Live Commentary: US Open - day one as it happened

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Sports Mole brings you live commentary from day one of the US Open at Flushing Meadows, where the likes of Andy Murray and Roger Federer will be in action.

Good afternoon and welcome to Sports Mole's live commentary from day one of the US Open in New York.

This tournament marks the last chance for a player to win a Grand Slam title this year and as a result it promises to be an exciting fortnight at Flushing Meadows.

Today the likes Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka will all grace the courts.

We'll have EVERYTHING covered for you right here over the next few hours.


5.56amWell that's that for day one from Flushing Meadows. There has already been plenty of drama, grit, blood, sweat and determination on show, as well as some flashes of class from Andy Murray and Roger Federer. Novak Djokovic begins his defence tomorrow - so join us from 4pm!

5.54amAnd there it is! Devvarman saved two break points but couldn't stop Hidalgo profiting from the third. The Spaniard is through.

5.51amIt's now Hidalgo who is threatening at 0-30. Neither man seems to want to hold onto his serve.

5.47amHe breaks back at the first time of asking.

5.47amThree break points for the Indian to save his US Open skin.

5.46amDevvarman has Ramirez Hidalgo at 0-30.

5.44amThe Spaniard has broken through and will now serve for the match.

5.41amSo day one at Flushing Meadows comes down to Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo and Somdev Devvarman.

5.39amCilic seals victory with an ace. Job done. Scare over.

5.38amDevvarman has broken back against Ramirez Hidalgo. The Indian is looking to end a run of three first-round exits in recent tournaments.

5.32amCilic consolidates the break of serve by holding to love. One more game and he has suceessfully completed his comeback from two sets down.

5.31amSince reaching the final in Florida, the Australian has pretty much lost any time that he has come up against quality opposition. Although, he does have one more high profile scalp to his name - that of Richard Gasquet at Eastbourne.

5.29amCilic breaks to go 4-3 in front. He is closing in on victory now.

5.29amMatosevic made the final in Delray Beach, Florida this year - beating Ivo Karlovic, Alex Bogomolov Jr, Ernests Gulbis and Dudi Sela along the way. He eventually lost to Kevin Anderson.

5.25amRamirez Hidalgo is a break up in the fourth set against Devvarman.

5.24amCilic has won both of his five-setters in this calendar year - against Sam Querrey at Wimbledon and against David Nalbandian in the David Cup - an ominous sign for Matosevic.

5.15amCilic comfortably holds serve. 2-2.

5.11amThe momentum swings in favour of Matosevic now. He holds serve as Cilic carves into the net.

5.09amThe Croat responds with some hefty blows of his own. Advantage Cilic.

5.08amThe Aussie saves another one with a ripped forehand.

5.08amMatosevic saves a break point, but Cilic has another and is knocking on the door.

5.06amDevvarman has wrapped the third set up 6-3 to force a fourth against Ramirez Hidalgo.

5.05amGame, set and match Simon. He advances to the next round and knocks out home favourite Michael Ruseell in the process. He dug deep and found what he needed.

5.02amA late call from the line judge on a Russell lob. It's challenged and shown to be the correct call.

4.59amSimon also holds to love and is now on the brink of victory. A lot of credit has to go to the American, he is not giving up the fight.

4.56amRussell prevents the bagel by holding to love.

4.54amSimon leads 4-0 in the final set.

4.52amSomdev Devvarman trails Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo by two sets, but is a break up in the third.

4.50amThe referee has given Russell a warning because he has not got up out of his seat in time for the restart. He ties his laces 50 times, blows his nose and picks up his racquet almost in slow motion.

4.48amOn replay, simon nearly touched the net while... well, I wouldn't call it a celebration... but you get what I'm saying. He was a bit lucky.

4.48amExtraordinary tennis! Simon looked beaten, then so did Russell, before Simon eventually gets the double break.

4.46amBreak point Simon.

4.46amSimon challenges a baseline call. Hawkeye shows that, once again, there's only milimetres in it. This time it's in, though - much to the American crowd's dismay.

4.44amIt may not surprise you to hear that Cilic has won the fourth set 6-2. It seems as though Matosevic has run out of steam.

4.42amRussell pushes another forehand wide and hawkeye shows that it's only a matter of milimetres out. Game Simon.

4.41amA couple of stunning forehands from Russell there, with plenty of mustard on. 30-30 on Simon's serve.

4.38amJurgen Zopp has dumped out Denis Istomin in four sets 3-6 6-3 6-3 7-5.

4.37amSimon makes the breakthrough as Russell goes long.

4.37amTwo break points saved, one to go for Ruseell.

4.36amA souvenir for the crowd from Michael Russell. When overhead smashes go wrong. He is now at 0-40 and in grave danger of losing his serve.

4.34amCilic is blitzing the fourth set. He leads 5-1 and that also looks like it is going to the wire. Exciting first day at Flushing Meadows!

4.32amFeliciano Lopez has breezed into the next round courtesy of a 6-3 7-5 6-2 victory over Robin Haase.

4.31amAnd there it is! A shocking forehand return from Russell sees the Frenchman draw level. Fifth set!

4.30amSet point Simon.

4.29amSimon follows a tremendous backhand with an equally impressive forehand to bring it back to deuce.

4.28amAdvantage Russell.

4.28amSaved by Russell after a bit of a baseline stand off.

4.27amSet point for Simon.

4.26amA brilliant drop shot from the Frenchman checks and spins away from the advancing Russell. He can do nothing but pitch it up to Simon, who smashes home.

4.25amSimon is now serving for the fourth set.

4.24amJurgen Zopp took the third set against Denis Istomin to take a 2-1 lead. Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo leads Somdev Devvarman by two sets to love.

4.21amMarin Cilic has just broken in the fourth as he strives to come back against Marinko Matosevic. The Croat leads 2-1 on serve, but is 2-1 down in sets.

4.19amFeliciano Lopez looks on course to book his place in the next round. He leads Robin Haase by two sets, while also being two breaks up in the third. Judy Murray will be well pleased.

4.18amGilles Simon and Michael Russel have been on court nearly four hours. Simon trails 2-1 in sets, but is a break up in the fourth.

4.17amNow, to bring you up to date with proceedings at Flushing Meadows...

4.16amFederer hardly put a foot wrong tonight. He did exactly what he had to do, showing flashes of his brilliance. Young was no match for the world number one, who marches into the next round.

4.12amA big serves seals victory for the Swiss on his third match point.

4.12amAdvantage Federer.

4.12amWow! A clawed forehand from Young saves a second match point. Nicely done!

4.11amAdvantage Federer.

4.10amHis forehand is long. Deuce.

4.10amSome big hitting from Federer brings up match point.

4.09amGood scrambling from Young. He hits a backhand that finds the line and Federer can do nothing with it. 15-30 Young.

4.08amFederer is timing the ball nicely. His backhand looks in decent shape. An early warning for his rivals.

4.05amYoung holds, but Federer will now serve for the match.

4.04am30-30.

4.02amFederer holds to love and has one foot in the next round. 5-3 to the Swiss.

4.00amFederer comes into the net and is on the receiving end of two torpedo-like forehands. He couldn't get his second volley in and Young holds.

3.59amFederer slices into the net with a backhand. 40-30.

3.58amIt's 30-30 on Young's serve.

3.57amUPDATE: Feliciano Lopez has now gone two sets in front against Robin Haase.

3.56amYoung unleashed a massive forehand, but it is returned in kind by Federer, who goes 4-2 in front. Young can do nothing but offer a wry smile.

3.56amFederer sends a serve down the line to bring up 30-0. Young looks dejected as he trudges across the court, ready to receive another Federer serve.

3.54amGreat backhand from Young, who holds serve. That was a flickering of the talent that he has. His serve is quick, but there is no variation in it.

3.51amThis match looks cut and dried now as Federer holds easily, and briskly, to love.

3.50amUPDATE: Cilic has broken Matosevic to go 3-2 up on serve in the third. He's battling!

3.49amAnd a double fault to cap a terrible game from Young. 2-1 Federer, who is now on serve.

3.48amBrilliant from Federer. He hits a forehand that outfoxes Young. However, the American looks like he has already thrown the towel in. Three break points for the Fed.

3.47amGame Federer. 1-1. Third set.

3.46am30-15 Federer.

3.44amGreat defence from Young as Federer approaches the net, but can't get the half-volley over. Game Young.

3.44amYoung has dragged it back from 0-30 to 40-30.

3.43am30-30.

3.42am15-30 Federer.

3.40amUPDATE: Feliciano Lopez is one set up against Robin Haase. Zopp has levelled it at one set apiece against Istomin. Cilic is battling but is 2-1 down on serve in the third.

3.38amFederer takes the third set point to take a two-set lead.

3.38amTwo set points for Federer. Young saves both.

3.36amUPDATE: Michael Russell has taken the third set against Gilles Simon. The advantage swung back and forth, it was a real rollercoaster ride. But it's Russell who comes through 7-5.

3.34amYoung hits it long and Federer will now serve for the second set.

3.33amBreak point Federer.

3.33amAn outrageous swerving smash from Federer, followed by a sublime forehand down the line, gets him to 30-30 on Young's serve.

3.31amFederer holds. 4-2.

3.30amThe American has also been complaining about a flickering scoreboard. Like he hasn't got enough to deal with at the other end...

3.30amThe wind is swirling on Ashe and it is proving difficult for Young. Federer is an expert in these conditions.

3.27amThe Swiss regains the initiative and leads 3-2 on serve. Young lost his concentration there having done so well to break Federer.

3.26amYoung buries into the net and gives Federer the opportunity to break right back.

3.26am30-30 with Young on serve.

3.24amFederer sends a forehand wide and Young breaks back!

3.23amFederer comes to the net and offers Young another cross-court shot. The American finds the net, though. 30-40.

3.22amYoung brings up two break points with a brilliant two-handed cross-court forehand.

3.21amUPDATE: Cilic has dropped the second set against Matosevic.

3.19amAnd after all that, Federer breaks...

3.18amBrilliant tennis all round! Firstly, Federer hits an awesome forehand down the line, which Young magnificently gets up from the volley. Federer then storms into the net, but cannot pass Young, who clips the ball into the empty court.

3.16amHis return is long. Deuce.

3.16amBreak point at 30-40 for Federer early in this second set.

3.15amTerffic inside-out forehand from Young! 15-30.

3.14amDanger for Young. 0-30.

3.13amFederer gives young a chance on his second serve, but the American does not capitalise. 1-1.

3.11amYoung challenges a call following a great backhand from Federer, but it fails. Federer brings up 30-0 with a stretching backhand volley.

3.11amGame Young.

3.10amBeautiful drop shot by Federer! The disguise on it was perfect. Young got there, but could only slam it into the net. It's 40-15 to Young, on serve.

3.08amThe Swiss maestro opens the second set with a shanked backhand.

3.05amFederer holds to love to take the first set 6-3.

3.05amA second serve from Young, and Federer runs around it before powering a forehand winner. Unbelievable, but typical, from the Swiss.

3.04amFederer sends a forehand far out of Young's reach to bring up three break points. And boy, did he make it look effortless.

3.03amChance for Federer. 0-30.

3.03amUPDATE: Cilic is struggling badly against Matosevic. He is a set and a break down.

3.02amUPDATE: Russell and Simon are still going at it in the third set. It's 4-2 to Russell.

3.01amYoung dumps it into the net and allows Federer to hold serve.

3.00amYoung has got it to deuce, courtesy of a stray forehand from Federer. He is just making one or two unforced errors. A wide serve gives him the advantage.

2.59amGreat attacking tennis from Federer, as he hits a winner with an approach to the net. 40-15.

2.57amYoung mishits a forehand to get Federer on the board at 40-15, but comes to the net to hold serve and make it 3-3.

2.56amFederer loops a forehand out and then sends a backhand beyond the baseline. 30-0.

2.54amMeanwhile, Victoria Azarenka has comfortably defeated Alexandra Panova 6-0 6-1 to safely advance into the next round.

2.54amGame Federer. Young is not able to challenge the world number one on his serve.

2.53amFederer is 40-15 up on serve.

2.51amFederer gets it to deuce, but Young brings out the big guns and forces Federer to misplace a forehand down the line. Game Young. 2-2.

2.50amFederer hits a return long and fails with a challenge. However, he comes into the net on the next point and carves a backhand volley. 40-30.

2.48amA wayward backhand from Federer gives Young the advantage on his serve. 30-15.

2.47amYoung is attacking the net at any opportunity. I can't imagine Federer will let that go unpunished. The Swiss's passing ability ranks second to none.

2.45amFederer's serve is looking imperious. That's two holds in rapid succession.

2.44amGreat play from Young as he serves out wide and comes into the net once more. He holds serve.

2.44amHe has saved both of them by coming into the net, and now has the advantage.

2.42amFederer has two break points. Dangerous for Young...

2.40amBut now, we concentrate on the man that is Roger Federer. He has held serve in the opening game against Donald Young.

2.39amIstomin leads Zopp by one set, and Klizan has taken the opener against Falla 6-4 and leads 4-0 in the second. Marin Cilic has dropped the first set 7-5 to Marinko Matosevic.

2.37amIn the men's draw, Simon and Russell are locked in an epic battle, despite it only being in the third set. It's level at 1-1, but it looks like it could go the distance on Grandstand.

2.36amAnd as I say that, Parmentier breaks...

2.35amAnastasia Pavlyuchenkova is a set up against Daniela Hantuchova. Mladenovic vs. Erakovic and Parmentier vs. Kraijcek are both level in the first set.

2.33amJi Zheng looks as though she is about to strike back against Virginie Razzano, as she leads 5-1 in the second set. She is serving to force a decider.

2.32amKirsten Flipkens took the first set 6-3 against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, and it is currently level in the second.

2.31amAzarenka, looking in fine fettle, is a set and a break up against Panova.

2.30amOn that bombshell, let me update you on some of the matches currently in progress at Flushing Meadows...

2.28amROBSON WINS 6-3 7-6[6]!

2.26amMatch point Robson

2.26amIt's 6-6 in the tie break between Robson and Crawford. Nip and tuck...

2.25amMichael Russell has clinched a gruelling second set to level the match against Gilles Simon. They have been on court for one hour and 47 minutes already. It's going to be a long one, I think!

2.23amAzarenka closes it out, while Robson trails 5-4 in the tie break.

2.19amRobson holds serve to take the second to a tie break.

2.18amAfter just 15 minutes on court, Azarenka will serve for the first set at 5-0. Whirlwind doesn't begin to describe it.

2.17amBjorn Phau has defeated Maxime Authom and Alize Cornet has advanced at the expense of Nicole Gibbs.

2.15amRobson is serving to stay in the second set at 5-6.

2.13amRoger Federer is up next against Donald Young, and we will be focusing on that match.

2.12amIt was a similar story in the second set for Duval. Not enough first serves, six double faults and 18 unforced errors.

2.10amClijsters is safely through, without really breaking sweat.

2.10amROBSON UPDATE: 5-5 in the second set, Crawford on serve.

2.09amIt looks as though Clijsters is about to close out her match against the teenager Victoria Duval on Ashe.

2.08amThere is no repeat of her sluggish start to the French Open for Azarenka here. Panova is offering little resistence in these early stages. The Belarusian leads 2-0.

2.05am... and she only needs one, as she races in to dispatch a volley expertly. 'The Shriek' is in full flow.

2.04amAzarenka has a couple of break points in the first game...

2.02amClijsters breaks Duval to go 3-1 up in the second set.

2.01amCilic breaks back against Matosevic and looks to have settled into his game now.

1.59amAzarenka is about to get underway on Armstrong.

1.55amVirginie Razzano has taken the opening set 6-4 against Jie Zheng. Marinko Matosevic has grasped the advantage against Marin Cilic and leads 3-1 in the opening set.

1.52amRobson has broken back against Crawford, and Michael Russell has broken Gilles Simon. Contrasting fortunes for America.

1.51amDuval's first serve was 65% in the first set. She is only young, but she will learn very quickly that that is not good enough. Especially against players like Clijsters.

1.49amAnastasia Rodionova has overcome Julia Cohen in straight sets to book her place in the second round.

1.47amLaura Robson is finally on the board in the second set, but she still trails 3-1 to Crawford.

1.46amAnd a terrific backhand from the baseline seals the first set for Clijsters.

1.45amSet point for Clijsters...

1.44amClijsters is hitting the ball sweetly and is dragging her 17-year-old opponent all over the court. Brilliant stuff from the Belgian.

1.43amMardy Fish has closed it out against Go Soeda. It was tough going for the American, but he has managed to come through.

1.41amClijsters has regained the initiative on Ashe and is once again a break of serve to the good against Duval.

1.40amSimon wins the tie break 7-4 to take the first set against Russell.

1.39amSamantha Crawford has drawn first blood in the second set against Laura Robson. The American leads 2-0.

1.38amFlavio Cipolli has disposed on Blaz Kavcic in four sets, while Mardy Fish has one foot in the next round. He leads 5-3 against Soeda.

1.31amWe're into a tie break between Russell and Simon on Grandstand.

1.30amKim Clijsters is underway against Victoria Duval on Ashe. She was a break up, but has now been pegged back.

1.29amYanina Wickmayer has defeated Julia Glushko, also in straights.

1.28amVerdasco has sailed through in straight sets against Rui Patricio.

1.27amOK - a bit to update you on...

1.26amRobson had some trouble serving out the set, but she has managed it! Great start!

1.18amRobson breaks again! She is now serving for the first set!

1.17amBut before we leave Armstrong, let me tell you that Fish has broken Soeda's serve and leads 2-0 in the third set.

1.16amApologies - it is level between Simon and Russell. Simon is on serve. We will switch focus to that match, all the while keeping you posted with the latest from Robson's match against Crawford.

1.15amSimon is now a break up against Russell amid a partizan atmosphere on Grandstand.

1.13amLaura Robson has dropped her serve to Samantha Crawford on court four. It's 4-3, with the American on serve.

1.11amMatthew Ebden has beaten Tatsuma Ito in straight sets 7-6 6-3 6-2.

1.05amRobson has broken Crawford. She leads 4-2 in the first set. Fish has ensured that it isn't all doom and gloom for the Americans by winning the second set.

1.03amQuickly! Back to Fish! He looks on course for a two-set lead. It's 5-2 to the American in the tie break.

1.02amMathieu has come through a tough opponent in Andreev, and he did it the hard way by fighting back from two sets down.

1.00amGame, set and match Mathieu. He wins 2-6 4-6 7-6 7-6 6-1.

12.58amThe second set between Fish and Soeda has gone to a tie-break.

12.58amA big backhand down the line sees Mathieu break! He serves for the match...

12.57amMathieu has dragged it back to deuce from 0-40 down. He has broken the Russian, who led by two sets. Mathieu has won both of his sets on tie break.

12.56amAndreev is coasting through this service game. It looks as though Mathieu would just like to serve this one out.

12.55amWickmayer eventually took the first set against Glushko by breaking in the final game for a 7-5 triumph. Simon has broken back against Russell, while it is still on serve in Laura Robson's match.

12.52amLet me switch the main attention to Mathieu's match against Andreev. The Frenchman leads 4-1 in the fifth set. Andreev is on serve. Game on!

12.49amSome terrific hitting from Soeda. 5-5 in the second set with Fish on serve.

12.47amMichael Russell has broken Gilles Simon at the first time of asking on Grandstand.

12.46amIt's looking like a walk in the park for Verdasco. He has taken the second set 6-2 and is now one set away from the next round.

12.45amSoeda has broken Fish as her served for the set and once again we are back on serve.

12.44amLaura Robson's clash with Samantha Crawford on court four. We'll keep you posted on that one.

12.42amChardy has advanced in straight sets 6-3 6-4 6-3 against Volandri.

12.41amFish is now serving for the second set.

12.40amGlushko has dragged herself back to parity against Wickmayer. It's 5-5 in that one.

12.39amMichael Russel and Gilles Simon is underway and the American has held serve in the first game.

12.38amMathieu is not hanging about! He has broken Andreev and leads 2-0 in the decider!

12.37amFish holds to consolidate the break. He is now one game away from a two-set lead.

12.34amSoeda has very quickly relinquished his serve and fish now leads 4-2.

12.30amMathieu has taken the fourth set against Andreev. It's going to the wire on court 13.

12.29amA great return of serve from Soeda and we're back on serve in the second set!

12.28amSo that brings you pretty much up to date with all you need to know from New York. Meanwhile, Mardy Fish is struggling with his serve. Soeda has just missed a gimme at the net to break back. We're at deuce.

12.27pmIn the only women's match that is currently in progress, Yanina Wickmayer leads Julia Glushko 4-2 in the first set.

12.25amFernando Verdasco has blitzed the first set 6-2 against Rui Machado of Portugal. Australia's Matthew Ebden is also two sets up against Tatsuma Ito.

12.23amMathieu is involved in another slug fest, this time with Andreev. They are in a tie breaker in the fourth, with the Russian 2-1 up in sets.

12.22amBjorn Phau is a set up against Maxime Athom of Belgium. Jeremy chardy is one set away from sending Filippo Volandri packing.

12.18pmAlbert Ramos is two sets and a break up in the fourth against Robby Ginepri. The American looks like he might be making an early exit...

12.15amKvitova has raced through the second set, taking it 6-1 to advance to the next round. She had struggled to break Hercog in the first, but has no such problems in the second.

12.14amLet me round up some of the action and results for you - very quickly, mind...

12.12amA long rally results in Soeda dumping it into the net. An early break of serve for Fish!

12.11amFish has a break point at 40-30 early in the second set...

12.10amThe rain delay has played havoc with the schedule at Flushing Meadows. Pfft... only at the US Open, right?!

12.09amFish took the first set against Soeda on a tie break 7-3. It was tough work for the American, however...

12.07amGood evening Sports Mole readers. I'm sure that you will join me in thanking Messrs Power and Apicella for their sterling work throughout the day session.

12.04amRight its time for me to bid you goodnight. Tennis insomniacs be sure to stick with Michael Penkman as he guides you through an exciting night of action including Federer, Clijsters and our very own Laura Robson.

12.00amSoeda is proving a tough nut to crack for the experienced American, Fish narrowly edging it 4-2 at the change of ends.

11.55pmFish quickly produced a perfect service game and its tie-break time in the first set.

11.53pmMardy Fish's is now serving to stay alive in the first set on Louis Armstrong, Soeda mounting a comeback to lead 6-5.

11.52pmOver on the Grandstand Court women's fifth seed Petra Kvitova is being pushed all the way by Polona Hercog. The Slovenian forced the first set into a tie-break, which Kvitova claimed narrowly 8-6.

11.50pmElsewhere Russian veteran Nikolay Davidenko booked his place in the second round with a win over Guido Pella in four sets.

11.48pmUS interest is currently focused on the Louis Armstrong Stadium, with Mardy Fish up against Japan's Go Soeda. The 30-year-old currently leads by five games to four in the first set.

11.46pmThere is British interest later on Court 4 as Laura Robson takes on American qualifier Samantha Crawford, with the winner set to face Clijsters in round two.

11.45pmFederer also goes up against US opposition as he takes on the talented but inconsistent Donald Young.

11.44pmClijsters has promised that the US Open will be her last tournament and has pledged to retire on its conclusion. Emotions will run high as she faces American Victoria Duval.

11.42pmThere's still plenty of top tennis to come as the US Open enters its late session. A couple of big hitters kick-off their campaigns tonight as Kim Clijsters and Roger Federer get going at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

11.40pmMelinda Czink showed flashes of ability but couldn't handle the raw power of Sharapova's game, her straight sets defeat was in truth entirely justified.

11.36pmIn truth Sharapova couldn't have asked for a better start to her US Open. A number of long rallies to blow away the cobwebs and a confident, measured performance. The Russian is definitely a contender in the women's tournament.

11.34pmA smart shot to the baseline keeps Czink alive, but its only a momentary reprieve. Sharapova takes the match with the very next point to win 6-2 6-2.

11.33pmCzink goes for broke but misses a forehand winner. Two match points for Sharapova.

11.29pmThe Russian crashes home another big return to take the game and make it 5-2 in the second. Sharapova will now serve for the match.

11.28pmThat rally forced Sharapova to up her game and she earns break point with a lovely slice disguised into the corner. No chance for Czink there, which has been the case for much of the match.

11.26pmCzink digs deep and wins the best rally of the match. A wonderful rally of more than twenty shots forces Sharapova wide and Czink finishes in style to rapturous applause.

11.24pmSharapova shows her class to find a way to hold and she restores a two-game lead in the second set.

11.23pmCzink looks to have figured out Sharapova's serve at long last. An absolute rocket from the Hungarian sends the game to 30-30.

11.21pmSharapova is running the risk of turning this match into a genuine contest with a series of unforced errors. Time to regain her composure if she wants to take this first-round match in straight sets.

11.19pmCzink needs to find a way to hold serve now if she wants to keep her US Open alive. The Hungarian shows some nice variety to cut the deficit to one game in the second set.

11.16pmA rare Sharapova error hands Czink the break and we are back to 3-1 in the second. Maybe this match is not over after all.

11.15pmFinally Czink finds some joy on Sharapova's second serve and has a break point.

11.13pmSharapova is not being threatened on serve and could wrap this match up very quickly. A couple of unforced errors give Czink a rare chance to make deuce.

11.08pmCzink looks stunned as she finally wins her first point of the second set in the third game. It's not enough to halt Sharapova's charge as she takes a 3-0 lead.

11.04pmMaria is absolutely relentless as she continues her assault on a helpless Czink in the second set. She races into a 2-0 lead in the blink of an eye.

11.02pmSharapova looks calm and collected after that first set performance, full of energy. Maybe she's been eating her own brand of sweets, called Sugarpova.No I'm not making this up, promise.Click away if you don't believe me!

10.58pmIts plain sailing for the third seed as she takes the first set in commanding fashion.

10.55pmSharapova is wasting no time here, smashing home another winner to surge into a 5-2 lead.

10.53pmCzink is struggling to keep up with the blistering pace being set by the giant Russian, who has three quick break points.

10.52pmThe grunt-o-meter is being tested already here as Sharapova launches an almighty serve at her Hungarian opponent. Another hold and a 4-2 lead.

10.49pmThe crowd are back out in numbers now on the Arthur Ashe. 3-2 to Sharapova.

10.47pmSharapova makes no mistake and earns an early break. Hard not to admire her will to win every single point.

10.46pmCzink is under pressure here and is taken to deuce. She gives up a cheap point at the net and its break point Sharapova.

10.43pmSharapova is made to work hard in her second service game but produces another confident hold. Still all to play for at 2-2 in the first set.

10.37pmCzink enjoys another hold and leads 2-1 at both players ease their way into the match

10.35pmThe windy conditions are clearly going to have an impact on this match as Sharapova smashes a couple of returns high and wide.

10.32pmA disappointing number of spectators out in the early going to see Sharapova strut her stuff. Straightforward hold for the Russian and we are one game apiece.

10.30pmA quick hold for Czink will give her a boost. Time for the decibel levels to go through the roof as Sharapova lines up her opening serve.

10.28pmWe are underway on Arthur Ashe, Czink is first to serve and the left-hander has made a confident start.

10.26pmSharapova is up against experienced Hungarian Melinda Czink, who currently has a world ranking of 88.

10.24pmFans of the women's game searching for a worthy challenger to Serena Williams will have a keen eye on the Arthur Ashe Stadium shortly, as third seed Maria Sharapova gets her title bid underway.

10.18pmIn the women's singles 15th seed Lucie Safarova has taken the first set against home favourite Melanie Oudin by six games to four.

10.16pmJames Blake gave the home crowd something to shout about on the Louis Armstrong court, beating Slovakian Lukas Lacko in four sets.

10.14pmRussian stalwart Nikolay Davidenko also looks ready to book his place in round two. He took the first set 7-5 against Guido Pella.

10.12pmMurray looks set to Ivan Dodig for the first time in the second round. The Croatian is two sets up against Hiroki Moriya of Japan.

10.08pmA short break on Arthur Ashe now before we sample the delights of Maria Sharapova, which gives us a chance to head out and about across Flushing Meadows to check results on the outside courts.

10.07pmMurray will be glad that match is over, a combination of tough conditions and some lapses in concentration made that one a slog.

10.04pmIts all over. A straight sets win for Andy Murray which doesn't tell the whole story. At times the third seed lurched from the sublime to the ridiculous against a game Bogomolov Jr. He dug in when it mattered and takes the match in straight sets 6-2 6-4 6-1.

10.02pmA pair of delightful winners on his trademark double forehand and Murray has match point.

10.00pmBogomolov looks like he can't wait to get out of here. His struggles on serve continues as he is broken again. Murray now leads 5-1 and will serve for the match.

9.56pmThe Scot finds a pair of baseline winners to close out a tough service game. He leads 4-1 but Murray looks in some discomfort. Time to wrap this one up I think!

9.55pmMurray struggles to make a drop shot and goes down with what looks like cramp. Both men suffering in humid conditions.

9.53pmOnce again Murray makes life very hard for himself on serve. A couple of sloppy points hand Bogomolov two break points. Ivan Lendl watches on with an air of disapproval.

9.49pmUnfortunately for Bogomolov his mistakes on serve have been have frequent and untimely. His weakness on second serve is exposed once again and Murray is back in the driving seat. He leads 3-1 in the third set.

9.47pmMurray will be frustrated this match still has a glimmer of life left. He smashes home a nice return to take a 30-0 lead and the pressure is right back on Bogomolov.

9.46pmBogomolov has called for the doctor. He will need every ounce of strength to build on that impressive break.

9.43pmHow wrong I was, Bogomolov makes his break point count. Still some fight left in the plucky Russian, he trails 2-1 with the third set now back on serve.

9.42pmMurray is plagued once again by a sloppy second serve, break point Bogomolov.

9.40pmBogomolov looks disheartened as an increase in wind speed makes conditions more difficult.

9.38pmAn exceptional baseline lob earns Murray break point number four. He finally makes it count with a double-handed backhand to get the crucial hold.

9.36pmThe forehand winners are starting to flow now for Murray, but he spurns three break point attempts in a topsy-turvy game.

9.32pmMurray sends another scorching return down Bogomolov's throat to earn a break point.

9.29pmThe Russian world number 73 really needs to dig deep on serve, but he is struggling to match Murray's intensity. A whopper of a forehand makes it 30-30.

9.27pmA straightforward hold gives Murray a foothold in the third. Two sets and one game up with only a 58% success rate on his first serve.

9.25pmYou feel Bogolomov Jr needs to make a strong start to the third set or this match will slip away. A couple of unforced errors early on do not help his cause.

9.22pmTeam Murray can breathe a huge sigh of relief after another indifferent showing ends in a winning set. Begomolov Jr. just doesn't have the weapons to capitalise on an under-par performance from the Scot.

9.21pmBegomolov Jr throws caution to the wind and gets punished. Murray swats a huge shot right on the line to win the second set.

9.19pmAn uncharacteristic forehand error from Murray and we are back to deuce.

9.17pmMurray shows a marked improvement in energy at the baseline to earn a set point.

9.15pmBogomolov starts his service game strongly, two winners make it 30-0 in rapid time.

9.14pmWe finally see a series of formidable serves from Murray at just the right time. Bogomolov Jr. is now serving to stay alive in the second set.

9.11pmMurray's aggression is rewarded with a vital break. That could turn the tide in the second set, which is now leveled up at 4-4.

9.09pmBreak point Murray, more success at the net. That has been a major plus point for the Scot today.

9.08pmThe 29-year-old Russian is really digging in on serve in this set. A fine smash makes it 30-30 in a crucial game.

9.07pmMurray gives it some of old Lleyton Hewitt "come on" magic as he sends a winner down the line. He desperately needs to find a break or this second set will slip away.

9.04pmA strong hold from Murray and he cuts the deficit to one game, he now trails in the set 4-3.

9.03pmMurray ups the ante and delivers his finest shot of the match, a magnificent running forehand. He will need more of that to wrestle back the advantage in this set.

9.02pmBogomolov Jr. holds off an aggressive Murray charge to hold an important game. The Russian now leads 4-2 in the second set.

8.59pmElsewhere Kei Nishikori is the first man safely through to round two, beating Grand Slam debutant Guido Andreozzi in straight sets.

8.57pmA tough exchange but Murray digs deep to send his service game back to deuce. A huge first serve followed by a nice cross-court backhand gives him the game. That was an important hold for the third seed.

8.54pmMurray goes back to the drop shot and this time its too predictable, sending him 15-40 down on serve.

8.51pmBogomolov makes a couple of aggressive moves to the net and forces errors from a lethargic Murray. He holds to go 3-1 up in the second set.

8.49pmTime for Murray to pick up the pace and put some pressure back on Bogomolov's serve. A contentious call from the umpire has Murray up 0-30 on the Russian's serve.

8.45pmThe Scot cuts a frustrated figure as he slams a forehand wide. Murray quickly redeems himself with a strong first serve to close out his first game in the set.

8.42pmMurray is firing a whole host of expletives across the court as Bogomolov Jr. wraps up his first service game to love. That makes it 2-0 early in the second set to a rejuvenated Russian.

8.40pmBogomolov earns the early break with a tidy shot, much to Murray's annoyance. As if his displeasure wasn't obvious, he throws his racket to the floor in disgust.

8.38pmOnce again Murray goes to that trusty drop shot and we are back at our old favourite deuce.

8.37pmA change of shirt for the Russian and a change in fortunes. He has break point in the opening game of the second set after a poor smash from Murray.

8.35pmThat first set won't have Roger or Novak running for the hills but its the result that counts at this very early stage of the tournament. Murray starts on serve in the second.

8.34pmAfter being broken twice early on Murray maintained his composure and took the first set in 44 minutes. He looked relaxed as Bogomolov Jr. leaves the court.

8.31pmMurray makes no mistake with a forehand to earn a fourth break of the match and with it the first set. It has been far from vintage Murray but it's still enough to go a set up.

8.30pmIn only the first set Bogomolov Jr. decides to stop running as Murray plays a drop shot. That is a worrying sign for fans of the Russian. Set point to Murray

8.29pmAnother dark horse for the women's title has safely progressed to round two.
Former Wimbledon finalist Maria Bartoli has to work hard against American Jamie Hampton but prevails 6-3 7-6.

8.25pmBogomolov Jr. is starting to struggle to make successful returns, he now needs to hold serve for the first time in the match to stay alive in the opening set.

8.24pmMurray's backhand is starting to dominate the match as he looks to put this first set to bed.

8.22pmA wonderful winner at the net secures Murray a third successive break. He now leads Bogomolov Jr. by four games to two in the first set.

8.20pmBack at Arthur Ashe Andy Murray is finally hitting his stride. A scintillating passing shot earns him two more break points.

8.15pmAfter half hour of untidy play Murray is ahead for the first time, he holds serve to lead 3-2.

8.13pmA frustrated Murray is forced to deuce for the fourth time in the service game. The first set could still go either way at this stage.

8.11pmMurray avoids the break with a timely first serve. But an error in the next rally hands the Russian another opportunity to break.

8.10pmAnd its yet another break point, this is quite incredible. A great drop shot from Bogomolov Jr. is just too good. 30-40

8.08pmReally important now for Murray to get his first hold and make some first serves to take some early pressure off.

8.06pmAnother great exchange at the net but Murray has the edge. That makes it four games and four breaks. All square at 2-2 in a strange start to proceedings.

8.03pmAnother top forehand from the Russian keeps the game alive, back to deuce.

8.02pmMurray looks a little bit nervous but an unforced error from his opponent hands the Scot a break point.

8.00pmBogomolov Jr. is back on serve as he looks to earn the first hold of the match. He begins by winning a superb point as both players exchange a series of drop shots at the net.

7.57pmAn awesome return seals a second early break for the Russian, and in truth it was far too easy. He leads 2-1 in the first set.

7.56pmSuperb play from Bogomolov Jr. on his forehand forces two more break points. Worrying early signs for Murray.

7.54pmMurray needs to settle on serve as he looks to find some form.

7.53pmA huge forehand secures Murray the game, it was all to easy thanks to some sloppy serving from the Russian. 1-1 with two breaks of serve in the early going.

7.51pmA sign of tension from Bogomolov on serve makes it 15-40. A chance for Murray to break back instantly.

7.50pmWell that is definitely not the start the Scot wanted, a loose shot hands the opening game to the Russian underdog.

7.49pmEarly trouble for Murray, Bogomolov Jr.'s pace has earned him two break points.

7.47pmMurray is first to serve on the Arthur Ashe court as the match gets underway.

7.46pmHere at Sports Mole we will also keep you updated with Britain's Heather Watson as she serves to stay in the match against world number eight Li Na. That match is due to resume in 15 minutes.

7.45pmBogomolov Jr. enjoyed his best singles grand slam at Flushing Meadows last year, reaching the third round. His major attribute is a fleet-footed style across the court, a style Murray will need to deal with in the early going.

7.44pmA little bit of background on Murray's opponent this evening, Alex Bogomolov Jr, who is ranked at 73rd in the world. The Russian lives in Florida, and played for the US before switching allegiance back to his native country earlier this year.

7.39pmAnd here he comes, Murray is out on court at the Arthur Ashe Stadium warming up. In just a few minutes time we will have finally have some live tennis to get excited about.

7.38pmMurray has been on a rollercoaster during 2012, avenging defeat at the hands of Roger Federer at Wimbledon by crushing the Swiss champion in the Olympic Games Final.

7.33pmLet's hope Murray can put on a real show and make up for lost time. Bogomolov Jr. is a player he has lost to on one previous occasion, at the Sony Ericcson Open in Miami last year.

7.30pmAn official update has been released, we can expect Andy Murray on court within 10 minutes. Rejoice

7.26pmWatson briefly threatened to level the match up in the second set, earning a break that was quickly cancelled out by an in-form Li. The Chinese grand slam winner has played some fantastic shots from the baseline and richly deserves her lead.

7.22pmAnother Brit in action when play gets underway will be Heather Watson. The 20-year-old trails ninth seed Li Na 6-2 5-3 and it could be a short stint back on Court 17 unless Watson can turn the tide.

7.19pmLooks like we're finally getting close to play resuming on Arthur Ashe. Mercifully the rain has stopped. A quick reminder it will be Andy Murray time soon enough!

7.14pmIt's always quite a sight to see dozens of staff mopping up the floors of Flushing Meadows after a downpour. With a roof on centre-court at Wimbledon and a third roof currently being built at the Australian Open, the US Open is certainly at risk of being left behind in terms of top-level facilities.

7.10pmQuick stat attack for you, the US Open has been forced into a third Monday for four successive years now. If we continue to see weather like this in New York a fifth year of Monday-night finals looks increasingly likely.

7.04pmWith six matches due on the Arthur Ashe on day one lets hope a slow burner of an opening day will burst into life when some of the game's star names come out to play.

7.02pmIt looks like we are edging ever closer to play after a lengthy delay. A team of workers are currently attempting to get the Arthur Ashe court dry in preparation for Andy Murray's match against Alex Bogolomov Jr. Expect play within the hour, we hope.

6.58pmToday's only major result before the deluge covered Flushing Meadow was an inspired performance from defending women's champion Sam Stosur. She began her title charge with a straight sets win against Petra Martic.Stosur believes that the women's tournament is wide open this year.

6.53pmA contentious issue in the modern game right now is a row between players and the governing body over prize money,with reports today that top players are considering a boycott of next year's Australian Open if the situation is not resolved.

6.49pmCroft is joined in the studio by Greg Rusedski. He enjoyed the high point of an impressive career at Flushing Meadows, making it all the way to the final in 1997. He ultimately lost to Australian Rat Rafter in four sets.

6.44pmLuckily we've been spared any Cliff Richards impersonations in New York. The British viewing public currently have the option of listening to Annabel Croft's musings on the fortnight ahead. It could be much, much worse.

6.38pmThe rain is subsiding at Flushing Meadows but we are still not ready to get back underway. Surely it's time for the US Open to follow Wimbledon's lead and put a roof on one of the show courts?

6.34pmTwo other women have also secured an early passage to round two, with Lucie Hradecka and Casey Dellacqua both winning in straight sets.

6.30pmFormer Wimbledon finalist Maria Bartoli is also on the verge of a place in the second round, earning a 6-3 6-6 lead against American Jamie Hampton before the rain came lashing down.

6.28pmAmerican eyes have been watching James Blake, and the veteran has not disappointed. He leads Slovakian Lukas Lacko 7-5 6-2 on the Louis Armstrong.

6.23pmA quick update on the progress of a number of early matches that have been halted by some unseasonable New York showers. Australian Sam Stosur managed to beat both Petra Matric and the conditions,smashing the Croatian 6-1 6-1 in rapid time.

6.19pmHeather Watson was first out on court 17 against world number eight Li Na, and trailed 6-2 5-3 before rain stopped play. Watson is really up against it as she looks to keep her US Open challenge alive.

6.17pmRobson takes on American qualifier Samantha Crawford and has every chance of progressing to the second round. Fingers crossed Laura!

6.15pmIt's also a day to continue a patriotic summer of British sport as Laura Robson joins Heather Watson and Murray in getting her tournament underway.

6.13pmAfter an almighty deluge around 30 minutes ago, the conditions have finally improved slightly and hopefully play will be back under way soon enough. A whole host of superstar names are in action this evening if the weather continues to subisde. We've got Murray, Federer and Sharapova to look forward to tonight.

6.10pmA quick weather update from Flushing Meadows. If you were wondering why we're chatting incessantly about all things off the court, rain has brought a delay to proceedings on day one of the US Open.

6.05pmMurray will need to ride a wave of momentum to get back to the final at Flushing Meadows after being handed a tough draw. He could face tenacious Frenchman Jo Wilfried-Tsonga in the quarter-finals before he can think about tackling Djokovic or Federer in the latter stages.

6.00pmThe bookies also have Murray behind traditional nemesis Roger Federer as third favourite, despite his superb victory against the Swiss star in the Olympic Games final at Wimbledon.

5.56pmBack on the men's side of things, Murray is missing one major rival after Rafa Nadal's withdrawal with injury. He will still have to contend with the deadly duo of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic as he aims for that elusive maiden grand slam title.

5.53pmHeather Watson is currently trailing ninth seed Li Na 6-2 5-3 over on court 17. The 20-year-old will need an incredible upturn in fortunes to hang on against the former French Open winner.

5.50pmMurray was due to kick off his campaign against Alex Bogomlov Jr. at 6pm on the Arthur Ashe court. Weather experts at Flushing Meadows are currently predicting a 45-minute delay to proceedings.

5.46pmIf you're joining us here at Sports Mole waiting for news of Andy Murray's opening US Open match, heavy rain has brought a delay to proceedings at Flushing Meadows.

5.44pmAnother huge point of interest in the women's draw is the progress of Kim Clijsters, who is set to play in her final grand slam. Friend and rival Maria Sharapova has hailed the Belgian as she edges ever closer to retirement.

5.41pmIn the women's draw reigning Wimbledon champion Serena Williams is the firm favourite for the title, a tag she is willing to embrace with open arms.

5.38pmNew York has wasted no time in keeping things interesting, we have a rain delay less than two hours into the 2012 US Open. In the meantime we'll take a look at the runners and riders over the next fortnight.

5.35pmFingers crossed its a passing shower, if not Murray's 6.00pm start is definitely under threat.

5.33pmWow the rain is absolutely ferocious. Fans and officials run for cover as Flushing Meadows is the target of some awful conditions.

5.31pmAnd the rain that has threatened for the past hour has finally arrived. Play has been suspended as the heavens open.

5.30pmThe clouds continue to grow in stature above court 17 as Watson fights to keep this match alive. Li holds to put herself one game away from a straight-sets victory.

5.28pmJames Blake is rolling back the years in the Louis Armstrong stadium. The 32-year-old is a set and a break up against Lukas Lacko of Slovakia.

5.25pmLi wastes no time in securing a vital break, she now leads 6-2 4-3. Will take a huge effort from Watson to turn the tide now.

5.24pmThe World number 71 now needs to dig deep, she is trailing 0-40 on serve here.

5.22pmLi holds off a strong effort from Watson to level things up in the second set. We're at 3-3 as the match enters an important stage.

5.21pmSuperb effort from Watson as she produces some delightful shots at the net to come back from 40-15 to deuce at a crucial point in the second set.

5.18pmThe clouds are gathering in ominous fashion across Flushing Meadow. Don't you dare, Andy Murray is due on court in less than an hour now.

5.17pmAnd back on Court 17 Watson has been broken straight back by a determined Na. The Chinese ninth seed is still 3-2 down in the second but we are back on serve. Chance missed for Heather.

5.14pmSam Stosur has wrapped up her first round match in devastating fashion on Arthur Ashe. She dominated Petra Martic 6-1 6-1 to advance as the Aussie begins her title defence in some style.

5.11pmAn early double fault from Heather and we are at 15-30 in the fifth game. Absolutely vital the Brit holds here.

5.10pmAnd Watson has done it, takes the break of serve at the third attempt and she is now right back in this match. 3-1 up now in the second set.

5.08pmSuperb baseline strike from Watson and she has three break points.

5.07pmA chance for Watson as she goes 0-30 up on Li's serve.

5.05pmAnother spirited effort from the 20-year-old, a strong serve keeps her ahead at 2-1 in the early stages of the second set.

5.04pmWatson is under pressure again on serve as Na takes her to deuce.

5.02pmJames Blake has given the American crowd something to shout about as he takes the first set 7-5 against Lukas Lacko on the Louis Armstrong.

5.01pmDelightful drop shot from Watson gives her some encouragement, 30-15 in the third game of the second set. Still on serve at 1-1

4.58pmNa continues to mix her game up nicely to keep Watson off guard. Keeping the Guernsey native off balance has been the key to her success so far.

4.55pmElsewhere in the women's singles Maria Bartoli has raced into a strong lead against American Jamie Hampton, leading 6-3 3-0.

4.54pmNice to see Watson respond well as she looks to make a fight of a tough match. She dug deep to hold serve in the opening game of the second set despite a third double fault.

4.51pmNa looked in formidable form in that first set, producing a phenomenal 89% success rate on her first serve.

4.50pmSet point for Na is duly dispatched, a relentless pace has earned her the first set 6-2 in 36 minutes. Watson will need to respond quickly to stay in this match.

4.48pmStosur has wrapped up the first set in double-quick time against Martic 6-1. A repeat performance in the second and Andy Murray may be in action earlier than expected. He follows this match on the Arthur Ashe.

4.45pmWatson is wilting in the first set against the ninth seed, losing a third successive game to go 5-2 down.

4.43pmOnly one match of interest early on in the men's half of the draw for a patriotic home crowd. The vastly experienced American James Blake is up against Lukas Lacko of Slovakia on the Louis Armstrong. That match is still on serve at 4-4.

4.41pmNa has given the 20-year-old no chance of a break, winning on serve to love to make it 4-2.

4.40pmWatson now needs to settle down and aim for a quick break back. Perhaps a tad too defensive on the baseline in the early going.

4.38pmA strong serve from Watson but Na doesn't let her off the hook, forcing a mistake to take the first break of match. 3-2 in the opening set.

4.35pmNa has picked up the pace against the British youngster, earning two break points.

4.34pmElsewhere on the Arthur Ashe Sam Stosur is wasting no time against Petra Martic, the Australian racing into a 5-0 first-set lead.

4.33pmTouch heavy on the return from Heather and Na is off the hook. Chance missed and the match stays on serve.

4.31pmNa regains her composure to swat the ball aside, back to deuce.

4.30pmAnother excellent deep return from Watson forces break point.

4.29pmBrilliant attacking forehand from Watson puts the pressure right on Na on serve, forcing an error to take the game to deuce.

4.26pmWatson stayed strong to hold serve in the third game, forcing a couple of cheap points from Na to make it 2-1.

4.20pmWatson has made a decent start against Na, the match going with serve in the very early stages at a game apiece.

4.19pmMurray is second up on the Arthur Ashe at around 6.00pm. Maria Sharapova, Kim Clijsters and Roger Federer are all to follow on a bumper opening day.

4.16pmMurray begins his quest for that elusive first grand slam title against Alex Bogomolov Jr. The Russian has a good record against Murray and beat him in straight sets at the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open.

16.12Watson is first up and faces a tough challenge against ninth seed Li Na over on Court 17.

4.10pmBritish interest is strong on day one at Flushing Meadows, with Andy Murray in action along with Heather Watson.


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