Murray* 2-2 Berrettini (*denotes next server)
Arthur Ashe Stadium is slowly filling up and the atmosphere is growing with it.
Berretini’s serve is deadly on the second side, but back-to-back errors on the advantage side, including a rudimentary backhand volley, bring us to 30-30.
Two huge serves eliminate any danger though as the Italian holds.
Murray 2-1 Berrettini* (*denotes next server)
The players trade unforced errors to start the game, bringing us to 30-30, before the string of the net gives out and gives Berrettini an early break point.
But the Italian can’t hide and instead unleashes a tame backhand into the net. Murray then responds with an excellent strike to regain his position in the game and holds.
Murray* 1-1 Berrettini (*denotes next server)
Murray takes the first point before Berettini responds with two huge serves, one of which is a 131mph ace. An errant forehand from Murray then drifts wide.
A well-crafted point from Murray brings us back to 40-30, before Berretini hits a forehand down the middle of the court to put us in the net.
The Italian turns to his long serve (135mph this time….just warming up) to break out of the jam though and finally brings us level.
Murray 1-0 Berrettini* (*denotes next server)
Murray opens with two cheap points on his serve and gets the best of the first meaningful rally of the match as Berretini forehands.
Murray then takes full advantage to land the first game to love.
Murray to serve first
Here you go.
We are almost there
The referee announced the end of the warm-up.
Strap on people, 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 playing matches. I don’t have to worry about waking up with something the next day that will hinder my tennis.
“He [Berrettini] he is very consistent landing a high percentage of first serves. He has a good slice backhand, a good forehand and is a great competitor. It won’t be easy.”
The players come out
Andy Murray and Matteo Berretini received a great reception from the crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Something to note
This is a day match at Flushing Meadows, meaning both players will have to deal with the pesky shadow that sits on Arthur Ashe Stadium on sunny afternoons.
This has only been a problem since the new roof was installed on the upper court at Flushing Meadows in 2016. How Murray deals with the big Berrettiniserve coming out of the dark could be the key to the early stages of this match .
Big one for Murray
For all the pedigree that Andy Murray has rightfully won during his storied career, he has not advanced to the fourth round of a Grand Slam in five years.
Berrettini stands in the way of breaking that streak tonight.
It was a great week for the Brits at Flushing Meadows with Jack Draper, Andy Murray, Cam Norrie and Dan Evans advancing to the third round.
That never happened here in New York during the Open. Can Murray take the Brits into 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 tie against Italian 13th seed Matteo Berrettini.
After the disappointment of Emma Radacanu’s exit in the first round, Murray and his cohort took it upon themselves to give British tennis fans something to shout about and for the first time in the Open era, four Britons – 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 is now little less than the player he was a decade ago, he has shown recent signs of finding the kind of form that could spark a deep run in the game. a big tournament like this.
The undisputed greatness of British tennis has eased to this point with two solid wins. A first-round victory against Argentina’s 29th seed Francisco Cerúndolo came with little fanfare, before a four-set victory over 20-year-old American Emilio Nava.
During his injury-plagued period at the end of the 2010s, these results would have been remarkable victories for the Scot, so it’s a testament to his rediscovered form that he managed 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 bout of Covid.
He was one of the best players in the world before that, winning Queen’s and the Stuttgart Open – where he beat Murray in the final. Once cleared of Covid, Berrettini continued his good form, making the final of the Swiss Open before facing Caspar Rudd.
However, things have not been smooth sailing since then and first round defeats in both Cincinnati and the Canadian Open mean the highly successful Italian has something to prove as he looks to progress at a tournament he reached the semi-finals of in 2019.
All to play for then. Heading into the race, Berretini leads Murray 2-1 after getting the better of him in Stuttgart, but the Scot has gradually grown in confidence all season and he would be a brave man to call it that anyway.
The action is set to begin at 5 p.m. UK time.