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US Open 2022: Murray, Jabeur, Kyrgios and Gauff in action on day three – live! | US Open Tennis 2022


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Brilliant from Ons, easing to break-back points and directing Mandlik about the court before sealing the deal with a forehand volley. 5-5 it is, and you get the feeling that every time it needs to, class will tell.

Bublik has taken the first set against Carreńo Busta 6-4, while Garin and De Minaur are at 3-3, Rogers and Kumova at 4-4, and Moutet leads Van de Zandschulp 4-3 with a break.

And have a look at Elizabeth Mandlik! She breaks Jabeur again and will shortly serve for set one at 5-4.

Wang raises three break-back points, and though Sakkari saves two, the third is converted for 2-3. She’s a funny one, Sakkari, no3 in the world despite never having made a major final and having one just one tournament in her career, Istanbul in 2019. She moves beautifully, but her lack of a serious weapon has and probably will stop her ever winning a biggie.

Yup yup, Mandlik nets a forehand; that’s 3-3 and Jabeur’s break back, secured just before Sakkari breaks Wang for 3-1 and Holt rushes clinches the first set against Cachin, 6-1. In fairness to Cachin, his first-round match with Aljaz Bedene went to a final-set breaker and was the first time he’d played a fifth, so it taking him a while to get loose is no great surprise.

Elsewhere, Moutet is a break up on Van de Zandschulp [21], likewise Kuzmova on Rogers and Bublik on Carreño Busta [21].

Mandlik has rushed Jabeur! She breaks then consolidates for 3-1! I’m sure Jabeur will take it in her stride, but she might be big-up naused by the recent slam winners – she’s better than almost of all of them, and yet.

Madlik is pretty small, and we learn that she tries to combat this by taking the ball early, to rush her opponents. She holds her first service game for 1-1, Jabeur having breezed through hers. Meanwhile, Holt has held and then broken again – he leads Cachin 3-0 – and Sakkari, who lost to Raducanu in last year’s semi, leads Wang 1-0; they’re now playing deuce on Wang’s serve.

Holt, the world no303, starts well and breaks Cachin in the first game, Cachin floating a half-arsed drop into the net. It’s also worth adding, now I think about it, that to beat Fritz, he won three sets in a row after losing the first. He’s in nick.

Brandon Holt, by the way, is a qualifier and also Tracy Austin’s son; he beat the in-form Taylor Frtiz in round one, while Elizabeth Mandlik is Hana Mandlikova’s daughter; Mandlikova won the US Open in 1989.

All our 11am matches are knocking up. To begin with, I’m watching Holt v Cachin on the nen’s and Wang v Sakkari and Jabeur v Mandlik in the women’s.

Looking at the women’s draw, I’ve not a clue who’s going to come through it. I say this a lot, but it’s the least predictable sport in the world and possibly the least predictable a sport has ever been. Coco Gauff has been improving and wouldn’t it be great if Serena could eke eek out one final major, but the reality is that no one knows anything.

We’ve got three Brits playing today – Jack Draper and Andy Murray I mentioned, but Harriet Dart meets Dalma Galfi in early evening. She had a great win over Daria Kasatkina [10] in round one, and should she win today, she becomes British no1.

On Amazon, Jim Courer and Tim Henman are discussing Emma Raducanu; both sort of say she needs to get a bit more serious about competing. Not that she’s not serious now, but that she needs a more conventional coaching set-up to extract the most from her talent.

Show court order of play

Ashe (12pm local, 5pm BST)

Andy Murray v Emilio Nava

Elena Gabriela Ruse v Cori Gauff [12]

Ashe (7pm local, 12am BST)

Serena Williams v Anett Kontaveit [2]

Daniil Medvedev [1] v Arthur Rinderknech

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Armstrong (11am local, 4pm BST)

Xiyu Wang v Maria Sakkari [3]

Maddison Keys [20] v Camila Giorgi

Nick Kyrgios [23] v Benjamin Bonzi

Armstrong (7pm local, 12ampm BST)

Jack Draper v Felix Auger-Aliassime [6]

Beatriz Haddad Maia [15] v Bianca Andreescu

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Grandstand (11am local, 4pm BST)

Ons Jabeur [5] v Elizabeth Mandlik

Hugo Grenier v Mario Berrettini [13]

Tommy Paul [29] v Sebastian Korda

Leylah Fernandez v Liudmila Samsonova

Preamble

What’s up, dudes?! Amped for another dope day of US Open? Let’s gooooo!

As is ever the case at this stage of a slam, we need more eyes – and more independent eyes – than we have, in order to take everything in. But for starters, we’ve got Andy Murray, Coco Gauff, Nick Kyrgios, Ons Jabeur, Mario Berrettini and Daniil Medvedev all playing, plus some contests that look absolutely terrific: Serena Williams v Anett Kontaveit, Maddison Keys v Camila Giorgi, Jack Draper v Felix Auger-Aliassime and Cristian Garín v Alex de Minaur.

So stick with me, and let’s see how it all shakes out.

Play: 11am local, 4pm BST



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