Murray * 2-2 Berrettini (* indicates next server)
Arthur Ashe Stadium is slowly filling up and the atmosphere is growing with it.
Berretinni’s serve is lethal on side two but unforced errors on the lead side, including a rudimentary backhand on the fly, lead us to 30-30.
Two massive serves cancel out any danger while the Italian holds.
Murray 2-1 Berrettini * (* indicates next server)
The players exchange unforced errors to start the game, bringing us to 30-30, before a right of rope that out of the net widens and gives Berrettini the initial break.
But the Italian cannot cover and instead produces a tame slice of backhand in the net. Murray then responds with some excellent shots to regain his position in the game and holds.
Murray * 1-1 Berrettini (* indicates next server)
Murray takes the first point before Berrettini responds with two huge serves, one of which is an ace at 131mph. Murray’s wandering forehand then goes adrift.
A well-constructed point by Murray brings us back to 40-30, before Berrettini hits a forehand in mid-court to take us to two.
The Italian does his great serve (135mph this time … just warming up) to get out of the traffic jam and eventually brings us to the level.
Murray 1-0 Berrettini * (* indicates next server)
Murray opens with two cheap points on the serve and has the better of the first significant intervention of the match with Berrettini who scores a forehand.
Murray then takes full advantage to land the first game to love.
Murray to serve first
Here we are.
We are almost leaving
The referee has announced the end of the warm-up.
Buckle up folks, this could be fun.
It’s time for the obligatory … COME ON ANDY
Andy Murray’s pre-match thoughts
“My body is responding well to matches. I don’t have to worry about waking up with something the next day that will get in the way of my tennis.
“He [Berrettini] it is very consistent who has put down a high percentage of first serve. He has a good slice backhand, a good forehand and is a very good competitor. It will not be easy”.
The players are leaving
Andy Murray and Matteo Berrettini come out for a big crowd reception at Arthur Ashe stadium.
Something to note
This is a one day match in Flushing Meadows, which means both players will have to contend with the annoying shadow found across the Arthur Ashe Stadium on sunny afternoons.
This has only been an issue since the new roof was placed over the Flushing Meadows high court in 2016. Murray’s way of dealing with the big Berrettiniserve coming out of the dark could be key to the early stages of this match.
Great for Murray
Despite all the pedigree Andy Murray has rightfully earned in his legendary career, he hasn’t qualified for round four of a Grand Slam in five years.
Berrettini is on his way to breaking that race tonight.
What a week
It has been a fantastic week for the British men at Flushing Meadows with Jack Draper, Andy Murray, Cam Norrie and Dan Evans all qualifying for round three.
It never happened here in New York in the Open era. Will Murray be able to lead the British charge in the fourth round tonight?
Showtime again in New York
Welcome back to Flushing Meadows for live coverage of Andy Murray’s US Open third round against Italy’s 13th-seeded Matteo Berrettini.
After the disappointment of Emma Radacanu’s first round exit, Murray and his cohort took it upon themselves to give British fans something to shout about and for the first time in the Open era, four British men: Murray, Cam Norrie, Jack Draper and Dan Evans – will play in the third round of the US Open.
Murray was champion here in 2012 – his first Grand Slam title – and while he’s now somewhat inferior to the player he was ten years ago, he’s been showing signs of finding the kind of form that could propel a run lately. deep a big tournament like this.
The undisputed British tennis champion has come to this point with two solid wins. A first-round win against 29th-seeded Argentinian Francisco Cerúndolo came with minimal effort, before a four-set victory over 20-year-old American Emilio Nava.
During his injury-plagued period in the late 2010s, those results would have been noteworthy victories for the Scotsman, so it’s a testament to his newfound form that he overcame them so easily.
But things are about to get harder, much harder. Matteo Berrettini is one of the most exciting young players in the world and was among the favorites for Wimbledon this year before an unfortunately timed Covid attack.
Before that he had been one of the best players in the world, winning Queens and the Stuttgart Open, where he beat Murray in the final. Once free from Covid, Berrettini continued his good form, making it to the final of the Swiss Open before going short against Caspar Rudd.
However, things have not been going well since then and first-round defeats at both Cincinnati and the Canadian Open mean the great Italian has something to prove as he tries to progress in a tournament where he made it to the semifinals in 2019.
Everything to play then. In terms of heads up, Berrettini leads Murray 2-1 after getting the better of him in Stuttgart, but the Scotsman has gradually grown in confidence throughout the season and it would be a brave man to call him anyway.
The action will start at 5pm UK time.