LiveMurray v Kuznetsov as it happened


  1. Murray beats Kuznetsov 6-1 7-5 4-6 6-2
  2. Kuznetsov is ranked 96 in the world & had never played Murray before
  3. Winner will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Pablo Carreno Busta

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By Ben Dirs and Andy Cryer

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I'm not going to lie to you, that was a bit of a grind, at least to watch - there was only ever one winner after Murray came roaring out of the traps and showed Kuznetsov what big guns he's got, but it ended up being a bit more of a slog than it should have been for the eighth seed. That said, he got it done. Anyway, that's me, I bid you farewell.

Andy Murray: "I just tried to stay solid. It was a tough match but I feel better than I did in the first match.

"I made sure I did everything properly. I love it here. I have enjoyed coming here since I was a junior. I play some of my best tennis here."


Game, set and match

Murray 6-1 7-5 4-6 6-2 Kuznetsov

Murray moves into a 30-0 lead with a cross-court forehand winner but Kuznetsov proves he has a pulse with a fizzing backhand down the line. Murray finds a biggun down the middle for two match points and wraps things up with a naughty backhand volley. Murray through to the fourth round, where he will meet either ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain, who are about to get under way on Grandstand.

*Murray 6-1 7-5 4-6 5-2 Kuznetsov

Thunderclap forehand return from Murray for 15-30 and a hefty backhand return forces the Russian to net with a backhand of his own. Kuznetsov saves one break point but he can't save the second, finding the net once again. Murray to serve for the spoils...

Murray 6-1 7-5 4-6 4-2 Kuznetsov*

Well I never, Kuznetsov's will wasn't broken after all and here's a break point... taken, that was a pretty limp service game from the Briton.

*Murray 6-1 7-5 4-6 4-1 Kuznetsov

Murray moves into a 0-30 lead before Kuznetsov gives himself hope with an ace down the middle. Clunking backhand return by Murray gives him two break points but he can't convert the first, firing long with a forehand. And what a neat winner this is from the Russian, a half-volley on the backhand side on his haunches. Back-to-back double faults from Kuznetsov, his spirit looks broken...

Murray 6-1 7-5 4-6 3-1 Kuznetsov*

Murray doinks a backhand long after a lengthy baseline battle and it's 0-30. Kuznetsov misses the baseline with a forehand and Murray claws it back to 30-30. The Russian frames a forehand return high and handsome before Murray carves out a lovely point, setting up the killer punch with a sliced backhand before putting away the volley at the net.

*Murray 6-1 7-5 4-6 2-1 Kuznetsov

Signs that Murray is turning the screw here, too much on that backhand for his opponent. Kuznetsov finds a big first serve and forehand winner for 30-15 before Murray jumps into a backhand return that leaves the Russian clawing at midair. Here's a break point... Kuznetsov is finally worn down by the garage door on the other side of the court and fires a forehand long, that's a break.

Murray 6-1 7-5 4-6 1-1 Kuznetsov*

Murray holds his first service game of the fourth set, no great dramas there...

*Murray 6-1 7-5 4-6 0-1 Kuznetsov

Well, I didn't think we'd still be here half an hour ago, which doesn't really make any sense thinking about it, but you know what I mean. What about a five-setter? Who knows, with Murray in this kind of quixotic form. But here's a break point to kick off the fourth set, which he is unable to convert. Kuznetsov fires an ace down the middle for the advantage but finds the net with a backhand on the next point. Murray shovels a backhand long before muffing an attempted backhand pass down the line, the Russian holds.

Murray 6-1 7-5 4-6 Kuznetsov*

Murray sprays a forehand wide and wanton after a baseline dust-up before plonking a forehand smash miles long to hand his rival two set points. The Russian only needs one of them, Murray has plenty more spade work to do.

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

"As Murray worked his way back into this third set, his every move was being examined for signs of the dreaded cramp returning. Never the easiest to read in terms of body language, there have been a few indications of discomfort between points. He continues to move well enough when the ball is in play. Maybe time for a few salt sachets from the restaurant."

*Murray 6-1 7-5 4-5 Kuznetsov


What a shot that is from Kuznetsov, Murray floating one up from behind the baseline and the Russian standing his ground and putting away the smash from the back of the court. Unlucky Kuznetsov, there's some tension in these nets and a net cord sends a forehand long and out. The Russian finds a good first serve to hold only to hand Murray another break point... this time the net likes Kuznetsov, leaving Murray rooted... and Murray plonks a tame forehand into the net...

Murray 6-1 7-5 4-4 Kuznetsov*

Murray scampers into the net and puts away a forehand winner for 40-0, and you sense increased intensity from Murray here. Murray knifes a backhand into the onion bag but his rival also finds the net with an attempted drop-shot to hand him the game.

*Murray 6-1 7-5 3-4 Kuznetsov

Meaty hitting from Murray, finished by a crunching backhand winner for 0-30. Kuznetsova is unable to deal with that forehand return by Murray and here's three break-back points... the Scot only needs one of them, we're back on serve...