer reeled off three game in a row to lead 3-2.

Not to be deterred, Hewett and Reid brought the match back on serve at 4-3 and attacked the Houdet serve in the 10th game, the Frenchman handing the Brits three set point with a double fault.

However, the Brits only needed the first set point as Hewett made the most of the ball hitting the net cord and allowing the British No.1 to place a crisp cross court forehand winner.

Having hit 12 winners to Houdet and Peifer’s three during the first set, Hewett and Reid continued in the ascendancy and they broke both French serves to race to a 4-0 second-set lead. After looking like they might have momentarily lost focus, the Brits extended their lead to 5-0. Two game later Hewtt and Reid were presented with their first match point and Hewett made short work of the opportunity, feigning an overhead smash the net and calmly putting away a delicate drop shot to wrap up a dominant performance.

Hewett and Reid have now won eight Grand Slam titles together and are unbeaten in five tournaments this season.

Day 12

Whiley & Kamiji win, Shuker falls in the semi-final

Jordanne Joyce

Like Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid, Jordanne Whiley and Yui Kamiji arrived in New York having already secured the Australian Open title this year.

As they returned to the US Open together for just the second time since completing the calendar year Grand Slam in 2014, the second seeds made a confident start to their semi-final against Colombia’s Angelica Bernal and American Dana Mathewson to forge into a 4-0 lead.

Bernal and Mathewson managed to secure a break to reduce their deficit to 5-2 but Mathewson subsequently sent a forehand sailing over Whiley and Kamiji’s baseline on set point.

Ten-time Grand Slam champions together, Whiley and Kamiji again showed their pedigree as they opened up a 3-0 second-set lead, but were given an immediate reminder of the capabilities of their opponents as Bernal and Mathew held to love and manufactured a break point that would have made it 3-2. However, Whiley and Kamiji wrestled back command, opening up a 5-1 lead and Whiley served out the contest for a 6-3, 6-1 victory.

Whiley said: “Yesterday in singles I was disappointed, so I wanted to come out here in doubles and play the best that I could, because it’s been nine months (since he Australian Open) and I’ve missed Yui. It felt like we gelled well, but I was confident we would. It’s great to be back in another final. We’ve not been able to train together out here because of match scheduling. Yui has her singles final tomorrow, so we probably won’t tomorrow, either. We know each other so well, but we’ll definitely benefit from today. I served better today than I did yesterday but there’s still plenty to improve on.”

Whiley and Kamiji face top seeds Marjolein Buis and Diede de Groot in Sunday’s final after the Dutch pairing ended Lucy Shuker’s hopes of reaching her first US Open final.

Shuker and Japan’s Momoko Ohtani arrived in New York having won two of their previous three tournaments together, but the Rio Paralympic silver medallists proved much too strong on this occasion, winning their semi-final 6-0, 6-1. 

Big win for Alfie & Gordon in the semi-finals

Alfie & Gordon

Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid will bid for their second men’s doubles Grand Slam title of 2020 and their fourth successive US Open doubles title after beating Gustavo Fernande of Argentina and Shingo Kunieda of Japan 6-3, 6-3.

The world’s top two ranked doubles players and reigning Australian Open and US Open champions raced to a 3-0 first-set lead against the same partnership they beat in last year’s final at Flushing Meadows. And although Fernandez and Kunieda got back to within a game of Hewett and Reid, the Brits earned their first set point on the Fernandez serve, with Hewett converting the opportunity after 46 minutes of play with a sublime angled backhand that left Fernandez stranded

Hewett and Red were broken in the third game of the second set, but broke straight back courtesy of a Hewett forehand winner. The succession of breaks came to an end as the Brits held to lead 4-3 and a Hewett dropshot trickled over the net to give the Brits daylight at 5-3.

With Reid serving for the match. Kunieda sent a forehand long to set up match point for the defending champions and it was another error from Kunieda, the world No.1 men’s singles player, that gave Hewett and Reid the victory as the Japanese player caught the net with a backhand.

After setting up another final against French duo Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer, the same partnership Hewett and Reid beat in the 2017 and 2018 finals in New York, Reid said:

“We’ve trained together a fair bit over the last month or so and it’s been important  to just sharpen up those things that we were doing really well at the end of last year and the start of this year, so it just feels like we’ve picked up where we left off and it was great to come back with the win today.”

Hewett and Reid came into the US Open unbeaten in four tournaments in 2020 and Hewett said:

It means a lot to us both to carry on our winning streak. I’m not sure how long that’s going to continue, but we’ve worked hard over the years to get to where we are now and become number one and number two in the world and that’s tribute to the work we’re dong behind the scenes.”

Andy Lapthorne has a tough loss in his second match in New York

andy lap

Andy Lapthorne’s hopes of a third US Open quad singles title will depend on a must-win third and final round-robin match on Saturday after he lost out 6-1, 7-6(4) to world No.1 Dylan Alcott of Australia in his second match of the week.

Having started with a win over American David Wagner on Thursday, Lapthorne got off to a slow start against Alcott, the player he beat for the loss of one game in last year’s final.

Lapthorne had a match point against Alcott in their round-robin match in 2019 before eventually slipping to a three-set loss ahead of their encounter in the final. But despite coming from behind in the second set this time to lead 6-5 he was unable to take his chances.

With Lapthorne and Dutchman Sam Schroder having both beaten Wagner and both lost out to Alcott on the open today of competition, the two will now meet in a crucial head-to-head. Lapthorne said:

“I’m just looking forward to a winner takes all match against Sam tomorrow. These are the situations you train hard for and I’m looking to make another final and repeat what I did here last year

Alfie powers into the final

Alfie Hewett

Alfie Hewett will bid for a hat-trick of US Open men’s wheelchair singles titles on Sunday after a magnificent performance on Friday saw him beat world No.2 Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 in Hew York.

World No.3 Hewett’s second victory in three years over Fernandez in a US Open semi-final has earned the British No.1 a title decider against world No.1 Shingo Kunieda of Japan, the same player that Hewett beat in the 2018 final.

Fernandez earned the first break of the match, but Hewett broke to love to level at 3-3 and completed a sequence of three games to lead 4-3. At 5-4 up Hewett started the 10th game with a drop shot that left Fernandez stranded before the Argentinian hit a smash int the net. An inspired Hewett then chased down a drop shot from Fernandez and put a backhand winner away to set up set point, which he converted at the first time of asking with a backhand down the line winner.

While Fernandez dominated large parts of the second set, Hewett gained the first break of the final set and won 12 of 15 points to earn a 3-1 lead. As the match neared its end, Hewett earned two match points, but only needed the first to gain his place in another Grand Slam final.

Reflecting on his performance, Hewett said:

“I was pretty down after the second set. Gustavo played some amazing tennis in the second and I couldn’t really find my rhythm I just felt like I got really quiet on the court and my aggression seemed to have gone, so I had to tell myself to take a step up the court and be loud.

“I definitely feel confidence when I come here. I’ve only lost one match inn four years here. Obviously there’s something in New Yok that just clicks with me and, maybe now, anything that’s not a winner’s trophy is a disappointment.”

Day 11

Lapthorne battles past World No.3

Andy Lapthorne in action

Andy Lapthorne opened his US Open title defence and his bid for a third quad singles title in New York with a hard-won 6-2 2-6, 6-4 victory American world No.3 David Wagner.

Having beaten Wagner in the round-robin phase of last year’s US Open, world No.2 Lapthorne dominated the early exchanges this time before Wagner hit back to take a 5-1 lead in the secod set and ultimately force the decider.

Wagner again secured an early break in final set and led 3-2 when the match was suspended. The former champion went on to maintain a break advantage to take the first game played on the indoor courts, but Lapthorne refused to be denied and earned a timely victory ahead of facing Australian world No.1 Dylan Alcott in his second round-robin match on Friday.

“I think it came down to who wanted it more today. The rain came at the time; I think the rain definitely saved me today. I had the US Open towel on the court by me, which showed me as the winner here last year, and I looked at that at the change of ends at 4-3 down in the third and thought ‘I’m not letting this go in the first match’.”

Shuker exits US Open in first round

Lucy Shuker in action

Lucy Shuker’s bid to win her first singles match at her fifth US Open ended in gallant defeat as she fell to Colombia’s world No.10 Angelica Bernal 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

In one of three matches for Brits on the opening day that began outdoors but then finished under indoor conditions due to rain, world No.12 Shuker built on an early break against Bernal to take the opening set 6-4.

However, with the match having been suspended at 4-2 in the opening set due to the weather, Bernal began to assert the longer the match continued indoors.

After taking the second set, the Colombian earned a 5-1 lead in the decider before Shuker rallied to claim back a break and to save a string of match points at 5-2 and 5-3 down. However, her efforts were ultimately to no avail and Bernal advanced to the semi-finals on her Grand Slam debut.

Reflecting on her performance, Shuker said: “I felt there was a bit more space for me to move, which was better. When we went inside I found myself on the back curtain ansd side curtains, which was a bit tricky, but it’s the same for both players. I just felt like I could imposed my game more in the first set.”

Shuker will now partner Japan’s Momoko Ohtani in Friday’s doubles semi-finals as they face Dutch top seeds Marjolein Buis and Diede de Groot.

Whiley out after valiant effort against World No.1

Jordanne Whiley produced an admirable performance against world No.1 and two-time defending champion Diede de Groot of the Netherlands despite slipping to a 6-3, 6-4 defeat in their opening match of this year’s US Open.

Returning to Flushing Meadows for the first time since becoming the first Brit to win the women’s wheelchair singles title in 2015, Whiley made a slow start as De Groot took a 4-0 lead, the highlight being Whiley’s fightback from 40-0 down to deuce on De Groot’s serve in the second set.

World No.5 Whiley dug deep and held a 40-15 lead in the ninth game as she sought to reduce her deficit to just one game, but her efforts were to no avail and De Groot wrapped up the set 6-3.

Whiley again showed great resolve in the second set, recovering from 3-1 down to lead 4-3 after an error-strewn game from De Groot. But the Dutchwoman regrouped and reeled off the last three games, a forehand error from Whiley ending her hopes of another singles title in New York.

Whiley said: “I’m just disappointed that I didn’t play better today, but I just felt a it lost out there today. I’ve been practicing really well but as soon as they closed the roof I couldn’t see the ball as well and I just lost it. I’m happy with how I fought back, but now I’m really excited to play doubles with Yui again. When I’m on court with her I know I’ll feel at home again.” 

Hewett wins battle of the Brits over Reid

Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid handshake

Alfie Hewett made an emphatic start to his bid to reach a fourth successive US Open men’s singles final after racing past his doubles partner and fellow Brit Gordon Reid 6-0, 6-2 on the opening day of wheelchair tennis action at Flushing Meadows.

World No.3 Hewett, the two-time defending champion in New York, met Reid for just the second time at the US Open. In 2017 they met in the first all-Brit wheelchair singles semi-final at a Grand Slam – a contest that Hewett won in a final set tie-break. 

However, Thursday’s quarter-final could hardly have been different as 22-year-old Hewett raced through the first set in 32 minutes. 

Having edged Reid 7-5, 7-5 last week at the LTA Wheelchair Tennis Series at the National Tennis Centre, Hewett met with a greater degree of resistance in the second set, but got the better of an early exchange of games to take a 3-2 lead and he didn’t look back, converting his first match point to move ahead 13-12 in the international head-to-head match-up between the two players. 

“I expected to go out there and play a lot worse than I did, so to actually play that sort of tennis was probably where I left off on a match court back in February, so I’m very, very happy," Hewett said.

“It’s one of those things, the better man wins on the day and Alfie played better than me today, so he deserved it," Reid said.

Hewett plays second seed Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina in his semi-final on Friday.

Day 9

Salisbury & Ram’s impressive run ends in the semi-finals

Joe Salisbury

In the Louis Armstrong stadium Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram were one match away from competing in back to back Grand Slam finals. The third seeds faced off against Wesley Koolhof & Nikola Mektic in New York.

The 1st set included two early back to back breaks which were followed by strong serving and top quality net play from both pairs forcing a tie-break to decide the set. The 8th seeds won the tie break to take the first 7-6 (3), to force Joe and Rajeev to go the distance if they were to win their 10th Grand Slam match in a row.

However at 4-4 in the second Koolhof & Mektic secured the sole break of the second set to move into the final after winning 7-6(3) 6-4. The pair will face off against Mete Pavic & Bruno Soares who defeated Jamie Murray & Neal Skupski in the previous round.    

Day 8

Murray & Skupski bow out in quarter-final clash

Jamie Murray & Neal Skupski battled hard against the resilient Bruno Soares & Mate Pavic, but eventually bowed out of the US Open quarter-finals 6-2, 7-6(4).

There were familiar faces on both sides of the court in this quarter-final match for Murray, as he and Skupski took on his former doubles partner and fellow 2016 US Open champion, Soares. This was only the 2nd time the two pairs had met and the Brits were determined to level up their head-to-head record. 

Murray & Skupski got off to a slow start, after a few errors on serve led to an early break and a strong hold for the Brazlian and Croatian. The Brits struggled to gain any real momentum in the game as their opponents dictated the key points, particularly from the net and after a couple of double faults found themselves 3-0 down.

The British pair managed to pick up their first game on a commanding hold from Murray, followed by a strong game from Skupski and the two looked like they were finding their feet in the match. But it came all too late to stop their opponents from taking the 1st set as Soares pulled out an impressive service game to love. The Brits had it all left to do.

Murray kick-started the 2nd set with an early hold, helped by some wicked reflexes from Skupski at the net which seemed to settle a few nerves. Opportunities came and went for the Brits in the opening few games, most notably after an inch perfect winning return from Murray on the Soares serve. Sensing that the tide might be slowly start to change, Soares & Pavic adopted an increasingly aggressive style of play, stepping in early on the return of serves and putting the Brits under a lot of pressure, but the Davis Cup duo held on to stay in the match.

Their persistence paid off and at 5-4, Murray & Skupski found themselves with 3 set points on Pavic's serve but just couldn't find the killer shot. With the match tightly poised it headed to the tie-break.

But unfortunately for Murray & Skupski it wasn't to be as their opponents aggressive return game proved the difference in the defining moments of the match as they lost 7-4 in the tie-break.

Day 7

Salisbury and Ram power into semi-finals

 Joe Salisbury

Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram continued their great form to power into the semi-finals of the US Open. Salisbury and Ram proved too strong for American duo Chris Eubanks & Mackenzie McDonald claiming the match 6-2, 7-6(5).

The No.3 seeds, who took their unbeaten run to nine in Grand Slams, started fast breaking the McDonald serve at 1-1 after a Ram return could only be volleyed into the net.

However Salisbury and Ram didn’t have it all their own way having to save break points at 2-1 and again at 3-2, with their serves coming to the rescue each time. The pressure then returned to McDonald who was broken again to give the British/American duo a strong lead and they comfortably closed out the opening set 6-2.

All changed in the second set when at 2-2 and deuce - Salisbury served two double faults in a row to give the American pair a route back into the match. But when serving for the second set Eubanks hit three double faults and was broken, as the second set moved towards a tie break.

The tie break was a close affair and could have gone either way but ultimately Salisbury and Ram’s quality came through as they claimed a mini-break at 5-5 and then served it out to claim the semi-final place.

Speaking after the match Salisbury said “Happy that we got through in two sets. We were down 5-2 in that second set, they started playing really well and made it tough for us. Really happy that we managed to get the break back and scrape through the tie break.”

Day 6

Murray and Skupski cruise into quarter-finals

Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski in action

Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski oozed class as they swept aside Holland’s Matwé Middelkoop and Brazil’s Marcelo Demoliner 6-3 6-2 to join fellow Brit Joe Salisbury in the US Open men’s doubles quarter-finals.

The in-from British pairing arrived at the American Grand Slam having reached their first ATP Tour final last week at the Western & Southern Open, and the duo gave an indication that they could go far again smashing 28 winners in a dominant victory.

Murray, who has won the US Open on four occasions, gave his opponents a chance to break in the opening game of the match – in which he served three double faults – but the experienced Brit rediscovered his serve and fought off two break points to claim the first game of the contest.

With the momentum in their favour Murray and Skupski applied pressure on their opponents – earning a first break point after some excellent work at the net – and although they couldn't convert that chance they wouldn’t have to wait long to go ahead in the match.

Murray backed up his reputation as a classy returner of serve – forcing his opponents into a series of errors to take the game to 0-40 – while the impressive Skupski wrapped up the break with a well-judged forehand into Demoliner’s feet which he failed to dig out.

Middlekoop and Demoliner would fight back immediately with a break of their own – breaking Murray after a 13-shot rally – but that would be the last time the pairing showed any resistance in this second round match.

With the contest at 4-3, Murray and Skuspki played beautifully to break their opponents again – the pair collectively hit four straight winners to claim the break. Murray would then serve out to win the set 6-3.

Skupski showed his ability as a formidable returner of serve in the first game of the second set, claiming another break point for the British pairing with a beautifully judged lob over Demoliner – which Murray would convert with a superb down the line winner.

Following holds from Skupski, Demoliner and Murray, the Brits had the chance to break Middlekoop again, but after series of uncharacteristic unforced errors Skupski and Murray gave their opponents a glimmer of hope.

But those hopes would quickly be extinguished after a Demoliner double fault handed the British pairing another break point which Skupski took full advantage of, hitting a sumptuous backhand return with pinpoint accuracy down the tramline to take the match to 5-2.

Murray would then serve out for the set, and the match, wrapping up a contest lasting one hour and 10 minutes 6-3 6-2.

Day 5

Evans knocked out in second round

Dan Evans in action in the US Open

Dan Evans exited the US Open at the second round stage after losing 4-6 6-3 7-6 (5) 7-6 (1) to France’s Corentin Moutet.

The British Number 1 overcame Brazil’s Thiago Seyboth Wild in straight sets in a routine opening match, but he faced a far tougher opponent – and disruption in the form of an overnight rain delay – in the form of a talented 21-year-old whose pace and guile was too much for Evans.

Moutet made the ideal start, breaking the 23rd seed in the first game of the match. It looked as though the young Frenchman would break his more experienced opponent again in Evans’ fourth service game, but the Brit fought off three break points to hold serve in what proved to be a momentum-shifter.

After looking down the barrel of a double-break, Evans completely reversed proceedings by capitalising on his first break point of the match. The 30-year-old forced Moutet to the back of the court on his weaker backhand side, and after he failed to return the match was level again at 4-4.

Evans – who reached a career high number 28th in the world in March this year – got himself in front for the first time in the match after a lengthy hold of serve.

With the tide turning in the Brit’s favour, he would earn a first set point after reacting quickly to a Moutet drop shot, picking it up off the floor and flicking it back to the Frenchman’s backhand which he could only hit into the net.

Moutet would save that set point with a wide serve followed by a forehand winner, but Evans recovered to reclaim the advantage and force his opponent into hitting long to seal the first set 6-4.

With both players getting under each other’s skin on occasion the second set proved to be an entertaining one – although it was decided by an early Moutet break of serve with the Frenchman winning 6-3.

Evans next chance to break came at the start of the third set. Having earned two break points Moutet would recover with a fine forehand winner down the line to save the first – and then top that effort with an even better down the line to save the second, but after taking the game to deuce Evans would eventually break his opponent who could only parry his return into the heart of the net.

Moutet would break back on Evans third service game and with the match poised at 6-5 in the Frenchman’s favour, with Evans serving, play was suspended due to heavy rain on Court 5.

Returning to finish the match today Evans would hold serve and take a 4-1 lead in the tie-break – but was outlasted by Moutet who fought back ferociously to take the third set tie-break 7-5.

Evans looked to take the initiative to his opponent in the fourth set – regularly coming to the net and taking more than half of his returns from inside the baseline – which seemed to be working to his advantage as he went 4-2 ahead.

But after Moutet broke back in the next game, with a perfectly executed lob taking the match back to 4-3, the pair played out the remainder of the fourth set and extra points beckoned once again.

The second tie-break of the match was a much more one-sided affair, with Moutet romping to a 7-1 win to advance to the third round.

Norrie exits US Open in third round

Cameron Norrie in action

Cameron Norrie was knocked out of the US Open by an inspired Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 7-6 (2) 4-6 6-2 6-1.

Norrie had shown some fine form over the opening two rounds of the second Grand Slam of the year, knocking out ninth seed Diego Schwartzman in a memorable five set opening match before a straight sets win over Argentina’s Federico Coria in round two.

But following a hugely competitive opening two sets the 21-year-old Spaniard proved to be too much for Norrie, winning eight unanswered games en route to reaching the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his fledgling career.

Davidovich Fokina – who won the 2017 Wimbledon Boys Championship without dropping a set – showed how much of a threat he could be early on in the contest by breaking the British Number 3 in only his second service game. Following a soft Norrie kick serve, the Spaniard went ahead in the match for the first time with with a strong forehand down the line.

Norrie would battle back quickly and claim a break of his own to level, and the Brit had another chance to break his opponent by going up 0-30 with Davidoch Fokina serving to stay in the first set.

The young Spaniard did just that, hitting a remarkable volley return from a Norrie smashed forehand which gave him the momentum to hold serve and then cruise to a 7-2 first set tie break win.

In the second set Norrie came out firing – increasing his first serve in play percentage to 71% and winning ten points at the net – which paid off as he leveled the tie with a 6-4 set win.

It seemed as though the Brit would take charge from that point onwards after going up a break at the start of the third set – seemingly getting under his opponent’s skin as the frustrated Spaniard lost a service game for the third time in the match.

But from that point onwards it was one way traffic as Davidoch Fokina won eight games in a row and went on to claim the final two sets 6-2 6-1.

Salisbury first Brit into US Open quarter-finals

Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury in action

Britain’s Joe Salisbury and his American partner Rajeev Ram cruised through to the quarter-finals of the US Open men’s doubles competition after a straight sets 6-2 6-4 victory over Ryan and Christian Harrison.

The number three seeds outclassed the home favourites, with Salisbury and Ram smashing six aces and 23 winners to beat the American brothers in 1 hour and 7 minutes.

Ram and Salisbury, who arrived in New York having won 2020’s only Grand Slam – the Australian Open – broke their opponents twice in a fast paced first set which they won 6-2.

With the second set more competitive, it was not until the match was tied at 4-4 that Ram and Salisbury swayed the contest back in their favour.

After letting two break points slide on an R. Harrison service game it was down to Salisbury to claim the third, with the Brit’s volley at the net sealing the game and taking the match to 5-4.

With Ram serving for the match it was down to Salisbury again to win the tie – the 28-year-old claiming victory with a forehand smash that R. Harrison could only parry into the bottom of the net.

Day 4

Murray's fairytale in New York comes to an end

After his comeback heroics on Tuesday night, Andy Murray bowed out of the US Open in the second round to an incredible performance from No.15 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-2 6-3 6-4.

The 20-year old Canadian came out of the blocks fighting and it was clear to see why the former 2016 Boy's US Open champion has been heavily touted as one of the stars to watch for the future. He broke Murray in only the 2nd game of the match and from there marched on to win the opener having only lost 5 points on his serve all set.

Murray knew it was going to be an uphill battle from there and started to grow into the match more in the 2nd as he became increasingly comfortable on his serve. However, the opportunities just would not come his way. Auger-Aliassime served impecably from start to finish, racking up 24 aces and only facing 1 break point against one of the games greatest returners. With things tightly poised at 4-3, the Canadian was able to make the all-important break through and saw out the set 6-3.

Murray battled hard into the 4th set, desperately trying to emulate his incredible 5-set comeback against Nishioka in the 1st round. But again, the World No.21 just proved to have that extra bit of quality on the night and eventually broke Murray in a epic fifth game and from there, unfortunately there was no way back for the former champion.

Commenting on the match, Murray said: "He got quite a lot of free points with the first serve, and then even when I was getting a racket on it he was able to dictate off the first shot of the rally,"

"Physically, I actually did pretty well I thought in the first round. But I think the more tournaments that you play, the more matches that you play, you build up that sort of robustness in your body which right now I don't really have."

Despite the disappointing loss, Murray can take plenty of positives from his performance over the past couple of weeks, scoring some excellent wins at the Western & Southern and getting some Grand Slam matches under his belt. 

Auger-Aliassime will go on to face the winner of Dan Evans vs Corentin Moutet in the 3rd round, wheres Murray will return to action later this month at the French Open.

Evans match delayed by heavy rain

Dan Evans in action in the US Open

Dan Evans second round US Open match against Frenchman Corentin Moutet was suspended after heavy rain stopped play for the day with the contest level at one set apiece.

The British Number 1 overcame Brazil’s Thiago Seyboth Wild in straight sets in his opening match, but before the rain fell in New York he was forced to work a lot harder against the talented 21-year-old in what proved to be an exciting and, at times, feisty encounter.

It was Moutet who made the ideal start, breaking the 23rd seed in the first game of the match. It looked as though Moutet would break his more experienced opponent again in Evans’ fourth service game, but the Brit fought off three break points to hold serve in what proved to be a momentum-shifter.

After looking down the barrel of a double-break, Evans completely reversed proceedings by capitalising on his first break point of the match. The 30-year-old forced Moutet to the back of the court on his weaker backhand side, and after he failed to return the match was level again at 4-4.

Evans – who has reached the third round of the US Open on three occasions and will be hoping to progress further this year – got himself in front for the first time in the match after a lengthy hold of serve.

With the tide turning in the Brit’s favour, he would earn a first set point after reacting quickly to a Moutet drop shot, picking it up off the floor and flicking it back to the Frenchman’s backhand which he could only hit into the net.

Moutet would save that set point with a wide serve followed by a forehand winner, but Evans recovered to reclaim the advantage and force his opponent into hitting long to seal the first set 6-4.

With both players getting under each other’s skin on occasion the second set proved to be an entertaining one – although it was decided by an early Moutet break of serve with the Frenchman winning 6-3.

Evans next chance to break came at the start of the third set. Having earned two break points Moutet would recover with a fine forehand winner down the line to save the first – and then top that effort with an even better down the line to save the second, but after taking the game to deuce Evans would eventually break his opponent who could only parry his return into the heart of the net.

Moutet would break back on Evans third service game and with the match poised at 6-5 in the Frenchman’s favour, with Evans serving, play was suspended due to heavy rain on Court 5. Evans will finish his match tomorrow, organisers confirmed.

Inglot and Qureshi edged out in tight contest

Dominic Inglot and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi celebrate after winning a point

Britain’s Dominic Inglot and Pakistan’s Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi were knocked out of the US Open after narrowly missing out in a hugely competitive 6-7 (5) 7-6 (2) 7-6 (5) loss to American duo Jack Sock and Jackson Withrow.

Going into his 32nd career Grand Slam appearance, Inglot gave an insight into life in the US Open bubble and revealed how excited he was to be competing in the US major once again – in 2015 he reached the semi-finals alongside Sweden’s Robert Lindstedt but lost out to eventual champions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

For the first two sets of this remarkable match nothing could split the two pairs in regulation play – neither side earning break points until the final set.

The last set saw four breaks of serve, and with the match finely poised at 4-3 Inglot and Qureshi looked to have seized the initiative by breaking their opponents to serve for the match.

In a nail-biting finish Inglot and Qureshi fought off two break points but Sock and Witherow regained composure to claim the break and take the match to a third tie-break.

In the third and final tie-break Inglot and Qureshi recovered from 5-2 down to win three unanswered points and level proceedings, but it was ultimately an Inglot double fault that would hand their opponents a 7-5 tie-break victory.  

Murray and Skupski come through first round unscathed

Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski competing

Great Britain’s Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski continued their impressive recent run of form with a straight sets 6-3 7-5 victory over fourth seeds Ivan Dodig and Filip Polášek in the first round of the US Open men’s doubles event.

The unseeded pair, who reached the final of the Western & Southern Open last week, claimed the only break of the first set to seize the initiative against a classy pairing – Dodig is a multiple doubles Grand Slam champion while Polášek has triumphed 14 times as a professional.

In a tight encounter Dodig and Polášek looked to be heading for the first break of the match in the second set with the contest finely balanced 3-2, but Murray and Skupski battled back from 0-40 down to claim the game and stay on top of the tie.

That perseverance would pay off, with the British duo – who reached the semi-finals of this event last year – breaking their opponents right at the death before claiming the second set 7-5.

Konta knocked out in second round

Johanna Konta plays a shot at the US Open

Johanna Konta exited the US Open in the second round after a 2-6 7-6 (5) 6-4 loss to the unseeded Sorana Cîrstea.

The World No.13, who arrived in New York in fine form having reached the semi-finals of the Western & Southern Open last week, found herself a set and a break ahead but eventually lost out to Romania’s Cîrstea in a match lasting just under three hours.

The British Number 1 made a fast start on Court 5, breaking her opponent in the opening game of the contest, but Cîrstea fought back by breaking Konta in her second service game with a sumptuous cross-court forehand winner.

Konta re-claimed her advantage, though, responding immediately by breaking her opponent with a fiercely hit baseline return that Cîrstea could only parry into the bottom of the net.

The ninth seed wouldn’t have to wait long for another break. After hitting a sensational three-quarter length forehand cross she took the match to 5-2 – before turning on the style again to clinch the set 6-2 with a firmly struck cross court backhand from the baseline – her 11th winner of the set.

Konta, whose best result in the US Open came last year when she reached the quarter-finals, went up a set and a break quickly. After a series of unforced errors she forced her Romanian opponent to hit long with a vicious return to go up 2-1 in the second set.

Cîrstea, who has only one professional title, then began to fight back. After breaking back in the fourth game of the second set, after Konta mis-judged a firmly hit return, she took her British opponent to a tie-break.

The World No.77 came out firing in the tie-break – giving herself four set points – and although Konta saved three of those Cîrstea responded with an ace to level the set, and the tie.

Cîrstea carried that momentum into the third set, breaking her opponent in her second service game with two unforced Konta errors giving her the advantage for the first time in the match.

But the 29-year-old from Eastbourne fought back immediately and despite being 40-15 down Konta battled to break her opponent again and level the set at 2-2.

In what proved to be a pivotal game with the match tied at 3-3 Konta saved five break points before Cîrstea just reached a drop shot which she flicked away from the Brit to seal another break in style.

Getting more impressive as the match went on, Cîrstea saved three break points before winning her service game to take the tie to 5-3.

Despite letting two match points slide on Konta’s next service game, Cîrstea would hold her own serve to seal victory with a 6-4 third set win.

O'Mara makes doubles exit after three-set battle

Jonny O'Mara after exiting the US Open

Jonny O’Mara and partner Marcelo Arévalo were knocked out of the US Open at the first hurdle following a 6-7 (3) 6-2 6-4 defeat against former The Championships, Wimbledon winners Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecău.

The Brit, who reached the third round of this event last year alongside Arévalo, did take the first set with his Argentinian partner with a comprehensive 7-3 tie break victory.

But Rojer and Tecău came back fighting in the second, breaking their opponents twice to even the tie with a resounding 6-2 set win.

Honours remained even throughout the majority of the third and deciding set, and it wasn’t until the set's seventh game when Rojer and Tecău, who triumphed at Wimbledon in 2015, broke their opponents – capitalising on their 11th break point of the contest.

Britain’s O’Mara did put up a fight right until the end, though. With Rojer and Tecău serving for the match the 25-year-old hit a forehand winner to take the match to 30-30, before another strong forehand forced a break point.

On this occasion it wasn’t meant to be for O’Mara, though, and after taking the match to deuce his opponents roared ahead to seal the match with a smash volley.

Day 3

Norrie leads Brits into the 3rd round

Cameron Norrie reached the 3rd round of a Grand Slam for the 1st time in his career last night as he impressed in a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over Argentinian, Federico Coria.

Following his comeback heroics against Diego Schwarzman on Day 1 at the US Open, Britain's Norrie returned to singles action with a tricky match up against Coria, who recorded a victory against Jason Jung in his opening match on Monday.

There was no signs of fatigue for Norrie as the Brit got straight down to business, winning 4-straight games at the start of the 1st set, to set down a marker for the Argentinian star. Without so much as breaking a sweat, Norrie closed out the opener 6-3 and had clearly found his stride in the match.

In the 2nd, Coria started to come back into the match a bit more - forcing longer rallies and starting to create a few more opportunites on Norrie's serve, which to that point had been solid, recording 73% of 1st serves in and winning 69% of points on his 2nd serve. Coria had 14 break points throughout the match on the Brits serve, but lacked the killer shot as time and time again Norrie raised his level to keep himself on top.

After winning the 2nd set 6-4, there was only ever going to be one winner as Norrie continued to push harder in the match, before eventually sealing the final set 6-4.

"It feels even better because I'm not playing my best tennis and I'm just really proud of my attitude out there" said the British No.3 after the match.

"Having had such a good win against Schwarzmann on Monday I was pleased to back it up. It's always tough to have such a high like that and then get up for the next one, so I was happy to get through in straight sets and save the legs a little bit."

Norrie now faces World No.99 Davidovich Fokina in the 3rd round, who upset 24th seed Hubert Hurkacz in his previous match up.

Strong Edmund unable to deny World No.1 Djokovic

Britain's Kyle Edmund fought incredibly hard against Novak Djokovic in his 2nd Round match and despite clinching the 1st set, was unable to prevent the 17-time Grand Slam champion from taking the match 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. 

Coming into Day 3, many British tennis fans would have had this pinpointed as their match of the day and it sure didn't fail to deliver. Britain's No.2, Edmund, came into the match hoping to build one a run of form from the Battle of the Brits and the opening match of the US Open, but knew he faced the toughest challenge of all against the World No.1.

Any suggestion of pre-match nerves however were quickly put to bed as Edmund produced some truly stunning tennis in the opening set. The Brit went toe-to-toe with Djokovic, serving superbly and utilising that hammer of a forehand that supporters have come to know and love. The set stayed tight from start to finish, with one game in particular lasting more than 10 minutes, until eventually it reached the tie-break.

Djokovic's record in tie-breaks this year has been phenomenal so far, but Edmund was clearly eager to stand up to the challenge. It was going to be a case of who blinked first and after a few uncharacteristic errors from the World No.1, Edmund held his nerve to take a one set lead.

It was an unbelievable opening set from the Brit, but he and fans alike know that Djokovic is at his most dangerous when he finds himself behind in a match. In the 2nd, the 3-time champion seemed to find a new level, reducing errors and hitting his markers on the serve with ease. Momentum had well and truly shifted and life was starting to become increasingly difficult for Edmund out on court and before he knew it he found himself a break behind with it all to do and unfortunately couldn't prevent the Serbian from taking the set 6-3.

In the 3rd, both players showed momentary lapses, giving each other plenty of opportunities to attack their serves, resulting in a number of breaks back and fourth. But again, Djokovic just proved to have that slight edge in the match and as he so often does, dug in to see the set out at 6-4.

From there, unfortunately Edmund struggled to get back into the match, suffering a break at the start of the 4th and from there the World No.1 was never going to look back. A strong showing from the British No.2 to push Djokovic all the way, but the Serbian now extends his unbeaten run in 25 matches and looks a strong bet in this year's men's singles event.

Salisbury & Ram continue unbeaten Slam run in 2020

Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram come trhough a tough opener to beat Austin Kajicek & Franko Skugor 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-3.

Coming into the US Open as the No.3 seeds and off the back of an unbelievable campaign at the Australian Open earlier this year, which saw them lift their first Grand Slam trophy, Salisbury & Ram were tipped as heavy favourites to pick up a result in their opener against their opponents, Kajicek & Skugor. 

In the 1st set, everything was going to plan for the Brit and American as they stormed to a commanding lead, quickly picking up a break of serve before holding out to win the opening set 6-2. 

But at the start of the 2nd, it was clear that Krajicek & Skugor were beginning to find themselves in the match and were creating more opportunities for themselves, especially on their service game. Both pairs continued to trade blows on serve, holding comfortably and in particularly utilising the 1st serve to great effect. In fact, by the end of the set, both pairs were winning around 89-91% of points on their 1st serve.

With neither team budging, the set headed for a tie-break. From here, Krajicek & Skugor were able to step their game up to another level and after securing a couple of mini breaks, tied things up at one set apiece.

After a short medical time out for Skrugor to get some treatment, the match was all set up for the decider. The opening few games picked up from the end of the 2nd, with the match becoming increasingly cagey with neither side giving way. After a comfortable service game to go 4-3 up Salisbury & Ram seemed to hit another gear and finally clinched the all important break of serve, before Ram served out the match.

Salisbury & Ram will face either Jeremy Chardy & Fabrice Martin or Chris Harrison & Ryan Harrison in the next round.

Bambridge & McLachlan out after tricky 1st Round battle

It wasn't to be on the day for Luke Bambridge and his Japanese partner Ben McLachlan, who fell to American pairing Chris Eubanks & Mackenzie McDonald 6-3, 6-2.

Bambridge & McLachlan were unlucky throughout the match but unfortunately struggled to get a foot-hold on the game as the two found themselves on the back foot almost straight away, with the Americans getting the early break to make it 3-1 in the opening set. The duo however showed promising signs of getting back into the set after recording a good hold and even getting break point opportunities on the oppositions serve - but unfortunately it wasn't enough to stop Eubanks & McDonald clinching it 6-3.

Despite recording more winners throughout the match, unforced errors unfortunately proved too costly for Bambridge & McDonald in the end. Despite playing some execllent doubles in parts, the 17 unforced errors, including 7 double faults ultimately became the difference between the pairs. Eubanks & Mackenzie showed brilliant levels of consistency in the 2nd set and fought hard to secure their place in the next round with a 6-3, 6-2 win.

Skupski & Gonzalez bow out in tough opening clash

It was a tough opener for Britain's Ken Skupski & Santiago Gonzalez as they bowed out against Italy's Simone Bolelli & Argentina's Maximo Gonzalez 6-4, 6-3.

Despite a brilliant start, unfortunately it wasn't to be for Skupski & Gonzalez on the day. The pair came out all guns blazing at the start of the match and managed to set themselves nicely in the match, holding both their initial service games before getting the 1st break of the match to go 4-2 up. 

However, from that point, Bolelli & Gonzalez managed to take a stronghold of the game and started to dominate long rallies and convert on key points on the match. The duo managed to break back straight away and held comfortably to level things up. Then the real turning point in the match came when a long game with 7 deuces, went the way of Bolelli & Gonzalez and from there they were able to wrap up the 1st set.

Needless to say that the Brit and his Mexican partner had plenty of opportunities to take the match. Coming into the 2nd set as well, even after going down another early break there were break point opportunities that they just couldn't quite get over the line and in the end they were punished for it. Their US Open journey for this year coming to an end with a final break of serve to finish the match 6-4, 6-3.

Day 2

Evans breezes into second round

Dan Evans in action in the US Open

Dan Evans cruised past Thiago Seyboth Wild 6-2 6-1 7-6 (7-5) to ensure that four British men advanced into the second round of the US Open for the first time since 1974.

The British Number 1 oozed class against the young Brazilian, hitting 31 winners and nine aces to wrap up a routine victory in 2 hours and 16 minutes in New York.

Evans, whose has reached the third round of the US Open on three occasions, steamrollered his opponent in the first two sets but did face some opposition in the third – where extra points were needed to decide the set.

Seyboth Wild, who won the junior US Open in 2018, battled hard to take the tie break to 6-5 but it was ultimately an unforced error on Evans’s serve which would decide the tie break in the Briton’s favour 7-5.

Evans joins Cameron Norrie, Kyle Edmund and Andy Murray in the next round and – if results go their way – Evans will face Murray in the third round of this year’s event.

Murray triumphs in five set epic

Andy Murray plays a shot in the first round of the 2020 US Open

Andy Murray showed the resilience that has typified his distinguished career by recovering from two sets down to win his first Grand Slam match in 20 months 4-6 4-6 7-6 (5) 7-6 (4) 6-4 against Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka.

The three-time Grand Slam champion arrived at Flushing Meadows having just beaten a player in the world’s top ten – Alexander Zverev – for the first time in three years, but it was today’s showing which gave the clearest indication yet that he still has what it takes to compete at the highest level.

In a match lasting 4 hours and 38 minutes, the former World Number 1 fought off one match point to win a Grand Slam match from two sets down for a tenth time – a record in the Open era.

Afterwards Murray revealed that he “improved as the match went on” and was hoping to use an “emergency ice bath” in the US Open locker room.

 “I was apprehensive about playing a long match so I paced myself,” he said. “You do that a lot as a junior coming into the seniors. I put the after burners on at two sets down as I knew that’s what I had to do.

“I knew I had to start striking the ball better. Early on I took too many chances and made too many errors but I got the balance as the match went on. My forehand got much better as the match went on and I had to change a few things for sure.

“My opponent today was extremely tricky. He’s not got the biggest serve or is the biggest guy but I was still struggling to make it against him.

“They have an ice bath in the locker room for emergencies – for me this is an emergency so I’ll ask if I can use it! I need to rest up and recover as much as I can as that’s by far the most tennis I’ve played since the Australian Open in 2019.”

After 596 days, a metal hip, a stint as a doubles player and a global pandemic, Murray was back playing singles at a major tourament.

On Arthur Ashe Stadium where some of his best moments have occurred, memorably winning the 2012 title, the Brit showed flashes of the brilliance which have seen him reach the summit of his sport.

One of those plays came early in the match with Murray winning the game’s first point with a gorgeous lob from the back of the court.

Nishioka, ranked 49th in the world, showed why he has broken into the top 50 this year. Forcing his opponent into lengthy rallies the Japanese player looked set to cause an upset, with a struggling Murray hitting 32 unforced errors in the opening two sets, which he lost 6-4 6-4.

The last time Murray won a Grand Slam match in five sets was against Joe-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals of The Championships, Wimbledon in 2016 and Murray kept those hopes alive by taking the third set.  

Despite surrendering the first game of the set with a forehand into the net, which Nishioka converted into another break of serve, Murray would earn back a break of his own thanks to a rare unforced error from his opponent and the momentum shifted.

With both players holding serve it was Murray’s forehand that made the biggest difference in the tie break – which the Scot claimed 7-5 after a series of winners.

That memory clearly stayed with Nishioka in the fourth set – which also went the distance – as when it reached extra points Murray cruised ahead to a 7-4 tie break win.

With the match even in the fifth set Murray seemed to raise his game further, and after seeing off a Nishioka match point it was the Brit who progresses to the next round by breaking his opponent late in the set to clinch it 6-4.

Konta and Watson

Konta prevails in Battle of the Brits

British Number 1 Johanna Konta held off a spirited challenge from British Number 2 Heather Watson to progress to the second round of the US Open with a 7-6 (7) 6-1 triumph.

Konta came into the second Grand Slam of the year in fine form – having reached the semi-finals of last week’s Western & Southern Open – while Watson was looking to advance past the first round of the US Open for the first time in her career.

Throughout the first set there was little to split the Brits. Konta only lost two points on serve in her first three games and it appeared more likely the World Number 13 would make the breakthrough first. She did just that with the match finely poised at 4-4 taking advantage of her first break point of the match.

Her advantage didn’t last long though, with Watson fighting back at the first opportunity – a series of unforced errors from Konta handed her countrywoman a lifeline which she duly accepted.

Both women would have further opportunities to take the first set – Watson saved a break point before a Konta double fault gave her opponent two set points – but neither could convert and extra points were needed to decide the first set.

Watson came out firing in the tie break and Konta had to defend four set points before re-gaining advantage and winning the set 7-6 (7).

After that the momentum firmly shifted in favour of Konta, with the ninth seed romping home with a comprehensive 6-1 second set win.

Day 1

Kyle Day 1

Edmund fights back to make it two for two for Brits at US Open 

Klye Edmund followed Cameron Norrie into the second round of the US Open after overcoming the tricky Alexander Bublik 2-6 7-5 7-5 6-0.

The British No 2 found the going tough in the first set with Kazakhstan's Bublik dominating the opening exchanges, producing just four unforced errors to break the Brit twice and take the set in 34 minutes.

The World No 54 struggled from their on in though, and after Edmund battled back to take the second set 7-5 Bublik would spurn an opportunity to serve out for the third set to re-establish a one set lead.

Contrastingly Edmund - who memorably reached the fourth round of this event in 2016 on debut - kept his nerve and reeled off eight straight games to complete to take the third set 7-5, and the fourth set 6-0, and set up a seventh competitive meeting with Novak Djokovic in the next round.

The World No. 1, who has won all 24 of his matches in 2020, brushed aside Bosina's Damir Džumhur in straight sets in his opening match in New York.

Cam Norrie

Norrie outlasts Schwartzman in five-set epic

Cameron Norrie produced the best performance of his career to date to come from two sets down and stun ninth seed Diego Schwartzman at the US Open. 

The British No.3 smashed 39 winners and saved two match points in the deciding set to triumph 3-6 4-6 6-2 6-1 7-5 in just under four hours on Court 5.

In a match featuring an astonishing 58 break points - a US Open record - Norrie's serve let him down in the first set as he was broken three times by the world number 13.

Norrie would also lose a topsy-turvy second set 6-4, but with his opponent starting to lose concentration the 25-year-old would re-group and race through the third and fourth sets, hitting just 13 unforced errors compared to 34 over the previous two sets to win both.

Schwartzman did battle back in the fifth to serve for the match at 5-4 but it was clear that the Argentinian had little left in the tank. After Norrie saved two match points he was able to level the match and take the next two games to wrap up victory. 

Norrie, ranked 76th in the world, has never reached the third round at Flushing Meadows but he will have his chance when he meets another Argentine in the second round in the shape of world No 103 Federico Coria.

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