US Open 2013 day one as it happened

Roger Federer must wait until Tuesday to start his US Open campaign after day one was brought to a premature end by rain.

27 August 2013 Last updated at 03:37

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As it happened

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    A great first day ends in a damp squib (is there any other kind of squib?) as light but persistent rain means Roger Federer and Grega Zemlja do not make it on to Arthur Ashe Stadium. Two men's singles matches on the outside courts are also held in suspension until Tuesday as play is called off for the day, and thousands of spectators head for the exit and The 7 subway line back into New York.

    Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent at Flushing Meadows

    Rain stops Fed. Until Tuesday at least, meaning night session fans saw only 13 games. Plus Lenny Kravitz. And they got to boo Donald Trump.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    That's it, play suspended for the day so Federer & Zemlja must return tomorrow. Fans streaming out into the night. Day one is done.

  4. 0325: 

    This was not in the script... play has been called off for the day because of rain. Federer and Zemlja didn't even make it on to court. They'll be back tomorrow. So will we. Thanks for joining us. See you on day two.

  5. 0312: 

    Francesca Schiavone has been talking the media about her thrashing by Serena Williams, in which she hugged a ball boy at one stage. "A hug? No, I don't need a hug in that moment. I need a game, points."

    The Italian admitted she had not exactly relished the draw when it was made, but added: "She has two legs, I have two legs. Two arms. We are the same. We are human. One has to win. She was much, much better today than me."

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    Play is suspended on the two courts still hosting matches and Roger Federer's arrival on Ashe has been delayed by a brief burst of rain, but there's barely a spot in the air right now and we should be under way soon. The outlook for Tuesday is decidedly mixed, so Heather Watson might be in for a long day as she's scheduled fourth against Simona Halep.

  7. 0249: 

    You'll be pleased to know the US Open has announced plans to install a retractable roof over Ashe. Unfortunately it won't be in place until 2018. Louis Armstrong will also get a roof. It will all come at cost of $550m. About time too, although bizarrely the tournament still refuses to use basic covers on its courts to protect them from rain.

  8. 0239: 

    Bad news... it's raining. I think this shower was supposed to arrive earlier. It didn't. It has now. And there's no roof over Ashe. Cue a delay to the start Federer v Zemlja. Good news... it doesn't look heavy.

  9. 0227: 

    Time for Roger Federer, a new (old) racquet and a special jacket. Apparently it glows in the dark. The jacket, not the racquet.

  10. 0221: 

    Serena Williams begins her title defence and quest for a fifth US Open crown by thrashing Francesca Schiavone 6-0 6-1 in precisely an hour. As statements of intent go, that's right up there. Next up for the American world number one is Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan.

  11. 0219: 

    Back on Ashe, Serena's double-bagel hopes are dashed as Schiavone shows incredible energy and desire to chase down one ball after the next and finish with a forehand drop volley that proves too good for her opponent and brings the crowd to life. Sadly, it will be too little to late from the spirited Italian.

  12. 0210: 

    Of the three other matches (all men's) in progress, two are into a fourth set and one a fifth. In fact, Israel's Dudio Sela has just come through against Andrey Kuznetsov, winning 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 6-7 (2-7) 5-7 6-4 in just under four hours. Decent fare for the ground pass holders.


    Ayo Obit: Just when I was thinking that Francesca needed a hug, she actually asked for one... from one of the ball kids! Amazing scene!

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    Nice atmosphere out on the main South Plaza next to Arthur Ashe Stadium, although the ambience is briefly shattered when someone sets off the alarm on one of the shiny cars on display. Plenty of members of the Roger Federer fan club milling around, fountains in full flow, Neil Diamond's voice floating across the square...

  15. 0202: 

    A set and a double-break for Serena Williams - the double bagel is now in sight. Francesca Schiavone is flitting between screaming and swearing, but she neither are working and she eventually decides to hug a ball boy instead. Serena looking every inch the title favourite.

  16. 0144: 

    A second-serve ace sees Serena Williams wrap up the opener 6-0 in 23 for the loss of just six points. Francesca Schiavone looks helpless out there. Her first winner came on set point and she has won only four points on Serena's delivery. Ouch.

    Serena Williams
  17. 0140: 

    It's fair to say the atmosphere on Ashe is a little flat right now. Why? Because Serena Williams is absolutely demolishing Francesca Schiavone in her opening match. Serena beat the Italian 6-3 6-2 in Toronto recently - this time she could chalk up a double bagel.

  18. 0135: 

    So nonchalant was Rafael Nadal's victory over Ryan Harrison that his post-match media conference swiftly drifted on to alternative matters, such as food and the gluten-free diet championed most notably by Novak Djokovic. Rafa says "everybody's free to do what he wants", which is probably for the best considering he prefers to munch on trophies than actually grub.

    "Now it seems like the gluten-free diet is great," said the Spaniard. "After three years or four years we will find another thing that will be great, too. Then the gluten free will not work any more.

    "So all these kind of things that are new, personally I am not doing. I am happy with the normal diet. But I don't say it's negative. I will say everybody's free to do what he wants."

    Rafael Nadal
  19. 0122: 

    Serena Williams leads Francesca Schiavone 5-2 in their career head-to-head, taking all three of their matches on hard court including their recent meeting in Toronto. The top seed breaks her Italian opponent to 15 in the opening game, Schiavone's only point arriving when Serena nets a routine volley.

  20. 0116: 

    Serbian ninth seed Jelena Jankovic makes light work of American talent Madison Keys, winning 6-3 6-4 in 67 minutes to book a second-round meeting with Alisa Kleybanova of Russia. Kleybanova took out Monica Puig in three sets, securing her first Grand Slam win since being diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.


    Gary Oliver: n your list of tonight's legends i would hope there's room for Fran Schiavone... my favourite player

    Dusky: Why don't we put on a show before @wimbledon as they do for the #USOpen?

    Aidan Williams: Nothing compared to Wimbledon's opening ceremony...An actual game of tennis being played

  22. 0108: 

    Just 14 unforced errors from David Ferrer as the fourth seed beats Nick Kyrgios 7-5 6-3 6-2 to set up a second-round encounter with fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut. Another splendid name.

    Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent at Flushing Meadows

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Lenny Kravitz & 11 year old Frenie Acoba (with The Star Spangled Banner) launch opening night at the US Open.

  24. 0100: 

    Even by US Open standards this is a long wait for the first night-session match of the fortnight. Perhaps it just goes to show that when Lenny Kravitz plays, it ain't over till it's over. Oh dear. I think the fireworks soaring into the sky above Arthur Ashe Stadium suggest we could have some play in the not too distant future.

    Lenny Kravitz
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    "Madness's 'Our House' getting an unexpected airing at the #usopen opening ceremony. Hoping for Baggy Trousers next...

  26. 0056: 

    May I also point you in the direction of BBC tennis guru Piers Newbery, who is at Flushing Meadows to bring you all the very latest news and nuggets of information. He also has a better beard than Benoit Paire.

  27. 0047: 

    She's been tipped for big things and her US Open campaign is off to a strong start... Canada's Eugenie Bouchard fights back from a set down to beat Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 4-6 6-4 7-5. Earlier on, Bouchard's good friend Laura Robson overcame the outstandingly-named Spaniard Lourdes Dominguez Lino and fellow Briton Dan Evans stunned 11th seed Kei Nishikori. There was also a comfortable win for Rafael Nadal against Ryan Harrison.

  28. 0035: 

    Before we turn our attention to the night session, it's worth mentioning that the day session is still going strong. Fourth seed David Ferrer is closing in on a straight-sets victory over rising Aussie star Nick Kyrgios, while former world number one Jelena Jankovic is a set to the good against home hope Madison Keys.


    BBC Tennis at Flushing Meadows: About to watch Lenny Kravitz, Serena Williams and Roger Federer. Life ain't easy baby #usopen

  30. 0020: 

    Yep, before the tennis resumes on Arthur Ashe Stadium it's all about the Opening Ceremony and headlining this year is Lenny Kravitz. Seems like we're going to be Dancin' Til Dawn.

  31. 0015: 

    Over the next few hours you will see this legend...

    Serena Williams

    ...and this legend...

    Roger Federer

    ...but first up, it's this legend...

    Lenny Kravitz
  32. 0000: 

    ...and there you were thinking we were done for the day. It's day one of the 2013 US Open. It's the night session. And it's LIVE...

  33. 2245: 

    That's me done for the day, folks. Thanks for your company and contributions as always. We'll be back at midnight as American Serena Williams begins the defence of her US Open title against Francesca Schiavone of Italy. Five-time champion Roger Federer, the seventh seed, follows against Grega Zemlja of Slovenia. See ya.

  34. 2240: 

    As well as Heather Watson beginning her US Open campaign tomorrow, there will be British interest in the form of Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray, the 12th seeds, who take on Carlos Berlocq and Eduardo Schwank in the men's doubles. They're fourth on Court 14.

  35. 2235: 
    Laura Robson

    Britain's Laura Robson, who beat Lourdes Dominguez Lino: "I'm really happy with the way that I played today. Especially in the second set, I really felt like I got a rhythm in the rallies, played very patiently, but then took my chance when the opportunity arose.

    "I always knew going into the match that I'd be a little bit rusty because I haven't played in a few weeks. Practice points are very different to playing in the first round of a Slam. I just had to stay focused out there and confident in my game plan."

  36. 2230: 
    Dan Evans

    Britain's Dan Evans, who beat 11th seed Kei Nishikori: "It's definitely a good one," said Evans. "That was pretty good out there to play so well and against someone so highly ranked. I felt pretty confident all through the week, and that was a good match. I wasn't worried."

    "I was pretty calm today. It wasn't like that much of a big deal what was happening on the court. I wasn't nervous serving it out. I just played another good match. I've played some good matches for the last five weeks. I really want to go far in the tournament, win a few more matches like today, and I'm ready to play again."

  37. 2226: 

    There were comfortable wins for third seed Adnieszka Radwanska, former French Open champion Li Na, two-time champion Venus Williams and eighth seed Richard Gasquet.

  38. 2220: 

    So it was a great day for the Brits, with Dan Evans producing the performance of his career to beat 11th seed Kei Nishikori and advance to the second round of a Grand Slam for the first time. Laura Robson, seeded 30th, overcame a nervy start to beat Lourdes Dominguez Lino.

    Heather Watson will aim to make that three Brits into round two when she takes on Simona Halep of Romania tomorrow. She's the last match on Court 11. And then it's defending champion Andy Murray's turn on Wednesday when he takes on Michael Llodra in his opener.

  39. 2216: 

    Rafael Nadal will play either Rogerio Dutra Silva of Brazil or Vasek Pospisil in the second round


    Second seed Rafael Nadal: "Very happy to be back here in New York. I was sad to miss last year, so it's special to be back on Arthur Ashe. The atmosphere is always special here."

  41. 2211: 

    It was a very straightforward victory for Rafael Nadal, who smashes a ball into the stands before shaking Ryan Harrison hand at the net.

    Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent

    "He will be delighted with his first afternoon's work, this was a really comfortable victory for Rafael Nadal. Job done, and very straight forward."

    GAME, SET AND MATCH- Harrison 4-6 2-6 2-6 Nadal*

    A drop volley gives Nadal the first point, and he follows that up with a superb forehand that lands plump in the corner for 30-0. Harrison dumps a forehand volley into the net to bring up three match points. Nadal mishits a forehand on the first one but makes no mistake on the second to seal a very comfortable victory.

    *Harrison 4-6 2-6 2-5 Nadal

    It's a volley winner from Harrison to make Nadal serve for the match. The end is near, folks.

    *Harrison 4-6 2-6 1-5 Nadal

    The sun has finally come out at Flushing Meadows, but it'll do little to lift Harrison's gloom. Again, he gives himself a chance when he moves to 15-30 on the Nadal serve, but that's about as good as it gets. Nadal reels off the next three points to move within a game of the match.

    Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent

    "The fizz has rather gone out of this match as everyone knows which way it is going to go."

    Harrison 4-6 2-6 1-4 Nadal*

    At last, Harrison manages to hold serve for the first time in this set, smashing down his 11th ace to avoid a bagel. You can't help but think he's just delaying the inevitable, though.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    "The order of play is out for Tuesday, with Victoria Azarenka and Novak Djokovic taking the night session spotlight. Heather Watson carries British hopes against the in-form Simona Halep of Romania in the last match on Court 11. It's anyone's guess what time they will get on - my guess is 23:13 BST. The lack of Andy Murray's name confirms he will now face Michael Llodra on Wednesday, we expect during the day session."

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    British player Dominic Inglot on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "Ryan Harrison is a competitor, and he learned a lot from Andy Roddick. When Harrison is losing, he gets into a bit of a strop and I wouldn't like to be that racquet of his when he gets back into the dressing room."

    *Harrison 4-6 2-6 0-4 Nadal

    At last Ryan Harrison manages to carve out an opening on the Rafael Nadal serve, moving to 0-30. Nadal hits back in the next point, but a double fault gives the American two break points. Can Harrison finally snatch a break? No, he can't. Nadal saves both of them and then brings up game point. Harrison hooks an ambitious forehand cross-court wide and it's 4-0.

    NADAL BREAKS- Harrison 4-6 2-6 0-3 Nadal*

    Harrison moves his ace count to 10 - compared to Nadal's two - which allows him to recover from 15-30 down to 40-30. Nadal brings it back to deuce but it's Harrison who takes the initiative this time, whipping a forehand down the line to set up game point. The American tries a drop shot, but a speedy Nadal is wise to it and we're back to deuce. A delightful drop volley from Harrison brings up another game point, but Nadal comes back, winning the next three points to break again. One way traffic on Arthur Ashe.

    *Harrison 4-6 2-6 0-2 Nadal

    Harrison simply can't find a way to break Nadal down and force the Spaniard into an error. As a result, Nadal wins the game to 15.

    NADAL BREAKS- Harrison 4-6 2-6 0-1 Nadal*

    Not for the first time, Ryan Harrison races to a 40-0 lead on serve before being hauled back to deuce by Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard maintains the momentum to bring up break point and simply has to look on as Harrison sends a forehand long. The American smashes his thigh with his hand in frustration. On the other end of the net, Nadal purposefully walks back to his chair knowing the job is almost done.

  54. 2135: 

    American Sloane Stephens, the 15th seed, has fought back in her first round encounter with Mandy Minella of Luxembourg. Stephens lost the first set 6-4 but is 3-1 up in the second. Elsewhere, Latvia's Ernests Gulbis, seeded 30th, is into a fifth set against Andreas Haider-Maurer of Austria on Court 4.

    GAME AND SECOND SET- *Harrison 4-6 2-6 Nadal

    Harrison looks like he's run out of ideas here. Nadal flies through the game, sending down a 121mph ace to take the game to love. The Spaniard has one foot in the second round. Two sets down is a long way back for Harrison.

    NADAL BREAKS- Harrison 4-6 2-5 Nadal*

    Harrison looks to be cruising at 40-15 up, but two forehand errors brings up deuce. Another mistake - again on the forehand - brings up break point and Harrison all but gives up the set by dumping a backhand into the net to gift Nadal the break. The American things about throwing his racquet to the ground in frustration - but thinks better of it.

    Philip Studd, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "You are constantly under pressure when Rafael Nadal is on court, he asks so many questions. You sense he is in the mood to go a long way in this tournament in New York over the next fortnight."

    *Harrison 4-6 2-4 Nadal

    A rare double fault is the only blemish in a near perfect game for Rafael Nadal who wins the game with another crushing forehand. Harrison can only look on as the ball flies past him for yet another winner.

    Harrison 4-6 2-3 Nadal*

    Harrison keeps himself in touch in this set, sealing his service game with a forehand smash winner. The American has clocked up eight aces in the match so far - he'll be needing a few more of those.

    *Harrison 4-6 1-3 Nadal

    The break in play obviously did nothing to dent Nadal's concentration as he consolidates the break with a service game to love.

  61. 2112: 

    The rain appears to have stopped, the courts sufficiently dry and both Harrison and Nadal have agreed that they're happy to restart. There's no warm up - we're straight back into the match...

  62. 2108: 

    Both players up and about now, trying to keep warm and avoid getting stiff. Organisers have got the towels out to dry the lines, which obviously get very slippery even with the lightest of rain.

  63. 2104: 

    A few spots of rain have started falling at Flushing Meadows with a tournament official having a chat with the umpire on Arthur Ashe about the conditions. It can't be that heavy, though, as there are only a few umbrellas popping up in the grandstands. Nadal hops out of his chair and jogs on the spot to keep warm. He doesn't want to leave now as he's in the ascendency.

    NADAL BREAKS- Harrison 4-6 1-2 Nadal*

    More scurrying from Harrison as Nadal bosses the early points from the baseline. And just when Harrison thinks he's pulled himself back into the rally, Nadal unleashes a fizzing inside out forehand that is simply not returnable. Another heavy forehand seals the break and the game. Harrison drops his head as he ambles back to his chair for the changeover.

    *Harrison 4-6 1-1 Nadal
    Rafael Nadal

    Ryan Harrison is doing the kind of scrambling that would make Michael Chang proud, and it pays off as Rafael Nadal makes a rare error. But all took quickly, Harrison finds himself 40-15 down and before you know it, the game is over.

    Harrison 4-6 1-0 Nadal*

    A good start for Harrison in the second set, the American winning his opening service game to 15. Now to find a way to attack the Nadal serve...

  67. 2052: 

    Sabine Lisicki, who reached the final of Wimbledon this summer, beat Vera Dushevina 6-2 7-6 (7-3) to advance to the second round while Stephane Robert of France beat Albano Olivetti 6-3 6-3 6-4.

    GAME AND FIRST SET- *Harrison 4-6 Nadal

    Nadal pumps his fist as he brings up two set points as Harrison clocks up another error. The American then sends a forehand sailing past the baseline to gift Nadal the game and the set. All rather easy for the second seed right now. Harrison has hit more winners in the match so far - at 11 to 7 - but he's also hit more unforced errors - 16-9.


    Adil: Good Stuff From Laura and Dan, British Tennis Surely Deserves Better Funding Now, We Have 2/3 Top/Rising Player.

    Harrison 4-5 Nadal *

    Harrison is looking good on his serve at the moment, winning the game to 15, but it's Nadal's serve which he needs to make an impression on - and fast, otherwise he's about to find himself a set down with a mountain to climb.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    "Dan Evans and Laura Robson have faced the media after their wins earlier today, both obviously delighted and swapping a bit of banter along the way. Robson questioned the reasoning behind Evans having a tattoo of Jesus on his arm, Evans was next into Interview Room One and responded: 'I'm not sure on her hairstyle sometimes, but, hey.'

    "Robson was keen to play down her recent wrist injury, but it's clearly still causing some discomfort and will be taped for her next match against Caroline Garcia. Evans said he was not surprised that Kei Nishikori hadn't known much about him before their match. 'There isn't that much background work you can do on me at the minute anyway,' said the man from Birmingham."

    *Harrison 3-5 Nadal
    Rafael Nadal

    There's a bit of hope here for Harrison as he finds himself 15-30 up on the Nadal serve. But the American attacks the next return and it sails long to bring it back to 30-30. Nadal nails an overhead smash to bring up game point and puts a loose return away to seal the game.

    Harrison 3-4 Nadal*

    Harrison finds himself under pressure at 0-30, but his first serve comes to the rescue. The American follows a couple into the net - and it works wonders as he puts away the volley with clinical efficiency.

    It doesn't work on the third attempt, though, as Nadal sends a barrage of forehands at the American who manages to return six of them before sending the seventh into the tramlines and we're at deuce. Harrison's first serve saves him again, though and he manages to hold.

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    British tennis player Dominic Inglot on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "Nadal is coming into the net because he realises that he can't afford, especially on the hard courts, to be playing so many long points at the back because of his knees. It takes such a toll."

    *Harrison 2-4 Nadal

    There's some big, long rallies developing here, with Ryan Harrison trying to stay with Rafael Nadal and his big hitting. The American has the satisfaction of passing the Spaniard at the net, but it's a rare high point in a game which looks like he's hitting well within himself as he seals another service hold.

    Harrison 2-3 Nadal*

    Rafael Nadal fights back from 0-40 down on the Ryan Harrison serve to deuce and then musters up a break point. But Nadal then sends a forehand long and Harrison fires two aces to hold serve.


    Nick Wall: The last 15 Grand Slams have featured either Murray or Nadal in final - but never both together. Reckon it will happen this time.

    *Harrison 1-3 Nadal

    It's not that pleasant out there, with grey skies hanging heavy over Arthur Ashe. Nadal won't care, though, as he is in complete control at the moment. The Spaniard wins the final point of the game without moving from the centre of the baseline, simply sending Harrison from side-to-side and mopping up the loose ball with a big forehand.

  79. 2016: 

    Dan Evans will play Bernard Tomic after the Australian came from two sets to one down to beat Spain's Albert Ramos in a five-set thriller out on Grandstand.


    Today's wins for Britons Laura Robson and Dan Evans have garnered good responses - let us know what you think about the US Open so far using the hashtag #bbctennis.

    Paul Johnson: Wow..Excellent result for Dan Evans @usopen Congrats and well deserved.

    Harrison 1-2 Nadal*

    Ryan Harrison gets his serve working and Rafael Nadal has very little answer. The American wins the game to love. That should settle the nerves.

    *Harrison 0-2 Nadal

    Ryan Harrison is really going for his shots, and even makes the odd dash to the net in an attempt to put Rafael Nadal under pressure, but the Spaniard wriggles clear, winning the game to 30 to consolidate the break and open up a two-game lead.

    NADAL BREAKS- Harrison 0-1 Nadal*

    It's not the start Ryan Harrison will have wanted, the American struggling to cope with the top spin of Rafael Nadal. It gets worse too when Nadal hits a forehand overhead around the net - it's quite extraordinary - for a winner to set up break point, one he duly takes.

  84. 1959: 

    They've just finished knocking up and it'll be Ryan Harrison, the world number 97 who is a wildcard entry, to serve first. The pair have played just once before, with Nadal the victor in straight sets.

  85. 1954: 

    There's a huge roar as Rafael Nadal follows Ryan Harrison out onto Arthur Ashe. There's a distinct lack of colour in the Spaniard, which is unusual. The second seed is bedecked in a white top with black shorts.

  86. 1949: 

    So Rafael Nadal, the second seed, is the next on Arthur Ashe. The 2010 US Open champion takes on Ryan Harrison of the United States. The crowd has thinned out a bit, fans clearly taking the opportunity to stretch their legs and grab a bite to eat before the Spaniard graces the court.


    James: Really looking forward to the Next few years of British Tennis!

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    American tennis player Jill Craybas on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "That was an impressive performance from Venus, especially against Flipkens, the 12th seed who she recently lost to. So to come out after a loss is very impressive - she controlled the match.

    "From when I started playing to now, the depth has grown so much in women's tennis. There's no easy first round matches anymore - everybody is getting better, stronger, adding more variety in their game. Venus has always been a great champion, she knows how to fight and compete."

  89. 1942: 

    Two-time champion Venus Williams is back with a bang at the US Open as she beats Kirsten Flipkens, the 12th seed, 6-1 6-2. The match was more competitive than the score-line suggests, but Williams won't mind - she's in the second round of her home tournament.

  90. 1934: 

    So how do you rate 30th seed Laura Robson's victory over Lourdes Dominquez Lino in the first round of the US Open? And what of Britain's Dan Evans, the world number 179, beating 11th seed Kei Nishikori of Japan in straight sets, too? Tweet us using the #bbctennis or text 81111 (UK only), remembering to put your name on those SMS messages.

  91. 1931: 
    Venus Williams

    The momentum has swung over on Arthur Ashe. Kirsten Flipkens looked to be moving into the ascendency against Venus Williams, forcing the American into a 13-minute game just to hold serve. But the Belgian lets all that hard work go to waste as she lamely loses her serve and Williams now leads by a set and 4-2.

  92. 1927: 
    Daniel Evans

    Britain's Dan Evans, who beat 11th seed Kei Nishikori: "I didn't really feel nervous, I've played so many matches recently that every day is rolled into one. I didn't know it was Monday today. It has been a good trip, there's a few more days left yet. For the Davis Cup I was pretty nervous, today this was for me and not anybody else so I didn't feel that much pressure.

    "Everyone at the LTA has shown a lot of belief rightly or wrongly, I have them to thank them as well."

    "It means more to win the matches than the money, I really want to be top 100 and that's when the money comes consistently. It is an added bonus but it would be strange if I was just thinking about the money."

  93. 1924: 

    Guillaume Rufin takes victory in the first five-setter of the 2013 US Open, the Frenchman beating Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 2-6 2-6 6-1. American Jamie Hampton, the 23rd seed, cruised through with a 6-4 6-2 victory over Lara Arruabarrena.


    BBC Radio 5 live commentator David Law: Dan Evans has guaranteed himself 45 ranking points and about £35,000 for reaching round two. If he wins next match, brink of 150 in rankings.


    Former British number one Anne Keothavong: Venus Williams has purple hair and I quite like it.

  96. 1918: 

    Eighth seed Richard Gasquet is looking good for a place in the second round birth as leads American Michael Russell 6-3 6-4 1-0 over on Louis Armstrong. The battle to play Dan Evans in the second round continues on Grandstand with Bernard Tomic leading 6-5 in the fourth set, although he trails by two sets to one.

  97. 1915: 

    Venus Williams has got a match on her hands with Kirsten Flipkens as the Belgian seems to be getting her game together. It's 2-2 in the second set, after Williams won the first 6-1.

  98. 1910: 

    Just a reminder that Rafael Nadal, the 2010 US Open champion, will follow Venus Williams and Kirsten Flipkens on Arthur Ashe. The Spaniard, who has a 15-0 record on hard courts in 2013, having won Masters titles on the surface in Indian Wells, Montreal and Cincinnati, will play Ryan Harrison of the United States.

  99. 1905: 

    Dmitry Tursunov, the 32nd seed, beats Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia 7-5 4-6 6-3 6-0 while 23rd seed Feliciano Lopez of Spain beats Florent Serra 6-7 (7-4) 6-2 6-3 6-3 to advance to the second round.

  100. 1902: 

    Bernard Tomic has broken back and then held serve to lead 5-4 in the fourth set of his first round match with Albert Ramos. The Australian still trails by two sets to one. The winner will play Britain's Dan Evans in the next round.

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    American tennis player Jill Craybas on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "It is such a tough first round especially given the career Venus has had up to this point. Even though Flipkens recently beat her in Toronto, it is a different event and a different day and that's what's great about tennis."

  102. 1856: 

    Venus Williams has raced to a 2-0 lead against Kirsten Flipkens in the second set, having taken the first for the loss of just one game, but the American number seven faces her first break point of the match in the third game. There's a couple of "Come on Venus" calls from the crowd, but Williams can't respond, dumping a backhand into the net to hand the break to the Belgian. We're back on serve on Arthur Ashe.

  103. 1850: 

    Laura Robson is in the middle of her post match press conference, and while there's a lot of chat about her orange outfit, there was the odd question or two about her tennis, too...

    "It is one thing playing practice points but going out to the match court, on the first day of the slam, is different so I'm very happy."

    "I think I played really well here last year but I'm only in the second round now so long way to go. I played especially well in the second set this morning so will take it one match at a time. It was great how many people came to watch.

    "I think Dan [Evans] is an interesting character. He can be a really great player and I saw the last couple of games, he played really well."

  104. 1844: 

    Albert Ramos is looking like the man who will stand in the way of Dan Evans and a place in the third round of the US Open. The Spaniard leads Australian Bernard Tomic by two sets to one and has a break in the fourth set to hold a 4-3 advantage.

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    American tennis player Jill Craybas on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "Venus is a tough player to play because she's so tall, you don't get the sense any part of the court is open - she moves so well and covers the court. It's amazing because Flipkens has to take four steps for every one step Venus does."

  106. 1840: 

    Venus Williams, 33, is looking the player of old as she goes about dismantling Kirsten Flipkens, the 12th seed and a Wimbledon semi-finalist this year. The American seals the first set 6-1 in just 23 minutes.

    Philip Studd, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "Point of the championship so far from Venus. Going backwards, over-shoulder back-hand volley...great shot. How hard is that to play?"

  108. 1836: 

    There is some rain forecast around the Flushing Meadows area at some point today, but there's no sign of the wet stuff just yet. Can't say it's sunglasses weather either, though, with a light wind swirling around under an overcast sky.

  109. 1833: 

    Kaia Kanepi, the 25th seed, beats American Vania King 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 to advance to the second round, but it wasn't such good news for Magdalena Rybarikova, the 29th seed, who lost 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 to Patricia Mayr-Achleitner.


    Laura Robson: Massive win from @Evo151216 (Dan Evans)! Shame about the tattoos though...


    The Times tennis correspondent Neil Harman: Dan Evans gets Room 1 for his interview afterwards. Billy Big time.


    Nathan Morley: A glorious win for Evans with such a massive magnitude. Surely this is the confidence to push on to the main tour.

  113. 1825: 
    Venus Williams

    Venus Williams has played very little tennis this year. In fact, she's played just 18 matches, winning 11, and has dropped to 60th in the rankings.

    In contrast, Kirsten Flipkens is ranked 14th in the world, and seeded 12th at Flushing Meadows. She's reached the fourth round of the Australian Open as well as her impressive run to the last four at Wimbledon.

    However, it's Williams who has total control of this match so far, the American racing to a 3-0 lead.

  114. 1819: 

    Two-time US Open champion Venus Williams, whose last success at Flushing Meadows came back in 2001, is out on Arthur Ashe. The American, who missed Wimbledon with a back injury, is playing Belgian Kirsten Flipkens, who reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon this summer.

  115. 1815: 
    Laura Robson

    Laura Robson will play either Caroline Garcia of France or Shelby Rogers of the United States. Garcia has just won the first set 6-3 on Court 10.

    Colin Fleming, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Who would he rather play in the second round? Interesting one. Bernard Tomic plays with a lot of slice similar to Dan. If I could pick I would take Albert Ramos - Dan's game would give him trouble, he's a typical Spaniard with extreme grips and topspin. Dan will be confident whoever he plays, I'd prefer Ramos but he has a chance to beat either of them."

  117. 1813: 

    Britain's Dan Evans, the world number 179, has set up a second round tie against either Australia's Bernard Tomic or Spain's Albert Ramos. They are currently playing on Grandstand, with Ramos serving for a two sets to one lead. I'll keep you updated on that one.

    Colin Fleming, BBC Radio 5 live

    "I'm thinking ahead later this year to the ATP tour events and indoor events - in my mind I can see him playing there and winning matches, coming from the qualifying rounds. He's got the game for it, hopefully he can get a few more wins, he's capable of qualifying for those events or doing well on the Challenger Tour. He's on an upward trend, we'll do all we can to keep him there."

  119. 1810: 

    So we have two Britons in the second round of the 2013 US Open. Better still, we've still got Heather Watson to come on Tuesday and Andy Murray, the defending champion, on Wednesday.

    Colin Fleming, BBC Radio 5 live

    "I honestly can't believe it. I knew Dan was hitting it great and I knew he would give Nishikori a good run out but I never guessed he would win straight sets. Nishikori started well but Evans got on top of him, he's outplayed the number 11 seed at the US Open."

  121. 1807: 

    Well done Dan Evans. The Briton didn't even flinch in that final game, attacking every shot with the same gusto which had brought him to the verge of his first second round Grand Slam appearance. Kei Nishikori doesn't know what's happened. He shakes the Briton's hand and drops his head as he walks to his chair. Evans waves to the crowd before being escorted off the court by security. I bet he could get used to that.

  122. 1805: 


    Colin Fleming, BBC Radio 5 live

    "He needs one more game and it is so, so impressive from Evans. Nishikori came at him with a great shot at 30-30 to set up break point. It would be easy to hit the panic button, but he came up with three great points to save the game and now all the pressure is on Nishikori."

  124. 1800: 

    Japan's Kei Nishikori keeps himself in this set, holding serve to trail 4-2 in the third set against Dan Evans. The enormity of the situation doesn't appear to be fazing the Briton, though, as he saves a break point to hold serve and force Nishikori to serve to stay in the match at 5-2.

    Colin Fleming, BBC Radio 5 live

    "If you use the slice, you have to move well and Dan does that. He's quick around the court, he has quick foot speed and good endurance. He's got the fitness and speed, he has a lot going for him and when he pulls it together mentally it's no surprise he finds this level."

  126. 1755: 

    Japanese 11th seed Kei Nishikori looks up to the sky. He won't find any answers there. Dan Evans is flying right now, the Briton moving into a 4-1 lead in the third set and just two games away from the match and the second round.

  127. 1756: 

    Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor of Spain beats New Zealand's Marina Erakovic 6-0 6-4 out on court 10 to progress to the second round. She'll be joined by American Coco Vandeweghe who beat Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia 6-4 7-6 (7-5). Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden came from a set down to beat Petra Cetkovska of the Czech Republic 1-6 6-4 6-1.

  128. 1751: 

    Kei Nishikori gets his first game on the board in the third set to limit the damage to 3-1 down. Britain's Dan Evans is still only three games away from his first second round Grand Slam appearance.

  129. 1748: 

    You would never know Dan Evans is the world number 179 based on this performance. The Briton came into this match on the back off three good wins in qualifying and he has continued that form into this match against Kei Nishikori, the world number 12. Evans holds serve to lead 3-0.

    Colin Fleming, BBC Radio 5 live

    "He's hitting the ball clean as a whistle. You mentioned his ranking but he's playing much, much higher than that.

    "Nishikori looked very confident to begin, I thought it would be very tough for Dan, but then he won four games on the run and Nishikori has gone on a mental walkabout. He looks as if he is ready to throw the towel in."

  131. 1745: 

    What a performance from Dan Evans. The Briton is really mixing up his shots which is forcing Kei Nishikori onto the back foot. The result is a heap of unforced errors from the Japanese and Evans breaks for a 2-0 lead in the third set. Nishikori looks frustrated - has the Briton broken the Japanese morale?

    Nick Bollettieri, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Right now I believe Evans, the way he's changing things, is causing havoc for Nishikori. He comes in to the net, he's 10 feet behind the baseline, he slices on the baseline If Nishikori loses this next game, this match is over."

  133. 1743: 

    Court 13 is rammed, but that's no surprise considering the level of tennis on show from British qualifier Dan Evans and 11th seed Kei Nishikori. There's an air of Tim Henman and Pete Sampras about Evans right now as he introduces a bit of serve and volley. Nishikori doesn't know what to do with that style of play as Evans holds serve to lead 1-0 in third set, having won the first two 6-4 6-4.


    Huriye: So impressed with @laurarobson5 improvement as a match player. In the past she would've lost this tricky 1st round match.

    Nick Bollettieri, BBC Radio 5 live

    "I'm really happy for Laura Robson, she was concerned about her wrist, she worked hard on it and compliments to her coach. It is great to see her win after a lay-off. When you have a wrist injury, it isn't easy, especially with a two-handed backhand."

  136. 1735: 

    That was very impressive second set from Laura Robson. The Briton blasted out of the blocks and then kept the pressure off herself by consolidating the first break of serve.

    She kept her foot on the gas from there on in and got a few more first serves in to ensure there was no way back from Lourdes Dominguez Lino.

  137. 1734: 


    Nick Bollettieri, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Nishikori put his head down and got down in the dumps. For Evans, he's pumping his fist, full of confidence, all the pressure on Nishikori."

  139. 1732: 

    Extraordinary scenes on Court 17 as Dan Evans takes the second set against Kei Nishikori. The Briton punches the air as he walks back to his chair. He is just one set away from victory over the world number 12. What a day for British tennis so far.

  140. 1730: 

    A thumping cross-court forehand from Laura Robson sees her hold serve to love and establish a 5-0 lead over Lourdes Dominguez Lino. The 19-year-old is now just one game away from the second round. She is like a different player in this set.

    Nick Bollettieri, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Laura is moving better and that's very, very important because a few years ago I was worried about that. On that two-handed backhand, you see the follow-through and she's using the top hand really well. Right now, she's releasing it so she's getting more spin and more power."

  142. 1729: 

    Laura Robson is on a roll here. The 19-year-old has cut out the errors and is forcing Lourdes Dominguez Lino into making them. The result is a double break and a 4-0 lead.

  143. 1726: 

    Third seed Agnieszka Radwanska, the 2012 Wimbledon finalist, reels off six games in the second set to seal a 6-1 6-2 victory over Silvia Soler-Espinosa on Arthur Ashe to progress to the second round.

    Nick Bollettieri, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Right now she should be comfortable but she doesn't want to get too comfortable - she's 3-0 up but you should think you're 3-0 down."

  145. 1722: 

    There's a clench of the fist for Laura Robson as she watches a looping defensive backhand from Lourdes Dominguez Lino sail long to confirm a 3-0 lead for the Briton in the second set. That's a huge hold for the 19-year-old. She's got some breathing space.

  146. 1719: 
    Li Na

    China's fifth seed Li Na beats Olga Govortsova of Belarus 6-2 6-2 to progress to the second round. Li, the 2011 French Open champion, has never gone past the last eight at Flushing Meadows.

  147. 1715: 

    Laura Robson breaks early in the second set to take a 2-0 lead against Lourdes Dominguez Lino. Let's not forget we saw this at the start of the first set so the pressure is on the Briton to hold serve and open up a cushion.

  148. 1713: 

    Carla Suarez Navarro, the 18th seed, is the first player to win a match at the 2013 US Open, cruising past American Lauren Davis 6-0 6-0 in just 57 minutes.

    David Law, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "The last couple of months has been the story for Briton Dan Evans. He went off the rails, he never knew if he fancied it as a professional, he liked a night out, maybe did it at Wimbledon, and it didn't go down too well. If you want to be at the top of your game, you can't do that.

    "He had these moments in the Davis Cup, beating top 100 players, but he couldn't knuckle down - he said he didn't have the work ethic, he just wasn't good at his job and maybe he should just stack shelves.

    "The big moment came after the second Davis Cup tie against Russia when he was the hero and he decided it was now or never. He went to America and got to the final of two Challenger tournaments. He's knuckled down and is playing properly."

  150. 1709: 

    So it's all going rather well for the British charge at Flushing Meadows right now. Dan Evans is playing some remarkable tennis out on Court 13 against Kei Nishikori to lead 6-4 and 2-1.

    Over on Court 13, Laura Robson is making harder work of her opening encounter. It's pretty ugly to be honest, with double faults, breaks of serve and unforced errors coming thick and fast, but somehow, Robson ground out the first set 7-5 against Lourdes Dominguez Lino and comfortably held serve in the second to lead 1-0.

    You can listen to the action on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, with analysis from Nick Bollettieri, by clicking the link at the top right of this page.

  151. 1702: 

    Third seed Agnieszka Radwanska, who reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon this summer, is in a spot of bother out on Arthur Ashe. The Pole eased through the first set 6-1, but finds herself a break and 2-0 down in the second against Silvia Soler-Espinosa.

    It's more straightforward for Li Na, the 2011 French Open champion, over on Louis Armstrong. The Chinese player won the first set 6-2 against Olga Govortsova and leads 3-2 with a break in the second.

    Nick Bollettieri, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Nevermind the double faults, never mind this and that, she won the set."

  153. 1703: 

    Robson takes the first set 7-5 against Dominquez Lino on Court 13. It wasn't pretty, but the Briton got there in the end, taking her third break point in the 12th game to seal the set.

  154. 1659: 
    James Blake

    American James Blake, who reached a career high fourth in the world in 2006, has announced his retirement from professional tennis after the US Open. The 33-year-old will play big-serving Ivo Karlovic in the first round.

  155. 1658: 

    At last Laura Robson holds serve! She did it the hard way, though, finding herself 15-40 down before rallying and nailing two big forehands, which wrong foot her opponent on both occasions. The Brit leads 6-5.


    Sanj: Dan the man Evans! 1st set to the Brit! That's more than enough success for him to go home happy. Good job fella.

    Nick Bollettieri, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Look at what Evans did after the third or fourth game - he began hitting. He was more aggressive and that caught Nishikori off guard. Nishikori's serve faulted a bit and it's going to be interesting to see what happens."

  158. 1653: 

    Britain's Dan Evans takes the first set against Kei Nishikori. What a turnaround. The 23-year-old takes advantage of the Japanese's faulting serve to break for the second successive time. First set 6-4 to Evans.

  159. 1652: 

    Holding serve on Court 13 is proving an issue, but it does at least work in Robson's favour this time as she breaks the Dominguez Lino serve to level things up at 5-5 in the first set. Over on Court 17, where Dan Evans is playing Kei Nishikori, something quite remarkable is happening...

    Nick Bollettieri, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Evans is a feisty young boy - he's full of confidence and I loved the way he spoke about listening to wise words from his father. He's not intimidated, he's going toe-to-toe with some great drop shots and slices. For Nishikori, he had the set in his hands but now Evans is up 5-4."

  161. 1648: 

    Sensational scenes on Court 13 as Dan Evans secures his first break of serve in this tournament and then holds serve to 15 to take a 5-4 lead in his first round encounter against Kei Nishikori, the 11th seed. Ballsy stuff from the Brit who is ranked 179 in the world.

  162. 1644: 

    Back with Robson and it's 4-4 as Dominguez Lino holds serve to 30. The Briton is really bossing her first round encounter with her opponent seemingly content to play percentage tennis and wait for Robson to make the mistake.

    Having said that, it's the Spaniard who leaps on an overhead smash to set up a break point and then watches as Robson sends a forehand long to lose her serve for the third time in this set. Dominguez Lino will serve for the set after the change of ends.

  163. 1640: 

    Carla Suarez Navarro, the 18th seed, wastes little time in wrapping up the first set of her first round encounter with Lauren Davis of the United States 6-0.

    Petra Cetkovska of the Czech Republic is in a similarly feisty mood as she whizzes through the opening set 6-1 against Sofia Arvidsson.

    Nick Bollettieri, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Remember the errors so far have come from the serve - she seems to be hitting her backhand well. When the ball is above her shoulder it forces her to use her top hand [her injured hand], and it doesn't look like her hand is hurting her."

  165. 1635: 

    Laura Robson soaks up the pressure, edging ahead in this pretty nervy opening set with two good first serves to close out the game. The 19-year-old leads 4-3 in the first set. Over on Court 13, Britain's Dan Evans is 4-2 down against 11th seed Kei Nishikori.


    Jonathon Solomons: Looks like Laura Robson hasn't conquered her service demons, that's 2 woeful double faults already.

  167. 1633: 

    There's a big round of applause on Court 17 as Laura Robson breaks back against Lourdes Dominguez Lino courtesy of a double fault. It's pretty ugly out there, with errors left, right and centre. 3-3.

    Nick Bollettieri, BBC Radio 5 live

    "When Evans hits his second serve he telecasts it - his first serve is big, but the second serve gives away the kick serve. His weapon is definitely his first serve."

  169. 1630: 

    There's better news over on Court 13 as Dan Evans, whose booming serve is working well, holds to stop the rot. He now trails Kei Nishikori by 3-2 and a break.

    Nick Bollettieri, BBC Radio 5 live

    "What she has to do is forget what's happened - you can't fix what's happened, so get out there play the next point and move those feet, you're still in the match. But that was one heck of a double fault."

  171. 1629: 

    It's all going horribly wrong for Laura Robson. She finds herself break point down again and gifts the game to Dominguez Lino with a double fault, dumping her second serve in the net on the wrong side of the court. Big mishit there. Robson trails 3-2 with a break.

  172. 1624: 

    The errors are flying off the Robson racquet right now, who halts a run of six lost points with a booming forehand that kisses the tram line. The Brit forces deuce, but she can make no further inroads and it's 2-2.

    There's a ray of hope for Evans who musters three breaks points, but he sees each of those go wanting as Nishikori regains control, bossing the rallies and drawing the errors from the Evans' racquet. Evans 3-1 down.

    David Law, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "We have seen flashes of really good play from Evans, he is setting up a few big forehands but we are seeing the class Nishikori has. Evans is getting pushed back into the court and Nishikori is such a difficult obstacle to move on the baseline."

  174. 1618: 

    In the blink of an eye, we're back on serve on Court 17 as Robson dumps a backhand slice into the net to gift Dominguez Lino the game to love. There's more bad news for the Brits a few 100m away as Dan Evans is broken, having had game point, with 11th seed Kei Nishikori taking a 2-1 lead. Early days yet, though.

    Nick Bollettieri, BBC Radio 5 live

    "That [winner] was brilliant, she didn't look which way her opponent was going to go - she just made up her mind she was going to go to the same side. You play the ball, not the opponent."

  176. 1616: 

    It's a terrific start for Robson, who moves to 0-30 on Dominguez Lino's serve but is then pegged back to 30-30. A double fault opens up the first break point of the game and the 19-year-old doesn't need asking twice, hammering a forehand winner from the middle of the court to take a 2-0 lead.

  177. 1611: 

    Laura Robson has the honour of serving and we're away on Court 17. The 19-year-old, dressed in salmon pink, makes a commanding start, sealing the game to love with a booming serve.

    It's all good over on Court 13, too, with Dan Evans saving a break point on his way to holding serve against Kei Nishikori. So far, so good.


    Bambi: Been waiting all summer for this, feeling really confident that all 3 Brits can pull something out of the bag this year.

    Stuie Neale: Laura Robson to overcome injury and win, Evans will lose I think but will be tight.

    Ian from Crowthorne, via text: "Good luck to Laura and of course Andy Murray who I hope will keep me up late into the morning like last year it was incredible to watch he's inform."


    Laura Robson speaking to BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "I've been working a lot on mixing up my game, I needed to improve my slice and volley a lot, and varying pace and spins on my groundstroke so I become a little less predictable."

    Nick Bollettieri, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Laura Robson was at the IMG academy with her coach and they worked hard every day - with her wrist hurting, she has to work on slice a great deal. Everything is going to depend on how healthy she is to hit that two-handed backhand."

  181. 1607:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Laura Robson on the perks of being seeded for the first time: "It's quite good, you get priority on the cars which take you back to your hotel and you get put on the show courts a lot more."

  182. 1605: 
    Starting soon

    The players are warming up on the outside courts with Laura Robson, the 30th seed, taking on Lourdes Dominguez Lino on Court 17. You can also hear the sound of ball meeting strings on Court 13 where Dan Evans is taking on 11th seed Kei Nishikori.


    Nick Meekings: Nishikori been starting slow in his matches all summer, could see Evans taking the first but Nishikori coming through comfortably .

  184. 1600:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra is up and running. Click the link in the top right of this page and you're away. Nick Bollettieri and Colin Fleming are in the box throughout the afternoon.

  185. 1558: 

    Laura Robson has played Lourdes Dominguez Lino twice in her career, but never beaten her. Their most recent match took place earlier this year in Katowice, Poland with the Spaniard coming through 5-7 7-6 (7) 6-1. Can the Briton gain revenge? We're about to find out.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows
    Andy Murray

    "Andy Murray - who arrives at a Grand Slam as the defending champion for the first time in his career - faced the media over the weekend and said the build-up this time 'hasn't been too different, just probably 10%, 15% busier than normal.

    'Days have just been a little bit longer. Because I have been busy I've tried to just keep pretty low key and spent a lot of time in the hotel room unfortunately.'

    "Murray plays Frenchman Michael Llodra in the first round, with the match expected to take place on Wednesday."

  187. 1555: 

    Defending champion Serena Williams heads the bill in the US Open night session, the American taking on former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy. Five-time US Open champion Roger Federer, who has dropped to a lowly seventh in the world rankings, is the next and final match on. The Swiss takes on Grega Zemlja of Slovenia having beaten the world number 62 6-3 6-1 in Rotterdam earlier this year.

    Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent

    "I expect Evans to give it a real go against Nishikori. After all, he's won many more matches than the 11th seed in the US this summer."

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    "Dan Evans hopes that qualifying for a Grand Slam for the first time at the US Open, where he plays Japanese 11th seed Kei Nishikori at 1600 BST, is just the start for him.

    'I want to be top 100,' he said. 'I want to be up there with Andy [Murray] and coming to these tournaments week in, week out. I just want to play at this level instead of faffing around at Futures and Challengers.

    'Luckily I'm out of Futures now and if I win a few matches here I might be out of Challengers. It would be nice to do it all in one but there's still a lot of work to be done when I get home.'"

  190. 1548: 
    Rafael Nadal

    It's not just Brits who are in action at Flushing Meadows today, of course. Rafael Nadal begins his campaign for a second US Open title to add to his triumph in 2010. The Spaniard, who Novak Djokovic believes is the man to beat, will take on American Ryan Harrison in the third match on Arthur Ashe.

    Nadal is in scintillating form at the moment with a 15-0 record on hard courts in 2013, having won Masters titles on the surface in Indian Wells, Montreal and Cincinnati. Quite remarkable considering he only returned from a seven-month injury lay-off in February.

  191. 1544: 

    Now then, I'm hoping you'll want to get involved in this live text. How do you rate Dan Evans' chances of beating 11th seed Kei Nisikori of Japan and progressing to the second round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career? And what of Laura Robson's chances of beating her supreme run to the fourth round at Flushing Meadows last year? I'd recommend a text to 81111 (UK only), remembering to put your name on it or simply tweet us using the #bbctennis hashtag. Simples.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    "Laura Robson begins her US Open campaign against Spain's Lourdes Dominguez Lino at 1600 BST, hoping to replicate last year's breakthrough run to the last 16 that made her name in the States. 'I've had a couple of random looks just walking around Manhattan,' said the 19-year-old. 'They must have been British tourists - they don't really say hi, they just stare.

    "'We were walking past the queue for the One Direction concert and there were like a couple of hundred girls camped out, and a couple of them were like, "Oh my god! You're the one Harry tweeted!" I don't think they know my name or anything.'"

    Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent

    "Laura Robson says she has no expectations going into her first-round match - a legacy of that wrist injury which prevented her playing full points in training until Wednesday.

    "But she seems happy with how she has performed in the training she has done, and has been working hard with her coach Miles Maclagan on improving her slice and volley. Her serve and forehand are formidable weapons, but she knows she needs to have an element of surprise. This is the first time she has been seeded at a Grand Slam, but it's an awkward start against a player only 20 places below her in the rankings."

  194. 1539:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    So you will have noticed that Laura Robson and Dan Evans both kick off their US Open campaigns at the same time. To keep abreast of all the action, stick with me on this very live text with BBC Radio 5 live sports extra running alongside. Nick Bollettieri and Colin Fleming will be in the commentary box from 1600 BST.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    "It's been a cool, overcast and blustery start in New York and there is a possibility of thunderstorms later in the day, but for now the sun is peaking out and temperatures could nudge 30C in an hour or two. Dan Evans has just been hitting with Colin Fleming, who said he was "taking one for the team" by coming in early on the 8.30am bus to help out his Davis Cup team-mate. The practice on Court 13 was watched by at least 100 Japanese spectators, getting their seats early to see their man Kei Nishikori. Laura Robson will be in action against Lourdes Dominguez Lino at the same time about 100m away on the small bowl that is Court 17. The first few hours will be highly significant for the Brits at this year's US Open."

  196. 1536: 
    Dan Evans & Laura Robson

    Yep, Laura Robson and Dan Evans will be in action today, with Heather Watson beginning her campaign on day two and defending men's singles' champion Andy Murray expecting to play his opener on Wednesday.

  197. 1533: 
    Arthur Ashe

    Hello everybody. The summer may be on its way out, but that's no reason to be down. There's still the rest of this sunny Bank Holiday to enjoy and we've got four Brits - yes four - in the main draw of the US Open and two of them will be in action very soon.

  198. 1530: 

    Justin Rose kicked off the summer by becoming the first Englishman for 43 years to win golf's US Open. Andy Murray then ended Britain's 77-year wait for a Wimbledon men's singles champion and then cyclist Chris Froome then took a commanding victory in the greatest cycle races of them all - the Tour de France.

    Mo Farah became only the second man to complete an Olympic and world 'double-double' with success in Moscow before England's cricketers wrapped up their third consecutive Ashes series yesterday afternoon.

    And as if all that wasn't enough, there's still one more opportunity to crack open the champagne and celebrate another Great British success. Welcome to Flushing Meadows. Welcome to the fourth and final Grand Slam of the year. Welcome to the 2013 US Open.

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