US Open 2013 day two as it happened

Britain's Heather Watson is knocked out in the first round of the US Open, after five-time champion Roger Federer goes through.

28 August 2013 Last updated at 01:39

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  1. 0120: 

    That's it for 5 live sports extra and that same applies for us. It was another gripping day in New York, with plots and sub-plots aplenty. From the routine of a Federer win to the shock of a Stosur defeat, the brilliance of a Djokovic cakewalk (well, it's looking that way at present) to the agony of a Watson defeat. And here's a name who won't be going away in a hurry: Victoria Duval. See you on Wednesday.


    Former British number one Anne Keothavong: What a moment for Victoria Duval! Take a bow young lady.

    Former British number one Annabel Croft at Flushing Meadows: Wow !!!!! outstanding performance from an exciting new star Victoria Duval! just 17 yrs old! Just played her heart out to beat Sam Stosur!

    Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent at Flushing Meadows

    Stunning upset on Armstrong court! Former champ Sam Stosur beaten in 3 sets by 17 yr old US qualifier Victoria Duval.

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    The 2011 champion is sent crashing with a 5-7 6-4 6-4 defeat by Victoria Duval. Stosur hit 29 winners to her 17-year-old American opponent's 23, but the telling factor was 56 unforced errors to Duval's 35. That is a huge upset and this is a name we're likely to hear a lot more about in the coming years.

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    Daily Telegraph tennis correspondent Simon Briggs on 5 live sports extra: "Watson limped her way back to the chair at the end - she's clearly very tired and has physical issues. She's barely able to stand up now. Heather was certainly not capable of moving properly in that final game. In the end she just didn't have the conditioning, which is one thing we expected at the beginning."

    Watson 6-4 4-6 2-6 Halep

    Serving for the match, Halep storms to 40-0. There's a double-fault on match point number one but no such mistake at the second time of asking as Watson clips a backhand return beyond the baseline. Watson bites the dust and that's Britain's first defeat of the 2013 US Open.

    Watson 6-4 4-6 2-5 Halep*

    Is that a spot of cramp for Watson? Certainly seems the Briton's calf is causing her some issues. He holds to 15 but is wearing the glance of a player who knows the game is up.

    *Watson 6-4 4-6 1-5 Halep

    Halep holds to 30 and we're now just a game away from a first British casualty of the 2013 US Open. Watson started like a train but was edged out in the second set and that proved the turning point. A fine effort from the Briton, though, as she continues her comeback from glandular fever.


    Former British number one Anne Keothavong: Duval is 17 yrs old, looks 15 and sounds like she's 12. And she can play. One to watch out for in the future.

    Victoria Duval
  10. 0055: 

    Former champion Sam Stosur in major trouble against young American Victoria Duval but no such issues for Novak Djokovic - he's a set and a break up against Ricardas Berankis.

    Sam Stosur
    Watson 6-4 4-6 1-4 Halep*

    Oh dear... all that hard work goes up in smoke. Halep races to 0-40 and three break points. Watson saves the first, only to dish up her latest double-fault at the worst possible time. Watson now looks beaten.

    *Watson 6-4 4-6 1-3 Halep

    Back comes Watson! The British number two regains her form to remain in contention. She had to win that game and did. Halep lets her opponent get to 30-40 and that means a break point. The Romanian looks to be in control and when Watson comes up with an unspectacular volley it seems Halep will dispatch a passing shot. But her crosscourt backhand finds the net. Still life in this yet.

    Watson 6-4 4-6 0-3 Halep*

    Watson's game crumbles and she swiftly finds herself facing three double-break points at 0-40. Then comes a forehand drop shot that sinks into the net. "You could see she was bailing out of points," said Simon Briggs of the Daily Telegraph on 5 live sports extra. "She was trying all-or-nothing shots too early and that's a sign of fatigue.

    "You can train all you like but it doesn't replicate the pressure of matches in front of a big crowd. When you haven't been playing, your physical condition is not going to be where it should be at this stage of a match."

    *Watson 6-4 4-6 0-2 Halep

    Watson has a big chance at 0-30 but she can't push on, in part because of a hugely-fortuitous net cord that leaves her stranded in the backcourt. Halep produces one of the heaviest winners so far en route to holding serve. That consolidates the break and there's the fist pump.

    Watson 6-4 4-6 0-1 Halep*

    Ominous signs as Watson slips to 0-30 in game one of set three. But that volleying work the Briton mentioned she has been working on with new coach Jeremy Bates bears fruit as she fights her way to 40-30. Very proactive from the Guernsey right-hander. But it's not done and dusted just yet... Watson nets one backhand and then pulls a second wide of the court. Break point to Halep and a gruelling rally ensues, ending with Watson lofting a forehand beyond the baseline. She staggers away as if punch drunk. A critical blow?

    Heather Watson
  16. 0035: 

    That's the first set lost by a British player at this year's US Open. But Watson will still be hoping to follow Dan Evans and Laura Robson into the second round. Floodlights are on. Here we go...

    *Watson 6-4 4-6 Halep

    Halep to 30-0 but then comes a double-fault of her own and another error. A big serve gives the Romanian set point but Watson saves it with a bludgeoned return. Both ladies come into the net for a volley fest... Watson blinks first... set point number two... Watson chucks a backhand beyond the baseline. Into a decider we go.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    Ouch. From 40-0, Watson drops four points and then double faults, Halep will serve for the set. Could be a tough game to get over for Watson.

    Watson 6-4 4-5 Halep*

    Watson canters to 40-0 but Halep responds with a lassoed forehand on to the sideline. Watson the nets and we're at deuce. Crowd hushed. Watson long with the forehand and here comes a break point. Critical moments. "Come on Hev, here we go!" shouts a lone British voice from the stands. Oh dear... double-fault. Halep to serve for the set.

    *Watson 6-4 4-4 Halep

    Winners and errors in equal measure and we're at 30-30. Tension. Halep edges ahead but Watson is chasing everything, sweating profusely in the process. A forehand on to the sideline sees Halep over the line. This is an intriguing match and you sense there could still be a twist yet.

    Watson 6-4 4-3 Halep*

    She may be one of the nicest players on tour, but Watson is ferocious on court and she shows every inch of that ferocity to grind out a service hold to 30 and move to within two games of victory.

  22. 0015: 

    The night session is getting started on Arthur Ashe Stadium - top seed Novak Djokovic and Ricardas Berankis walk out on court. Hence the crowd on Court 11 thinning slightly. Not much, though. Watson is box office.

    *Watson 6-4 3-3 Halep

    Halep's body language is all over the place as she goes long, belts a ball into the net out of frustration and finals herself facing two break points at 15-40. Watson fails to capitalise this time, but Halep then dunks a poor forehand into the net and here's a third break point... inside out forehand winner on to the sideline! Halep is raging. Watson is stirring. Back on track. New balls and Watson to serve.

    Watson 6-4 2-3 Halep*

    Dan Evans - won. Laura Robson - won. Andy Murray - should win. Heather Watson - in a dogfight. The 21-year-old from Guernsey looks smooth to 40-30 but consecutive double-faults gift Halep a break point and she converts it when Watson sends a forehand into the tramlines. Then comes a shriek of displeasure. Five double-faults in two service games. Not ideal.

    *Watson 6-4 2-2 Halep

    A hold to love, sealed when Watson puts a forehand into the net. "That was too easy," says Simon Briggs of the Daily Telegraph on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

    Watson 6-4 2-1 Halep*

    From one double-fault in the entire first set to three in game three of the second. It means three break points to Halep but fails to take any of them. A combination of her own lack of accuracy and Watson's improved precision do the trick.

  27. 2355: 

    "She's on fire right now. She has won four tournaments already and is playing really well. It's not going to be easy but no matches at a Grand Slam are easy. I will go in and give it absolute everything."

    *Watson 6-4 1-1 Halep

    Confident response from Halep, who ignores the noise of airplanes overhead to get herself on the board. She looks calm and focussed. Still plenty of legs in this match.

    Watson 6-4 1-0 Halep*

    Watson to the fore once more, pinning Halep behind the baseline to start set two with a service hold to 15. She hit 11 winners to the Romanian's five in that 40-minute first serve - and has picked up where she left off after the changeover.

    Vassos Alexander takes the 5 live sports extra reins, with Daily Telegraph tennis correspondent still in situ alongside him.


    BBC Tennis: Great Britain one set away from having 3 players in the 2nd round and Andy Murray hasn't hit a ball yet. Commentary on @BBC5LSX

  31. 2349: 

    "Jeremy is great. He's such a nice person and we're getting on really well. He knows what he's talking about. We've been working on coming forward, being aggressive, and volleying - he loves to volley, It's paying off and I will use it in my game."

    Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent at Flushing Meadows

    Sign up Jeremy Bates full time... ! Magnificent first set by Heather Watson which she wins 6-4 having twice been broken back.


    Daily Mail tennis correspondent Mike Dickson: Good aggressive stuff from Heather Watson. And yes, 19th seed Halep suddenly needs the loo.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    Great effort so far, Halep helping Watson out a bit in that last game. Might be time for floodlights soon. Light meter?

    *Watson 6-4 Halep

    Encouragement for Watson as Halep opens with a double-fault. Heather then wastes a routine midcourt backhand and looks furious with herself. The response? Pure aggression. Watson forces Halep to net a drive-volley, put a defensive backhand wide and then - on set point - net an regulation forehand. First blood to the Briton.

    Watson 5-4 Halep*

    Halep on the march at 15-30 and, despite miscuing a forehand, Watson responds in kind to hand over a break point. Watson then goes long with a forehand to fluff her lines. Back on serve.

    *Watson 5-3 Halep

    Two Britons are already into the second round - Laura Robson and Dan Evans - and with Andy Murray likely to join them on Wednesday, Heather Watson looks determined to join the party. She throws everything at Halep, even crouching in the style of Agnieszka Radwanska to fire over a superb counter-attacking backhand and bring up three break points. Halep saves one of them, but then shanks a forehand into the tramlines. There's the break for Watson.


    Jonathon Solomons: Break points brilliantly saved by Watson, quite a match developing v the in form Halep

    Watson 4-3 Halep*

    But it's pressure that Watson deals with capably. The 21-year-old crafts her way to 40-0 and although Halep fights back to 40-30, Watson shows impressive fortitude to scramble home with the aid of her thumping serve.

    *Watson 3-3 Halep

    Watson, a former US Open junior champion, has won four matches in 10 tournaments since reaching the quarter-finals in Memphis in Fabruary, and occasionally her lack of competitive actions shows as Halep dominates points from the baseline and at the net. The Romanian holds serve comfortably this time and the pressure now swings back in Watson's direction...

    Watson 3-2 Halep*

    It's not looking good for Watson as a couple of misshits leave her in trouble at 15-40, with another two break points about to be faced. But she manages to conjure the poise to produce three breathtaking forehand winners before Halep plays into the net. Superb hold and she more than earned the right to yell "come on!" at the top of her voice.

    *Watson 2-2 Halep

    Suddenly a flurry of errors from the Guernsey right-hander. Watson appears to have lost the momentum and a spot of concentration as Halep cranks up the intensity, the early storm very much weathered. The Romanian holds to 15 and Daily Telegraph tennis correspondent Simon Briggs on 5 live sports extra says: "That's much more confident from Haleyp - she's pushing Watson back and not letting her go for those winners anymore."

    Watson 2-1 Halep*

    Halep has not risen to world number 19 and picked up four titles this year for no reason. She is one of the tour's in-form players and the 21-year-old shows all of her class to bring the first set back on to serve. Halep gets Watson chasing from side to side, extracting a forehand error that brings up break-back point. Watson's forehand malfunctions again and she relinquishes the initiative.

    *Watson 2-0 Halep

    Wow, wow wow. Watson opens with a crunching forehand service return that Halep doesn't even bother moving for. Another monstrous forehand helps her register two break points and the pressure proves too much for Halep, who is broken at the first time of asking.

    Phil Studd and Daily Telegraph tennis correspondent Simon Briggs are in the 5 live sports extra commentary box, by the way. Tune in.

    Watson 1-0 Halep*

    An early scare for the British number two as a groundstroke sails long to give Halep a break point. But Watson serves her way out of trouble and gets over the line as her opponent finds the net.

  46. 2308: 

    "I absolutely love New York it's one of my favourite cities in the world. On top of that, I won the junior title here and it brings back a lot of great memories.

    "I had a great finish to last year and made a good start to 2013, but then it didn't go so well. I was diagnosed with glandular fever and ruled out for two or three months. It has been difficult coming back - I expected to find my game straight away, but my fitness and general health has been a bit of a rollercoaster.

    "I'm doing everything I can to get back to where I was, but it's really tough. I've watched my ranking go down and you can't do anything about it while you're not playing. But I'm starting to come back. I'm feeling really good on the practice courts.

    "I'm fit, healthy, playing well and feeling the ball. The few match wins I've had in the hard-court season has given me an extra boost. It's given me that level and I need to keep climbing the levels."

  47. 2300: 

    We're just getting started on Court 11 - Watson decked in sky blue, Halep in white and dark blue. This is their first meeting and it arrives with Watson ranked 57 places below her Romanian opponent. That's down to a combination of the Briton's early-season illness and Halep's rise to prominence. Only Serena Williams has won more tournaments on the women's tour this year.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    It's not a bad time for Watson and Halep to take to Court 11 as the main stand is large enough to cast a decent shadow. Plenty of Brits are in already, a few faces painted, others just nicely pink after an afternoon in the sun. This will be tough for Watson as Halep had done a lot of winning this year.

  49. 2250: 

    Hi there. Your Tuesday night is soon to get a whole lot better. Why? Because a Briton is about to play her first-round match at the US Open. Her name is Heather Watson and she's up against Simona Halep of Romania. It should be a cracker. Coming right up...

    Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent at Flushing Meadows

    That was a reminder of the way Roger Federer expects to play in the first week of a Grand Slam. He played and served very well, but the match could barely be described as a contest. It means New York is still on course for a long awaited first US Open meeting between Nadal and Federer. Just three more wins apiece required.

    Roger Federer
  51. 2225: 

    That's all from me, folks. Thanks for your company throughout the afternoon and into the evening. David Ornstein will be back a bit later to bring you live coverage of Heather Watson's first round match against Simona Halep. Until next time, it's good night from me.

  52. 2217: 
    Sara Errani

    Sara Errani needs just 51 minutes to beat Olivia Rogowska 6-0 6-0 on Louis Armstrong. Rogowska won just 11 points on the Errani serve and clocked up a massive 38 unforced errors to her opponent's 13.

  53. 2210: 

    Roger Federer beats Grega Zemlja 6-2 6-2 7-5 to advance to the second round.

    Federer brings up three match points with a lovely backhand stop volley that just clears the net. He goes for the show-stopping big cross court backhand, but he dumps it in the net. He makes no mistake on the next one, though, taking the match with a forehand winner.

  54. 2208: 

    Zemlja sends a forehand long to give Federer a break point - his 10th of the match - and the Swiss takes it with a crunching forehand winner. The five-time US Open champion is just four points away from the second round.

  55. 2206:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    You can listen to the conclusion of the Federer v Zemlja match on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra right now.

  56. 2204: 

    Zemlja holds serve to put the pressure back on Federer who must serve for the set. But the Swiss soaks up the pressure, winning the game to love to level things up again at 5-5. Now where was that kind of form in the last service game? He could be sat in the locker room right now.

  57. 2157: 

    Well would you look at that. Zemlja has rustled up his first break point of the match as errors start creeping into Federer's game. The first one goes wanting, as the does the second but he grabs the third courtesy of a backhand error by Federer. We're back on level terms at 4-4 in the third set. I was not expecting to be saying that a few minutes ago.


    Laura Lambert: Federer certainly not lacking in power, suggesting back OK, and great at net! Zemlja frustratingly inconsistent.

  59. 2154: 

    Zemlja's resistance in the third set is finally broken as a backhand volley error gifts Federer the break and a 4-3 lead in the third set. The end for Zemlja is almost certainly near.

  60. 2150: 

    Sara Errani, who reached the semi-finals in New York last year, is racing through her first round match against Olivia Rogowska on Louis Armstrong. The fourth seed needed just 22 minutes to take the first set 6-0 and she's broken early in the second to lead 1-0.

  61. 2142: 

    We're with serve in the third set between Federer and Zemlja. The Slovenian finally puts some pressure on the Federer serve in the fourth game, bringing up 30-30, but he then undoes all his hard work with two sloppy errors. It's 2-2 in the third set, Federer already two sets to the good.

  62. 2136: 

    Sam Querrey, the 26th seed, beats Guido Pella 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-1 6-2 to progress to the second round while 25th seed Grigor Dimitrov lost 3-6 6-3 6-4 5-7 6-2 to Joao Sousa.

  63. 2127: 

    Blink and you'll miss it. Federer races through that service game, winning the game to love, to take the second set 6-2. The Swiss is now two sets up against Zemlja after just 48 minutes and has one foot in the second round.


    Ross McD: I don't think Fed can beat Nadal, Ferrer and one of Djokovic/Murray to win this title. He needs some shock results to others.

    Eton Rifle: Federer was a fantastic player. He dominated against some of the greats but his time has passed. He won't make another final.

    Dom Breslin: 1 set down, 17 more and Federer is the US Open Champion. Easy.

    Have your say using the #bbctennis or by texting 81111 (UK only)

  65. 2126: 

    Federer's back doesn't look to be giving him any trouble as he rattles through another couple of service game untroubled. Zemlja's serve than falls apart in the seventh game and two successive double faults gifts the five-time champion a second break to love and a 5-2 lead.

  66. 2123: 

    Carols Berlocq completes a five set victory over Santiago Giraldo, winning 6-3 2-6 6-7 (8-6) 6-4 6-2 out on Court 11. That means Britain's Heather Watson just has to wait for Donald Young and Martin Klizan to complete their match before she can get her US Open campaign off the ground.


    Andrew Priestly: Daft decision by the US Open organisers to put the defending champion at a disadvantage with his first round draw. Nonsensical.

  68. 2115: 
    Roger Federer

    Roger Federer keeps the pressure on in the second set against Grega Zemlja. The Swiss lets three break points go wanting but capitalises on a fourth. He then rattles through his own service game to take a 2-0 lead.

    The Slovenian simply has no answer to Federer's superior movement at the moment, the Swiss consistently dragging his opponent around the court before picking a ball to put away for a winner.

  69. 2110: 

    Over on Grandstand, fifth seed Tomas Berdych has raced out of the blocks against Paolo Lorenzi of Italy, leading 3-0 in the first set. Nicolas Almagro, the 15th seed, is on the back foot against Denis Istomin on Court 4, trailing by a set and 4-1 in the second.

    Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent

    "There's no question Andy Murray deserves top billing in a night session as he begins the defence of his title, but with thunderstorms forecast for the New York area tomorrow night, there has to be a real danger that he won't complete his first round match until the fourth day. The TV companies will love it, but it leaves Murray at the mercy of the weather, and potentially at a significant disadvantage to his rivals."


    Sixth seed Caroline Wozniacki who beat Ying-Ying Duan 6-2 7-5: Happy to be thru this first round! #usopen! Tough one but battled it out! Thanks for the support everybody!

  72. 2106: 

    Federer wastes little time in wrapping up the first set against Zemlja, serving out to love. The Swiss dropped just three points on serve in that set, which he won 6-3.

  73. 2101: 

    Roger Federer creates two break point opportunities on the Grega Zemlja serve - but he only needs one, crunching home a forehand winner to open up a 5-3 lead and an opportunity to serve for the first set.


    Rob in Ely, via text: How many people expected Federer to win Wimbledon last year? Never write the great man off.

    Tom H: Roger Federer has one more Wimbledon victory in him, can't see him winning on hard or clay court though.

    Joel in Torquay, via text: I can't help but feel that this is Federer's last realistic chance to win a major. He seems to have the energy and enthusiasm to beat Nadal and win one more.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport in New York

    "The schedule for Wednesday is out and to widespread surprise, Andy Murray must wait until the night session at midnight UK time to play Michael Llodra in his opening match. With the weather forecast uncertain, it's possible the Scot could be delayed further.

    "Roger Federer suffered that fate last night but is now out on a warm Arthur Ashe Stadium against Grega Zemlja. A cool breeze is very welcome for the - at a guess - 14,000 spectators. Even those up in the gods will be able to keep track of Zemlja, decked out in retina-scarring orange."

  76. 2055: 

    Grega Zemlja is really struggling with his first serve, he's only got 25% of them in play. But he is still managing to grind out service holds to keep himself in touch at 3-3 against Roger Federer.


    Tim Purcell: Love Feds to roll back the years and go out in a blaze of glory like Sampras but he'll come unstuck against a big hitter.

  78. 2051: 

    Roger Federer reels off his second successive love service game to take a 3-2 lead in the first set of his first round match with Grega Zemlja.


    Stewart Mills: Nobody can play tennis like the Federer...he's got one more in him...surely?

  80. 2048: 

    Big serving John Isner needed just one hour and 16 minutes to dispatch with Italian Filippo Volandri. The American seals the match with an ace, winning 6-0 6-2 6-3.

    Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent

    "Tuesday is now most definitely spluttering into life with the exit of the two Poles who contested a Wimbledon quarter-final less than two months ago. Jerzy Janowicz seems to have been been affected by a back problem in his defeat to Maximo Gonzalez of Argentina, while there will be no more celebrations reminiscent of 'The Ministry of Silly Walks' by Lukasz Kubot who lost to Karkko Nieminen."

  82. 2045: 

    Roger Federer has the honour of serving first and he wastes no time in mopping up the first game for the loss of just one point. Grega Zemlja, in what I have to say is a pretty garish orange shirt, looks unmoved, purposefully marching over to the ball boy ready to start his opening service game.

  83. 2042: 

    How do you rate Roger Federer's chances at this year's US Open? Can he win a sixth title at Flushing Meadows? Will he even be able to progress past round one follow his shock second round exit at Wimbledon? Tweet us using the hashtag #bbctennis or text 81111 (UK only), remembering to put your name on those messages.

  84. 2040: 

    Federer, who turned 32 this month, last made the US Open final in 2009. His last final in any Grand Slam was at Wimbledon 2012.

    Despite slipping down the rankings behind the likes of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, the Swiss believes he still has what it takes to win Grand Slam number 18.

    "Clearly when I come here I don't just look at trying to make quarters," he said. "I'm here trying to win the tournament."

  85. 2035: 

    First though, Federer needs to avoid an upset against Slovenia's Grega Zemlja. The 26-year-old, ranked 62 in the world, has won just one match in his last three tournaments.

    The two have played each other twice, most recently in Rotterdam earlier this year, with Federer winning both encounters in straight sets for the loss of four and five games respectively.

  86. 2029: 
    Roger Federer

    Roger Federer's 17 Grand Slam titles include five at the US Open. The Swiss was ranked world number one for more weeks than any man in history and was once feared by any man who dared to face him on the other side of the net.

    Now, the 32-year-old is in the twilight of his career. He was dumped out of Wimbledon in the second round - his earliest Grand Slam exit in more than a decade and finds himself seeded just seventh at Flushing Meadows. That means a potential clash with nemesis Rafael Nadal - who looked awesome in his victory over Ryan Harrison on Monday - in the quarter-finals...

  87. 2022: 

    The conclusion of the match between Ying-Ying Duan and Caroline Wozniacki means Roger Federer can finally walk out onto Arthur Ashe and begin his campaign for a sixth US Open title...

  88. 2018: 
    Caroline Wozniacki

    Ying-Ying Duan dumps a forehand in the net to gift Caroline Wozniacki victory in the first round on Arthur Ashe. The Dane looked comfortable in the first set, but was given a much sterner examination in the second set, winning 6-2 7-5.

  89. 2015: 
    Maximo Gonzalez

    Maximo Gonzalez lets out a roaring "come on" as he secures a shock victory over 14th seed Jerzy Janowicz on Court 13. The Argentine wins 6-4 6-4 6-2.

  90. 2011: 

    Jerzy Janowicz, the 14th seed who reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon earlier this year, looks like he'll be booking his flight home soon. A back injury has struggled with a back injury throughout the match and is now one game away from defeat. He trails Maximo Gonzalez 4-6 4-6 2-5.

  91. 2002: 

    Caroline Wozniacki, a 2009 US Open finalist, has turned it around on Arthur Ashe. Facing the prospect of a third set at 5-2 down in the second set, having won the first 6-2, the sixth seed has rattled off four games in a row against Ying Ying Duan to lead 6-5 and give herself the opportunity to serve for the match.

  92. 1951: 

    Big serving John Isner is pulling no punches out on Grandstand. The American was bumped off Arthur Ashe to accommodate Roger Federer and is in no mood to hang around in his first round match against Italian opponent Filippo Volandri. The 13th seed races through the first set 6-0 in just 15 minutes, smashing down seven aces in the process.

  93. 1945: 

    Dane Caroline Wozniacki is still on the ropes out on Arthur Ashe. The sixth seed is 5-2 down in the second set, having won the first 6-2, and facing the prospect of a third-set decider in her first-round match against Yin-Ying Duan of China.

  94. 1938:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Just a heads up that BBC Radio 5 live sports extra will have live coverage from Flushing Meadows from 2200 BST following the conclusion of the women's cricket.

    That'll be plenty of time to build up for Britain's Heather Watson's first round match against 21st seed Simona Halep around 2330 BST.

  95. 1928: 
    Rory McIlroy

    Caroline Wozniacki gave boyfriend and golf's world number four Rory McIlroy plenty to smile about in winning the first set 6-2. However, the sixth seed finds herself a break and 2-0 down in the second set against Ying-Ying Duan.

  96. 1923: 

    Before the US Open, Maximo Gonzalez, who is currently a set up against 14th seed Jerzy Janowicz, had earned $14,814 from tennis this year. By qualifying for the main draw at Flushing Meadows, he will earn more than double that - at least $36,000 - win or lose.

  97. 1918: 

    That medical time-out for treatment on his back seems to have done the trick for Jerzy Janowicz. The Pole, who lost the first set 6-4, breaks back against Maximo Gonzalez in the second set and then holds serve to level things up at 4-4.

  98. 1912: 
    Caroline Wozniacki

    It's all going rather well for former world number one Caroline Wozniacki. The sixth seed wins the first set 6-2 against Ying Ying Duan in 35 minutes on Arthur Ashe.

  99. 1910: 

    Things are going downhill for 14th seed Jerzy Janowicz - and fast. The Pole, who reached the Wimbledon semi-finals with an impressive run this summer, is 6-4 and 4-1 down against Maximo Gonzalez. After having his serve broken for the second time in the second set, the 22-year-old calls for a medical time-out for treatment on his lower back.

  100. 1900: 

    Julien Benneteau beats Michal Prysiezny 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4 in two hours 44 minutes out on Court 4. The 31st seed will play either Sergiy Stakhovsky or Jeremy Chardy in the second round with a potential clash with fifth seed Tomas Berdych in the round three.

  101. 1846: 

    Sixth seed Caroline Wozniacki breaks Ying-Ying Duan in the first game of their first round match on Arthur Ashe, and then recovers from 0-30 down on her own serve to win the game and take a 2-0 lead. Elsewhere, Alize Cornet, the French 26th seed, wins the first set 6-3 against Maria Joao Koehler of Portugal.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport in New York

    "Ana Ivanovic, who dropped just two games in beating Anna Tatishvili, says she is driven by the desire to regain the form that won her the French Open and made her world number one in 2008. The 25-year-old world number 15 split with British coach Nigel Sears over the summer and now has a Serbian team around her.

    "'It's my only goal I have at the moment,' she said. 'I really want to get back to the top of the game. I believe I have qualities to do so. Once you're in the top, you don't really feel satisfied with being, you know, in top 15. You really want to aim and push yourself. That's where I am at. I really want to put my head down and work hard and try to maximise my potential.'"

  103. 1840: 

    Danish sixth seed Caroline Wozniacki and Ying-Ying Duan of China have completed their warm up on Arthur Ashe and we're under way with the latter having the honour of serving first.

  104. 1833: 

    Jerzy Janowicz, who reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon this year, is under pressure out on Court 13. The Polish 14th seed is 5-3 down against Maximo Gonzalez of Argentina, who has never been past the second round in four appearances at Flushing Meadows.

  105. 1825: 

    Canadian Milos Raonic fires down a 134mph ace to beat Italy's Thomas Fabbiano in straight sets - 6-3 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 - and set up a second round tie with Pablo Andujar of Spain.

  106. 1816: 
    Petra Kvitova

    It's all over on Arthur Ashe as seventh seed Petra Kvitova beats Misaki Doi of Japan 6-2 3-6 6-1. The Czech player lost her way in the second set, and even had her serve broken at 4-0 up in the third, but she got it back together to break back and then hold serve to clinch an appearance in the second round.

  107. 1809: 

    It seems the second set was just a blip for Petra Kvitova, the seventh seed regaining control of her first round encounter against Misaki Doi of Japan. The Czech player is 4-0 up in the third and deciding set out on Arthur Ashe. Sixth seed Caroline Wozniacki, who is next up on the main show court, will be readying herself.

  108. 1803: 
    Nicolas Massu

    Former Olympic champion Nicolas Massu of Chile has announced his retirement from professional tennis.

    The 33-year-old player ends a 17-year career which saw him reach a high of number nine in the world in 2004, the same year he won gold in both singles and doubles at the Athens Olympics.

    Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent

    "Poor old John Isner. He has had a stellar American summer - winning Washington and taking out Gasquet, Raonic, Djokovic and Del Potro en route to the final in Cincinnati - but he still has to defer to Roger Federer in his home Grand Slam. The American was due to play Filippo Volandri on the Arthur Ashe show court but was relegated to Grandstand as soon as it became apparent that Federer's opening match would need to be rescheduled because of Monday night's rain."

  110. 1753: 

    Russian Elena Vesnina hits seven winners and just one unforced error on her way to a 6-1 6-1 demolition of Germany's Annika Beck. The 22nd seed will play either Karin Knapp of Italy or qualifier Grace Min of the United States.

  111. 1748: 

    German Philipp Kohlschreiber drops just five games on his way to a 6-1 6-3 6-1 victory over Collin Altamirano of the United States. The 22nd seed will play either Albert Montanes or Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the second round.

  112. 1740: 

    Petra Kvitova has work to do out on Arthur Ashe. Having cruised through the first set 6-2, the Czech seventh seed has only gone and lost the second set of her first round encounter with Misaki Doi of Japan 6-3. It's now a one-set shoot-out.


    America's 1998 US Open champion Lindsay Davenport: Day 2 of the US Open. Gosh I'm not a fan of men's 1st rounds spread over 3 days. Unfair to Murray and others who start Wednesday.

  114. 1730: 

    Roberta Vinci, who won the women's doubles with Sara Errani in New York last year, advances to the second round of the singles with a routine 6-4 6-2 victory over Timea Babos. The 10th seed hit just three unforced errors as she won in one hour and 15 minutes.

  115. 1720: 

    Seventh seed Petra Kvitova is in a spot of bother over on Arthur Ashe. The Czech won the first set 6-2 but now finds herself 4-1 down in the second against Misaki Doi of Japan.

    It's better news for Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, who reached the fourth round in New York last year. The 22nd seed is two sets up against Collin Altamirano of the United States and leads 2-1 in the third with a break as well.


    Stedox: I think Roger Federer can pull off a surprise this year.

    Federer is the third match on Arthur Ashe - the main show court at Flushing Meadows. The Swiss five-time champion was supposed to play last night, but rain forced him to pack up and head back to the hotel.

  117. 1716: 
    Maria Kirilenko

    Maria Kirilenko makes short work of Yanina Wickmayer, cruising through her first round match 6-1 6-1 in just 59 minutes. The Russian only hit three winners, but that was three more than her Belgian opponent.

  118. 1709: 
    Ana Ivanovic

    Ana Ivanovic needs less than an hour to dispatch Anna Tatishvili in straight sets. The 2008 French Open champion, who is seeded 13th in New York, won the first set 6-2 and then blitzed the second 6-0 in just 23 minutes. She hit 16 winners, to her opponent's eight, and took seven of her nine break-point opportunities.

  119. 1706: 

    Petra Kvitova sweeps through the first set against Misaki Doi, taking it 6-2 in just 35 minutes. The seventh seed hit 13 winners, to her opponent's seven.

  120. 1702: 

    Caroline Wozniacki, who is second up on Arthur Ashe - but not before 1800 BST - is hitting a few balls on the practice courts with boyfriend Rory McIlroy watching on. The Dane, who spent two years as world number one without winning a Grand Slam, arrives in New York on the back of a semi-final defeat in New Haven and a run to the quarter-finals in Cincinnati.

  121. 1655: 

    Things are going well for the seeds at the moment, with Frenchman Julien Benneteau, the 31st seed, taking the first set 6-4 against Michal Prysiezny of Poland with 10th seed Roberta Vinci one set to the good in her first round encounter with Timea Babos.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport in New York

    "Canadian 10th seed Milos Raonic has, not unsurprisingly, moved swiftly to the top of the service speed charts with an early effort of 145mph (233kph) on his way to taking the first set against Thomas Fabbiano on Louis Armstrong Stadium. Raonic overtakes Fernando Verdasco's mark of 138mph yesterday, which didn't help the Spaniard avoid defeat against Ivan Dodig."

  123. 1649: 

    Russia's Maria Kirilenko closes out the first set 6-1 and then breaks Yanina Wickmayer in the first game of the second set. Over on Louis Armstrong, 10th seed Milos Raonic has taken the first set 6-3 against Thomas Fabbiano.

  124. 1644: 

    Petra Kvitova is cruising along on Arthur Ashe, the seventh seed leading 4-1 with a double break against Misaki Doi of Japan. Kvitova has never been past the fourth round at Flushing Meadows in five attempts. Should she make the quarter-finals for the first time, she would set up a potential encounter with Victoria Azarenka, the second seed.

  125. 1638: 

    Ana Ivanovic, dressed in orange - which seems to be a popular colour of choice this year - strolls back to her chair having wrapped up the first set against Anna Tatishvili 6-2 in just 35 minutes on Grandstand.

  126. 1629: 

    Russia's Maria Kirilenko, who lost to Laura Robson in the first round at Wimbledon, is 4-1 up against Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium out on Court 17. The 26-year-old hasn't had the best of build ups, losing in the second round in Toronto and Cincinnati before arriving in New York.

  127. 1622: 

    Play is well under way at Flushing Meadows with seventh seed Petra Kvitova breaking Misaki Doi of Japan in the first game over on Arthur Ashe. It's going rather well for former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic, too, the Serb 3-1 up in her first round encounter against Anna Tatishvili on Grandstand.

  128. 1618: 

    So what did you think of Dan Evans and Laura Robson's performance on day one? And how do you rate Heather Watson's chances of beating in-form Simona Halep later on today? And what of Roger Federer, 32, who is ranked a lowly seventh for this tournament? Can the five-time champion rustle up a run to the final? Tweet us using the #bbctennis hashtag or text 81111 (UK only), remembering to put your name on those text messages. Thanking you in advance.

  129. 1614: 
    Sam Stosur

    Sam Stosur, who beat Serena Williams at Flushing Meadows in 2011 to win her first Grand Slam title, is seeded 11th for this year's tournament. She'll play Victoria Duval fourth on Louis Armstrong.

    Novak Djokovic, the 2011 champion, headlines the night session on Arthur Ashe when he takes on Ricardas Berankis before last year's women's singles finalist Victoria Azarenka takes on Dinah Pfizenmaier.

  130. 1610: 
    Petra Kvitova

    But before Heather Watson, we've got plenty to look forward to on day two with seventh seed and 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova (pictured) kicking things off on Arthur Ashe. Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki follows before five-time champion Roger Federer takes on Grega Zemlja in a match which was rescheduled to today after rain brought a premature end to proceedings last night.

  131. 1607: 

    When she eventually gets on court later today, Heather Watson - the 2009 US Open junior champion - will face a tough test against Romanian Simona Halep, who beat Petra Kvitova in the New Haven final on Saturday.

    "I've got a tough first round," said Watson, 21. "She's had the best year of her career; she's won four tournaments already. It's not going to be easy but it's a Grand Slam and no matches are easy. I see every draw you get in a Slam as a good draw."

  132. 1605: 
    Heather Watson

    Hello everybody and a very warm welcome to our live text commentary of day two of the US Open at Flushing Meadows. We've got two Brits already through to the second round - and defending champion Andy Murray hasn't even hit a ball yet. He's not in action until tomorrow, but first it's the turn of Heather Watson, who takes on 21st seed Simona Halep in the fourth match on Court 11. That'll be about 2300 BST.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport in New York

    "What was the name of that British guy? Daniel? Dan?..... Daniel.... Evans.' He might not have a billboard on Times Square quite yet but Britain's number three certainly caught the attention of the media room with his win over Kei Nishikori, and he even made the nightly ESPN highlights show. Granted, the discussion centred on what's gone wrong for Nishikori, who looked pretty crestfallen in his post-match press conference. While 'Evo' enjoys a day off, the first round continues with Tuesday's day session set for fair conditions but more threats of rain later in the day."

  134. 1600: 
    Dan Evans

    Britain's Dan Evans was the big US Open story in the papers this morning, his surname an open goal for headline writers. "Evans Above" was the choice of the Daily Mail, while the Independent went for "Good Evans". They were, of course, referring to the 23-year-old's remarkable victory over 11th seed Kei Nishikori, ranked 162 places above him, in the first round.

    Laura Robson, who is seeded at a Grand Slam for the first time at 30th, gave Britain two reasons to be happy on day one in New York with a nervy victory over Lourdes Dominguez Lino. Can Heather Watson make it three out of three?

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