US Open 2013: Novak Djokovic v Mikhail Youzhny

Live text commentary as top seed Novak Djokovic wins the first set against Mikhail Youzhny in the US Open quarter-finals.

6 September 2013 Last updated at 06:03

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  1. 0411: 

    Tomorrow though is the turn of the women's one and two, Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka, to see if they can make the seedings come to fruition.

    Azarenka is first on, against Italy's unseeded Flavia Pennetta, from 1845 BST with Williams taking on Li Na from some time after 2045 BST.

    You will be able to get all the latest right here and on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

    Andy Murray's US Open defence is dead but there is plenty of life in this little dust-up yet. Bye for now.

  2. 0405: 

    So the men's semi-final line-up is complete:

    Novak Djokovic [1] v Stanislas Wawrinka [9]

    Richard Gasquet [8] v Rafael Nadal [2]

    If it goes as seeded, we could be in for one of the all-time great finals. If it goes any other way, we will have a man making his first Grand Slam final appearance on the back of the biggest win of his career. It's going to be good either way.

  3. 0401: 
    PLAYER REACTION - NOVAK DJOKOVIC

    Novak Djokovic: "Every Grand Slam offers something very special, the atmosphere here in the night sessions is electric and I enjoyed it all through this evening.

    "He is a fighter and real competitor, he can be a tricky opponent in the wind but I played really well in all the match apart from that third set.

    It is going to be a very close match against Stan, I don't think there is a clear favourite, but I feel quite confident on court and hopefully I can carry on the same way."

    I'm not sure many bookmakers will agree with those odds Novak.

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    Djokovic 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-0 Youzhny

    Mikhail Youzhny pulled an extraordinary down-the-line winner out of the hat from somewhere near the line judges at the back of the court. But it was only a small cameo in a script that was only going to end one way.

    A Youzhny double fault handed Novak Djokovic a first match point and although the Serb chopped into the net to give Youzhny a reprieve, he made no such mistake on the second. After carefully manoeuvring Youzhny out to the backhand wing, he thumped a forehand into the corridor of space opened up to seal his 14th successive Grand Slam semi-final appearance.

  5.  
    GAME, SET AND MATCH- Djokovic 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-0 Youzhny

    Novak Djokovic beats Mikhail Youzhny 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-0 to make the US Open semi-finals

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    Djokovic 6-3 6-2 3-6 5-0 Youzhny*

    Mikhail Youzhny flattens a backhand down the line to take himself deuce, but he cannot prise the top off the Novak Djokovic serve. The Serb, so battle-hardened, is finishing the match the stronger and his battering baseline strokes are beyond the range of Youzhny's tiring legs.

    Djokovic's girlfriend Jelena Ristic does not look concerned, chatting with Sir Richard Branson. Branson booked Djokovic for the Necker Cup last year, the most exclusive pro-am knockabout going.

  7.  
    DJOKOVIC BREAKS- *Djokovic 6-3 6-2 3-6 4-0 Youzhny

    Dogged, determined play, mixed with a stylish backhand which he unfurls down the line to force his way to 40-15, put Mikhail Youzhny within sniffing distance of safety.

    But you are never safe until the umpire says so when you play Novak Djokovic. Youzhny is dragged back into the melee by his bootstraps and Djokovic shakes him down for a double break.

    There is a resigned look to the Russian now.

  8.  
    Djokovic 6-3 6-2 3-6 3-0 Youzhny*

    A hold to love from Novak Djokovic confirms that he has seized the upper hand in the the fourth set. Mikhail Youzhny needs to stage a major intervention if he is to keep alive his chances of a third US Open semi-final.

  9.  
    DJOKOVIC BREAKS- *Djokovic 6-3 6-2 3-6 2-0 Youzhny

    It might be that, having inflicted a set on Novak Djokovic, Mikhail Youzhny's race might be run.

    He lacks the intensity he mustered in the third as he slips to 0-40 and, although Djokovic wastes a chance off a second serve on the first break point, the world number one nails the second.

  10.  
    Djokovic 6-3 6-2 3-6 1-0 Youzhny*

    Novak Djokovic steadies the ship. That hold of serve was played out in front of a slightly depleted Arthur Ashe while some of the spectators loaded up their drinks holsters with fresh fuel. If Djokovic can take the force of their support for Youzhny, that might slow up the Russian.

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    GAME AND THIRD SET- *Djokovic 6-3 6-2 3-6 Youzhny

    Mikhail Youzhny keeps a lid on his nerves, preventing the bubbling atmosphere in the Arthur Ashe from spilling over into his game. He ties down a solid service game to secure the set, the first that Djokovic has lost at the tournament this year.

    Eyebrows arched? They should be. This is getting interesting.

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    YOUZHNY BREAKS- Djokovic 6-3 6-2 3-5 Youzhny*

    The momentum of this set is eddying around all over the place. Novak Djokovic perturbed by a scorching Mikhail Youzhny winner in the opening point, slips to 0-40. He saves the first of three break points with the old one-two into opposite back corners of the court, but that is all he is getting.

    A rogue shout from the stands caused the Serb to regather a second serve toss earlier in the game and he coughs up a double fault to hand the advantage back to Youzhny in the third.

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    DJOKOVIC BREAKS- *Djokovic 6-3 6-2 3-4 Youzhny

    "Finish him," shouts some wag in the crowd, evoking nineties console classic Mortal Kombat, as Mikhail Youzhny prepares to serve at 40-0. Youzhny looks like the sort who might tear out a man's spinal column if the mood took him as well.

    Unfortunately for the Russian, Novak Djokovic is not a man who takes kindly to such surgery. He rattles off the next four points, with another hefty slice of net cord luck helping him at 40-15, to set up break point.

    Djokovic absorbs all the grunting groundstroke power that Youzhny can fling at him and and reflects it back with a bit of interest. Eventually, after a mammoth trade of strokes, Youzhny's control falters. He overreaches with a forehand and Djokovic, from wobbling victim, has got the break back.

  14.  
    Djokovic 6-3 6-2 2-4 Youzhny*

    Novak Djokovic holds his serve to keep a keen interest in the set's final destination, but there is some decent welly behind the Mikhail Youzhny groundstrokes now. He is playing a whole lot better than he was at the end of the second set.

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    *Djokovic 6-3 6-2 1-4 Youzhny

    Mikhail Youzhny keeps asking the question, demanding one more shot from Novak Djokovic and eventually the Serb runs out of replies. The world number one splashes wide as he attempts to trim even closer to the tramline at 40-15 down.

    Many of the American crowd are on their feet as the Russian grimaces in delight and heads for the changeover. Never mind ping-pong diplomacy, this sort of stuff would thaw out the coldest US-Russia relations.

  16.  
    YOUZHNY BREAKS- Djokovic 6-3 6-2 1-3 Youzhny*

    Mikhail Youzhny seems to be taking a page out of his opponent's playbook as he runs down a drop-shot and flicks a beautifully controlled winner, up, over and in on the game's opening point. Two over-cooked forehands from Novak Djokovic follow to give him 30-40 and a break point.

    Youzhny moon-balls in defence and for a moment with the ball hanging high in the sky and the crowd murmuring it looks a difficult situation for Djokovic. He slaps away a winner undeterred.

    Mikhail Youzhny breaks Novak Djokovic's serve

    A backhand a fraction wide though gives Youzhny a second bite at the Serb's serve and this time, Djokovic is stretched all out of shape. Plenty of hollering from the cheap seats as Youzhny converts for the first time on his eighth break point of the match.

  17.  
    *Djokovic 6-3 6-2 1-2 Youzhny

    Mikhail Youzhny looks like he is in for a rare easy game as he clambers to 40-0, but Novak Djokovic gets the next two points to add a little tension back into the world number 24's life.

    The Russian holds up under it this time and we are still on serve.

  18.  
    Djokovic 6-3 6-2 1-1 Youzhny*

    Novak Djokovic holds to love, but his insistence on pressing the net more frequently doesn't seem to have strengthened his game to my eye. The Serb sees a heavy, wrong-footing net cord loop just wide off Mikhail Youzhny's forehand on the final point, but he looks a bit fidgety at the front. A better player, particularly a certain Spanish one, might make him pay more often.

  19.  
    *Djokovic 6-3 6-2 0-1 Youzhny

    A sparkling opening point to kick-off the third set with both players sliding as if on teflon soles to pick up shots millimetres off their second bounce. Mikhail Youzhny's deft dribble over the top of the net takes it in the end and the crowd eagerly lapped up every moment.

    A Youzhny drop-shot, as cute as a greeting-card kitten, gives him a 40-15 lead and when he seals the opening game of the third, there are an extra few decibels in the crowd's appreciation.

    Love of the underdog? Love of value for ticket money? Either way support for Youzhny is swelling out on Arthur Ashe.

  20.  
    GAME AND SECOND SET- Djokovic 6-3 6-2 Youzhny*
    Novak Djokovic celebrates taking the second set

    No escape for Mikhail Youzhny. I think that Stanislas Wawrinka, awaiting the winner of this one, can dust off the Novak Djokovic file if he isn't nose-deep in it already.

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    *Djokovic 6-3 5-2 Youzhny

    Mikhail Youzhny boosts his side of the scoreline, but he has been King Canute in the face of the Novak Djokovic serve so far this evening. Can he turn the tide in the eighth, and possibly, probably final, game of this second set?

  22.  
    Djokovic 6-3 5-1 Youzhny*

    Mikhail Youzhny with a break point but he can only spoon it in to the net as Novak Djokovic directs some juggernaut traffic down his forehand wing.

    The Russian has another to get his racquet round though as Djokovic makes his way to the net and, looking vulnerable, is left groping by a precise pass.

    Djokovic sweeps that one off the table as well though and when he finally has packed away the game, he lets out a guttural roar toward his coach Marian Vajda in the stands.

    All this while he is a set and a double break up. I bet he is a nightmare playing board games.

  23.  
    DJOKOVIC BREAKS- *Djokovic 6-3 4-1 Youzhny

    The gradient of the task facing Mikhail Youzhny has just been cranked up another notch towards vertical. After seeing off one break point, Youzhny sees Lady Luck send a little love letter to his opponent on a second.

    Novak Djokovic's backhand haggles its way over the top of the netcord, dribbling over to leave Youzhny stranded and its owner apologising as he moves a double break up.

  24.  
    Djokovic 6-3 3-1 Youzhny*

    Well, well. Novak Djokovic put a little too much sauce on a forehand and a challenge from Mikhail Youzhny proves it to give him 30-40 and a break point. Djokovic is all lunging limbs and bellowing lungs as he scrapes and slides to save that one. There was plenty of audience participation on that point with the American crowd oohing and ahhing their way through the more improbable gets.

    A commanding overhead helps the Serb to the game before he coolly pats a spare service ball to the ball boy at the net. "Your move Mr Youzhny".

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    DJOKOVIC BREAKS- *Djokovic 6-3 2-1 Youzhny

    Love-thirty and the interrogation of Mikhail Youzhny's game is not getting any more friendlier. Djokovic has all of the torturer's toolkit out, firing down some fierce forehands.

    Youzhny stretches the gauze once again under pressure and the Russian's nostrils flare with frustration as he falls three break points down. Djokovic lets him off the first, but Youzhny does not have the weapons to blast his way out of such a tight corner.

    He presses long and Djokovic has his nose in front once more. That might be all he needs with his serve impregnable at the moment.

  26.  
    Djokovic 6-3 1-1 Youzhny*

    Novak Djokovic rattles through a love service game. It sped past the eyes of the watching New York punters quicker than taxi driver's patter.

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    *Djokovic 6-3 0-1 Youzhny

    Mikhail Youzhny has a mutter and murmur to himself as he sees his best shots flung back in his face as Novak Djokovic brings up 30-40 and break point. Djokovic flirts with baseline and up pops Youzhny's finger to get the video review boffins to work. Out is the answer from the big bertha super-computer.

    Youzhny had a cheeky check with Djokovic's camp in the box near him what they thought as the calculations were being crunched.

    The Russian is through unscathed to make the first mark on the second-set scoreline.

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    GAME AND FIRST SET- Djokovic 6-3 Youzhny*

    Novak Djokovic cruises to 40-15 but Mikhail Youzhny has a bit of mongrel about him and is not releasing his grip on the Serb's ankles just yet. He plugs away, holding his nerve to keep hitting depth right up to the baseline, and scrapes back both. With a roar of delight, he plucks a break point out of the New York night sky as well.

    But Djokovic is not shy of a late-night street scrap either. Youzhny hoofs a stray ball into the net after pushing a forehand long and is beaten in the set's final point as Djokovic fishes back a nothing-much smash and lands it right up on the advancing Russian's toes.

    Djokovic puffs his chest and heads back to his chair with the set bagged and ready to go.

  29.   
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport in New York

    Shock news on Ashe where, for the first time in the tournament, it's a bit parky. Despite that, the 23,000-seater looks as close to capacity as it has all fortnight, despite the traditional smattering of spaces in the corporate areas. Sir Sean Connery has stuck around though, sensibly slipping a jacket on. Youzhny beat Rafael Nadal way back in 2006 on his run to the last four, but he will have to go some if he's to prevent a seventh straight New York semi-final for Djokovic.

    Sir Sean Connery
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    *Djokovic 5-3 Youzhny

    Mikhail Youzhy does the first half of the equation, but breaking serve will prove a lot more tricky. Novak Djokovic serves for the set next.

  31.  
    Djokovic 5-2 Youzhny*

    Novak Djokovic's serve has not been tested with more than a modicum of pressure since that first game of the match. Mikhail Youzhny is going to have to find some fire to avoid his fate in the next two games. It would be an escape to impress James Bond. And Sir Sean Connery has stuck about after Andy Murray's defeat to take in the top seed.

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    *Djokovic 4-2 Youzhny

    Mikhail Youzhny holds to love and it looked like Novak Djokovic was struggling a bit to get to grips with the wind after the change of ends. The Serb cuffed long under little pressure before sticking a regulation return into the top of the net as the gusts swirl around the Arthur Ashes stands.

  33.  
    Djokovic 4-1 Youzhny*

    Djokovic is refusing to budge out of the driving seat. The pick of the shots in another straightforward hold was an impossible pass, fired from trademark split-legged stance, that completely confounded Youzhny. The Russian had been on top in that rally too. But even when Djokovic seems backed up onto the ropes, he can land knockout blows.

  34.  
    *Djokovic 3-1 Youzhny

    Mikhail Youzhny puts himself under pressure with a double fault for 15-30. A point of almost pantomime brilliance - the two players almost look like they are conspiring rather than competing as they stretch sinews and fetch shots from the margins of the court - falls Youzhny's way as Djokovic misses a relatively simple overhead with the final shot. Cheers all round from the New York crowd.

    Youzhny whips away a sizzling cross-court backhand to seal the game and stop Djokovic's steamrollering run of at least 16 unanswered games in this match and his last.

  35.  
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  36.  
    Djokovic 3-0 Youzhny*

    Novak Djokovic has been coming to the net more in this campaign compared to his 2012 effort. It looked like his charge to the front of the court was a little forced though at 40-15.

    He found himself parked at the front with Youzhny thrashing forehands at him and eventually pinged a volley long. Maybe one to think about as the Russian's wayward backhand sends the players to their stools with the scoreboard loaded in Djokovic's favour.

  37.  
    DJOKOVIC BREAKS- *Djokovic 2-0 Youzhny

    After all the promise in that first game, Mikhail Youzhny's game goes walkabout in the second. He hands over a break to love and he did not make Novak Djokovic work particularly hard for it either. A pair of forehands planted into the net under little pressure wave Djokovic through and into a break lead.

  38.  
    Djokovic 1-0 Youzhny*

    Novak Djokovic beat Marcel Granollers in just an hour and 19 minutes in the last round, dropping just three games in doing so. The Serb already looks like he is going to have a bit more of a match to chew on here.

    Mikhail Youzhny lures him wide in a lengthy exchange of meaty groundstrokes for 15-30 before again getting the ball right up onto the top seed's toes on the baseline for 30-40 and an early break point.

    Djokovic gently cranks up the pressure before undoing Youzhny with a swatted backhand to save that one, but Youzhny come to the net, puts away a volley and has a second break point at advantage. The Russian has a look at a second serve as well. But he plonks his return wide as he goes for the kill.

    Enough's enough for Djokovic. A wrong-footing stab volley followed up by a whistling forehand winner see off the danger.

  39. 0116: 

    Jason Biggs, of American Pie fame, and Rainn Wilson, who apparently plays the Gareth Keenan character in the American version of The Office, have finished their celebrity pro-am match on Arthur Ashe.

    Unsurprisingly perhaps Monica Seles and Chris Evert, 27 Grand Slam singles titles between them, saw off their challenge. Which means it is time for the night session's main event.

    Djokovic to serve.

  40. 0114: 
    PRESS REACTION TO MURRAY DEFEAT

    Andy Murray picked up a code violation for some Youzhny-esque frame-bending frustration earlier today.

    His mood is unlikely to be lightened if he reads up on the thoughts of the British press pack.

    Kevin Mitchell in the Guardian writes that Murray played "some of his worst tennis of this or any other summer".

    Neil Harman in the Times describes an "incomprehensibly edgy and negative performance", while Simon Briggs of the Daily Telegraph writes that "the one-sidedness of the scoreline and the brevity of the match made it pointless to carp about the details".

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    Mikhail Youzhny knows his way around the back end of a Flushing Meadows fortnight though. He is a two-time semi-finalist in New York, reaching the last four in 2006 and 2010.

    The 31-year-old is known as the Colonel to his fans and, just like a square-bashing military type, you wouldn't like him when he is angry.

    His most recent outburst of note came at this year's French Open when he reduced his racquet to cat-gut and ashes by thwacking the courtside furniture in frustration when playing Tommy Haas.

    Previously he has been known to take the anger out on his own head.

    Mikhail Youzhny
  42. 0108: 

    Novak Djokovic is aiming to make his 14th successive Grand Slam semi-final tonight. The last time he failed to make the last four of one of the Big Four was when he was beaten by Jurgen Melzer back in the 2010 French Open quarter-finals.

    Only Roger Federer has put together a longer run of Grand Slam semi-final appearances. The old smoothie appeared in 23 consecutive Grand Slam semi-finals between Wimbledon 2004 and the Australian Open 2010.

    Novak Djokovic
  43. 0102: 

    That was all a little disappointing wasn't it?

    While Andy Murray retreats to lick his wounds, maybe inflicted as much by the rough edge of coach Ivan Lendl's tongue as Stanislas Wawrinka's monster groundstrokes, we have an intriguing final quarter-final as consolation for the defending champion's defeat.

    Rubber-limbed world number one and top seed Novak Djokovic takes on Mikhail Youzhny, a man more explosive than a Molotov cocktail, for the right to take on Wawrinka in the last four.

  44. 2238: 

    That's the end of the road for Andy Murray then, and the end of the evening for me.

    But come back here in a few hours as Mike Henson will be guiding you through the night for Novak Djokovic's quarter-final against Mikhail Youzhny, which is scheduled away not before 0100 BST.

    Good evening...

  45. 2235: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Jack: People saying Murray will bounce back - alternatively, I can see this run of poor results unsettling him. He looked like the Murray of old at times there and there are new players upping their game.

    Colin: Re: Jack of all trades [2228], tell me that's a joke, Murray beat Djokovic in both slam finals, he beat Berdych in the US open semi final last year and he beat Federer in the Australian open semi final this year, how are they easy draws?

  46. 2234: 
    WOMEN'S DRAW

    In the women's singles, Serena Williams faces Li Na in the first semi, while the other sees Victoria Azarenka take on Flavia Pennetta.

  47. 2233: 
    THE LAST FOUR

    Here's a reminder of the last four in the men's singles at the US Open then.

    In the first semi-final Rafael Nadal is up against Richard Gasquet, while Stanislas Wawrinka will face world number one Novak Djokovic or Mikhail Youzhny in the other.

  48. 2228: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Jack of all trades: Did anyone think maybe Murray got a lucky draw last year and at Wimbledon too? He lacks something the other 3 have.

  49. 2225: 

    Andy Murray hit three winners on the return all match, while Stanislas Wawrinka peppered Murray's second serve, firing 20 winners back off the serve.

  50. 2218: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Kevin Holmes: Gasquet and Wawrinka, proof that the one handed backhand can still compete

    Rachel T: When McEnroe said players would be gunning for Murray, well, he wasn't wrong was he? Backing Andy to regroup & come out firing.

    Tim Miller: Gasquet and Wawrinka are notorious big game chokers. What's changed this year?

  51. 2214: 
    HOW'S STAT?

    As you'd imagine after a thumping like that the stats don't read well for Andy Murray. He hit 15 winners in the match, compared to 45 from the racquet of Stanislas Wawrinka.

    Murray got more (63%) first serves in than Wawrinka (55%), but when Wawrinka did land his first swing he won an incredible 88% of points. Ouch...

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    GET INVOLVED

    Jamie, London on text: In the long run, this will do Murray some good. He has been taken to the cleaners by someone other than Nadal/Djokovic. He's not untouchable, and has to keep working hard to stay at the top. I reckon he'll kick on in the off-season, and start 2014 with renewed focus.

    Dean: If you don't create break points, you don't win tennis matches.

  53. 2208: 
    HOW FAR CAN STAN GO?

    Stanislas Wawrinka had reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam four times before but now he is in new territory. Can he go all the way?

  54. 2206: 

    Novak Djokovic's match is due to get away at around 0100 BST tonight by the way. Big Mike Henson is in the live text commentary chair for that one if you are staying up all night...

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    GET INVOLVED

    Elliott McDowell: I'm a big Murray fan but I can take nothing away from Stan - that was an epic, unplayable performance. Rosolesque.

    Stanislas Wawrinka

    Tom Burnett-Godfree: Wawrinka has been one of the form players all season, so defeating an under-par Murray is not that much of a shock.

    Dennis Edwards: Andy Murray was made to look like a qualifier by Wawrinka. Still, the way Stan played he would have beaten anybody today.

  56. 2203: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Murray 4-6 3-6 2-6 Wawrinka
    Andy Murray

    Andy Murray: "I thought he played great. I made a few mistakes but for the most part he hit a lot of lines, he hit big shots and he played too well.

    "When it's breezy conditions it's difficult but I've had a good run the last couple of years and I played a bad match today.

    "When he had the wind with him he served very well and I had to do a lot of defending."

  57. 2201: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ali in Bristol: That is what you call a pasting! Stan is the man. Hey ho Andy is still a double grand slam winner, so I don't feel as gutted as i used to.

    Heidi: What do I make of that? I think it's fantastic. We don't all love Murray...

    Dan in Norfolk: I have not seen Murray play so far behind the base line since he lost to Tsonga in the Aussie open 1st round a millennia ago. Clearly shattered from a pretty epic 12 months, roll on 2014 for the big man.

  58. 2157: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Murray 4-6 3-6 2-6 Wawrinka
    Andy Murray

    Andy Murray has already started his press conference. Here's a snippet of what he had to say: "Everyone takes a little time to feel comfortable on the court, but I didn't think I was playing poorly. I would have liked to play better.

    "I thought there were a fair few long points, but I didn't get into enough return games, which was disappointing for me."

  59. 2157:  
    Jeff Tarango, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Have you ever seen me speechless? I hope that my sons recorded that at home. That was perfect tennis from Wawrinka.

    "Stanislas Wawrinka played a sensational match here, and he is getting stronger. His net play and forehand were excellent. He played the perfect match."

  60. 2157: 

    Stan the Man will now play Mikhail Youzhny or Novak Djokovic in the semi-final - he will give either of them quite a game...

  61. 2155: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Murray 4-6 3-6 2-6 Wawrinka

    Stanislas Wawrinka, speaking after his win: "Andy Murray's the defending champion, he's a tough opponent. For me to get through in three sets is amazing.

    Stanislas Wawrinka

    "The first set was not easy. It was really windy today. To get that set gave me confidence for the rest of the match.

    "So much as going through my head in the last game. I just try to be focused, to play solidly, aggressively, to take the match and not let him back.

    "I'm going to relax a little bit, and then I'll watch the night session to see who wins tonight."

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    GET INVOLVED

    Shohidur Rahman: The fact that Murray didn't have a single break point shows just how bad he was. One of the worst performances of his career.

    Ben Franklin: Wawrinka will blow Djokovic off the court if he keeps playing like that.

    Laura Lambert: Wawrinka deserves to reach his first slam final after that, the guy played out of his skin!Sad for murray but top class from stan

  63. 2153: 
    GET INVOLVED

    What do you make of that then? Let us know on text (81111) or Twitter (#bbctennis)

  64. 2150: 
    GAME, SET AND MATCH WAWRINKA- Murray 4-6 3-6 2-6 Wawrinka

    It's all over. Stanislas Wawrinka is through to his first Grand Slam semi-final after a brilliant performance. Andy Murray is already off the court like a shot...

  65. 2149: 
    Murray* 4-6 3-6 2-5 Wawrinka

    Overhead at the net. Match point...

  66. 2148: 
    Murray* 4-6 3-6 2-5 Wawrinka

    Stanislas Wawrinka has got all the shots today, even when Andy Murray has him scampering about he finds a fizzer of an overhead winner. Magic darts.

    He pounces on a loose approach shot to make it 30-30...

  67. 2147: 

    Like Tiger Woods on a Sunday, Andy Murray has changed into a red shirt at the death...

  68. 2147: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Graeme in St Ives: Murray's about to bounce back. At 2131 he ate an invisible pasty. Never fails.

    Lesley: Keeping up with the game on Coach H Virgin Train to Liverpool. Decided it's time for a gin to get me through the next few games. C'mon Andy!

    Make it a double Les...

  69. 2146:  
    Jeff Tarango, BBC Radio 5 live

    "I'd love to call Roger Federer right now and ask if he could dream of playing at Wawrinka's level. Wawrinka is giving Andy Murray a lesson.

    "It's not even a case of Murray doing things wrong. Wawrinka is doing so much right."

  70. 2145: 
    WAWRINKA BREAKS- Murray 4-6 3-6 2-5 Wawrinka*

    Can Andy Murray at least hold his serve here?

    He fires long again and it's 0-30, not a great start. Sean Connery looks dejected from the stands, like a man remembering his part in Highlander II, as Wawrinka then goes though the gears to bring up two break points with a brilliant volley at the net.

    Murray saves one with a great get at the net, dinking it back over on the stretch, but he can't save two. Smashed back at 90mph again. Too good.

  71. 2141: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Alex: Oh Andy. It's just as well Masterchef is on or I'd be struggling to cope with this.

    Tennis doesn't get ANY tougher than this...

  72. 2141: 
    Murray* 4-6 3-6 2-4 Wawrinka

    Andy Murray comes back on to the court after that change of ends with a bit of a spring in his step, maybe he had a good, hard word with himself. It maybe puts the Swiss Alp off his serve for a second as he double faults to start his service game, but then he reaches into the top drawer, selects a deft drop-volley and dinks it home.

    The touch of a maestro today from the big man, coupled with the power of a locomotive. Pretty impressive stuff. Another blood-curdling scream to the heavens from Murray as he finds the net and that's 4-2...

  73. 2136: 
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    Dan in Wolverhampton: Sorry Muzza, game over. Stan playing out of his socks. Too good. Roll on the Aussie Open.

  74. 2135:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport in New York

    "It's a mark of how well Wawrinka is playing, and just how far Murray is from his best, that the Wibledon champion has yet to earn a break point in over two sets of tennis. For one of the best returners in the game, that is a telling statistic, and not helped by the fact that Murray is winning only just over half of the points on his own serve.

    "Wawrinka said before the match that he needed to start well and play confidently, and belief is flowing through him now. Murray has a good record from two sets down but there is little sign of a comeback right now."

  75. 2135: 
    Murray 4-6 3-6 2-3 Wawrinka*

    Pick that one out! Stanislas Wawrinka pounces on another lame second serve to larrup a forehand across the court. My word he can strike a ball.

    But the Swiss finds the net with a lapse in concentration to let Murray off the hook, and he takes his chance to fold.

  76. 2132: 
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    Marcucas in Peterborough, via text on 81111: I think Wawrinka has stolen Federer's skill like an Eddie Murphy/Dan Aykroyd move right out of Trading Places! I've never seen him play so intensively!

    Tremendous reference Sir...

  77. 2131: 
    Murray* 4-6 3-6 1-3 Wawrinka

    Andy Murray looks a beaten man I have to say, Head bowed, shoulders arched between points.

    Andy Murray

    Stanislas Wawrinka cruises to another service game, easy as you like. He looks like he could stay on and play another game right now...

  78. 2129:  
    Jeff Tarango, BBC Radio 5 live

    "It's not in Andy's control. Stan is playing the match of his life. He's lacing the ball and Andy can't get a racquet on it.

    "Stan is at full tilt and isn't giving Andy a chance to play."

  79. 2128: 

    Sean Connery, it's time to abseil onto the court and bring James Bond to the party. Don't just sit there man. Andy Murray needs some serious help now. Two sets and a break down...

  80. 2127: 
    WAWRINKA BREAKS- Murray 4-6 3-6 1-2 Wawrinka*

    It must be pretty crushing when your serve at 80 mph and the return is 103 mph. Stanislas Wawrinka does more damage to the Andy Murray second serve, clipping the line with another lusty blow.

    Even that trans-Peak District engine is doing Murray no favours at the minute. He puts the power down to somehow reach a drop shot but when he gets there he shovels his shot a yard long. Nothing going right for the reigning champ.

    What a pearler! A searing one-handed backhand down the line from Stan sends us to Deuce, that is just monstrous hitting. Murray lashes one into the net and that's another break point for Wawrinka.

    Double fault - and break...

  81. 2122:  
    Jeff Tarango, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Murray needs to get into Wawrinka's kitchen and rattle things around a bit."

  82. 2122: 
    Murray* 4-6 3-6 1-1 Wawrinka

    Boom! Another huge hit has Murray scampering forlornly over to the corner. Like Ivan Drago v Apollo Creed, this is a one-sided battering.

    Drop shot at the net, one game each.

  83. 2120: 
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    Andy Scott: With Murray getting to so many semi-finals, I think people now just expect it to happen. Not that easy, I'm afraid.

    Huzaifa Wardhawala: All I can say right now is WOW-rinka!

    Matt Taylor: Very tough for Murray today - Switzerland appear to have deployed their reserve Federer.

  84. 2120: 
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    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker: Murray two sets down, but will be comforted by the fact England's U21s are a goal up.

  85. 2120: 
    Murray 4-6 3-6 1-0 Wawrinka*

    Andy Murray serves first in the third set, and sees his first one come whistling back past his ears. The man in red can't miss tonight.

    Stanislas Wawrinka

    he whips a big inside-out forehand from way beyond the baseline but it flicks just wide, that was an opening for the Swiss. He then finds the net but even when Murray hits a great shot down the line Wawrinka is there to flick a winner back across the net.

    A man on a mission. But still prone to an eccentric shot at times, ballooning a backhand into Row D to give Murray Advantage. And it's one he takes greedily to take the first game.

  86. 2113: 

    A primal scream from Andy Murray as he returns to his seat. Some x-rated language and some furious banana eating. Approach with extreme caution.

    Can he turn this around?

  87. 2113: 
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    Greg Edwards: This is the pre-Lendl Murray - awful body language, mumbling, moaning and losing his temper. Ivan needs to sort this out!

    Michael Di Monaco: Watching this match, I keep thinking 'okay, the comeback starts now'. Then Wawrinka smacks a winner down the line... 'soon then'.

    Tahirah Holder: Mum says bedtime. I say tennis. Earphones in, tuned in.

  88. 2113: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Nathan in Newcastle, via text on 81111: Don't forget what we thought was happening with Verdasco at Wimbledon! This match isn't over.

  89. 2113: 
    GAME AND SECOND SET WAWRINKA- Murray* 4-6 3-6 Wawrinka

    Stanislas Wawrinka serving for the second set, and wide off his backhand first up. The first time he hasn't battered a winner in what seems like a long time.

    Murray then loops one long for the umpteenth time - a 22nd unforced error. Followed by number 23 as he again overclubs a shot. Stan can't find his first serve in this game though, and that gives Murray a sniff. Big, booming rally as both men force the issue, but it's Wawrinka who slides one wide to go to 30-30.

    A huge serve gives the Swiss a set point - and it's there as Murray chips wide.

    Two sets down...

  90. 2108: 
    Vassos Alexander, BBC Radio 5 live

    "This is a dangerous mix of Murray mistakes and Wawrinka winners. Is there any stopping the Swiss player?

    "Just under a year ago, Murray was a set and a break down in the US Open quarter-final against Marin Cilic. He went on to win his first Grand Slam. He is in a similar hole now.

    "You wanted the stats, Jeff? Here they are. Murray in his career, how often has he come back from two sets down? Seven."

  91. 2108: 
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    Football Focus host Dan Walker: Wawrinka really is bossing this at the moment. Murray needs to start doing something special.

  92. 2108: 
    Murray 4-6 3-5 Wawrinka*

    That's better from Andy Murray, forcing the error to level at 30-30. He can't find a first serve next though but then Stan lumps one long to give Murray a game point. He fires one into the corner - but long - and we go to Deuce.

    And there's a big hold - Wawrinka into the net.

  93.  
    WHAT A SHOT!- Murray 4-6 2-5 Wawrinka*

    Andy Murray, serving to stay in the second set then. He starts with a nice chip and charge, clipping a volley into the corner.

    But that is just brilliant from Wawrinka, so flat and so clean, a 93 mph winner right out of the middle of the bat. He's playing at another level here...

    15-30 on the Murray serve...

  94. 2102: 

    Andy Murray has to hang on here and hope that Stan runs out of juice. He is clubbing the ball back so hard...

  95. 2102:  
    Jeff Tarango, BBC Radio 5 live

    "I hate to say it, but we're going to have to start breaking out the stats as to how often Andy Murray has come back from two sets down; how often he's pulled a rabbit out of a hat.

    "He's simply being overpowered. He has no answer."

  96. 2101: 
    Murray* 4-6 2-5 Wawrinka

    This is a barrage from Stan Wawrinka, he's blowing Andy Murray off the court. Murray chuntering away to himself as he can only fend off this attack, like a Courtney Walsh over at Sabina Park, Spitting, bouncing at pace and before you know it's another game...

  97. 2059: 
    WAWRINKA BREAKS- Murray 4-6 2-4 Wawrinka*

    Throwing his arms around now as Andy Murray clips another shot into that net. He's not a happy chap.

    Andy Murray

    Into the net again - and Stanislas Wawrinka has three break points. He needs one, crunching a sweet backhand down the line.

  98. 2057:  
    Jeff Tarango, BBC Radio 5 live

    "If I'd told you that Andy Murray still wouldn't have a break point an hour and 20 minutes into this match, you'd have said I was crazy.

    "Andy's got to stop watching these Wawrinka shots go past him and start playing them. He almost needs to take a bathroom break, go to his locker, open the door and check his notes."

  99. 2056: 
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    Jamie: This match is almost as painful as my impacted wisdom tooth.

    Nabz-H: I have full faith in Murray. He has the mental strength which he developed by winning tournaments. Wawrinka doesn't.

    Jamie Scott: Probably worth remembering, in his last quarter-final here against Youzhny in 2010, Wawrinka choked in five sets.

  100. 2056: 
    Murray* 4-6 2-3 Wawrinka

    'Come on!'' shouts Andy Murray to himself as he thinks he must have won a point at the net until a big red Swiss hand comes out to flick it back.

    Head bowed again from Murray, like a child told he has to go to bed after Coronation Street as he lashes a return long and wide. He's hanging on in there but that's all he's doing, putting no real pressure on the Wawrinka serve.

    Another special backhand down the line from the Swiss and there's the game - All of nature wild and free, Stan-is-las Wa-wrinka...

  101. 2051: 
    WHAT A SHOT!- Murray 4-6 2-2 Wawrinka*

    Huge backhand again from Stanislas Wawrinka, who is feasting on the Andy Murray serve right now. Murray looks despondent as he goes long when he looks for the big serve, but Wawrinka this time thumps the second serve into the net.

    But that is just too good! Murray spins a serve high and Wawrinka absolutely pummels it back, a 103mph winner from the Swiss. Murray rescues it with a dinked volley to go 40-30 up before holding with a shot cross-court.

  102. 2048: 
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    Grant Sutcliffe: Murray needs to move him about and go for his shots a little more. Stan playing best he can - Murray has gears to go up!

    Andy Muray

    Nathan Smith: If Murray is to win this match, he is going to have to play a lot more aggressive tennis. Wawrinka dominating play at the moment.

    Julie Loughran: C'mon Andy Murray, you can fight this Swiss beast in the second set. Have belief and faith in yourself to play the match of your life!

  103. 2047:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport in New York

    Murray drops the first set 6-4 on the 6th set point, smashes his racquet and gets a code violation...

  104. 2044: 
    Murray* 4-6 1-2 Wawrinka

    I'm not sure if I agree with Jeff Tarango [2043] - I think Andy Murray looks pretty angry as he struggles to find a way to hurt Stanislas Wawrinka.

    Wawrinka's biggest problem is his own inconsistency at the moment as he mixes up divine winners with bizarre mishit shanks. he holds that one easy enough though.

  105. 2044:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport in New York

    "That epic final game of the first set said a lot about Murray so far at this year's US Open, with his serve lacking potency and allowing opponents into his service games. He pointed out after his previous match that he had only been broken a few times, but the quality is considerably higher across the net now and Wawrinka always looked the more likely to break. Pretty hot on Ashe now, Murray must hope to make this as long and gruelling as possible."

  106. 2043:  
    Jeff Tarango, BBC Radio 5 live

    "I can't really see Murray's eyebrow language, so I'll have to judge him by his body language. I think he's OK. He's not hanging his head, but he's not got a winner's stride. He's not got that swagger. He's doing a lot of extra thinking.

    "He's spinning a racquet an awful lot as if he's having trouble finding his grip."

  107. 2043: 
    Murray 4-6 1-1 Wawrinka*

    Andy Murray gets his shoulder behind his first serve of the second set, a boomer of an ace, and he's back at the top end now where the wind doesn't seem to be affecting the players as much.

    He strolls to 40-0 - the memories of that last 15-minute service game behind him - but now he double faults and is chuntering away tom someone. Possibly himself, he's not happy with his serve. Murray then clips a drop shot cross court and doesn't bother following it in - only for Stanislas Wawrinka to make it and hit a winner back across court. Lovely shot, and 40-30.

    Yet another winner for Wawrinka off a 75mph second serve from Murray. The Swiss is killing that Murray second serve - and he has a break point as Murray hits a lob long.

    A variation on the second serve for Murray as he saves break point with a second-serve ace! And he holds. Breathe...

  108. 2037: 
    Murray* 4-6 0-1 Wawrinka

    Let's see if that racquet smashing has calmed Andy Murray down.

    Stan Wawrinka marches to that service game though, no problems whatsoever.

  109. 2034:  
    Jeff Tarango, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Andy Murray will surely get a warning for crunching his racquet into the ground. That racquet will not be a part of Andy Murray's defence of this title. That racquet will be going to charity.

    "Murray hasn't found a way to generate the big points. Wawrinka's improved his game, and that creates a little bit more of a mystery for Andy - who needs a little more variety."

  110. 2033: 
    OUCH!

    That was yet another unforced error to gift Wawrinka the first set. He does give his racquet the full treatment this time, smashing the implement into the ground. A write-off.

    Is the wind causing trouble for both players? It seems to be affecting them more when they are at the end nearest to the cameras.

  111. 2033: 
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    Adam Brimblecombe: If Murray wins this and plays this way against Djokovic, I can't see it ending well. Intensity hasn't been there since Wimbledon.

    Nathaniel Jansen: Is it just me that's bugged by Murray's constant racket twirling?

    John Needham: I was watching Pointless today and Wawrinka was a pointless answer. Seems a bit harsh.

  112. 2033: 
    GAME AND FIRST SET WAWRINKA- Murray 4-6 Wawrinka*

    Double fault from Andy Murray and that's a fifth set point for Stan Wawrinka. Murray almost smashes his racquet into the ground but changes his mind and Wawrinka then floats a shot long to bring up Deuce number eight.

    I can't remember a time when this game wasn't being played. Fourteen minutes and counting now, but what a shot that is! Pumped into the corner from Wawrinka - at 96mph - and that's set point six.

    There she is. First set to Stan Wawrinka!

  113. 2030: 
    Murray 4-5 Wawrinka*

    What a shot down the line! Stan Wawrinka has his fourth set point after a beautiful backhand on the run, right down the line. Murray can't believe it, sheer frustration etched on his face...but this mammoth service game goes on after a clack shot from the Swiss.

    Wawrinka can't connect with a volley as the wind gets under the ball and Murray finally has a game point. But again he finds the net, a real New York love affair going on between Murray and the net. Deuce yet again!

    An epic, epic service game this for Andy Murray. Wawrinka mistimes another one right off the handle after a punishing 17-shot rally, that wind is picking up. Ivan Lendl chews his nails as Wawrinka floats a backhand agonisingly onto the lines to bring up Deuce yet again.

    I'm going to a third entry on this game...

  114. 2025: 
    Murray 4-5 Wawrinka*

    Hint of a chance for Stan Wawrinka at 15-30 but Andy Murray approaches the net with intent, smashing a half-court ball home.

    He then lashes a shot into the net to give Wawrinka the first break point of the match, and a set point to boot. The crowd love that, a sniff of a breakthrough!

    Massive serve yet again from Andy Murray gets him out of trouble. That was Pete Sampras's biggest trick, every time he had a wobble he could find a big serve.

    But another slack shot from Murray into the guts of the net and it's break and set point two.

    This time he can't rescue it with a big serve but Wawrinka dumps his volley into the net to go back to Deuce. Yet another unforced error hands Wawrinka a third set point, and he saves it again! Lovely shot into the lines forces Wawrinka to just chip it back and Murray meets it with a crisp volley.

    Deuce again...

  115. 2016: 

    Stan Wawrinka was wobbling there at Deuce after cruising to 40-0, but Murray couldn't find the killer touch. Tie-break anyone?

  116. 2015: 
    Murray* 4-5 Wawrinka

    Stan Wawrinka whips a shot off his toes right into the corner, lovely stuff. What's going on here? Andy Murray has the sun in his eyes and is struggling to see, get a cap on son.

    A cannonball serve from Wawrinka has him at 40-0 and it's surely another routine hold from the big man. But hang on, a flashy drop-shot which goes wide and a tame double fault and Murray smells blood, going to Deuce as he forces another error off the Wawrinka backhand.

    Murray really goes for a booming inside-out forehand but misses the line and Wawrinka holds on.

  117. 2011: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Laura Lambert: Five-set win for Murray. Think he'll lose first and third, and it won't be an easy watch! Stan going for his shots, dangerous opponent!

    Dusky: Wawrinka is really impressing me.... but I hope not for much longer. Come on, Andy!

    Danny Payne: Does anybody else sing the name Stanislas Wawrinka to the tune of Madonna's seminal 80s hit La Isla Bonita?

    I am now Danny...

  118. 2011: 
    Murray 4-4 Wawrinka*

    New balls please as Andy Murray serves. Stan Wawrinka clips a shot wide and looks furious with himself before Murray follows suit, dumping a cross-court drop shot tamely into the net.

    30-30 with another unforced error from Murray - but a big serve gets him out of dodge again. And another wins the game.

  119. 2006: 

    Music update - 'My Hero' from the Foo Fighters. The DJ's record collection is as hit and miss as Stan Wawrinka's shot collection so far. Some pearlers, some utter dross...

    Both men look as fresh as a daisy after 40 minutes' play.

  120. 2006: 
    BRITWATCH

    The last of Britain's three representatives in the girls' singles is out - with Katie Boulter losing her third-round match to 11th seed Mayo Hibi of Japan.

    Gordon Reid, though, is through to the wheelchair men's singles semi-finals with a 6-2 4-6 6-4 win over Joachim Gerard of Belgium.

    Andy Lapthorne has lost his opening match 6-3 6-1 to David Wagner of the United States in the wheelchair quad singles, which is played in a round-robin format. Lapthorne still has to face Nick Taylor, another American, and South Africa's Lucas Sithole.

  121. 2005: 
    Murray* 3-4 Wawrinka

    Whoops! Total air shot from Stanislas Wawrinka at the start of the seventh game, and he takes his anger out on the next serve, booming a monster of an ace right through the swing of Andy Murray.

    Erratic stuff from the big Swiss though as he mistimes a volley on the run and creams it yards wide to give Murray a sniff, before a lovely deft touch at the net brings it to 30-30. Serve and volley next to go 40-30 up before Murray totally mistimes one to shank it long.

    Maybe that wind is an issue?

  122. 2002: 
    Murray 3-3 Wawrinka*

    A quick break with a cold towel around the neck and we are on again. High intensity stuff thus far - did we expect anything else?

    Slack from Murray as he could have let a shot go out but decides to meet it on the volley, only to spank it into the net. He's cross with himself too, but follows it up with a smart ace right in the corner.

    Wawrinka then brings a ripple of applause from the crowd, like an Ian Bell cover drive, as he leans into a lovely cross-court winner which has Murray at full stretch. Deuce - and a service winner sees Murray hold again.

  123. 1956: 
    Murray* 2-3 Wawrinka

    Complete contrast to the last game as Stanislas Wawrinka rattles through his service game in no time at all. A double fault does creep in though before a good touch for a big man sees the Swiss shovel a half-volleyed winner.

  124. 1955: 

    Have a word Kevin, Andy can pop in on this sponsored run which I've proposed for him...

  125. 1954: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Kevin Hudson: Can I mention that Leek and the village of Bradnop would also be on Murray's route from Manchester to Derby? We always get left out.

    Marcos Sreeves: Stan is a dangerous player, but Murray to win in four. Unfortunately its all irrelevant, as after watching Nadal, he's unstoppable.

    Peter Riley: Sean Connery's agent: "Sean, I've got you an audition tomorrow about 10ish." Sean replies: "Tennish? I don't even have a racquet."

  126. 1954:  
    Jeff Tarango, BBC Radio 5 live

    "From the ground, Andy doesn't want to over-hit the ball against the wind. He wants the ball to play around in the wind, and if you hit it too hard, it doesn't do that."

  127. 1954: 
    Murray 2-2 Wawrinka*

    Stanislas Wawrinka is unleashing cannons from the back of the court, thumping the ball off his backhand, and then finds a beauty of a forehand down the line to bring it to 30-30.

    Murray needs a first serve but drifts long, but his second serve is a cracker, spinning high above shoulder height. Wawrinka finds a smash to take it to Deuce though...

    A big serve from Andy steers him away from bother, but there's another huge hit from the Swiss into the corner. Deuce again, both players being worked from corner to corner here.

    Deuce again - this one's going until at least 2300 BST - until Stan finally drifts a smidge wide to give Murray advantage. Wind holds the ball up and Wawrinka finds the net...

  128. 1946: 
    CELEB SPOT!

    Sean Connery is in the house! No signs of Sir Alex Ferguson yet though. He's probably getting the wine in.

  129. 1945:  
    Jeff Tarango, BBC Radio 5 live

    "I think Magnus Norman has been good for Wawrinka as a coach - and not just in terms of calming him down. Stan's a quiet guy, and I think having a quiet coach has helped him."

  130. 1944: 

    Bit of Katrina and the Waves as we have a drinks break. New York - you're better than that. Get The Strokes on...

  131. 1944: 
    *Murray 1-2 Wawrinka

    A booming ace from Stanislas Wawrinka in his second service game, at 132 mph, Murray doesn't smell it. Bit of a worrying moment for the Scot as he maybe twinges his back slightly as he lands a backhand into the net, but he's moving OK.

    Cracking volley on the run gives the Swiss the game.

  132. 1942: 
    David Law, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "This is a much more authoritative start from Murray than he managed in the last round against Denis Istomin.

    "I would say Murray looks the more comfortable of the two players at this stage. Both players are having to adjust their sights because of the wind."

  133. 1941: 
    WOMEN'S DOUBLES
    Venus & Serena Williams

    The Williams sisters have secured a place in the women's doubles semi-finals.

    Serena - who faces Li Na in the singles' semi-finals tomorrow - and her sibling Venus beat Italian top seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci 6-3 6-1 on Louis Armstrong.

  134. 1941: 
    Murray 1-1 Wawrinka*

    Huge rally at the start of Andy Murray's first service game, must be 20-odd shots long, but it ends as Murray scampers up the court to thrash a backhand cross-court.

    Lusty hitting from the Swiss then earns him a point, but Murray holds comfortably. Already signs that we could be in for some long, long games...

  135. 1937: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Will Andy Murray get the better of Stanislas Wawrinka? Or will the Swiss reach his first Grand Slam semi-final? And will the match go to three, four or five sets? Go to the BBC Sport Facebook page to make your predictions.

  136. 1937: 
    Murray* 0-1 Wawrinka

    Sloppy start from Andy Murray as he thumps a forehand long, but then he finds a top shot already, huge booming lob from beyond the baseline.

    Another belter of a lob sets up an easy volley at the net but he slaps it into the cord to hand Wawrinka the first game.

  137. 1935:  
    Jeff Tarango, BBC Radio 5 live

    "I think Andy Murray is comfortable. The weight of the world is still on his shoulders, but the monkey is off his back.

    "He's won the US Open, he's won Wimbledon. He's really glowing. His personality has filled out. He recognises who he is, he knows what his responsibilities are, and he likes it."

  138. 1935: 
    Murray* 0-0 Wawrinka

    Here we go then - Stanislas Wawrinka to serve. Play...

  139. 1931: 

    It may be a lovely sunny day in New York but the wind is blowing a gale by all accounts which could make some of the shots tricky. The pundits all seem to be going for a five-setter - could be a long old day at the office for us all...

  140. 1931: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Jon Pearson: Let's hope Murray focuses on this game and not on the potential showdowns with Djokovic or Nadal

    Niya Martins: This match is like a dog food and I a starved dog. Go Andy!!

    Bibhash Dash: Leander Paes! still proudly flying the tricolour for us after all these years. One more for the cabinet come on!

  141. 1929: 
    WITNESS THE FITNESS

    Anyone who tries to break Andy Murray down on the court knows that they have a huge task on their hands - which is not helped by Murray's remarkable stamina and fitness.

    Andy Murray

    Apparently he has run a total of 107.23 km on court this season - the equivalent of sprinting from Manchester to Derby (via Macclesfield, the Peak District and Ashbourne - not the M1).

    My route planner says that will take 21 hours on foot - not that many people have tried it. Maybe Sir Ian Botham. Murray could do it in 15 I reckon...

  142. 1927: 

    Stanislas Wawrinka dons a bright red shirt as Andy Murray goes for a mainly white effort with a red stripe across the chest. The players shake hands for the coin toss before they start knocking up as the crowd filter back in to take their seats.

  143. 1927:  
    Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent

    "I'm expecting a much better performance from Andy Murray here, compared to what we've seen so far. I'm also expecting Stanislas Wawrinka to play well.

    "I would expect Murray to win, but this is the first time at this US Open that I've approached an Andy Murray match unsure about the outcome."

  144. 1926: 
    STANISLAS WAWRINKA

    Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka: "My confidence has improved. My game has got better but the confidence is there. I've had a lot of matches on clay, which will help a lot. Andy Murray is a tough player, and it will be a battle."

  145. 1925: 

    Here come the players on to the court to Lenny Kravitz's 'Are You Gonna Go My Way?'

    A classic. This ain't Wimbledon...

  146. 1924: 
    ANDY MURRAY

    World number three Andy Murray: "It's been a good few years in the Slams for me. I try to play my best tennis here and tailor my training around them. All of the Slams can be tricky, this one is different because the first round is over three days and you get out of rhythm.

    "Physically I am good. Hopefully there are three matches left and I want to leave everything I have on the court."

  147. 1922: 

    Still no sign of the players out on court but apparently it's 'imminent.'

    Will Andy Murray's big game experience prove enough?

  148. 1922:  
    Jeff Tarango, BBC Radio 5 live

    "It's going to be a real tough match. I'm really psyched up because it's a big test for Andy Murray. Wawrinka's playing well; his new coach, Magnus Norman, has made a difference.

    "There's a lot of tension in the locker room generally at the moment. There are a lot of new coaches floating around, and that has created uncertainty. No one quite knows what to expect."

  149. 1920: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Scott Christie in Stirling, via text on 81111: I'm a huge Murray fan but not convinced he's at the races so far this tournament - Wawrinka will be a huge test and if it starts to get drawn out then you worry for next round.

  150. 1919: 

    Yep - he really did say Gotham City...

  151. 1919: 
    MEN'S DOUBLES
    Leander Paes

    Leander Paes, speaking after victory over the Bryan brothers: "First of all, I have to say, I have great respect for the Bryan brothers. When Radek and myself fight together, anything's possible. He has made a great recovery from spinal surgery, and there are a lot of good things ahead."

    And a few words from his playing partner, Radek Stepanek: "We had to change our tactics. We were able to hold our save and hang on for our chances. We had to return better and we got in front in the second set. Gotham City, you guys are awesome."

  152. 1917: 
    RAFA ON THE RAMPAGE
    Rafael Nadal

    Roger Federer may appear to be on the wane but another all-time great is kicking into gear at just the right time.

    Rafael Nadal was in ominously good touch overnight, dropping just four games - FOUR - on his way to a semi-final berth, thrashing fellow Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-0 6-2 6-2.

    "I think I played great the first set - it's my first set so far this year at 100%," said Nadal, who returned from a serious knee injury in February, with a wonderful sense of understatement.

    Nadal has only won the French Open since his 2010 US title - is now the time for him to win on the hard courts again?

  153. 1916: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Gregory P: Murray's wins have been more hard fought than Nadals or Djoks. That might serve him well when he meets either of them

    Rian Hoskins: Wawrinka is very good. Has an excellent all round game, particularly his backhand and has beaten Murray. Murray to win in 5 sets

  154. 1915:  
    Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent

    "When Andy Murray is done, he may well be considered the greatest British singles player of all-time. Fred Perry won more Grand Slams, but Murray is racking up some impressive statistics.

    "If he beats Wawrinka, he will be into his 14th Grand Slam semi-final, which will beat Perry's total; he has two Grand Slams and you would say that he has another four or five years yet to win more.

    "To do that in this era, when he has had to face so many questions and so much doubt is a huge achievement."

  155. 1914: 
    RADIO RADIO

    As Elvis Costello would say, radio is a sound salvation. If you're away from home, on a bus or even walking the dog there's no reason to miss out on Andy Murray's match Stateside.

    Jump over to our friends at BBC Radio 5 live sports extra for full commentary. The coverage is already under way and will be live from Flushing Meadows until 2200 BST.

    You can listen on DAB radio, via the BBC iPlayer Radio app, BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app; No excuse really.

  156. 1912:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport in New York

    "It's a beautiful afternoon at Flushing Meadows, with a gentle breeze and the temperature hovering around 27C. The temperature felt a bit higher just now on Ashe as the Bryan brothers saw their calendar Grand Slam hopes end against Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek in three sets.

    "It's a fair guess the two teams are not great mates off the court, and there was a definite suggestion that the fourth seeds dared to mock a Bryans chest bump at one point. The pantomime baddies have left the stage though, time for the reigning champion and the Swiss number two."

  157. 1912: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Andrew Priestley: Wawrinka is a very dangerous player & on his day can beat anyone. Murray won't underestimate him though. Andy to win in 4 sets.

  158. 1910: 
    GET INVOLVED

    All aboard the Murray bandwagon then. Is he going to make it a third Grand Slam? Will Rafael Nadal signal his return to the top with a victory? Or is it all about Novak Djokovic? Or can Stan the Man shock the world?

    Let me know your thoughts please on all of the above, plus any other tennis-based witterings you wish to share with the class. You can text in to 81111 (UK Only) as long as you put your name on it, and tweet us using the hashtag #bbctennis.

    Fire away...

  159. 1910: 
    MEN'S DOUBLES

    There it is!

    In the day's early match on Arthur Ashe, there has already been a shock as top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan are knocked out at the semi-final stage of the men's doubles 3-6 6-2 6-4 by Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek.

    The four-time winners could not find a way back in the third set and Paes and Stepanek will now meet either Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo, or Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares in the final.

  160. 1907: 
    WHERE'S MURRAY?

    Andy Murray is next up on Arthur Ashe court. I went ahead and put this live text up when the men's doubles match in progress appeared dead and buried, but the pesky Bryan brothers are launching a Lazarus-style comeback and the show still goes on.

    My best guess is we are 30 minutes away from Andy Murray walking out on to a sun-kissed New York court.

  161. 1904: 
    STAN THE MAN

    For the uninitiated out there - and me - what do we know about Andy Murray's opponent this evening?

    The Mick Hill to Steve Backley; the Tony Jarrett to Colin Jackson; the Emile Heskey to Michael Owen.

    Ordinarily the 10th best player in the world would have a fair shot at being the main man in Switzerland, but Stanislas Wawrinka is unfortunate to have grown up in the shadow of the legendary Roger Federer.

    Wawrinka was hugely impressive in beating the fancied Tomas Berdych in the last round, smashing 68 winners, and beat Murray the last time they met in New York in 2010.

    He's never been beyond the quarter-final stage of a Slam. Is tonight his night?

  162. 1900: 
    ON A SWISS ROLL?

    Grand Slam quarter final, Swiss opponent.

    Stanislas Wawrinka

    So far, so familiar for Andy Murray as he attempts to reach the last four of the US Open he won last year.

    But tonight it is not the suave, blazer-sporting model of greatness Roger Federer on the other side of the net he comes up against - it's Swiss number two Stanislas Wawrinka.

    The 28-year-old says he is in the form of his life and could even end the year ahead of his much-decorated compatriot Federer - if he beats Murray tonight.

    Will Murray come unstuck against the quiet man of tennis?

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