6.51pm BST18:51 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. 6.49pm
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.