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Patrick Jennings and Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Bye for now

    Andy Murray and Thomaz Bellucci

    Right, Andy Murray is already half-way through an ice-bath and working out how he is going to spend his day off in the Big Apple.

    We are going to park this live for the evening.

    Thanks for your company and see you in the last 16.

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  3. Post update

    Murray 6-3 6-2 7-5 Bellucci

    Andy Murray speaking to Sky Sports: "I think he played well with confidence when he was ahead. He was striking well when he got a break up in the first set. I thought I played well after that actually, mixing it up and using my variety well. It was big to get the win in straight sets in cooler conditions today after Adrian Mannerino in the last round. I have played well against Kevin Anderson in the past, but he won in Salem the other week and is looking good."

  4. Game, set and match

    Murray 6-3 6-2 7-5 Bellucci

    That was all fairly clinical when you weigh it up at the end of the evening.

    Kevin Anderson is up next for Murray. That will be tougher.

  5. Post update

    *Murray 6-3 6-2 6-5 Bellucci

    Three match points for Andy Murray at 40-0 up...

  6. Murray breaks

    *Murray 6-3 6-2 6-5 Bellucci

    Andy Murray strikes like a cobra and will serve for a place in the last 16 next.

    He is suddenly swarming all over the Thomaz Bellucci serve, punishing it for the first point and then keeping the pressure up to hustle and harry Bellucci out of the game for a break to love.

    Bellucci looked out of his depth there, haring into the net to try and stem the tide, but only succeeding in making things easier for the Briton.

  7. Post update

    Murray 6-3 6-2 5-5 Bellucci*

    Andy Murray yanks a big forehand down towards Thomaz Bellucci and watches at his leisure as the Brazilian's lobbed fetch floats well long.

    That is another service game wrapped up to love. Ten games in 40 minutes so far in this set.

  8. Post update

    *Murray 6-3 6-2 4-5 Bellucci

    This set is marching on remorselessly towards a tie-break. Neither man seems likely to back down on his serve.

    The Arthur Ashe DJ has plucked the Rednexs' Cotton-Eyed Joe out of his record bag...

  9. Post update

    Murray 6-3 6-2 4-4 Bellucci*

    Andy Murray gets a little bogged down, losing the first point and then seeing the speed drain out of his second serve.

    That part of his game is still where the world's best can turn the screw on him.

    Thomaz Bellucci is not the world's best though and cannot punish the 70mph pattercake pies being sent down from the other end.

  10. Post update

    *Murray 6-3 6-2 3-4 Bellucci

    And Thomaz Bellucci returns fire with his own hold to love.

    Plenty of good stuff crammed into that game though to rev the crowd up.

    First Bellucci shows Andy Murray that he can do deft as well, dribbling a dreamy dropper out of reach for the first point.

    He clinches the final point after a brilliant razzle-dazzle exchange of lightning-quick reflexes and jagging angles.

  11. Post update

    Murray 6-3 6-2 3-3 Bellucci*

    Andy Murray steams through another service game to love.

    It is not all efficiency and attrition though. Murray closes the game out with a forehand dropper from the baseline that had more disguise than Carlos the Jackal.

  12. Post update

    *Murray 6-3 6-2 2-3 Bellucci

    Serve is dominating.

    Thomaz Bellucci wraps up his own serve for the loss of just a single point.

    Jeff Tarango, on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, advises Murray to miss on purpose to conserve his energy for a surprise smash and grab raid on the Bellucci serve later in the set.

    Softly, softly catchy Tommy as it were.

  13. Post update

    Murray 6-3 6-2 2-2 Bellucci*

    Andy Murray

    Andy Murray clouts a forehand down the line with vicious power to hold his own serve to love.

    That particular tennis ball will be humming like a tuning fork after that punishment.

  14. Post update

    *Murray 6-3 6-2 1-2 Bellucci

    Thomaz Bellucci whistles through a service game to love. Nothing to see here, keep moving.

    Time to sit and sip for the players.

  15. Post update

    Murray 6-3 6-2 1-1 Bellucci*

    Thomaz Bellucci spies a little chink in the Andy Murray serve as a double fault gives him 15-30.

    But Bellucci cannot force the issue any further. His forehand streaks into the net with Murray looking vulnerable.

    Neither player has started the third set well.

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  17. Post update

    *Murray 6-3 6-2 0-1 Bellucci

    Is Andy Murray going to follow the second-set template that proved so successful?

    The Scot keeps the pressure high on Bellucci, milking him for errors and bring up 15-40 and two break points.

    But Murray has let Bellucci off the peg a little there.

    A careless cross-court forehand into the net at 30-40 looked complacent and Bellucci closes the game with a fine stretching volley at the net.

  18. Meanwhile over on Grandstand

    In the final US Open singles match to take place on Flushing Meadows' Grandstand court before it is demolished, Sabine Lisicki has beaten Barbora Strycova after trailing 5-1 in the final set.

    A suitably stylish send-off.

  19. Game and second set

    Murray 6-3 6-2 Bellucci*

    And what a way to sign off on the second.

    Andy Murray dashes out wide, and, on the stretch, finds a sublime cross-court angle to leave Thomaz Bellucci's shoulders slumped.

    The Brazilian is staring at the ugly rear end of a two sets to love scoreline.

  20. Murray breaks

    *Murray 6-3 5-2 Bellucci

    Stick a fork in this second set, it is done.

    Thomaz Bellucci looks like the belief has been pummelled out of him by Andy Murray's consistency after the opener. 

  21. Post update

    Murray 6-3 4-2 Bellucci*

    Andy Murray is in a little bit of a pinch at 15-30, but Thomaz Bellucci is not playing as well as he was in the first set.

    The Brazilian pushes a ham-fisted volley wide to allow Murray to wrap up the game.

    Meanwhile, Jeff Tarango on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra says that he thinks that Kevin Anderson will beat Murray in the next round should the Scot win tonight.

    "Anderson is ready for a breakthrough and Andy is starting to look a little worn after a tough month," he says.

    Listen in via the audio icon at the top of this page.

  22. Post update

    *Murray 6-3 3-2 Bellucci

    Duck Sauce's 2010 Barbara Streisand ear-worm is the least Wimbledon bit of music that I have heard at changeover so far at the US Open.

    Thomaz Bellucci seals the game to kick off a close contender for that crown as the Arthur Ashe DJ fires up some of Justin Timberlake's Sexyback.

  23. Post update

    Murray 6-3 3-1 Bellucci*

    Ray Liota

    Actor Ray Liota, of Goodfellas fame, is in the house and acknowledges the crowd with a regal wave of the hand, showing off a chunky platinum band on his pinkie.

    On court below his pricey perch, Andy Murray puts away a mid-court forehand to win the game. 

  24. Post update

    *Murray 6-3 2-1 Bellucci

    Thomaz Bellucci keeps his cards on the table in the second set.

    He is walking a tightrope as it stands though. A double-break would surely be fatal for this second set, even this early in proceedings.

  25. Post update

    Murray 6-3 2-0 Bellucci*

    Andy Murray is chugging on all cylinders now.

    He slams the door shut on any hopes that Thomaz Bellucci had of an immediate break-back.

    With all the force of one of those ne'er-do-wells being chased by Roger Cook.

    A reference for the 30-pluses there.

  26. Murray breaks

    *Murray 6-3 1-0 Bellucci

    Andy Murray

    Andy Murray is out of the blocks like a whippet with a gale-force tailwind.

    Three quick points crumble his way as a combination of lactic and tension start to tug at Thomaz Bellucci's swinging arm.

    Three break points. Murray misses the first two as, with cash in the bank, he goes for broke.

    30-40. But Bellucci's gremlins return. The Brazilian attempts to smuggle a second serve out of Murray's winner-striking zone. And succeeds only in planting it into the net.

    Double fault for Bellucci, a break for Murray and, possibly, a turning point in the match.

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  28. Game and first set

    Murray 6-3 Bellucci*

    Andy Murray

    Thomaz Bellucci made Andy Murray work hard for that game. Just as he has for the whole set.

    The Brazilian works Murray out of court as he switches fire from the backhand to forehand wing for 30-30.

    But finally, after 50 minutes, Murray is over the line in the opener.

  29. Murray breaks

    *Murray 5-3 Bellucci

    Thomaz Bellucci coughs up an ugly forehand, swatting clean over the baseline to give Murray 30-40 and a break point.

    A ding-donging rally ensues, back and forth, Murray scraping and scrimping out wide as Bellucci ups the pace.

    Bellucci advances, Murray cracks a pancake-flat forehand pass over the wire, and the Brazilian can only fend into the net.

    Murray to serve for the opening set next.

  30. Post update

    Murray 4-3 Bellucci*

    The first Hawk-Eye challenge of the match comes from Andy Murray at 40-30 up. 

    He is questioning the eyesight of a line-judge who looks like an evening news anchorman - all silver hair and chestnut tan. And the Dan Rather lookalike is right by half an inch or so.

    Another tick for your Eye-Spy Andy Murray book. He lets out his first 'C'mon' of the match as Thomaz Bellucci duffs a groundstroke into the net.

    And Murray makes good his escape after that little bit of gamesmanship.

  31. Bellucci holds

    *Murray 3-3 Bellucci

    A massive hold for Thomaz Bellucci as he wrestles an epic, roller-coaster of a game his way to keep Murray at bay and the set on serve.

    How much has that missed chance and marathon game taken out of the British number one?

  32. Still deuce...

    Murray 3-2 Bellucci*

    Thomaz Bellucci

    Oh delicious.

    Andy Murray tickles in a forehand drop-shot that Thomaz Bellucci chases in vain. Naughty, naught, very naughty.

    That shot followed a pinpoint running forehand winner down the line from Murray.

    But Bellucci is just about hanging tough.

    Back to deuce again. How many? I've lost count. A lot.

  33. Murray misses three break points

    Murray 3-2 Bellucci*

    Andy Murray's groundstrokes are starting to simmer.

    A little more zip, a touch more pop and Thomaz Bellucci is suddenly surviving rather than thriving in the rallies.

    The Brazilian has seen off three break points, with Murray twice pushing his luck with a little too much power as he tucks into a second serve.


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  35. Post update

    Murray 3-2 Bellucci*

    Oh my. The first prime cut from Andy Murray's shot-making selection as the Scot flicks a cross-court winner from a position where most players would struggle to scrape back into play.

    Very nice and a first comfortable hold of the match for Murray. 

  36. Murray breaks back

    *Murray 2-2 Bellucci

    Andy Murray

    Andy Murray pulls a Get Out of Jail Free card out of the pile.

    Thomaz Bellucci chucks down two rank double faults to allow Murray to deuce and then advantage and break point.

    Bellucci plonks down a pedestrian tee-off, just to make sure, on the next point, but blinks first as the two players trade groundstrokes from the back.

  37. Bellucci breaks

    Murray 1-2 Bellucci*

    Quick, the boss is looking.

    Camp Murray snap their spines straight simultaneously, all nodding and applauding supportively as their man looks up towards the players' box.

    He needs the help.

    A sluggish second serve that didn't even make it over the net and Murray double-faults to 0-30.

    It is the same scoreline that he faced in the opening game.

    The cat is not so easily back in the bag this time though.

    Thomaz Bellucci darts in and wrong-foots Murray for 15-40 and two break points.

    First serve missed. Second serve in. Murray to the net. Bellucci goes to pass...and nets.

    But a forehand into the top of the net from Murray hands his man the first break of the match.

  38. Post update

    *Murray 1-1 Bellucci

    Is that some Thai dye? Either that or Thomaz Bellucci's shirt has been mangled by the hot wash.

    The Brazilian has shown that he means business in the opening two games, rattling on to a 40-0 lead on his own serve and only allowing Murray one point nibbled back.

  39. Post update

  40. Post update

    Murray 1-0 Bellucci*

    Andy Murray flops a forehand long on the opening point as he comes in to try and put away a thick net cord top-edge.

    Whomph! A pinging backhand winner from Thomaz Bellucci down the line and that is one that Murray can just watch and admire.

    0-30 and a bit of pickle.

    But via an ace and a walloped mid-court forehand, Murray has locked down the opening game.

    It is either Kevin Anderson or Dominic Thiem for the winner of this match by the way.

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  42. Three minutes to the off

    The players are knocking up on court, having tossed the coin to the blaring slap-bass stylings of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

    "Three minutes gentlemen," calls the umpire.

    Still a fair few blue seats to be filled on Arthur Ashe.

  43. Post update

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  44. Murray has pedigree

    Andy Murray

    And the good news.

    Thomaz Bellucci has lost his last 14 matches against top-10 ranked opponents.

    He has reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam only once in 27 attempts.

    Murray by contrast has reached the quarter-finals at least of the last 18 Grand Slams he has entered.

    A fully-focused, fit and firing Murray should wrap this one up without too much fuss.

  45. Bellucci has previous

    Let's start with the bad news.

    Thomaz Bellucci, along with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and not many other active players, has a winning record against Murray.

    The 27-year-old won his only previous meeting with Murray, prevailing 6-4 6-2 in the last 16 of the Madrid Masters in 2011.

    Tomasz Bellucci
  46. Murray due on court

    Kim Sears

    And we are back in the room.

    Good early morning to you and welcome to coverage of Andy Murray's third-round meeting with Thomaz Bellucci at the US Open.

    Murray has made heavy weather of his progress through the draw so far, offing Nick Kyrgios in four sets in the first round and then clambering back from two sets to love down against Adrian Mannarino in the second.

    Early to bed this time Andy yeah?

  47. Post update

    Right then. That's it from me for today. Thanks for all your comments. 

    Andy Murray is up later today, with a 02:00 BST start, so make sure you join Mike Henson for that one. 

    Until then there's a break in the live text coverage, but you can continue listening to action from New York at the top of this page using the audio icon from around 19:00 BST. 

    See you soon!

  48. Player reaction

    Jo Konta, speaking to Sky Sports:  "I've been here for about two weeks now and so I am just chuffed to still be here. I was trying to dicate to her, get her on her back foot, because she is most comfortable when dicatinh herself. 

    "I'm happy I was able to take charge, and I'm happy that when I had to be scarppy and get balls back, I did that too.

    "I didn't even know I was playing her but Petra Kvitova is a top five player I think. I'll have to have a talk to my coach but will be really looking forward to playing here again in front of so many people."

  49. Player reaction

    Jo Konta, speaking to Sky Sports: " Right now I am just getting used to not being out there trying to hit match points! 

    "She may not have been feeling her best but she was still one of the best competitors, credit to her. 

    "I'm happy I was able to stay as calm as I did. There was a lot of nerves but I enjoyed them. I enjoyed them and I enjoyed the situation."

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  51. Konta wins!

    Incredible stuff from Jo Konta. 

    How far can she go? Today was her first appearance in the last 32 of a Grand Slam and she nailed it. Eventually.

    She's enjoying her moment, smashing balls into the sparse but jubilant crowd. 

    How many will be there for her next match? 

    She's up against Petra Kvitova next the two-time Wimbledon champion will be a stern test indeed.  

  52. Konta wins!

    Petkovic 6-7 3-6 Konta

    Konta has done it! The sixth time is the charm! 

    Petkovic looks for the far corner, she puts serious pace on the ball but it's long and wide. 

    Now Konta can smile. She's through to the US Open last 16. Wow. 

    The two players embrace at the net. 

    Jo Konta
  53. Post update

    *Petkovic 6-7 3-5 40-40 Konta

    A fifth match point. There's a massive scream from Konta. This one. Now. Surely. Yes? 

    Konta is way wide on her first serve, the second is slow and Petkovic latches on tight. The German hits one into the far corner and Konta can only find the net. 

    How many more match points are we going to have?!

  54. Post update

    *Petkovic 6-7 3-5 40-40 Konta

    And the fourth one is wasted too! 

    Konta hits long and we are back to deuce. The forehand side again - it looked like she held something back on that shot for sure.

  55. Post update

    *Petkovic 6-7 3-5 30-40 Konta

    Here we go then. Deep breath from Konta. She's been here before now. But not long enough ago?

    It's edgy, her forehand slipping slightly to led Petkovic in, enough for a 30-30 share. 

    Petkovic then hits wide when it looked easier not to. Here's a fourth match point...

  56. Post update

    Petkovic 6-7 3-5 Konta*

    You've just seen three match points slip through your fingers. How do you react? 

    Konta deals with it admirably, she's really going for her shots. Petkovic seems to have found another level but Konta has the reply - a fantastic forehand winner from one corner to the other. 

    But Petkovic grows again, surging into a 40-30 lead with a lovely drop shot before sealing the game with a forehand winner. 

    Konta is still serving for the match...

  57. Post update

    *Petkovic 6-7 2-5 Konta - Petkovic breaks

    Third time lucky for Konta? Nope. Petkovic is clinging on.

    She looked to be starting to wilt again but buys herself a little more time and a break point with a testing drop shot that Konta can only send spinning on the reach. 

    Petkovic then sees the game out but she still trails by three... Surely that's too much to ask?

    Andrea Petkovic
  58. Post update

    *Petkovic 6-7 1-5 40-40 Konta

    This really is cat and mouse stuff now. The game edges up and away beyond seven minutes, both players retreat to the baseline. 

    Konta hits a massive forehand, it hits the top of the net.. and... bounces on Petkovic's side. 

    A second match point. But it's saved again! A vicious return from Petkovic is sent spinning by a Konta slice.

  59. Post update

    *Petkovic 6-7 1-5 40-40 Konta

    Konta sets herself up for match point with a strong serve, Petkovic responds with a defiant deep return on the next, back to deuce. 

    Brilliant from both players at the net, Konta with a tasty drop-shot, Petkovic is so quick to pounce to force the break. But again her forehand is disappointing. Back to level terms. 


  60. Post update

    *Petkovic 6-7 1-5 40-40 Konta

    Who would have thought this second set would be so one-sided? Especially after the start of that first-set tie-break. 

    How will Konta cope with this? Well surely she can't let her lead slip now... Can she? Petkovic zooms into a three-break point lead. 

    Konta claws back one, and then another as Petkovic hits long...

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  62. Post update

    Petkovic 6-7 1-5 Konta* - Konta breaks

    Johanna Konta

    That is brilliant from Konta, she smashes a return straight across court on the front foot, it zips away, leaving Petkovic stranded, rooted to the spot. 

    Konta has no trouble following that up for the game. She's now serving for the match!

  63. Post update

    Petkovic 6-7 1-4 40-40 Konta*

    Petkovic has definitely recovered from her wobble now. She's all about the front foot, smashing one straight at Konta, who can only return with a reflex action into the net.

    Petkovic challenges another late decision - once again the line umpire is right, and Konta comes back in at 30-30. 

    A tremendous back-hand return stops Petkovic in her stride and sets up another break point but Petkovic comes back strongly again for deuce.

  64. Post update

    *Petkovic 6-7 1-4 Konta

    How close do you want? Petkovic is convinced her forehand was in and challenges the call. There's a nano-meter in it, maybe two, but the decision is correct. 

    That could have turned the game, from 40-0 to 30-15, but Konta sees it through. 

    She's looking comfortable and so she should. Surely she can't be caught now? The last 16 is beckoning. Is another seed set to fall?

  65. Post update

    Petkovic 6-7 1-3 Konta*

    Excellent stuff from Petkovic to see off Konta's advantage, a bold front-foot push to the edges. 

    And the German really is coming back into her own again as she flashes one to the far corner, no way Konta was reaching that. The Briton then shoots too long and Petkovic holds.

  66. Post update

    Petkovic 6-7 0-3 40-40 Konta*

    Konta may have disappeared off the court while Petkovic was getting treatment but she's made sure to leave nothing behind on her return. 

    Here she is scampering around in search of a cross-court winner, which she finds, and it looks like she's got more running still as she sets up two break points.

    Can Konta seal it with a flourish? This forehand attempt goes wild, off into the distance. And Petkovic puts everything she has into the next rally to save the second. Deuce.

  67. Post update

    *Petkovic 6-7 0-3 Konta

    It's clearly the heat that's affecting Petkovic. She's got what looks like a very chilly towel draped across her shoulders and is taking on lots of water. 

    Only the posh French stuff. She looks to be improving though and now digs into a banana. 

    Konta is here and we are set to get back under way. How long can Petkovic last?

  68. Post update

    *Petkovic 6-7 0-3 Konta

    There's a medical time out. Konta is heading off away from the court while Petkovic gets treatment.

    Can Konta keep her focus? She's so close to a brilliant win. 

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  70. Post update

    *Petkovic 6-7 0-3 Konta

    Petkovic really is moving very slowly indeed. Is there going to be any kind of response from the German? 

    Konta isn't bothered. She's totally focused on what's at hand - a place in the last 16. This one zooms by.

    Konta's barely ruffled but Petkovic is now in conversation with her trainer, courtside. She looks like she's suffering. Her blood pressure is being checked. 

  71. Post update

    Petkovic 6-7 0-2 Konta* - Konta breaks

    It's the heat you must think. Whatever it is it's clearly having an effect - Petkovic with a double fault and Konta's two to the good in this one, too. 

    Konta senses something turning. She goes on the attack with a forehand winner, forcing the break point. Another sluggish Petkovic shot is called out by the line umpire but overruled. No challenge from Konta - she doesn't need it. Petkovic looks to be running out of steam. She's doubled over now.

  72. Post update

    *Petkovic 6-7 0-1 Konta

    The umpire's been on her phone. Petkovic's trainer has been summoned, seemingly. You can just about pick up the words - The German's not feeling well apparently.  

  73. Post update

    *Petkovic 6-7 0-1 Konta

    Konta picks up from where she left off, zooming into a 30-0 lead. She's dragging Petkovic all over the court - a strategy to tire her opponent? 

    It's working if it is, as Petkovic slumps into a return from Konta's serve. 

    Jo Konta
  74. Post update

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    "It's a mark of her rapid improvement that Konta is playing well below her level against Muguruza in the previous match but still leads the 18th seed. 

    "If she can "stay in the present", as has been her mantra in New York, this match is there for the taking."

  75. Post update

    Petkovic 6-6 Konta 2-7 - Konta wins first set

    And she only needs one! Petkovic hits a serve long - she looked like she'd given up on that. 

    Jo Konta is just one set away from the US Open last 16.

  76. Post update

    Petkovic 6-6 *Konta 2-6

    Brilliant from Konta. Petkovic looked so assured early on but now she's making silly mistakes, Like this forehand smash into the net.

    Four set points for Konta.

  77. Post update

    Petkovic 6-6 Konta* 2-4

    Konta hits back straight away. She lost the first two games of the match, and the first two points of the tie-break. But now she's woken up again (again).

    Jo Konta
  78. Post update

    Petkovic 6-6 Konta* 2-0

    Both players have dropped back now. It's all coming from the baseline and we're seeing some very long exchanges. 

    Petkovic has got the stamina, and the eye for the moment to strike.

  79. Post update

    *Petkovic 6-6 Konta

    Yes indeed. Another slow second serve is punished by Petkovic. We're headed for a tie break. 

  80. Post update

    *Petkovic 5-6 Konta 40-40

    That winner would put a spring in anyone's step. Konta is no exception. Can she harness it? 

    Petkovic has been here many times before. She's poised to strike, quick to earn a 30-15 lead. Konta then double faults. Two break points for Petkovic. 

    Konta forces her into an error. One down. Petkovic then drifts one wide - she went for the jugular and missed. Surely not yet another break?

  81. Post update

    Petkovic 5-6 Konta* - Konta breaks

    What a shot! And what a time to bring it out. Konta is aggressive and bold in search of another break and when she gets it she doesn't disappoint. 

    Petkovic stretches at her cross-court forehand in desperation. Big point from the Briton. She's serving for the set.

  82. Post update

    Petkovic 5-5 Konta* 40-40

    Both players are feeling the pace now. Petkovic just manages to return on the stretch and Konta summons the composure to level at 15-15, right in the corner.

    Another shot from Konta into the net for 30-30 - she looked sluggish there, but so does Petkovic, too. Her return slumps into the net,  a chance for a third break for Konta. 

    It's a question of who can last this rally longest, Konta goes for the killer shot, a sweeping forehand, but it's just wide. Level at deuce.

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    *Petkovic 5-5 Konta

    This is brilliant in reply, from Konta. She knows she has to win this game and goes after it bravely, Petkovic can only hold on but Konta raises the pace to storm into a three-point lead. 

    With the game in sight Petkovic raises her resistance, Konta can still finish things with a simply forehand, but it's too long. And again on the next point. 

    Is Petkovic back in? Deep breath from Konta, and a scream of delight as her opponent hits long. 

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    Petkovic 5-4 Konta*

    More searing aggression from Petkovic. She's really in the groove, zooming into a three-point lead. Great mobility - Konta's looking very static by contrast. That's seven points in a row. 

    Can she make it eight? Konta stubbornly rallies but Petkovic saves the best until last, a searching two-hander to the back corner for the game. 

    Andrea Petkovic
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    *Petkovic 4-4 Konta - Petkovic breaks

    Petkovic really is rattled. She's been given a warning for having a dispute with her racquet.

    Is she good when she's angry? She hits back with two deep returns, the forehand looks good here. Konta then double faults and Petkovic sees out the game with ominous ease. Cue fist pump.

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    Petkovic 3-4 Konta*

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    "It's 22C with a cooling breeze on Louis Armstrong this morning, the best conditions of the week for players and spectators. Konta continues to look calm and determined, as she has in winning four matches already in New York, and the Petkovic forehand is starting to break down."

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    Petkovic 3-4 Konta* - Konta breaks

    Andrea Petkovic

    So close. All the groundwork had been done. With Petkovic on the back foot Konta falls short with a drop shot at the net, wide.  

    How to respond? With a rasping forehand Petkovic can only wave at. Then a tremendous backhand to the far corner for 30-30. Petkovic is rattled, she shoots wide and it's break point. Petkovic defends it - thanks to a lucky bounce off the net - but then shoots wide again. Konta has her on the rack, Petkovic goes for an ambitious diagonal passing shot, and once more it's wide. Konta breaks!

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    *Petkovic 3-3 Konta

    Petkovic thinks Konta's broken but she is calm. She powers through this one with her opponent hounding her at the net. Great poise to hold her serve. 

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    *Petkovic 3-2 Konta 40-40

    Johanna Konta

    Konta goes straight onto the front foot again, some excellent net play. There is some flair and flourish but it's all within her rhythm. Petkovic meanwhile, has got a change in pace in her and Konta's two-point lead is gone in no time.

    It's break point as Konta's laboured forehand hits the net, but Petkovic hits long for deuce. Now is the time to raise your game and Konta obliges and goes on the attack. Petkovic is no slouch though and hits back straight away to level again. 

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    Petkovic 3-2 Konta*

    Wonderful stuff from Petkovic. Aggression, technique, poise. She's got it all as she powers into a volley for a two-points cushion. Konta can't keep up with this, she hits the deciding return wide. Petkovic sails away with this one. 

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    *Petkovic 2-2 Konta

    Ace. The first of the match. Is Konta in the groove? It's all very methodical, very composed, but it's just lacking that killer aggression. 

    Now she goes on the attack though, racing to the net and Petkovic goes long, too long. One point to wrap it up and she finds it. Petkovic returns to the net. 

    Jo Konta
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    Petkovic 2-1 Konta* - Konta breaks

    This is better now as Konta shows a bit of hustle to win the first two points, but Petkovic is not ruffled. She goes on the attack big time, powering up to the net and delivering a sumptuous drop shot before dropping back for a massive forehand on her next. 

    Level at 30-30, where is it headed? Konta comes back for her first break point, Petkovic fluffs her first serve and takes an absolute age for the second before hitting one long. Game on.

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    Petkovic* 2-0 Konta - Petkovic breaks

    Double fault for Konta on her first serve and the nerves don't stop there, she drags a simple looking forehand way, way wide.

    Petkovic can smell a break and she turns on the power for a passing winner for 0-40. Konta recovers for 30-40 but the German is too strong. Not the start Konta had intended.

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    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    Judy Murray knows Konta well through her role as Fed Cup captain, and told BBC Radio 5 live how a demoralising defeat in February pushed Konta to working with a sports psychologist: 

    "On the last day we played Belarus to get out of the group and she had a bit of a horror. She suffered from really bad performance anxiety. 

    She lost that match very quickly and was distraught afterwards. It was really a question of her recognising she needed to do something to help her control her emotions and her mind."

    Murray believes Konta has "a real good shot against Petkovic", adding: "You go after that forehand side big time. 

    "That was exactly what Jo did to Muguruza. If she plays in the same way and is able to stay as calm and composed as she was in the last match, I can't see any reason why she can't get through another match."

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    Petkovic 1-0 Konta*

    A bit of a rusty start from Petkovic as she hits two shots into the net, Konta can't take advantage though and the German soon levels at 30-30, Konta hitting long. 

    Petkovic then gets lucky with what looked like a dud of a forehand reply, it hits the top of the net, bounces out of reach, Konta can't make it and Petkovic eventually sees the game out with a strong serve, having briefly been pegged back to deuce.

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    Here we go then, play is under way

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    Andrea Petkovic
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    Now then, with the players out on court already, warming up, I don't think we've got time to delve too deep into this one. 

    But it does remind me of a story I was told. A friend was seeing a German girl, who eventually ended things by explaining: "I need to see the skeleton of my chaos."

    As brush-offs go, I'm yet to hear a better one.

  99. Petkovic: The world class indie kid

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    Andrea Petkovic

    "Andrea Petkovic is generally regarded as about the best interview in tennis, with a razor-sharp wit and interests ranging from philosophy, to literature, to an absolute love of music. 

    "Whether it be The National, Arcade Fire or The Smiths, the Bosnia-born German is an indie kid at heart. After several serious injuries, she has also become a world class player over the last two years, with a Grand Slam semi-final to her name in Paris last year."

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    Good afternoon and welcome.

    Johanna Konta

    In case you didn't know, the other reason why Konta's win was such a big deal is because Muguruza is ranked eighth in the world. Konta is the world number 97 right now.

    Her opponent today, German Andre Petkovic, is ranked 18th. 

    So even if she does make it through to the fourth round, there's an argument to suggest the Muguruza win could still be her best ever (or so far). But not just because of the rankings.

    The manner of that victory - grueling, determined, resilient - suggests the makings of a mentality that could carry Konta, 24, much further still.

    Until now, the consensus seemed to be that there was potential, but something still was lacking. 

    Will we be saying the same in a few hours' time?

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    Johanna Konta

    The greatest victory of her life. 

    That was what pretty much everybody was saying about Johanna Konta's second round win over Garbine Muguruza of Spain.  

    Johanna Konta

    Against this year's Wimbledon runner-up, over three hours and 23 minutes - Konta triumphed, despite the odds, in the longest women's match at the US Open in the modern era. 

    Johanna Konta

    Konta now has 15 wins on the bounce. And she is in the last 32 of a major tournament for the first time. 

    The biggest victory of her life, then for sure.

    But what if she wins again today?