|Nationality||Player||Set 1||Set 2||Set 3||Set 4||Set 5|
- - MURRAY 7-6 7-6 4-6 7-6 - GAME, SET AND MATCH! Murray produces a big forehand to go in front, on serve, at 5-4. But he's just two points away here. HUGE backhand from the deep from Murray - and that's two match points! There's not much Lopez could have done differently - and with a drop shot into the net MURRAY WINS! 7-4 in the tiebreak, and in just under four hours, he's into the last 16. Next up is James Blake or Milos Raonic. But the Scot has earned a break.
- - MURRAY 7-6 7-6 4-6 6-6 (4-4) - Solid start from the Scot, thundering a forehand past his opponent. Another scintillating point goes the Spaniard's way after 19 strokes, but a sliced backhand just wide from Lopez gives Murray a mini-break. Given straight back, though, and cheaply. Lopez wins his service point and takes to the change of ends level at 3-3. Lopez nudges in front, then a huge moment as a backhand from the Spaniard hits the net and rolls... back on to his own side. 4-4 in the breaker.
- - MURRAY 7-6 7-6 4-6 6-6 - Two big serves from Lopez to get underway in a game that if he loses would cost him the match. A third - an ace - brings him game point. He gets it at the third time of asking. We have a tie-break. Your guess is as good as mine as to how it will play out.
- - MURRAY 7-6 7-6 4-6 6-5 - Attempt to play expansively does not pay off for Lopez, whose backhand is long and leaves Murray 40-15 to the good. He hits a tired-looking backhand into the net, and Lopez nails a backhand volley to cut off a pass to force deuce. Lopez then earns a break point, but with one of the points of any match, let alone this match, Murray clings on. There is no easy way to explain how Murray has held on, but he nudges back in front, and will at the least see a tie-break.
- - MURRAY 7-6 7-6 4-6 5-5 - Fist clenched, Lopez walks back to his mark after another solid hold. This has been a remarkable match, with drama, high quality, and the dash of mystery with Murray's discomfort. Murray, for his part, could really do with finishing it here. Lopez appears in no mood to let him.
- - MURRAY 7-6 7-6 4-6 5-4 - Murray loses the first two points - has the momentum swung again back to the 30th seed? Not yet - Murray finds three big points to get in front, then looks to have sealed the game when the ball is called long - Lopez challenges, though, and is tight to do so. But Murray peppers the line, and he's now within a game of victory. Lopez will serve to stay in the contest.
- - MURRAY 7-6 7-6 4-6 4-4 - Double fault from Lopez - his fourth - to open the game. Lopez's first serve is not firing, but the rest of his game seems to be there. 30-30, and this game finely poised. Lopez tries a drop shot - why? Not the brightest shot, and Murray has a huge break point chance. Lopez gets a first serve finally - measured at 133mph - to deny him. Murray handed another when Lopez drops into the net - but somehow the Spaniard extricates himself from trouble. Was that Murray's chance?
- - MURRAY 7-6 7-6 4-6 4-3 - Murray's serve has lost about 10mph on average between sets 1-2 and sets 3-4, but this is his most comfortable hold of the set so far, conceding just one point. He's finding a way to stay in front in the set.
- - MURRAY 7-6 7-6 4-6 3-3 - The Spaniard needed five sets and more than four hours to win through in his last match, so there is a chance that Murray's adversary will himself tire. But not this game. It looked like a double fault had dragged the world number four to 30-30, but the challenge showed the ball was in, and as a result, he marches through the rest of the game.
- - MURRAY 7-6 7-6 4-6 3-2 - Heart in the mouth for Murray fans as the Scot slides to 0-30 down, but he digs his way back out of trouble and serves on game point, but probing Lopez bakchands force deuce, and a Murray double fault yields a break point. Big serve required - and found - Murray puts away the return with a snappy forehand. It's another huge grind, but two big serves get the Scot over the line. He's still there.
- - MURRAY 7-6 7-6 4-6 2-2 - Four points in a row to Lopez ot level up. He's doing a good job of playing against an opponent who's off-colour. Nieminen faced Murray in a similar situation at the French Open and messed his own game up. Lopez not making those errors so far.
- - MURRAY 7-6 7-6 4-6 2-1 - Nicely done from Murray. He doesn't look comfortable, but he's getting through these service games, this one to 30. Some more net play, some more winners, some more simply patting the ball over the net. 'Whatever it takes' appears to be Murray's new gameplan. He's hanging on.
- - MURRAY 7-6 7-6 4-6 1-1 - Murray, almost not lifting his feet up enough as he runs, trips to the ground at the baseline, slipping 30-15 down in the process. A line call also goes against him by the faintest of margins, and it looks like Murray needs just about everything to go his way if he is to get through. Lopez level.
- - MURRAY 7-6 7-6 4-6 1-0 - 78mph second serve from Murray to give Lopez the first point. If he wants to show he is unaffected by the elements out there, then that's not the best start. Murray does come back, only for a running Lopez backhand to give him a break point. Murray fends it off, then with a low backhand he finds a way to hold.
- - MURRAY 7-6 7-6 4-6 - SET! Murray opens up with one of those pearling backhands across the court that only he can conjure - a welcome sight given his troubles - but he's not comfortable out there, and at 30-30, he's simply having to go for broke. Lopez ekes out set point, and converts it at the first time of asking. What now for Andy Murray?
- - MURRAY 7-6 7-6 4-5 - BREAK! To say this is worrying for Murray is an understatement. He's moving poorly, and he's making unforced errors. Lopez sitting pretty at 0-40, which means he's won 11 of the last 12 points. Murray stops that run with a well-judged point, but he cannot prevent the break of serve. Suddenly Lopez is serving for the set, and this match is back on.
- - MURRAY 7-6 7-6 4-4 - No-nonsense hold from Lopez, finishing with an ace - he must realise that the longer he can take this match, the better his chance of winning. Murray does not look all that comfortable out there.
- - MURRAY 7-6 7-6 4-3 - BREAK! Lopez beats Murray at the net with a series of volleys, and stretches into a 15-30 lead. Murray clinches his leg - the same leg that he grabbed during the scratchy opening win over Bogomolov on Monday. Lopez not wasting his chance - and Murray overhits an approach to hand his break straight back again for the third time in this match.
- - MURRAY 7-6 7-6 4-2 - BREAK! Fabulous winner from Murray down the line, hit with such authority - and another big winner gives him a 15-40 advantage. Lopez shuts the first down with an ace, but the double fault comes again. Murray now just two holds of serve away - but he's let those breaks slip already in this match. Not over yet.
- - MURRAY 7-6 7-6 3-2 - Big hold from Murray to arrest the little slump. He's been on court for two hours and 25 minutes, and it's very hot out there. He'll be anxious not to let this go to four sets.
- - MURRAY 7-6 7-6 2-2 - In the second set we were talking about a second wind for Lopez - is it possible he'll have a third? He's certainly strung together two good games here, and is back on serve in set three.
- - MURRAY 7-6 7-6 2-1 - BREAK! Just as Lopez looks down and out at 30-0, finally succumbing to a bit of fatigue, the Spaniard digs his way out with some fabulous pick-ups and takes a 30-40 lead in the game. Now it's Murray's turn to look a bit tired. He goes all out for a winner on the forehand, only to miss the line by an inch or two. As you were...
- - MURRAY 7-6 7-6 2-0 - BREAK! We've seen a few of these holes that Murray and Lopez have dug themselves into on serve, but at 0-40 down and nearing two sets and a break behind, the stakes could hardly be higher for Lopez. He saves one with an ace, then recovers to 30-40, but that's it. A double fault follows - his second of the match - and that spells trouble.
- - MURRAY 7-6 7-6 1-0 - Murray keeps it clinical, pushing through his opening service game with ease. Lopez has managed to recover from two sets down to win three times, but never against an opponent of Murray's calibre. It's a long road back for the Spaniard.
- - MURRAY 7-6 7-6 - SET! Inspired tennis from Lopez, really it is - he thunders a winner to open the mini-break, then backs it up with two delicious backhands, neither of which where given. They change ends with the Spaniard 4-2 up, but a quite brilliant drop shot from the Scot wipes out Lopez's slender advantage. And from nowhere, two ugly errors get Murray back into the tiebreak, and bring him up to set point. Murray, behind for so much of the tie-break, steals it at the death.
- - MURRAY 7-6 6-6 - Tiebreak it is - Murray being pushed hard, but a big serve to reach 40-30 proves crucial. If Murray can steal this one, it may leave Lopez with too much to do.
- - MURRAY 7-6 5-6 - Lopez channelling his anger into a solid hold of serve, taking this one to 30. Nervy times, but he'll see at least another tie break, and Murray will have to serve to stay in the set.
- - MURRAY 7-6 5-5 - Lopez playing super tennis and working his way back into the game at deuce, but there's drama on the next point as Lopez pulls out of a point and challenges - only to be told he cannot challenge the call. He's livid - but his protests would have made little difference as the ball was in from Murray. The Scot goes on to hold, but the crowd feel Lopez was aggrieved, and are in the match now.
- - MURRAY 7-6 4-5 - Error on the backhand gives Murray the first point, but Lopez quickly makes amends. Lopez then comes through an extended rally - 23 shots - to move ahead, but Murray comes back to force deuce. More scintillating tennis from Lopez brings up game point, and this time he takes it with a placed forehand volley.
- - MURRAY 7-6 4-4 - Murray needed a solid hold to settle him once again, and he gets it, winning to 15 as Lopez slices a return off the backhand into the net.
- - MURRAY 7-6 3-4 - Lopez through his game in a flash, and that means for the first time in the set, the Spaniard is in front. Murray's adversary not going away.
- - MURRAY 7-6 3-3 - BREAK! Three break point chances for Lopez after some sloppy play from Murray. The Scot has not been broken in the US Open so far, and despite saving several break points already, this is a step too far. A backhand into the net levels things up in set two.
- - MURRAY 7-6 3-2 - Murray playing some thrilling shots now - the backhand return across Lopez and the angled drop over the net are things of beauty - but they're all he manges in this game, as Lopez keeps in touch.
- - MURRAY 7-6 3-1 - No nonsense from Murray - four points on serve - all won in clinical fashion. Up to Lopez to find a way through, and while he has been known to pull off the sublime, it looks a little way off here.
- - MURRAY 7-6 2-1 - Lopez holds to 15, keeping in touch with Murray. But the Scot, who has beaten Lopez each of the five times they have played, is starting to look in good shape after 75 minutes on Louis Armstrong.
- - MURRAY 7-6 2-0 - Murray's serve has improved quietly but measurably - he sends down his ninth ace of the match to move to game point, only for Lopez to conjure a stunning lob to take it to deuce. Murray comes through, however, finishing the game with an emphatic forehand into the corner.
- - MURRAY 7-6 1-0 - BREAK! What a start from Murray to the second set - he races into a 15-40 lead, and though Lopez saved the first of them, he could not stop the second. Hard to imagine Lopez keeping up the level he maintained in the first set, and still he could not win the tie-breaker. Murray in control.
- - MURRAY 7-6 - SET! Murray takes the first, Lopez levels and nudges ahead, getting Murray on the run with an angle-defying forehand. Nothing much being given away here, and at the change of ends, the score is 3-3. Lopez needs a bit of luck with a net cord bouncing in his favour to stay ahead at 4-3, the points continue to be shared out on serve, until Lopez thumps long at 5-5. Set point Murray - he takes full advantage!
- - MURRAY 6-6 - Vicious winners from Lopez to take a 30-0 lead. Murray keeps in the game, edging to 40-30, but Lopez sees it out. These two need a tie-break to separate them.
- - MURRAY 6-5 - Now it's Murray's turn to be pushed all the way. A delightful volley off his toes at the net from Lopez opens the game up at 15-30 - a net cord from the Scot makes it two break points for the 30th seed. Murray pulls off the great escape as well - with two well-constructed points, but having reached game point, he floats a backhand long, but after an epic exchange Murray produces a killer backhand. With another backhand pass, Murray hangs on to his serve. What a game!
- - MURRAY 5-5 - Ray of hope for Murray at 0-30 on the Lopez serve, and then with a patient rally Murray teases his way into the net and deprives Lopez of the angle. He nets, and that brings up three set points. Lopez saves the first, Murray misses out on the seond, and the third goes begging as well. Lopez using all of the court - here - a challenge shows his next shot just caught the line - but before he knows it he has dug himself out of an almighty hole.
- - MURRAY 5-4 - Vicious from Murray. Lopez is keeping him well at bay on his own serve, but the world number four doing the same when starting the points. He looks full of the confidence that goes with winning an Olympic gold.
- - MURRAY 4-4 - Nothing given away by Lopez here - he's serving deep, and he's serving well. Murray getting the ball back into play, but only to see Lopez come to the net and kill the rallies. Hold to love.
- - MURRAY 4-3 - Having wobbled earlier in the contest on his serve, Murray is now not allowing his opponent a sniff. Whips through the game in no time at all to move in front as we approach the business end of the set.
- - MURRAY 3-3 - Solid from the Spaniard. Lopez races into a 40-0 lead, and though Murray claws a point back with an approach down the line which leaves Lopez with no angle to play a winner, it's Murray's only joy of the game.
- - MURRAY 3-2 - Some teasing exchanges here, and Murray certianly not having things all his own way out on Louis Armstrong. But having edged to game point, the Scot, a finalist here back in 2008, finishes things off with a delightful backhand lob on the run. Terrific shot.
- - MURRAY 2-2 - Encouragement for Murray as Lopez nets a backhand, but an ace levels things up. The next two points are shared but a fabulous forehand from Lopez gives him the game point, and he obliges with a backhand that seems to go through Murray's racket at the net.
- - MURRAY 2-1 - Murray in trouble here - he's driven back by Lopez's one-handed backhand, and before he knows it he's 15-40 down. He saves the first with a serve to the body, and the second goes begging as Lopez's volley misses the tramlines by a whisker. Murray misses wide again, and it looks like he's lost it when a forehand is called out - but Murray challenges and was right. He takes the momentum and holds after some nervy moments.
- - MURRAY 1-1 - Equally sturdy response from the world number 29. Lopez has a strong serve when it's firing, and he's started well here.
- - MURRAY 1-0 - No messing about from the Scot as he begins the game with a hold to love, finishing with a delicate angled backhand from the back of the court that leaves Lopez floundering.
- - Murray will serve first - and we're ready to go on Louis Armstrong!
- - It will not be easy out there to play a long match. The temperature is 32C in New York, there's not a cloud in the sky, and it's the middle of the afternoon. The dream ticket for Murray will be to get the job done as quickly as possible.
- - HEAD TO HEAD - Murray and Lopez have played five times - and the Scot has won all five. That includes a straight sets win here in New York last year. Murray, clearly, the heavy favourite.
- - There's been a bit of a delay getting the pair on court, for reasons that are not entirely clear, but the duo now come in to the Louis Armstrong Stadium to cheers from the crowd.
- - Coming up on court now, the big one for British fans - third seed Andy Murray plays 30th seed Feliciano Lopez for a place in the last 16.
|Date of Birth||15/05/1987|
|Date of Birth||20/09/1981|