US Open 2013: day four as it happened

Live text commentary as British qualifier Dan Evans beats Bernard Tomic in round two, with Roger Federer also through.

29 August 2013 Last updated at 23:06

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    Right then, with British qualifier Dan Evans safely through to round three I am going to bid you farewell. Rafael Nadal and Caroline Wozniacki are both in action later in day four's night session (not at the same time obviously) but that is me done and dusted.

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    Women's seventh seed Petra Kvitova also progressed, beating Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski 6-2 6-4. The Czech star faces Alison Riske of the United States in her next match.

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    Former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, who won the women's singles at Flushing Meadows in 2004, is also into the last 32 after beating China's Shuai Peng 6-1 4-6 6-4 - she will play Flavia Pennetta, the conqueror of fourth seed Sara Errani, in round three.

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    I've got some results to tell you about too. Christine McHale of the United States, who was keeping fans entertained on the big screens at Flushing Meadows earlier, is through to round three after beating Elina Svotlina of Ukraine 6-4 3-6 7-5. McHale will play Ana Ivanovic next after the Serbian 13th seed - a former world number one - beat Romania's Alexandra Dulgheru 6-2 6-1.

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    Right, what's happening around the courts? The women's second seed, Victoria Azarenka, is on Louis Armstrong for starters and is having a scream, or should I say a screech. Azarenka is a set up against Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak, leading 6-3 1-0 after holding in the first game of the second set too. If you open your windows, you can probably hear her...

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    Former British number one Anne Keothavong: .@Evo151216 you're the man! Well done! Ready to watch @laurarobson5 and @andy_murray kick ass tomorrow. #backthebrits

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    Jamie Murray's doubles partner John Peers: Got a great start at the US Open w @jamie_murray today winning 6 and 4. #letskeeponrolling #UsOpen

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    British number one Andy Murray: Great nipples from Dan Evans (@Evo151216) never once seen that on a tennis court... Got the physio on due to nipple rash...

  9. 2226: 
    Dan Evans into round three of the US Open

    It all looked pretty grim for Dan Evans when he lost the first set in just 22 minutes against Bernard Tomic.

    Things got better for the 23-year-old world number 179 from then on, though, didn't they? He ended up winning his second-round match in two hours and 29 minutes. Evans hit 44 winners in total - most of them came via his forehand, which was his most potent weapon.

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    As I mentioned earlier, British qualifier Dan Evans will play either Spain's Tommy Robredo, the 19th seed, or Canada's Frank Dancevic in the last 32 - they have just started over on Court 11, with the score 2-2 in the first set.

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    Mark Underwood: Glad Dan nipped that soreness in the bud.

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    Louise Sanders: Gobsmacked - in a good way!

    Stuie Neale: Well done Dan Evans!

    Rayhan Uddin: Dan Evans definitely attended the Andy Murray school of nonchalance. Love it!

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    OUCH!- Dan Evans into round three of the US Open

    Ah, it turns out the reason Dan Evans had treatment at the start of the fourth set was because he had... sore nipples.

    "I'm going to get a bit of stick about that!" he said.

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    Dan Evans into round three of the US Open

    More from Dan Evans on how he fought back from a set down to beat Bernard Tomic: "He plays pretty unorthodox and I started to play like he did in the first set - I let him dictate. In the second I started to serve better and smarter then felt pretty comfortable from then on. He wasn't hurting me on my serve."

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    Dan Evans into round three of the US Open
    Dan Evans

    Dan Evans speaking about his win over Bernard Tomic on Sky Sports (It's fair to say he is not getting carried away with his success): "It's a nice thing to do but I want to play again on Saturday. I don't know who I play but it will be good to win that one as well."

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    British number one Andy Murray: Evooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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    Rachel T: Dan Evans, take a bow! In fact, take as many bows as you want! Amazing!

    Rufio Rufio RU-FI-OO: Dan Evans!! Wow.

    Jamie: ... stunned...

  18. 2200: 
    Dan Evans into round three of the US Open

    You could not make it up. Britain's Dan Evans, who came through qualifying, will play Spain's Tommy Robredo, the 19th seed, or Canada's Frank Dancevic in the last 32 of the US Open.

    After the way Evans has played this week, and the way he played today after recovering from that poor first start, he will definitely fancy his chances.

  19. 2156: 
    GAME, SET AND MATCH- Dan Evans beats Bernard Tomic 1-6 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-3

    Here we go then. He starts well too: Two big serves and Evans is 30-0 up. Two points away from round three... No, make that one point away - he has just fired down another winner. Tomic claws one point back but it will not stop the Boy from Brum now... He bangs down a serve that Tomic can only net... and victory is his! Increddible stuff.

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    *Evans 1-6 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 5-3 Tomic

    Tomic has been playing death or glory stuff for a while now and I'm not sure he has got anything else up his sleeve. He is still making mistakes, but eventually holds out with an ace. It doesn't matter too much - but this game does... Evans to serve for the match next!

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    Peter Cooper: How has this even happened? Did he do a Djokovic and go on the magical gluten free diet? He's playing like a Top 20! C'mon Dan!

  22.  
    Evans 1-6 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 5-2 Tomic*

    Exactly the right response, from Evans' point of view, sees him race to 40-0 before he takes a tumble at the back of the court. Is he hurt? No.

    "I'm fine," he says. His next serve confirms it, and he is now just one game away from the third round of the US Open. Yes, you did read that right.

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    *Evans 1-6 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 4-2 Tomic

    These are the fine lines between serving for the match and having the pressure put back on: At 15-30, a Tomic forehand catches about a millimetre of the tram-line, something I know because Evans challenged it. Instead of 15-40, the score is 30-all, and Tomic goes on to hold out, helped by a limp Evans volley. Even so, the Brit is still on top.

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    Evans 1-6 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 4-1 Tomic*

    The nearer Evans gets to victory, the more nervous I am going to become. Hopefully the boy from Brum is made of sterner stuff than me. It certainly looks that way here - at 30-all a wobble would be costly but his serves are like cement - solid - and thankfully Tomic's groundstrokes are off-target. That is four games in a row for the Brit.

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    Stephen Parkinson: Dan Evans playing great tennis, winning the 3rd set tie breaker was crucial. Hopefully trainer call was nothing serious.

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    *Evans 1-6 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 3-1 Tomic

    Evans had some treatment at the start of the fourth set but he is showing no ill-effects here. At 30-all he is thinking of another break but a sublime forehand winner down the line curls in - just - to save the day for Tomic.

    It doesn't last... Evans hustles and harries and fires down a forehand winner of his own. The pressure is on Tomic and I am not sure he has the stomach for a fight like this - he flops a forehand into the net and the break belongs to Evans in the end.

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    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport in New York

    "Real drama on Court 17 as a gentleman stumbles up the steps carrying four beers and displays remarkable balance for a big man to save me from a soaking. Evans remains the aggressor down below us, some of his volleying has been Henmanesque. On his recent great run, Evans reached two Challenger finals but failed to convert match points in both. Closing this out will not be easy."

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    Ben Priestley: ‏I need Dan to win, otherwise with England getting a 20/20 battering, it's a long Friday ahead for a 'Pom' at work in Melbourne.

  29.  
    Evans 1-6 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 2-1 Tomic*

    Evans is on a roll. He holds to love, yelling again as he makes for his chair. Tomic stares blankly in response. Does he care? Who knows.

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    *Evans 1-6 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 1-1 Tomic

    Is Evans running out of steam? He took a time-out in his chair while he watched an unsuccessful challenge unfold in that first game of the fourth set. The answer is a resounding NO, despite some acrobatic volleying by Tomic. Evans yells his approval as he breaks back immediately.

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    GAME, SET AND MATCH

    Fourth seed David Ferrer is safely through to round three too, seeing off fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut 6-3 6-7 (7-5) 6-1 6-2.

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    Evans 1-6 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 0-1 Tomic*

    So, Evans is one set from victory but there is still some work to be done here - Tomic actually looks bothered in this game for a start and Evans hardly helps himself with a couple of optimistic and unsuccessful drop-shot attempts. That puts the Aussie 30-40 up and he completes the break when Evans nets a volley.

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    GAME, SET AND MATCH

    On Arthur Ashe Stadium, seventh seed Roger Federer has flexed his forearm against Carlos Berlocq and is into round three after completing the most straighforward 6-3 6-2 6-1 win you will ever see. Fed will play Adrian Mannarino of France or 26th seed Sam Querrey of the United States next.

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    GAME AND SECOND SET- *Evans 1-6 6-3 7-6 (7-4) Tomic

    Evans is flying now and going for everything, making the odd error but wrong-footing Tomic again to quickly move 6-3 up - that's three set points, the first two on his own serve.

    Tomic saves one with a flying forehand winner from behind the baseline - that was superb - but Evans will not be denied, running around the next shot to fizz a fierce forehand winner down the line. Wow - the world number 179 leads the world number 52 by two sets to one.

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    TIE-BREAK- Evans 1-6 6-3 6-6 (4-2) Tomic

    Evans starts the tie-break with a bang, or a winner to be precise but is soon back to square one when Tomic manages the mini-break-back. Evans is in at the net to go 2-1 up but a Tomic ace makes it 2-2. Another big serve puts the Aussie 3-2 up... No, hang on - Evans challenges and is proved right, then off the second serve the Brit comes in again to put away a brilliant backhand volley to go 3-2 up, following up with his favourite shot tonight, a big forehand winner to go 4-2 ahead.

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    Evans 1-6 6-3 6-6 Tomic

    One return of pure genius by Tomic is not enough to put Evans in trouble. It's tie-break time...

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    On Arthur Ashe Stadium, Roger Federer is in control against Carlos Berlocq and, at 6-3 6-2 4-0 seems certain to be in round three soon.

    Over on Louis Armstrong Stadium, fourth seed David Ferrer looks like joining him after getting over his blip against fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut - Ferrer now leads 6-3 6-7 (7-5) 6-1 4-1.

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    *Evans 1-6 6-3 5-6 Tomic

    While Evans is under pressure in his service games, Tomic is coasting through his. He holds to love and the Brit will have to do it all again to stay in the third set. How are you lot feeling? Confident?

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    Evans 1-6 6-3 5-5 Tomic*

    At 4-5 in the third set, this is not a good time for Evans' first serve to go missing. Which it does.

    At 15-30 he is in a spot of bother but Tomic's shot selection is poor and the chance goes begging. Evans keeps plugging away and more Tomic mistakes put him 40-30 up before he runs around a forehand to put away a winner and level the match, which remains very much in the balance.

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    *Evans 1-6 6-3 5-4 Tomic

    Hmmmm, Evans is certainly not afraid to have a go at the Tomic serve but his aggression is picking him up a couple of points rather than threatening another break. Tomic holds and is one game away from the third set.

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    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport in New York

    "Court 17 continues to gain numbers as the match progresses and if it goes to seven or eight sets, it could be full. Judy Murray is among the recent arrivals as Evans starts to threaten another major upset. Burgers and beers are being demolished all around me."

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    Peter Riley: Dan, dan, dan, dan, dan, dan, dan, dan, dan, dan, dan, dan, dan, dan, dan, dan, dan! Go on Dan Evans!

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    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport in New York

    "Evans the aggressor... smell of burgers distracting me more than him."

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    Evans 1-6 6-3 4-4 Tomic*

    Ditto by Evans. He holds to love, following big serves with clean winners. A nice combination to have.

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    *Evans 1-6 6-3 3-4 Tomic

    That flurry of breaks seems to be behind us, for now at least. This is a classy service game by Tomic, sealed with an ace.

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    Evans 1-6 6-3 3-3 Tomic*

    This is a real battle now and Evans seems to be the man up for the fight. It's difficult to know what Tomic is thinking at times, though, because he greets success and failure the same way. It's the latter for him here, as Evans survives a wobble to hold out.

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    *Evans 1-6 6-3 2-3 Tomic
    Bernard Tomic

    Two contrasting styles on show here: Tomic is aloof, while Evans is a ball of energy. The Aussie floats around the court while Evans scampers but the Brit has got some serious shots in his locker too. It's just a shame for him that he mixes brilliance with the sort of sloppiness that will have him back playing in Wrexham next year if he is not careful. Two more break points come and go for Evans, before Tomic survives to hold out.

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    Louise Sanders: Go on Dan! Far from the deer in the headlights I saw at the Davis Cup in Liverpool a few years back.

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    Evans 1-6 6-3 2-2 Tomic*

    Well, I wouldn't call it routine, but Evans gets his hold. He is coasting at 30-0 when he throws in a couple over over-cooked forehands that give Tomic a sniff. That's all he gets, though, because two big serves see Evans home.

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    Women's seventh seed Petra Kvitova is on top against Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski in her second-round match - she took the first set 6-2 and is a break up in the second, leading 2-1.

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    Jamie: Breaks a-go-go in this match.

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    *Evans 1-6 6-3 1-2 Tomic

    Tomic's serve has been all over the show for the last set and a bit and I have not had to use the phrase 'routine hold' for a while. That's exactly what this is, though. Now Evans needs the same...

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    Matthew McCrum: Just getting home now. The commentary has been torture! C'mon Evo. Go hard or go home! Evo in 5?

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    Evans 1-6 6-3 1-1 Tomic*

    Well, it was good while it lasted. Evans' three-game winning streak lurches to an immediate halt as his own serve comes off the rails. Tomic is still inconsistent but that is good enough for him to break back here.

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    *Evans 1-6 6-3 1-0 Tomic
    Dan Evans

    Wow! Evans is full of confidence now and playing like he can believes he can beat anyone. Tomic, in contrast, is starting to doubt himself... and is starting to look awfully fragile. The Australian leads 40-0 on serve but Evans keeps going, keeps the ball in play, and is rewarded first by reaching deuce and then by sealing ANOTHER break.

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    On Arthur Ashe Stadium, Roger Federer took that first set against Argentina's Carlos Berlocq 6-3 and is a break up at 2-1 in the second. Over on Louis Armstrong Stadium, fourth seed David Ferrer is finding things a bit trickier against fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut - Ferrer took the first set 6-3 but Bautista-Agut hit back, taking the second set in a tie-break. Ferrer leads 3-0 in the third set, though.

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    GAME AND SECOND SET- Evans 1-6 6-3 0-0 Tomic*

    Hardly the perfect start for Evans, who finds himself 0-30 down and swearing at himself after a sloppy start. He recovers well, though, banging down a big serve and smashing away an overhead as he claws his way to 40-30 and a first set-point. A double-fault brings another angry response but he steadies himself on deuce and soon has a second set-point. Tomic digs in to save that one too, but an ace brings Evans ANOTHER set-point (his third).

    This time? No, he spoons a forehand into the stand but next time? Yes... Tomic fires a backhand wide and we are all-square at a set-apiece.

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    *Evans 1-6 5-3 Tomic

    In short, yes! Fortunately for Evans, Tomic's serve has gone walkabout in the last half-hour or so and he keeps handing chance after chance to the Brit, who seals his latest break with a backhand overhead smash. Evans will serve for the second set next.

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    Evans 1-6 4-3 Tomic*

    Ah. If only Dan had listened to Jonathon (below). Instead, he rushes through this service game, which is littered by his unforced errors. We are back on serve in this second set, but only in the loosest sense - there have now been four breaks. More to follow?

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    Jonathon Solomons: The boy Evans is back in it! Service game without double faults is the difference for Dan right now.

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    *Evans 1-6 4-2 Tomic

    All of a sudden, Evans is on top. He is moving well all over the court, putting away a beauty of a volleyed winner to take him to 15-40 and TWO more break points.

    Can he take these too? Initially, the anser is no - he goes for a big winner of the first one - and is wildly off target. His second chance is a different story - this time he puts the ball back in play and it is Tomic who makes the mistake.

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    Evans 1-6 3-2 Tomic*

    This is now Evans' best spell of the match - his serve is nowhere near as reliable as Tomic's but he is causing the Australian a lot of problems when he gets it in. A good hold, and he has the lead in this second set.

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    *Evans 1-6 2-2 Tomic

    Hang on, though, maybe that window is about to open again? Tomic's shots are all over the place all of a sudden and Evans breaks back, without doing anything very special. Maybe the trick for the Brit is to be a bit cute and keep the rallies going here?

  64. 2014: 
    ELSEWHERE

    Seventh seed Roger Federer (that just doesn't sound right does it?) is a break up in the first set of his second-roun match against Argentina's Carlos Berlocq, leading 5-2, while fourth seed David Ferrer leads fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut by a set and is on serve at 5-6 in the second

    And another men's seed, the 17th seed from Serbia Janko Tipsarevic to be precise, is into round two, seeing off Israel's Dudi Sela 6-4 6-4 6-1.

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    Evans 1-6 1-2 Tomic*

    Oh dear. Those break-points that came and quickly went for Evans look very costly now. His focus seems astray as he serves sloppily and fires in some wild groundstrokes that leave him at 0-40. Credit to Evans, he keeps fighting and gets back to 30-40 thanks to a very brave drop shot, but his next forehand is long and Tomic has ANOTHER break.

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    *Evans 1-6 1-1 Tomic

    Even better by Evans? Almost.

    It is Tomic's turn to make a succession of unforced errors, and suddenly the Brit is 15-40 up and on the Australian's second serve. That's as good as it gets for him, though, because he cannot make the most of the window of opportunity - he makes a mess of his next return and, helped by a net-cord in his favour, his third of the game, Tomic's serve is soon back on top. That slamming noise you just heard was the window of opportunity shutting in Evans' face.

  67.  
    Evans 1-6 1-0 Tomic*

    Better by Evans, who is a threat when he slows down his serve - he only got 53% of his first serves in in the first set - and settles himself down. His first hold for a while is not entirely straightforward, but it is a vital one to stem the tide of this match.

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    Jonathon Solomons: Come on Dan, slow it down, cut out some errors and get back into this!

  69. 1959: 
    GAME AND FIRST SET- *Evans 1-6 0-0 Tomic

    It has taken Bernard Tomic a shade over 20 minutes to take the first set, and he has not had to work too hard for it. Dan Evans made 10 unforced errors and never really put Tomic under pressure, save for that sole break point. Still, it's early days...

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    Evans 1-5 Tomic*

    Ouch, part II. Evans is still working his way into rallies but is making too many mistakes to ruin his hard work, and even the net seems to be against him - the ball flies up off the net-cord as he comes in for a volley with Tomic on the run, and smacks against his chest. That's another break for Tomic.

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    *Evans 1-4 Tomic

    Dan Evans went a break down early in the match against Kei Nishikori in the last round too, and that did not seem to bother him too much, did it? The Brummie comes back fighting, and soon has a break-back point of his own... before Tomic responds with some big serves that dig him out of a hole.

  72.  
    Evans 1-3 Tomic*

    Ouch. Double-faultitis hits Dan Evans, in a big way, and the bottom falls out of his service game. Bernard Tomic did not really have to do much to get the first break of the match - a couple of double faults and two unforced errors by Evans did pretty much everything for him.

  73.  
    *Evans 1-2 Tomic

    When Dan Evans gets into a rally, he looks favourite to take the point. Sadly for him it does not happen often enough on the Bernard Tomic serve this time around. The Australian is into his rhythm and banging down some big shots.

  74.  
    Evans 1-1 Tomic*

    A decent response by Dan Evans too. He starts with an ace and stays on the attack as he expertly moves Tomic around the court. Yes, he makes a mistake or too, but still a comfortable hold.

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    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport in New York

    It's baking hot on Court 17, which is a great little bull ring of an arena but offers no shade whatsoever. A very sparse crowd was in when the match started, with GB Davis Cup captain Leon Smith and fitness trainer Steve Kotze - credited with a major part in Evans' recent good form - among those taking their seats. Plenty of British voices around as the place begins to fill up."

  76.  
    *Evans 0-1 Tomic

    Not the worst start for Dan Evans, who gets to 30-all and deuce, mainly off Bernard Tomic's weaker second serve. Tomic's first delivery is lot more reliable, though, giving him four out of five points as he holds in the first game.

  77. 1937: 
    HERE WE GO

    Court 17 is hardly full to the brim but there are a few British fans in to watch Dan Evans in action. The warm-up is over - Bernard Tomic will serve first...

  78. 1936: 
    Can Evans beat Tomic?
    Bernard Tomic

    Bernard Tomic is one of tennis's bad-boys, and his dad has been in a bit of trouble recently too, but Dan Evans has attitude too... just not always the right kind. You can find out more about him from this piece which looks at his talent, his tattoos and his troubles.

  79. 1929: 

    So, over to you Dan Evans. The British number three has just arrived on Court 17, where he has just stocked up his fridge.

  80. 1928: 
    GAME, SET AND MATCH
    Serena Williams

    No more screaming from Serena Williams as she wraps up her 6-2 6-0 win over Kazakhstan's Galina Voskoboeva in an hour and nine minutes. The defending champion and top seed will face another Khazakh player, Yaroslava Shvedova, in round three.

  81. 1924: 
    Can Evans beat Tomic?

    Dan Evans upset the 11th seed Kei Nishikori of Japan in round one, surprising a lot of people - including his opponent today.

    "I was very surprised because I practised with Kei early on in Bradenton and he was playing very, very good in practice," said Bernard Tomic.

    "I thought Kei was going to win that match. It shows you how anyone can play, and all these players that are playing here, they're good.

    "You can't take anyone for granted these days, because it proves that a guy that's 150 can play on this day and beat a guy almost top 10.

    "But for him to win against Kei was huge. I'm sure if he's playing against Kei way against me it's going to be very difficult for me, that's for sure."

  82. 1922: 
    GAME, SET AND MATCH

    Here we go folks. France's Alize Cornet has beaten Ajla Tomljanovic 6-2 6-2 and, if you have been paying attention, you will know that Britain's Dan Evans is next on Court 17, against Australia's Bernard Tomic.

  83. 1920: 
    GAME, SET AND MATCH

    We've lost another seed - the women's number 22 Elena Vesnina to be exact. The Russian lost 6-1 6-4 to Italy's Karin Knapp, who will face another Italian, 10th seed Roberta Vinci, in round three.

  84. 1915: 

    That loud scream from Serena Williams at the end of the first set seemed to be one of frustration, and she has certainly improved since getting it out of her system. I might have to try that myself in the office one day.

    Anyway, Williams has just broken Kazakhstan's Galina Voskoboeva for the second time in the second set and now leads 6-3 4-0.

    Roger Federer is next on Arthur Ashe when this one is done, and I reckon he should start doing some stretches in the locker room fairly soon. Fed's opponent is Argentina's Carlos Berlocq.

  85. 1909: 
    Evans v Tomic coming up
    Dan Evans

    Right then, we're getting closer to finding out if the Dan Evans dream will continue... France's Alize Cornet now leads Ajla Tomljanovic 6-2 4-1 on Court 17. Evans is up next - I just hope he remembers to put his shirt on - he was barechested when he was practicing earlier in the week.

  86. 1902: 
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    Will Dan Evans beat Bernard Tomic?

    Marc Handy: If Dan Evans capitalises on Tomic's inconsistency he can win it in 4 probably dropping a tie break... If not Tomic should win in 4.

  87. 1900: 
    GAME AND FIRST SET
    Serena Williams

    Defending champion and top seed Serena Williams has been serving solidly enough so far today but her return game has been a bit hit-and-miss, to say the least.

    Even so, she has got the first set in the bag against Kazakhstan's Galina Voskoboeva, wrapping it up 6-3 when the Moscow-born player netted a forehand. Serena celebrated by letting out an ear-splitting scream.

  88. 1852: 
    David Ferrer

    Meanwhile, over on Louis Armstrong Stadium, men's fourth seed and two-time semi-finalist David Ferrer has got his second-round match with Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut under way. It is 1-1 in the first set, and still on serve.

  89. 1849: 

    There is plenty to keep the crowds watching the big screen entertained too: Christine McHale is in the midst of a real ding-dong battle with Ukraine's Elina Svitolina on the Grandstand Court, with the world number 114 (McHale) taking the first set 6-4 before the world number 43 (Svitolina) clinched the second 6-3 to level. It is 5-5 in the decider.

  90. 1844:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport in New York

    "The temperature is steadily climbing at Flushing Meadows but there's an occasional gust of cool breeze, pretty good conditions. The main South Plaza is doing a brisk trade in $10 ham and cheese sandwiches, and local hope Christina McHale is holding the attention on the big screen. They're all waiting to see Britain's number three really."

  91. 1840: 
    GET INVOLVED

    By the way, if you've got a message for Dan Evans or one of the other British players battling away at Flushing Meadows, or want to see what they have been saying on social media, the LTA has a wall you can cyberscrawl on to #backthebrits

  92. 1838: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Will Dan Evans beat Bernard Tomic?

    Aaron Kumar: Evans has done well but you can't help but feel he will be out of his depth here... Tomic in 3.

  93. 1835: 

    Serena Williams, wearing a two-tone electric pink number today, is a break up in the first set against Galina Voskoboeva, who started well but has made a few errors of late. Serena leads 4-2, with gusts of wind making things difficult for both players.

  94. 1828: 
    GAME, SET AND MATCH
    Angelique Kerber

    Another seed to come through a right old battle today is Germany's Angelique Kerber. She had to dig deep against highly-rated, not to mention big-hitting and constantly attacking, Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard, who is very entertaining to watch - she goes for a winner in almost every point.

    Kerber's more considered approach saw her through, 6-4 2-6 6-3, however, after two hours and 16 minutes, including a final game that lasted more than 10 minutes on its own.

    The eighth seed plays Kai Kanepi of Estonia next.

  95. 1824: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Will Evans beat Tomic?

    Dubem Menakaya: Tomic is too good technically for Evans, it's incredibly unlikely that he wins, stranger things have happened though.

    Mark Henry: Tomic has no firepower but too much guile and variety for Evans. Evans will get frustrated and make a plethora of unforced errors. Tomic in three.

  96. 1823: 
    Evans v Tomic coming up
    Dan Evans

    A reminder that Britain's Dan Evans is due on Court 17 next for his second-round clash with Australia's Bernard Tomic. They will follow the match between France's Alize Cornet and Croatia's Ajla Tomljanovic - Cornet currently leads 4-2 in the first set.

  97. 1816: 
    GAME, SET AND MATCH

    And we lost fourth seed Sara Errani earlier but fellow Italian Roberta Vinci, seeded 10th, is safely through to the last 32 after battling back to beat Lucie Safarova 4-6 6-1 6-2. Vinci will play Russian 22nd seed Elena Vesnina or another Italian, Karin Knapp, in round three.

  98. 1812: 
    GAME, SET AND MATCH

    Ekaterina Makarova of Russia will play Sabine Lisicki in round three after beating Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-4 6-4. And Kurumi Nara is Jelena Jankovic's next opponent after the Japanese player upset 19th seed Sorana Cirstea of Romania 7-5 6-1.

  99. 1806: 
    Serena on court
    Serena Williams

    Defending champion Serena Williams has just arrived on court on the Arthur Ashe Stadium for her second-round match with Galina Voskoboeva, who was Russian born but now represents Kazakhstan. It is the top seed and world number one versus the world number 77, so on paper it is a bit of a mis-match. In reality, we will have to wait and see...

  100. 1801: 

    And I bring MORE good news for British tennis from Court 14. Jamie Murray and his Australian partner John Peers (or Mears as I called him last time) have beaten David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco, the Spanish ninth seeds, 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 in their first-round men's doubles match.

  101. 1753: 

    Hold on to your hats because we could have another upset on our hands on Louis Armstrong Stadium.

    German eighth seed Angelique Kerber took the first set 6-4 against world number 59 and rising star Eugenie Bouchard but the 19-year-old Canadian hit back 6-2 to level. Kerber has gone a break up early on in the decider but Bouchard, wearing a fetching pair of pink shoes to match her hat and sweatbands, is attacking every ball she sees and is not going to go quietly, if indeed she goes at all.

  102. 1747: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Vithun Illankovan: Sara Errani is the most epic fail of a No.4 seed ever.

  103. 1740: 
    SHOCK RESULT!
    Sara Errani

    And our first shock of the day. Italy's Flavia Pennetta, the world number 83, has beaten fourth seed Sara Errani 6-3 6-1 in 71 minutes. Errani's serve collapsed completely in the second set - and she won just four points off her own deliveries.

  104. 1732: 
    GAME, SET AND MATCH

    More results to tell you about. No problems for Jelena Jankovic against Alisa Kleybanova today - she is into round three, after a 6-2 6-3 win in 73 minutes. And Kai Kanepi polished off Anna Schmiedlova 6-4 6-1 in 78 minutes.

  105. 1726: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Will Evans beat Tomic?

    Gareth Bewley (again, but with a prediction this time): Fence sitting is great for the indecisive. Scared I might put the mockers on him so whisper it, but I think Dan's the man tonight

  106. 1723: 
    GAME, SET AND MATCH

    But none of them will beat Sabine Lisicki into round three. The German 16th seed has overpowered Paula Ormaechea 6-2 6-3, hitting 33 winners in all as she completed victory in 71 minutes.

  107. 1717: 
    ELSEWHERE

    Time for a quick glance around the courts at Flushing Meadows...

    We are into a deciding set on Court Eight, where Italian 10th seed Roberta Vinci lost the first set 6-4 against Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic, but has just taken the second set 6-1.

    On Court Nine, Estonia's Kaia Kanepi appears to be on her way into round three, leading Slovakia's Anna Schmiedlova 6-4 4-1.

    And on Court 11, Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova, the Russian 27th seed and US Open champion in 2004, took the first set 6-1 against China's Shuai Peng, and it is 3-3 in the second set.

  108. 1712: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Will Evans beat Tomic?

    Gareth Bewley: Both are great shotmakers and play attractive tennis. We need more like them...

    Yes, but who will win, Gareth?

  109. 1709: 
    GAME AND FIRST SET

    While Murray and Mears battle on, it appears we could we have an upset on our hands on Arthur Ashe Stadium. I'm safe to use my 'Italian up' icon whatever happens there, but it is the underdog who is enjoying herself the most so far - Flavia Pennetta, the world number 83, has taken the first set 6-3 against fourth seed Sara Errani.

  110. 1704: 

    I bring good news for British tennis from Court 14. Jamie Murray and his Australian partner John Peers have edged the first set 7-6 (7-4) in their first-round men's doubles match with David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco, the Spanish ninth seeds.

  111. 1700: 
    Anastasia Rodionova

    Anastasia Rodionova on Twitter: US Open car turned up 20 min late. Some things never change. I'll just ask the referee to wait for me for 20 min for my match #willworkforsure

    Rodionova is in action in the women's doubles today, teaming up with Russia's Alla Kudryavtseva in their first-round match... assuming she gets there in time.

  112. 1653: 
    GAME AND FIRST SET

    Jelena Jankovic, a finalist at Flushing Meadows in 2008, also has the first set in the bag, taking it 6-3 in her second-round match with Alisa Kleybanova.

    I'm sure the Serbian ninth seed is not taking anything for granted, mind. She is a whopping 351 places above Kleybanova in the WTA rankings, but it is the Russian who leads their head-to-head record 3-2.

  113. 1648: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Will Evans beat Tomic?

    Nick James: I just fancy Evans to win. He's focused, played more than Tomic and might just want it more

    DeathApeDisco: Tomic is a much better player than Evans, but sometimes he turns up and decides it's just not his day. Evans has to start fast.

  114. 1647: 
    GAME AND FIRST SET

    Fourth seed Sabine Lisicki's game is not ALL about power, you know? This year's Wimbledon runner-up closes out the first set of her second-round match 6-2 with a delicate drop shot that Paula Ormaechea cannot reach.

    It is not all bad news for Ormaechea, though, Lisicki won 12 out of 12 points on her first serve in that first set, but the German has had a shocking start to the second set, and has been broken to love.

  115. 1640:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport in New York

    "It's been a warm, overcast morning in New York and looks like it could be quite toasty by the time Dan Evans and Bernard Tomic take to the court in a few hours.

    "Evans might be from Solihull, but he's spent the last six weeks racking up the wins in North America and had a week at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, before heading to New York, so conditions should not be an issue. And light rain remains a possibility - he'll love that."

  116. 1633: 
    Sara Errani

    There are a whole host of second-round women's singles matches going on right now, on Arthur Ashe Stadium, Louis Armstrong Stadium and the outside courts... the pick of them is fourth seed Sara Errani against fellow Italian Flavia Pennetta, who has just broken to go 3-1 up.

    Errani, last year's US Open semi-finalist, enjoyed a double-bagel (6-0 6-0) win over Australia's Olivia Rogowska in the first round, but she has got a very different challenge on her hands today.

  117. 1625: 
    GET INVOLVED

    So, what are you guys expecting from Dan Evans today? Another display like the one in his shock win over 11th seed Kei Nishikori in round one? Or will Bernard Tomic have his number?

    Let me know, using the hashtag #bbctennis or text me on 81111 (UK only). Make sure you put YOUR NAMES on those texts, though, because otherwise that's an automatic double fault.

  118. 1620: 

    Dan Evans is third on Court 17 and he may not have to wait too long for his match if Germany's Sabine Lisicki, the 16th seed, keeps up the start she has made against Argentina's Paula Ormaechea.

    The big-hitting Lisicki has taken the first three games, hitting nine winners. Ormaechea has not managed one.

  119. 1615: 

    Today's action has already started, and I will start by giving you news of some more British interest. Andy Murray belatedly kicked off the defence of his men's title with a straight-sets win against France's Michael Llodra yesterday - and his brother Jamie is currently out on Court 14.

    Murray and his Australian partner John Peers have won the first game in their first-round men's doubles match with David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco, the Spanish ninth seeds.

  120. 1610: 

    Hello, and welcome to day four of the 2013 US Open.

    As discussed, Britain's Dan Evans is in action later - he is estimated to be on Court 17 around 1900-2000 BST. Before that, Serena Williams and Roger Federer are in action. Afterwards, Rafael Nadal and Caroline Wozniacki both play in the night session.

  121. 1605: 
    Flushing Meadows

    Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with Wrexham. I used to play a lot of tennis there myself. But Flushing Meadows is better, yeah?

    Evans agrees. "No-one was watching," he recalled, when asked earlier this week about his time in North Wales. "It's not ideal, is it? Better to be here."

  122. 1600: 
    From Wrexham to Flushing Meadows
    Dan Evans

    Twelve months ago, Britain's Dan Evans was playing on the lowest rung of professional tennis, in a Futures event in Wrexham. He lost to fellow Brit Tom Burns in the semi-finals, and collected £300 and six ranking points.

    Since then, Birmingham-born Evans has been on quite a journey. This week the 23-year-old has been training with Roger Federer, and later today he will play Australia's Bernard Tomic for a place in the last 32 of the US Open.

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