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...

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

Kuznetsov hoicks a forehand return wide and Murray moves 30-15 ahead after his opponent sends an outside edge into the stand. Kuznetsov outlasts Murray for 30-30 but puts a return long for 40-30 and tugs a backhand wide to hand Murray the game.

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

A change of racquet for Kuznetsov as one of his string dampeners goes missing. Murray makes it 30-15 courtesy of a big forehand return but an attempted forehand winner misses the sideline. Kuznetsov wraps up the game with an ace down the middle.

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

Double fault from Murray makes it 15-30 but he finds a wicked, arcing forehand for 30-30. Murray converts a backhand volley for 40-30, despite his legs not being where they should have been, but follows that with another double, his fourth of the match. Murray finds a first serve and puts away the resulting forehand before Kuznetsov skims the baseline with a return for deuce. Murray nets with a backhand and he doesn't look right out there. Lots of strange, sudden jerks, as if he's cramping up again. And that's a break for the Russian.

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

Murray misses a very makeable return off a second serve before spraying a backhand long for 40-15. Murray hooks another return long and that's a relatively straightforward hold for the Russian.

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The Louis Armstrong Stadium holds 10,103 and is pretty full of tennis fans right now, including these Andy Murray supporters.

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

Murray shovels a backhand wide for 15-15 before sending down a battery of gigantic forehands for 30-15. Kuznetsov hits back with a crackerjack forehand return before Murray finds a big first serve for 40-30. And that's a hold as Kuznetsov bunts a return long.

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

Murray moves into a 0-30 lead but Kuznetsov chisels his way back into the game. Murray forces a break point but Kuznetsov saves with a wrong-footing forehand. The Russian prods over a backhand smash for the advantage and dredges up some more big hitting to hold.

Murray 6-1 7-5 Kuznetsov*

Kuznetsov matches Murray blow for blow in that rally, makes it 15-15. But Murray thunders down an ace out wide for 40-15 before wrapping up the set with another thumper down the middle. Murray faltered towards the end of that set but once he was upright again he got back to bullying.

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

"Murray has developed a knack of turning winning positions into unexpected scraps over the US hard-court summer, and it happens once again as he lets Kuznetsov into a match that seemed way beyond the Russian. Having dominated for an hour, Murray was also playing with fire by offering up seven break points. The sun returns and the heat rises - Murray could yet be in for another testing afternoon on Armstrong. "

*Murray 6-1 6-5 Kuznetsov

Only 32% of second serves won by Kuznetsov and Murray has stolen a 15-40 lead in this game. What a forehand return that is from Murray, he almost put his back out hitting that. Normal service resumed, Murray to serve for the set.

Murray 6-1 5-5 Kuznetsov*

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Plenty of cloud cover now which is making things a little bit cooler out there. Murray serving to stay in the set and he races into a 40-0 lead behind some big deliveries. Kuznetsov fires a backhand return wide, easy hold for Murray.

*Murray 6-1 4-5 Kuznetsov

Murray takes the first two points of the game before the Russian hits back with a crackerjack backhand down the line. Oh! I! Say! Shot of the match, a ripsnorting forehand winner down the line, on the stretch, from Kuznetsov. Murray gets a sniff of a Kuznetsov second serve but dumps his return into the net. The tennis gods have switched Murray's gas off and he's barely simmering on the hob.

Murray 6-1 4-4 Kuznetsov*

Nice work from Kuznetsov there, showing good variety to move into a 0-30 lead. Murray slams down an ace for 15-30 only to net with a backhand and hand his opponent two more break points. Murray pulls out another ace to save the first before pulling out another plum for deuce - Kuznetsov got it back but Murray followed up with a flying forehand winner. Murray berates himself after finding the net with a sliced backhand and here's a break, courtesy of a double fault.

Djokovic v Querrey

Over on Arthur Ashe, it's all too easy for Novak Djokovic. The Serbian world number one goes two sets up against American Sam Querrey and surely a place in the fourth round is just a matter of time?

*Murray 6-1 4-3 Kuznetsov

That's a love service game from Kuznetsov, which must be a merciful treat at this stage in the match...

Murray 6-1 4-2 Kuznetsov*

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Murray pulls his rival hither and tither before putting away a cross-court forehand for 15-0 and makes it 30-0 courtesy of another thumping forehand. Murray pulls out another big first serve and wins the game to love. Kuznetsov is going to need a big hug from his woman after this, whoever that may be.

*Murray 6-1 3-2 Kuznetsov

The wriest of smiles of Kuznetsov at the start of the game, as if to say: "When they said he was good..." But the Russian packs a punch into that wiry frame of his and here's a crunching backhand for 40-30. Murray crowds another Kuznetsov second serve for deuce before the Russian puts away an overhead. Nice hustling from Kuznetsov, and eventually he makes Murray buckle with another well-directed smash.