A peach of an all-American second-rounder between No 29 seed Tommy Paul and Sebastian Korda is under way on Grandstand. Korda has won each of their three previous meetings but so far today it’s been all Paul, who’s raced to a 4-0 lead thanks to Korda’s 10 unforced errors (against zero winners).
After going down quietly in the first set, Ruse has just broken Gauff to nose ahead in the second on Ashe. The 24-year-old Romanian will serve at 2-6 4-3 after the change of ends. Meanwhile next door, Wimbledon runner-up Nick Kyrgios has just taken the court for his second-round encounter with France’s Benjamin Bonzi on Armstrong.
Madison Keys is into the third round after a seesaw 4-6 7-5 7-6 win over Camila Giorgi. The No 20 seed and 2017 US Open runner-up looked finished when trailing 2-5 in the second, but fought back to force a tiebreaker where Giorgi lost her nerve completely. She advances to face the winner of the match between Coco Gauff and Elena-Gabriela Ruse that’s currently happening on Ashe.
Harriet Dart’s US Open is over after a 6-4 6-0 defeat to Hungary’s Dalma Galfi. The 26-year-old from London could have overtaken Emma Raducanu as the British No 1 with a win today but proved no match for Galfi, who lifted the US Open girls’ title back in 2015.
Coco Gauff is cooking on Ashe. After breaking Ruse at love to win the first set, the 18-year-old American starlet breezed through a love hold capped by a 118mph ace out wide to open the second. That’s 10 straight points for the No 12, who leads 6-2 1-0.
Matteo Berrettini is through to the third round and a date with Andy Murray. The 2021 Wimbledon runner-up has held on in a fourth-set tiebreaker to win 2-6 6-1 7-6 7-6 over the French lucky loser Hugo Grenier. Meanwhile on Armstrong, Keys has clawed back from 2-5 down in the third for 5-5 against Giorgi.
Righto, my watch is over. Here’s Bryan Graham to escort you through the next bit – and know that there’s absolutely loads that’ll be going on during it.
Oh, and as I type that, Giorgi breaks Keys to lead 4-2 in the third! This would be a huge win for her, and she’s two holds away!
Grenier hangs on for a breaker; if he can’t win it, he’s out, and if that happens it’s Murray v Berrettini in round three. Meantime, Galfi has broken Dart again, and this one looks did.
Galfi breaks in game one of set two and that will be a sickener for Dart – the same happened to her at the start of the match. Meantime, Keys and Giorgi are on serve in their decider, the latter 3-2 in front.
No he can’t … because Berrettini tightens, smokes a forehand into the top of the net … and it dribbles over! You’ve got to laugh. All the more so when he volleys one into the same location … and it plops back onto his side! Advantage Grenier, but a mahoosive serve quickly restores deuce, a barrage of forehands earns advantage, and when Grenier nets it’s 6-5 Berrettini, who also leads by two sets to one.
Oh! Grenier holds, then Berrettini, serving at 30-all, nets a forehand! Can Grenier capitalise?
Grenier is serving to stay in the match against Berrettini, 4-5 down in the fourth, while Galfi smites a backhand down the line to go a set up on Dart. Dart, though, suffered for a poor start, so if she maintains her form of the last few games, has a decent chance in the second.
Galfi, a former US Open junior champ, has struggled to adjust to the big game more than some, but she’s serving for the set against Dart, leading 5-4.
Excellent work from Camila Giorgi, who outlasts Keys to take set two 7-5. If Keys finds anything like her best tennis in the decider, she’ll win, but this is her we’re talking about.
Dart was broken again by Galfi but is now on the road back, having won three games in a row. Galfi leads 4-3 in the first.
Speaking to Eurosport, Murray says he started using more slice and height in set two to break down Nava’s backhand, and also that they hit together before the tournament, Nava holding nothing back. “He’s got a big game,” he says, and reckons he’ll be difficult to beat in the next few years. On himself, he said before the game that if he wasn’t dominating he’d need to check his depth, but in set one Nava served so well it was hard to get into points. Once the sun went, though, he served better and controlled every point from the middle of the second point, and it turns out Berrettini was never a break up in set three, we and Murray were misinformed.
Keys has broken Giorgi back and now trails 5-4 in set two having won the first 6-4, while Grenier has broken Berrettini back so it’s 3-3 in set four.
Murray praises his opponent and says that physically, he feels better than for years and he’s also moving better than for ages. It’s necessary because of how big the guys hit the ball, he explains, and he’s hoping for a deep run, noting that Lendl gives him confidence because they’ve had success together before – he made eight US Open finals in a row – and on Berrettini, now up 2-1 and with a break in set four, he says if he returns well, he’s got a great chance.
Eleven games in a row to finish, and that’s a really good performance from Murray – he meets Berrettini or Grenier next. And let’s not forget how well Nava played for a set and bit – if he can build on that, he can do something.
Dart’s done a terrific job of improving herself over the last year. Her problem is that she lacks a serious weapon, but her game is good enough to get her somewhere decent.
Harriet Dart is away in her match against Dalma Galfi; Galfi broke at the first time of asking and leads 2-0.
Yup, Murray holds for 4-0 and Nava knows. Meantime, Berrettini is banging serves and forehands like nobody’s business; if he had a drive backhand he’d win slams, but because he doesn’t he may well finish his career without one. he leads 2-1, but we’re on serve at 2-1 in set four.
I typed that I was expecting Murray to hand out a bageling in set four, then Nava went 30-0 and I deleted. Only for Murray to secure the double break from there; he now leads 3-0 in the fourth and is showing greater courage than me; he’s playing beautifully.
Murray breaks and consolidates at the start of set two to lead 5-7 6-3 6-1 2-0, and Nava has gone.
Out on 17, Osorio has rebounded from losing the first set to Riske-Armitraj to take the second on a breaker, while I’ve replaced that Cachin-Holt with Grenier 6-2 1-6 (4)6-7 Berrettini.
Oh, and Giorgi, having lost the first set to Keys in definitive fashion, is now a break up in set two, trailing 4-6 2-0.
While all that was going on, Murray took the third set off Nava 6-1; he leads 2-1 and is now far too good for his young opponent, who did a terrific job at the start but can no longer bridge the class differential with bravery and energy.
What a win! Cachin flings himself to the ground, crying, then proceeds to his seat where he cries some more and who can blame him? Another gargantuan effort, and he’s into round three of a slam for the first time in his career; there, he’ll meet Moutet. As for Holt, he’ll come again, but this will stay with him for a long time, maybe forever.
In fairness, Holt was just keeping the ball in play really, playing on Cachin’s nerves, and when Cachin calms himself he gets to 9-6…
Madison Keys has lost a final here, when she totally no-showed against Sloane Stephens, but worse players than her have won majors and she’s got a chance here if she’s at her best – and she is at the moment. She’s taken the first set off Giorgi 6-4, clinching it with a booming service winner down the middle, while Holt has fought back from 6-3 down to 6-6 in that decisive breaker. What a match this is!
Cachin leads Holt 5-2 in the breaker, and it’s scarcely believable that he lost the first two sets 1 and 2. Holt will be thinking about this for a long, long time if he can’t reverse the situation.