US Open day eight as it happened

Roger Federer loses to Tommy Robredo, but Rafael Nadal and the Bryan brothers win on day eight at the US Open.

3 September 2013 Last updated at 06:09

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  1. 0546: 

    They might struggle for the limelight tomorrow though. Andy Murray's fourth-round match is last on Arthur Ashe so load up on the caffeine and join us. Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka are all on the undercard to keep the energy levels up, so there really is no excuse.

    Bye for now.

  2. 0541: 

    There is still plenty of British representation in the quarter-finals of the men's doubles. Dom Inglot and Jamie Murray are in separate teams but still in contention.

  3. 0537: 

    The crowd were willing the home boys through the home straight. They sighed as a first match point went begging at 40-15, they celebrated prematurely when Bob Bryan's serve is marginally wide, but they finally can roar their approvals as Colin Fleming is pinned on the toes.

    Chest bump. Obviously.

    GAME, SET AND MATCH- M Bryan & B Bryan 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 C Fleming & J Marray

    Mike and Bob Bryan beat Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 to make the semi-finals of the US Open.

  5. 0532: 
    M Bryan & B Bryan* 7-6 (8-6) 5-4 C Fleming & J Marray

    Jonathan Marray and Colin Fleming are marched to the precipice at 15-40 on Marray's serve, but they see off both match points. There are more tight lines than at a bass-fishing bonanza as Marray peppers the whitewash from deuce and make the Bryans play at least one more game.

  6. 0526: 
    M Bryan & B Bryan 7-6 (8-6) 5-3 C Fleming & J Marray*

    The Bryans pocket one of the two service games they need for victory. They were made to work for it by Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray, who took them to deuce, but time its fast running out for the Britons.

  7. 0523: 
    BRYANS BREAK- M Bryan* & B Bryan 7-6 (8-6) 4-3 C Fleming & J Marray

    Big trouble on the Colin Fleming serve as he faces up to 15-40. The Scot swings out wide with his next tee-off but gets a return at an even cuter angle.

    It was not one that that Jonathan Marray could have got across to and is not one that his partner can pick up successfully off his toes. Instead Fleming's half-volley floats wide of the trams, greeted by a big "C'mon" from one of the Bryans.

  8. 0517: 
    M Bryan & B Bryan 7-6 (8-6) 3-3 C Fleming* & J Marray

    Still chugging along on serve out on Arthur Ashe where Mike Bryan has just apologised after nearly rearranging Colin Fleming's most prized family hierlooms with a stinging volley towards the Scot's nether regions.

    No harm done. But it was close.

  9. 0512: 
    M Bryan & B Bryan* 7-6 (8-6) 1-2 C Fleming & J Marray

    Colin Fleming holds serve to keep up the British end in the second set. He might not have been here had Freddie Nielsen decided not to bump his partnership with Jonathan Marray on the head in the wake of their 2012 Wimbledon win.

    The Dane wanted to improve on his singles. How's that gone? Well, he was 354th. in the world singles rankings at the end of summer 2012 and he is now 558th.

  10. 0501: 
    GAME AND FIRST SET- M Bryan & B Bryan 7-6 (8-6) C Fleming & J Marray*

    The chest bump of doom for Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray. An error from Fleming gives the Bryan brothers a set point on their own serve and this time the top seeds convert.

    The twins get airborne to kiss sternums and celebrate pinning down a first set that could have gone either way.

    Bryan brothers
  11. 0457: 
    TIE-BREAK- M Bryan & B Bryan 6-6 (6-6) C Fleming* & J Marray

    Sheer sparkling brilliance. A 21-shot rally full of sleight, soft hands ends with Bryans finally putting away an overhead to see off set point at 6-5 down. Wonderful giddy entertainment for those spectators lagging behind in the Arthur Ashe stands.

  12. 0452: 
    TIE-BREAK- M Bryan & B Bryan 6-6 (3-3) C Fleming* & J Marray

    The two teams take on fluids with the scoreboard level at 3-3 in the tie-break. The mini-break was won by the Bryans and retrieved by the Britons soon after. Suffocatingly tight out there.

  13. 0448: 
    *M Bryan & B Bryan 6-6 C Fleming & J Marray

    An extraordinary exchange of rat-a-tat vollies ends with Colin Fleming finally confounding a Bryan with one directed at the twin's toes. Break point saved. The Britons are not out of the woods yet though.

    Advantage Bryans and a second break point of the game and fourth set point of the opener for them. Jonathan Marray saves that one, crabbing across the net to thump Mike's return into the chest of Bob. A little hint of aggro? There was only a miminal apology and barely a ripple of acknowledgement.

    A third break point is squandered by a Bryan backcourt fluff and Fleming and Marray make good their escape to a tie-break.

  14. 0439: 
    M Bryan & B Bryan 6-5 C Fleming* & J Marray

    The Bryans escape by the skin of their teeth. Facing break point, they offer up a makeable volley to a lurking Colin Fleming at the net. The Scot's punched forehand streaks centimetres wide.

    Hawk-eye shows the agonising margin separating them from a 6-5 lead in glorious Technicolor before the Bryans clamber to safety.

  15. 0434: 
    M Bryan & B Bryan* 5-5 C Fleming & J Marray

    Jonathan Marray comes under a bit of pressure on serve as he stares down the barrel of 30-40 at 5-4 down. Marray jams a serve into the body of Mike Bryan to see off that set point.

    The Bryans have got gamesmanship to go with their game though. They challenge that clearly legitimate serve to give Marray a bit of time to stew. He duly double-faults on the next point to give the Americans a second break and set point.

    The Britons have seen it off with good hustle at the net from Colin Fleming and we are even stevens.

  16. 0422:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport in New York

    It's taken until 11pm but the humidity level has dropped enough for it to be quite pleasant on Ashe.

    The place holds 23,000 and my best guess is there are about 6,000 in right now. Fleming and Marray have made a solid start, the latter coming through the first test on serve, and he's been the more vulnerable so far this week.

    Fleming has just fired down an ace to keep the first set on serve at 4-4.

  17. 0420: 

    Attention switches back to Arthur Ashe...

  18. 0419: 
    GAME, SET AND MATCH- Gasquet 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-4) 2-6 7-6 (11-9) 7-5 Raonic

    "Ree-shard, Ree-shard, Ree-shard," chant the Frenchman's supporters as Richard Gasquet salutes the crowd. He then very sportingly encourages them to clap off the departing Milos Raonic.

    With four hours and 40 minutes on the clock it was a long day in the office for both men.

    Gasquet will play David Ferrer in the last eight. He has lost eight of their nine previous meetings.

  19. 0414: 
    *Gasquet 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-4) 2-6 7-6 (11-9) 6-5 Raonic

    I type too soon. Richard Gasquet dredges some magic out of the night air to move to 0-40 on the Milos Raonic serve and converts the first of three break points to the delight of the female company in his players' box.

    He will serve for the match next.

  20. 0410: 
    Gasquet 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-4) 2-6 7-6 (11-9) 5-5 Raonic*

    The US Open is the only one of the Grand Slams to enforce an tie-break in the final set. That is probably fortunate for Milos Raonic and Richard Gasquet. They are still matching each other game for game in the decider.

    Without the shoot-out, we could be in for an Isner-Mahut style sit-in...

  21. 0408: 

    The opening salvos have been fired with both serves holding up to scrutiny. The Bryans lead 2-1 in the first with the balls all up Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray's end.

  22. 0405: 

    The Bryans are a bit of phenomenon. They have won 15 Grand Slam doubles titles together as well as Olympic gold in London last summer. Despite the picture above they are mirror, not conjoined, twins. Bob is left-handed, Mike is right-handed and together they are pretty awesome.

    Bryan brothers
  23. 0359: 

    They are clearing the way on Arthur Ashe for a appetising final act to the evening's entertainment. Bob and Mike Bryan, the undisputed top doubles dogs, are attempting to land the last leg of a calendar-year Grand Slam.

    Standing in their way in the quarter-finals are British 12th seeds Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray. Marray will have a plan. He, along with Denmark's Freddie Nielsen, beat the Bryans en route to the 2012 Wimbledon doubles crown.

    Jonathan Marray and Colin Fleming
  24. 0352: 
    Gasquet 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-4) 2-6 7-6 (11-9) 3-3 Raonic*

    There is still barely a cigarette paper between Milos Raonic and Richard Gasquet out on Court 17. They are 3-3 in a fifth as they compete for the chance to meet David Ferrer in the last eight.

    Both men's shirts are hanging off them like wet rags. It is still sauna toasty in New York and they have been going hammer and tongs at each other for four hours 11 minutes.


    Charlie Shanahan: Hope Andy and Novak don't beat on each other too much so the winner can give Nadal a battle, because he is walking this

  26. 0345:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport in New York

    "Rafael Nadal takes his hard-court record this year to 19-0 and the prospect of facing him at the moment cannot be too appealing for anyone. "It was very, very tough conditions today but I sweat too much," he says after Brad Gilbert tells him he's 'sweating rockets'. "The opponent is great, he had good chances in the first set and I feel lucky to be through. I fighted a lot.

    "Gilbert then delivers the news that Robredo has beaten Federer. "He's playing great, I'm happy for him," Nadal says of his compatriot. "He has similar circumstances to me, he came back after a tough injury. It's not easy. Today, winning against Roger in the US Open is just amazing and he will come into my match with big confidence." Nice words, although not so sure about that last bit."

  27. 0343: 

    Tommy Robredo made light of an ominous 10-0 win-loss record to beat Roger Federer. He will have a similarly hefty slice of history to overturn against Rafael Nadal. Nadal has won all six of their previous meetings, dropping just one set.

  28. 0335: 
    GAME, SET AND MATCH- Nadal 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-3 6-1 Kohlschreiber

    Rafael Nadal will be the next opponent for Tommy Robredo. The second seed romps through the final set to beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-3 6-1. Generous applause from the Arthur Ashe crowd as Kohlschreiber departs. Meanwhile Nadal is flinging various bits of his wardrobe to the four corners of the stands.

  29. 0330: 

    Speaking of Tommy Robredo, the world number 22 has been talking about how he made the quarter-finals for the first time at the US Open after falling in the fourth round on seven previous occasions.

    "The ball from Roger, it comes like fire, no? All the time it's so, so fast. You have to be trying so hard with your legs to go down and try to put the ball in," he said.

    "If I wanted to beat him, I had to put the match very tough, to play all the rallies as long as possible, and try to let him play on the backhand, no?

    "For me, Roger for the moment is the best player of all times. And to beat him in a huge stadium like the US Open and in a Grand Slam, a match of five sets, it's like a dream.

    " I am so, so happy. It was a great day."

    Tommy Robredo
  30. 0325: 
    NADAL BREAKS IN THE FOURTH- Nadal 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-3 5-0 Kohlschreiber*

    Rafael Nadal burgles the Philipp Kohlschreiber serve once again before a tease of a drop-shot helps him on the way to a hold. The Spaniard is now just a game away from a last-eight rendez-vous with Tommy Robredo.

  31. 0316: 
    NADAL BREAKS IN THE FOURTH- Nadal 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-3 3-0 Kohlschreiber*

    After that let-off in the previous game, Rafael Nadal shows Philipp Kohlschreiber how it is done. On the second break point from 15-40, the Spaniard loosens off a rip-snorting forehand that blurs through Kohlschreiber's baseline to clinch the break. And he follows up with a straightforward hold.

    Put a fork in Philipp. He's very nearly cooked.

  32. 0311: 
    Nadal 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-3 1-0 Kohlschreiber*

    It has been so long since Philipp Kohlschreiber saw a break point that you wonder if he still knows what to do with it. Turns out he very nearly does. Having brought up 30-40 in the opening game of the fourth set. he works over Rafael Nadal at the back of the court, comes in to the net, lines up the smash....and buries the ball into the top of the net.

    Rafael Nadal does not give him another chance. He holds and that is a 53rd successive service game won in this tournament for the Spaniard.

  33. 0306: 
    GAME AND FOURTH SET- Gasquet 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-4) 2-6 7-6 (11-9) Raonic

    A slug-fest of fourth-set tie-break finally falls Richard Gasquet's way out on Court 17. The Frenchman takes it 11-9 and, with around three and a half hours on the clock, he is into a decider against Milos Raonic of Canada.

  34. 0302: 
    GAME AND THIRD SET- Nadal 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-3 Kohlschreiber

    Rafael Nadal works up two break and set points at 5-3 up in the third. The first he flays well wide, attempting to thrash away a winner off Philipp Kohlschreiber's second serve, but it is Kohlschreiber who drops the wrong side of the whitewash on the next.

    Nadal is strangling the life out of this contest. Kohlschrieber has plenty to think about as he sits down and endures the tinny dance music that blares through the Flushing Meadows speakers during changeovers.

    Rafael Nadal
  35. 0257: 

    Roger Federer has been trying to explain his straight-sets defeat to Tommy Robredo to the world's press.

    "I kind of feel like I beat myself, you know, without taking any credit away from Tommy. Clearly he was making sure he was making many balls," he said.

    "It was up to me to make the difference and I couldn't. I kind of self destructed, which is very disappointing, especially on a quicker court.

    "The story of my life: when I lose, people are shellshocked to see me play this way. If I win, it's the best thing.

    "There's no doubt about it, I'm trying hard out there trying to make it work. Sometimes it just doesn't happen."

  36. 0251: 

    Philipp Kohlschreiber is still bringing plenty of pop to the party. He rattles through a game to love, all canny angles and ballistic serving power, but he trails 4-3 in the third set and prising apart Rafael Nadal's service game so far looks beyond him.

  37. 0246: 

    What is going on out on Court 17 you ask? Well, there it is a right old tussle between Milos Raonic and Richard Gasquet brewing longer and stronger.

    Raonic, seeded 10th, leads the Frenchman 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 5-6. Raonic is bidding to become the first Canadian man to reach a Grand Slam quarter-finals in the Open Era. Only two others - Martin Laurendeau and Daniel Nestor - have even made the fourth round at one of the big four.

    That's none too clever for a country of their size and facilities is it? I guess snow stops play for much of the year. The future looks a fair bit brighter though with Eugenie Bouchard promising much in the women's game as well.

  38. 0236: 

    Rafael Nadal finally nails a break point to the board. He leads 2-1 and will serve next in the third set. Slowly, slowly he is turning this tanker round.

  39. 0232: 

    Rafael Nadal knocked so hard on the door during Philipp Kohlschreiber's opening service game of the third set that his knuckles must be down to dust. Kohlschreiber clung on though, seeing off a raft of break points.

    Nadal has converted just one of 16 break points so far in the match. Kohlschreiber has not even had one to waste. But it is all square on the scoreboard. Tricky to get your head around this tennis malarkey sometimes isn't it?

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport in New York

    Robredo is currently comparing Roger Federer's game to Dan Evans' in press. It's been a funny old week.

  41. 0219: 
    Rafael Nadal fans

    These fans will be happy with that. Those are some frightening placards they have got themselves though. It would be a brave worker who crossed a picket line with hundreds of copies of Rafa's angry mug glowering at them.

  42. 0213: 

    Job done. Philipp Kohlschreiber took two points off Rafael Nadal's final service game, but he could not rein in the Spaniard. We are all square at Nadal 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 Kohlschreiber.

    Rafael Nadal
  43. 0207: 

    Meanwhile Rafael Nadal serves for the second set and parity with Philipp Kohlschreiber out on Arthur Ashe...

  44. 0205: 

    David Ferrer does the business in the fourth set to finally shake off Janko Tipsarevic 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 7-5 7-6 (7-3) in three hours 57 minutes and advance to a quarter-final meeting with either Richard Gasquet or Milos Raonic.

    Raonic has just taken the third set to establish a 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 lead in that little dust-up.

  45. 0200: 

    Rafael Nadal has finally winkled a break out Philipp Kohlschreiber over on Arthur Ashe. There was a laser-guided, down-the-line forehand in that game and plenty of 'Vamos' in the air. The second seed leads 4-3 and with serve next in the second after losing the first on a tire break.

  46. 0150: 

    Roger Federer has given his reaction to that straight-sets defeat by Tommy Robredo.

    "I've definitely got to go back to work and come back stronger, get rid of this loss now as quick as I can, forget about it, because that's not how I want to play from here on," he said.

    "I want to play better. I know I can. I showed it the last few weeks, that there is that level, so today was pretty frustrating."

  47. 0146: 

    We are just 17 minutes short of four hours in the ding-donger between Janko Tipsarevic and David Ferrer and the destiny of the fourth set is still not decided.

    Ferrer leads 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 7-5 6-5.

    David Ferrer
  48. 0140: 

    Eighth seed Richard Gasquet has struck back to take the second set and level up at 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-4) 1-1 against Milos Raonic. Fill the thermos. This one has legs.

  49. 0136: 

    The pictures coming through of Roger Federer making his way off court in New York show what a wretched performance that was. He looks like a broken man. It will be interesting to see what his post-match take on the match, and indeed the rest of his career.

    Those are the sort of questions he is going to get after. It was that bad.

    Roger Federer
  50. 0125: 

    Philipp Kohlschreiber comes out on top 7-4 in the shoot-out and Rafael Nadal has a little bit of work to do out on Arthur Ashe.

  51. 0120: 

    Philipp Kohlschreiber has taken Rafael Nadal into a first-set tie-break over on Arthur Ashe. And the German is up 5-3. Two shocks on one night? I don't think we could take that could we?


    Nick Wall: To be honest, given their respective form, glad Federer was spared a potential quarter-final with Nadal.

    Andrew Priestley: Federer was poor, but nobody can say that Robredo didn't deserve to win. He attacked, battled & dominated from the first point.

    Gregor Cubie: Let that be a lesson to you all: nobody beats Tommy Robredo 11 times in a row.

  53. 0113: 

    In amidst all that, David Ferrer wrestled a see-sawing third set his way against Janko Tipsarevic. The Spaniard is nibbling away at Tipsarevic and now leads 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 7-5 3-2 with three hours 14 minutes on the clock.

  54. 0108: 
    Tommy Robredo

    A thumping ace through the middle drives a stake through the heart of Roger Federer's US Open campaign. It was a limp, feeble, half-hearted performance from Roger Federer. Those are not the adjectives you ever thought you could attach to the Swiss.

  55. 0104: 

    Tommy Robredo beats Roger Federer 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 6-4 at the US Open fourth round.

  56. 0103: 

    Roger Federer still a strange mix of rank average and the occasionally brilliant. 30-30 on Louis Armstrong.

  57. 0100: 

    A hold apiece on Louis Armstrong. Tommy Robredo is about to serve for the match at 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 5-4 up. Is there anything up Federer's sleeve? There has been no sign of it so far...

  58. 0058: 

    Edward Ditchfield: Sad to say, but looks like it's time for the Mighty Fed to retire and protect his legacy - he has nothing left to prove.

    Tim Purcell: This is really heartbreaking to watch. It's like watching a favourite pet fading away. The end is nigh I fear

    Stephanie Siu: Is 2-sets-down-Federer really that much of a shock any more? He is the greatest but definitely on the decline

  59. 0054: 

    Roger Federer tamely surrenders a break of serve of serve to love. The man's tennis mojo has deserted him entirely. Tommy Robredo leads 4-3 and is just two solid service games from a straight-sets win over the 17-time Grand Slam winner. Extraordinary scenes. Is it a dicky back that is holding back the great man? He looks a shadow of his normal self...

  60. 0052: 

    If you could have your pick of the seats, Row Z is not normally the vantage point you would chose on Arthur Ashe. But tonight those fans up in the gods, are able to swivel 180 degrees to switch away from Rafael Nadal v Philippe Kohlschreiber and take in Tommy Robredo v Rober Federer on the neighouring Louis Armstrong. And while Nadal leads 4-3 on serve, there is some carnage to rubber-neck on over the way...

  61. 0046: 

    Roger Federer is not having much fun out on Louis Armstrong tonight. The Swiss world number seven has squandered 12 break points so far in the second set against Tommy Robredo. He is playing pretty woefully. Federer leads 3-2 in an on-serve third set.

    Roger Federer
  62. 0042: 

    This could be a long evening all round. With Janko Tipsarevic and David Ferrer on serve deep in a third set, Canada's Milos Raonic has just edged a hour-long first set against eighth seed Richard Gasquet, 7-6 (7-4).

  63. 0035: 
    David Law, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    Even if Roger Federer manages to come back from two sets adrift against Tommy Robredo, surely those exertions remove any chance that he has of beating Rafael Nadal in the probable quarter-final?

  64. 0033: 

    With Roger Federer in a tailspin over on Louis Armstrong, Rafael Nadal has just sneaked onto Arthur Ashe almost unnoticed. The second seed has won 56 of his 59 matches this year to allay most of the worries that his crumbly knees might not stand up to the Grand Slam grind.

    He is taking on 22nd seed Philippe Kohlschreiber of Germany and has won all but one of their previous ten meetings. Nadal leads 2-1 with the opening set on serve.

  65. 0027: 

    Both Roger Federer and Tommy Robredo headed off for the bathroom break at the end of the second set, like a communal visit to the ladies on a girls' night out. When they re-emerge, Federer holds serve to 15 in the opening game of the third.

  66. 0021: 

    Roger Federer had two break-back points at 5-3 down, but he couldn't take either, partly due to a sizzler of a forehand pass from way back behind the baseline from Tommy Robredo. After that sublime stroke, Robredo packs away the game to take a two-set lead at 7-6 (7-3) 6-3.

  67. 0017: 
    David Ferrer

    David Ferrer is in a bit of a pickle against Janko Tipsarevic. The Spanish fourth seed is a break and 3-2 down in the third after sharing the first two sets with the Serb. Plenty of distance left to run in that one though I suggest.

  68. 0014: 

    The early demise of Roger Federer at Grand Slam is an increasingly common sight, but there is still something eerily unnatural about the whole thing. A basic forehand error gives Tommy Robredo a break to love and a 7-6 5-3 lead. The Spaniard will serve for the second set next . Rafael Nadal's wait to play Federer at Flushing Meadows looks set to continue.

  69. 0010:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport in New York

    Britain's Dom Inglot and Treat Huey of the Philippines are through to the quarter-finals of the doubles with a stunning 7-6 (7-2) 6-0 win over third seeds Marcel Granolles and Marc Lopez on Court 11.

    After a tight first 12 games, the 16th seeds raced through the tie-break and took the second set in just 27 minutes. The pair hit 41 winners to the Spaniards' 21. Britain now has four of the 16 men's doubles quarter-finalists, with Inglot, Jamie Murray, Colin Fleming and Jonny Marray.

    As Piers points out three doubles teams, but only four British men in them through to the last eight of the men's doubles. Maybe put those think pieces on hold for the time being.

  70. 0007: 

    Prepare the opinion pieces on what is so right in British tennis. We have a third doubles team into the men's quarter-finals.


    American former professional Jill Craybas on BBC Radio 5 live sport extra: In the past when they have played Roger Federer has dominated but Tommy Robredo has come out and showed what he is made of he has changed his strategy and come out really aggressively, he has made some errors which is inevitable but he has kept coming at Federer.

    Federer has played well in spurts but has not been a consistent as he would have liked. Robredo can take some of the credit for that.

  72. 0003: 

    Over on Louis Armstrong, Tommy Robredo was slipping and sliding like a toddler on a wedding dance floor. The Spaniard came to a sticky end attempting to change direction in pursuit of a Roger Federer groundstroke, ending spread-eagled on the deck. For a brief moment he didn't move a muscle, but he lives on to take the game and move to 3-2 and keep the second set on serve. Robredo leads 7-6 (7-3) 3-2.

  73. 2357: 

    Briton Dom Inglot and his doubles partner Treat Huey are well in control of the second set of their meeting with Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez. They are 4-0 up with a double break of serve after winning the opener on a tie-break.

    Mike Henson stepping in for Aimee Lewis at the live text controls by the way.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport in New York

    Wallop. Inglot smacks down an ace followed by a smash as he and Huey take the tie-break 7-3 against the third seeds. A small but engaged crowd on Court 11 includes GB doubles coach Louis Cayer, sitting in the stand looking down the court with a video camera capturing everything. It will be happy watching back in Roehampton if they carry on like this.

  75. 2348: 

    David Ferrer rarely does straightforward and the tigerish Spaniard has lost his bite somewhat over on Grandstand because Janko Tipsarevic has won the second set 6-3 to level that fourth round tie. Tommy Robredo conjures up another ace to edge 2-1 ahead in the second set.

  76. 2341: 

    Tommy Robredo has not beaten Roger Federer in 10 of their previous meetings. Indeed, the man from a town called Hostalric has never won the first set against the Swiss.

    Good news for fans of British tennis. Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot won the first set tie-break 7-6 (7-2) against Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez.

  77. 2336: 
    Roger Federer

    What I'm about to type is not fantasy. Federer nets with a backhand volley to gift his Spanish hombre the first break of the tie-break. The Spaniard then steps in to send a thumping forehand winning return beyond Federer for three set points and he concludes the set with a stylish ace, clinching the first set 7-6 (7-3).

  78. 2333: 

    A second serve ace from Tommy Robredo to take the tie-break to 3-3 at the changeover. Wowzers. Over on Court 11, Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot are also into a tie-break against Spanish pair Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez.

  79. 2329: 

    Robredo holds his nerve. We're into a tie-break over on Louis Armstrong and the fans are having a jolly good time.

  80. 2324: 

    An overhead from Federer. The Swiss looks like he has his opponent on the ropes, but Robredo conjures a magical forehand winner which curls beyond the Swiss. Splendid tennis! But it's incredible stuff from Federer, who breaks the Spaniard and then goes on to hold with some style to eke a 6-5 lead in the first set. Those ticket holders on Louis Armstrong are lucky so and sos. Robredo now needs to hold to take the set into a tie-break.

    Roger Federer
  81. 2318: 

    Wham! Bam! A beautiful backhand down the line from Tommy Robredo earns the Spaniard a break point. The fans on Louis Armstrong stunned to silence. Roger Federer will be ok, though, he's Roger Federer. Oh. The Swiss finds the tramlines, giving Robredo the chance to serve for the set.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport in New York

    Dom 'The Bomb' Inglot is under way on a sunlit Court 11 with Treat (pronounced Tret) 'The Threat' Huey, the latter looking very sharp in the early stages against third seeds Marc Lopez and Marcel Granollers. Inglot played Paul Bettany's double in the movie masterpiece that was 'Wimbledon'. He has since admitted that some of the tennis scenes weren't completely realistic.

  83. 2313: 

    Tuesday's schedule has been published and if you were hoping to watch Andy Murray's fourth-round tie with Denis Istomin, and you're somewhere in Blighty, then you will need an alarm clock or a lot of coffee, probably both. The Scot's match is the final one of the day on the cavernous court.

    Here is what is planned on Ashe:

    Ana Ivanovic (Srb) v Victoria Azarenka (Blr)

    Ekaterina Makarova (Rus) v Li Na (Chn)

    Novak Djokovic (Srb) v Marcel Granollers (Esp)

    Night session

    Serena Williams (USA) v Carla Suarez Navarro (Esp)

    Andy Murray (GBR) v Denis Istomin (Uzb)

  84. 2306:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    There is live coverage of Roger Federer's duel with Tommy Robredo on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and if you were listening then you'd know the Swiss has broken back to level at 3-3 in the first set. On Grandstand, David Ferrer won the first set against Janko Tipsarevic in a tie-break 7-6 (7-2).


    Defending US Open champion Andy Murray: Good on the US open for promoting doubles.. Numerous matches on Ashe and Armstrong as early as the middle weekend very nice!

  86. 2303: 

    "We can't wait for it," said Marray of his and Fleming's showdown with the top seeds. "Not many people get that opportunity to play there [Ashe], especially against the Bryans.

    "We're just looking forward to it. it can do nothing but give me some confidence knowing that I've been in a big match with them at a Grand Slam and come through with a win. I'm sure it will be a great occasion for both of us."


    Colin Fleming: Got a nice hit on Arthur Ashe this morning, amazing court! Back to hotel to chill now. Match is on Sky tonight around 2am UK time...

    What Mr Fleming forgot to mention when he tweeted about six hours ago was that there will be live commentary of that match on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  88. 2258: 
    Colin Fleming (left) and Jonathan Marray

    There are a number of Brits in Flushing Meadows preparing to play tennis. Honestly, I'm not lying. Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray have a crackerjack of a quarter-final in store against the chest-bumping Bryan brothers later in the men's doubles, while Dominic Inglot will team up with Treat Huey in the third round of the men's doubles. A number of British juniors were supposed to be in action but those matches have been cancelled because of the dastardly weather.

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    Tim Purcell: Fed needs to keep Robredo deep, grind this one out and make 1st serve count. If he tries to play too high tempo he'll struggle.

  90. 2248: 

    There are a few results to tell you about. Italy's Roberta Vinci managed to finish her match with Camila Giorgi before the rain fell. The 10th seed needed just 67 minutes to defeat her compatriot 6-4 6-2. Two other matches have recently finished. Daniela Hantuchova beat Alison Riske 6-3 5-7 6-2 while Flavia Pennetta is also through after getting the better of Simona Halep 6-2 7-6 (7-3).

    Daniela Hantuchova

    Two aces help Roger Federer win his first game of the match, the Swiss trails Tommy Robredo 2-1 in the opening set.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport in New York

    The forecast is not exactly clear for the evening ahead, but should the rain stay away we might just get Britain's Colin Fleming and Jonnay Marray up against the Bryan brothers on Ashe later tonight. "I've always said that playing in great atmosphere, even if they're against you, is better than no atmosphere," Fleming said last night.

  92. 2243: 

    Louis Armstrong full to the brim and that probably has something to do with Roger Federer. The seventh seed has just been broken by Tommy Robredo on a court he last played on in 2006. Federer, by the way, won that fourth round match on Armstrong against Marc Gicquel 6-3 7-6 (7-2) 6-3.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport in New York

    It's been a frustrating afternoon at Flushing Meadows for the Labor Day crowds, with a break in play of more than four hours for some very heavy rain and not much shelter to be had. The bonus for those who committed to the huge queue outside Louis Armstrong Stadium is that they are about to see Roger Federer play Tommy Robredo on the second show court, which in Federer terms is a bit like playing on Court 11.

  94. 2239: 

    The cancellation of Victoria Azarenka's match with Ana Ivanovic means play will not begin on Ashe until 00:00 BST. When the clock does strike midnight, here is what will happen:

    Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) v Rafael Nadal (Esp)

    Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan (USA) v Colin Fleming & Jonathan Marray (GBR)

  95. 2234: 

    The schedule has changed from the original I typed out for you about, say, six hours ago... Victoria Azarenka's match with 13th seed Ana Ivanovic - originally scheduled as the second match on Arthur Ashe - will now be played on Tuesday, while Roger Federer must now do his thing against Tommy Robredo on Louis Armstrong. It's Plan B, but there isn't anything wrong with that.

  96. 2230: 

    Hello! Welcome to day eight of the US Open, the second week of the final Grand Slam of the year. They've had thunder and lightening in the Big Apple and enough water to fill the Hoover Dam* but those dark clouds have stopped dumping their unwanted load over Queens which means we can watch/listen/read about tennis and that is all we have ever wanted.

    *An exaggeration, a massive exaggeration, but there has been a lot of rain. A lot of rain.

  97. 2225: 
    Flushing Meadows

    Brutal forehands have been traded, yellow balls have been thumped with such ferocity that they've been in danger of self combusting and the sound of bear-like growls and snarls have emanated from Queens. Actually, there's been none of that but there might be now it's stopped raining.

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