US Open LIVE: Andy Murray vs Emilio Nava tennis result and reaction from second round tonight

US Open LIVE: Andy Murray vs Emilio Nava tennis result and reaction from second round tonight

Andy Murray recovered from a difficult start to defeat American wild card Emilio Nava and reach the third round of the US Open for the first time in six years.

The reward for Murray knocking out 24th seed Francisco Cerundolo in round one was a second-round assignment against 203rd-ranked 20-year-old Nava, who had claimed his first ever tour-level victory against John Millman on Monday.

In a gruelling first set that lasted 84 minutes Nava played well above his ranking but there were no signs of Murray’s cramping issue reappearing and he used his far greater experience to turn the match around and secure a 5-7 6-3 6-1 6-0 victory.

It is the Scot’s best run at Flushing Meadows since he made the quarter-finals in 2016 in what would prove to be his last season before the hip problem that nearly ended his career emerged.

Relive the action from the US Open second round as Andy Murray takes on Emilio Nava:

Andy Murray vs Emilio Nava

  • Andy Murray defeats Emilio Nava in four sets 5-7 6-3 6-1 6-0 to reach third round

  • Murray wins fourth set 6-0 to complete victory over Nava

  • Murray smashes through the third set to take it 6-1

  • Murray bounces back to win second set 6-3

  • Nava takes first set 7-5 in 1hr 24mins

Andy Murray roars back after losing first set to beat Emilio Nava in US Open second round

20:55 , Michael Jones

Andy Murray recovered from a difficult start to defeat wild card Emilio Nava and reach the third round of the US Open for the first time in six years.

The reward for Murray knocking out 24th seed Francisco Cerundolo in round one was a second-round assignment against 203rd-ranked American Nava, who had claimed his first tour-level victory against John Millman on Monday.

He played well above his ranking in a gruelling first set that lasted 84 minutes but there was no sign of Murray’s cramping issue reappearing and he used his far greater experience to turn the match around and secure a 5-7 6-3 6-1 6-0 victory.

Murray roars back after losing first set to beat Nava in US Open second round

Andy Murray defeats Emilio Nava in four sets 5-7 6-3 6-1 6-0 to reach third round

20:49 , Michael Jones

A good day at the offcie for Andy Murray.

Andy Murray defeats Emilio Nava in four sets 5-7 6-3 6-1 6-0 to reach third round

20:45 , Michael Jones

Murray was also asked about his potential opponent in the third round, 13th seed Matteo Berrettini.Murray said: “He’s had a bit of an unlucky year.

“I know he got Covid at the beginning of Wimbledon. When he has been on the court he’s done really well.

“We played a tough three-set match in Stuttgart. I’m expecting it to be really difficult but if I play well and my return’s on point then I’ve got a good chance.”

Andy Murray defeats Emilio Nava in four sets 5-7 6-3 6-1 6-0 to reach third round

20:39 , Michael Jones

Murray also puts his success down to working with coach Ivan Lendl again and he says that brings “confidence” into his game.

“There’s a lot of belief in the relationship because of results we’ve had in the past.” said the Scot, “I trust that if I play with a game-style he wants me to that will bring me success.

“He knows what it takes to win and perform well at this tournament. It’s great to have him back.”

Andy Murray defeats Emilio Nava in four sets 5-7 6-3 6-1 6-0 to reach third round

20:33 , Michael Jones

A bit of post-match reaction from Andy Murray now who spoke about his recovery from his two hip injuries saying: “Physically this is the best I’ve felt in the last few years.

“My movement is by far the best it’s been in a long time. I’m getting closer to where I want to be and hopefully I can have a deep run here.”

Andy Murray defeats Emilio Nava in four sets 5-7 6-3 6-1 6-0 to reach third round

20:27 , Michael Jones

Another outstanding performance from Andy Murray sees him get past Emilio Nava after a difficult start to the match. He’s gaining confidence in each round. How far can he go in this tournament?

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Andy Murray defeats Emilio Nava in four sets 5-7 6-3 6-1 6-0 to reach third round

20:23 , Michael Jones

Murray reaches the third round of a grand slam for just the second time since 2018. He’ll face the winner of Hugo Grenier and Matteo Berrettini’s match.

That one is currently poised in favour of Berrettini who is two sets to one up.

The fourth set has the players tied at 3-3.

Andy Murray defeats Emilio Nava in four sets 5-7 6-3 6-1 6-0 to reach third round

20:18 , Michael Jones

After a competitive and hard fought first set that went the way of Emilio Nava, Andy Murray controlled the game on the Arthur Ashe court.

The 35-year-old just got better and better and went after it from the second set onwards.

Murray 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, 6-0 Nava*

20:14 , Michael Jones

Game, set and match Andy Murray!

Murray 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, 5-0 Nava*

20:12 , Michael Jones

Another unforced error from Nava and he loses another game. It’s been relentless from Murray since about the halfway point of the second set.

The last couple of ses have been a bruising experience for the American. Incredible from Murray.

*Murray 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, 4-0 Nava

20:09 , Michael Jones

4-0. Hold of serve from Murray. Competent and clinical. He’s now just two away from a well earned spot in the third round.

*Murray 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, 3-0 Nava

20:06 , Michael Jones

There’s still a lot of fight from Emilio Nava but the long rallies and the big points are heading Murray’s way. He’s moving across the court with verve and is latching onto Nava’s more powerful shots now.

The Brit moves 30-0 up before making an unforced error and sending a return long. It feels like the first error he’s made in ages.


Murray 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, 3-0 Nava*

20:03 , Michael Jones

So good from Murray.

He’s going after Nava with power and skill and the American isn’t up to the task despite his best efforts. Another point won from the net and Murray takes the third game too!

This match is rapidly nearing it’s conclusion.

*Murray 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, 2-0 Nava

19:59 , Michael Jones

They’re rattling through the games now as Murray continues to impress and work his way towards victory. He concedes just one point on his service game and moves two games to the good in the fourth.

Murray 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, 1-0 Nava*

19:56 , Michael Jones

Nava hands Murray an early break in the fourth set by whipping a cross court backhand out of play. Murray’s peppered the backhand since the second set and it’s paid off handsomely for him.

A hold of serve here and he’s in firm control of the match.

*Murray 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 Nava

19:51 , Michael Jones

Game and set Murray. Two games in a row without conceding a point and the Brit moves in front in the match!


Murray 5-7, 6-3, 5-1 Nava*

19:49 , Michael Jones

Prolific from Murray! He breaks Nava for a second time to move within one game of taking the third set.

The frustration is beginning to show on the 20-year-old American who just lost serve without scoring a point.

*Murray 5-7, 6-3, 4-1 Nava

19:44 , Michael Jones

Oh my!

Murray fails to put away three easy smashes and Nava approaches the net with each return. Murray is forced to the baseline but wins the point with an exceptional backhand pass down the line.

He holds serve with an ace too.

Murray 5-7, 6-3, 3-1 Nava*

19:41 , Michael Jones

Nava saves the first one but Murray breaks!

A fine rally sees both players approach the net, drop back, attempt a smash each than Murray gets lucky by flicking the net and forcing Nava to hook a return out of play.

Murray takes the lead in the third set though.

Murray 5-7, 6-3, 2-1 Nava*

19:39 , Michael Jones

Brilliant! Murray keeps Nava in check with a bunch of backhand slices before a fortuitous bounce off the net allows him to go down the line.

He knocks a return from the net into the centre of court but Nava fails to keep his lobbed effort in play.

15-40 and Murray has two break points.

*Murray 5-7, 6-3, 2-1 Nava

19:35 , Michael Jones

Hold for Murray! Nava was trying to wrestle back some momentumbut Murray slowed down play, took his time and closed out the game competently.

After drinks break comes up now.

*Murray 5-7, 6-3, 1-1 Nava

19:32 , Michael Jones

Two long forehands cost Nava against the Murray serve and send the Brit 30-15 up in the game.

Nava continues to chose power as his primary method of attack and draws an error out for Murray who knocks a backhand into the base of the net.


Murray 5-7, 6-3, 1-1 Nava*

19:29 , Michael Jones

Good response from Nava who closes out his own service game with a 129mph ace. All square in the third set.

*Murray 5-7, 6-3, 1-0 Nava

19:27 , Michael Jones

Game Murray. Decent start to the third set for the Scotsman.


*Murray 5-7, 6-3, 0-0 Nava

19:26 , Michael Jones

The first game of a new start is a fresh start for both players, mentally and physically. Nava has picked up where he left off though and a couple of mistakes puts Murray 30-0 up in the first game.

What a shot! Nava meets Murray’s second serve with a cross court backhand. Murray has to stretch but he reaches the ball and flicks his wrists over the top of it to spank it back at the American who dinks his own return out of play.


*Murray 5-7, 6-3, 0-0 Nava

19:24 , Michael Jones

Emilio Nava made a bunch of unforced errors in the second set and gifted Andy Murray both of his breaks of serve. This next set will be a huge deciding factor in who takes the victory.

Murray is sticking to his guns and fighting from the baseline but he’s used the ‘crush and rush’ expertly in that last set.

Murray 5-7, 6-3 Nava*

19:21 , Michael Jones

Andy Murray claims the second set!

He breaks Emilio Nava for a second time and levels the game at one set apiece. Has that broken the resistance of the American or can the 20-year-old bounce back in the third?

*Murray 5-7, 5-3 Nava

19:18 , Michael Jones

More solid work from Murray who takes advantage of some errors from Nava to hold serve and move within one game of taking the second set.

They’ve been playing for 39 minutes in this set which has been way less strenuous for both players.

Murray 5-7, 4-3 Nava*

19:13 , Michael Jones

Nava holds! He’s still behind in the set but is fighting out there against the steadfast opponent that is Andy Murray.

There’s a break in play now when the players can take on water and more sustenance. This match feels as though it’s going to be a long one.

Murray 5-7, 4-2 Nava*

19:11 , Michael Jones

Things seem a lot tougher for Nava now. He’s fighting for every point and stays in his service game thanks to a backhand slice from Murray that lands out of play.

Murray wins the next rally and puts the game level at deuce. He’s chasing a double break.

*Murray 5-7, 4-2 Nava

19:08 , Michael Jones

An unforced backhand error from Nava gifts Murray the game and consolidates his break of serve. The young American is making more errors in the second set.

Is the pressure and pace of the match starting to get to him?

*Murray 5-7, 3-2 Nava

19:06 , Michael Jones

Murray could do with a quick hold of serve to secure his break. He’s started well by targeting Nava’s backhand and the American buries a couple into the net.


Nava hits the net again - with a forehand return of serve - and Murray is one point away from a break and hold.

Murray 5-7, 3-2 Nava*

19:03 , Michael Jones

Murray breaks!

How he’s done it on this rally I do not know. Nava’s second serve is right on the line and Murray lofts it back. The American fails to totally land his smash and Murray lobs a return to the back of court.

Nava keeps it in play but Murray starts to control the rally and the American pushes one wide.

Murray 5-7, 2-2 Nava*

19:01 , Michael Jones

Twice Murray pushes the ball to the baseline and approaches the net to win the frist couple of points against the serve. Nava responds with a serve of 128mph - the fastest of the match so far.


*Murray 5-7, 2-2 Nava

18:58 , Michael Jones

Murray is quickly up to 40-0 in his next service game and holds to love.

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Murray 5-7, 1-2 Nava*

18:53 , Michael Jones

The big points are all going to the American. He saves two break points and wins the game with a blistering serve out wide to Murray’s backhand.

Fantastic stuff from the youngster who celebrates with a fist pump.

Murray 5-7, 1-1 Nava*

18:51 , Michael Jones

Nice. Nava fizzes down an ace to bring his service game to 30-30 but pushes one wide with a forehand and gifts Murray an early break point in the second set.

It doesn’t matter. Another bomb serve from Nava puts him back level. Deuce

*Murray 5-7, 1-1 Nava

18:48 , Michael Jones

What is going through Andy Murray’s head?

Every know and then he’ll have firm control of a rally but Nava will defend, stay in the game and then win the point.

He does so at 40-15 to move within one but Murray doesn’t panic and smokes a backhand down the line to hold serve.

Murray 5-7, 0-1 Nava*

18:44 , Michael Jones

The second set kicks off with a comfortable hold of serve for the 20-year-old American. Work for Murray to do here.

Murray 5-7, 0-0 Nava*

18:42 , Michael Jones

This is a minimum four set match for Andy Murray now if he wants to make it through to the third round. He’s going to have to come from a set down to win this one.

Emilio Nava has been brilliant. He’s got pace, power and intelligence. Murray doesn’t have an answer... yet.

*Murray 5-7 Nava

18:40 , Michael Jones

What a shot! Nava moves up to set point but Murray looks in complete control and steps up to the net to volley a backhand to the right side of court.

Nava sprints over to the ball and whips it with a rapid forehand but he’s facing the wrong way at the same time. He smokes it across court and lands it in play to take the first set!

Incredible scenes! That set took 1hr 24mins to complete.

*Murray 5-6 Nava

18:36 , Michael Jones

This is tense. Nava saves a game point but whacks a backhand long to send Murray back in front in the game.

A snapshot cross court forehand from Murray looks like a winner but it lands on the wrong side of the doubles line and the game is back to deuce!

*Murray 5-6 Nava

18:33 , Michael Jones

Tasty. Murray utilises the wide serve to good effect and forces Nava into a couple of failed returns to squeeze ahead 40-30.

The American wants to avoid a tiebreak though. Two incredibly powerful forehands, right into the corner, see him win the next rally and bring the game up to deuce.

Which way is this one going to go?

*Murray 5-6 Nava

18:30 , Michael Jones

This is a huge game for Murray and it hasn’t started well with him fizzing a forehand into the net. A fine wide serve next up collects him a point but the game - and the set - is delicately poised.


Andy Murray defeats Emilio Nava in four sets 5-7 6-3 6-1 6-0 to reach third round

20:24 , Michael Jones

A muted celebration from Andy Murray. Is their more to come from the former US Open champion?

Murray 5-6 Nava*

18:28 , Michael Jones

The momentum of the set has fully swung the way of Emilio Nava. He’s the one putting pressure on the serve, seeing out his own games quickly and pushing for winners.

Nava holds to love and Murray is under pressure once more.

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*Murray 5-5 Nava

18:25 , Michael Jones

Nava’s determinism is great to see. He’s down 40-0 in the game but focuses on staying in the rally and lobs a shot to the back of the court winning the next point.

A series of heavy blows puts him within one of Murray but the Scot finds the centre line and Nava hooks one out of play.

Game Murray.

Murray 4-5 Nava*

18:20 , Michael Jones

Immediate break back from Andy Murray!

He’s not done yet as Nava lets the ball go thinking Murray’s return was out of play. No out call comes and the game goes to the former US Open champion.

Another pressure filled service game coming up for Murray.

Murray 3-5 Nava*

18:15 , Michael Jones

A 27 shot rally ends with a mistake from Murray to bring Nava back into this crucial game. The American is serving for the set but Murray leads 30-15.

*Murray 3-5 Nava

18:13 , Michael Jones

It’s a break! Emilio Nava takes the advantage in the opening set with a commanding rally that he wins through an overhead smash.

*Murray 3-5 Nava

18:12 , Michael Jones

It’s a break! Emilio Nava takes the advantage in the opening set with a commanding rally that he wins through an overhead smash.

*Murray 3-4 Nava

18:11 , Michael Jones

From ace to double fault for Andy Murray. This is the most pressure he’s been under all set.

Incredible! Murray serves wide and comes intp the middle of court expecting a cross court return. Instead Nava fizzes a backhander down the line and wins the point!

Murray has to defend another break point.

*Murray 3-4 Nava

18:10 , Michael Jones

The chance was there after Murray misses his first serve but Nava goes long - only just though and the game is back to deuce.

Murray follows up that pressure rally with an ace down the centre line. Lovely stuff.

*Murray 3-4 Nava

18:08 , Michael Jones

A slight bit of pressure hits Murray’s serve as Nava sends over a cross court winner to bring the game up to deuce. Murray goes long with a backhand and finally Nava has a break point!

It’s his first of the set.

*Murray 3-4 Nava

18:07 , Michael Jones

Nava’s power is astounding at times. Twice now in this game he’s forced Murray well behind the baseline and seen him knock back high lofty returns.

Both points are won by the 20-year-old. 30-30.

*Murray 3-4 Nava

18:03 , Michael Jones

The balls have been changed and Murray is up first to serve with them. He’s been very strong on his own serve so far and now is not the time to let that slip.

Nava pulls a forehand into the net as he tries to whip one over to Murray’s right side. 15-0.

Murray 3-4 Nava*

18:02 , Michael Jones

Game Nava! A more comfortable service game for the American puts him back in front in the opening set. This is great to watch, both players seem evenly matched.


Murray 3-3 Nava*

17:59 , Michael Jones

Murray approaches the net and wins another point. He’s four from four in this set when coming up the court.

Nava responds with a lightning quick serve and moves back in front in the game. 30-15.

*Murray 3-3 Nava

17:57 , Michael Jones

Lovely from Murray to work Nava over to both corners before following up with a backhand smash. 15-0.

The next serve is 114mph and Nava fails to return it. 30-0.

Murray continues to earn success with his serves down the centre of court as Nava whips one out of play. 40-0.

It’s a hold of serve! Murray sees out a quickfire service game and the pressure is back on Nava.

*Murray 2-3 Nava

17:54 , Michael Jones

That’s three games for Emilio Nava now but he’s had to defend two of those game incredibly well. Murray is yet to face a break point but after a brief break he’s got the chance to attack Murray’s serve.

Murray 2-3 Nava*

17:53 , Michael Jones

Deuce number seven!

This game is too tense to call. Nava moves back ahead after Murray slices a backhand return into the net. Can the American hold serve?

Yes! A wide serve to Murray’s backhand sees the Brit make another error and Nava finally takes the game.

Murray 2-2 Nava*

17:47 , Michael Jones

After another break point goes begging Murray targets the baseline with a mixture of shots and works Nava across the court to draw the game back to deuce.

The Scot isn’t giving this one up. The game has been going almost nine minutes and they’re into a fifth deuce.

Murray 2-2 Nava*

17:44 , Michael Jones

‘Yes!’ screams Nava as he steps into the court and smokes a backhand winner across court to save a break point. He’s rescued four of them already in this set.


Murray 2-2 Nava*

17:42 , Michael Jones

The drop shot comes in handy for Murray again. Murray’s been on the backfoot in this game but has defended incredibly well to get himself up to deuce.

A wild sprint to get to the ball sees Murray drop it back over the net and Nava belts his return wide.


*Murray 2-2 Nava

17:38 , Michael Jones

Well played. Murray’s serves down the middle are top quality. He sends Nava off balance and closes out the game with a forehand winner down the line.

*Murray 1-2 Nava

17:38 , Michael Jones

Murray needs to find a way to take the sting out of Nava’s forehand as the American takes the first point in the next game.

Two decent serves down the centre line bring Murray back in front and he sprints up to a shot that just drops over the net and flicks a drop shot of his own into Nava’s side of the court.

Nava’s manages to get there to return the stroke and Murray’s high backhand finisher gives him another point.


Murray 1-2 Nava*

17:34 , Michael Jones

Nava’s forehand returns are generating a ton of pace. He’s averaging 85 mph with his returns and it’s causing problems for Murray. That’s a lot of power from the American.

He’s closes out his service game to stay in front in the set.

Murray 1-1 Nava*

17:32 , Michael Jones

Those who have seen Emilio Nava play quite a bit fancy him to take at least a set off Murray tonight and from these early exchanges it more than possible.

He’s got a decent technique and a seemingly aggressive attitude in his search for points.

Murray takes the first point of Nava’s next service game but the youngster responds with three in a row to move 40-15 in front.

*Murray 1-1 Nava

17:29 , Michael Jones

30-30. Each player takes a point from the next two rallies before Murray sends down his first ace with a serve down the centre line.

The Scot closes out his game when Nava goes long with a forehand.

One game apiece in the first set.

*Murray 0-1 Nava

17:27 , Michael Jones

What can Murray conjure from his own serve?

He wins the first point to move 15-0 but misses his first serve in the next rally. A soft 78mph second serve is pounced on by Nava and Murray’s return is spooned over the back of the court.


Murray 0-1 Nava*

17:25 , Michael Jones

Sublime! Nava saves his third break point with some aggressive forehands then moves ahead with an expert cross-court backhand that lands right on the edge of the sideline.

The next rally is over quickly and it’s a hold of serve for the American!

Murray 0-0 Nava*

17:22 , Michael Jones

Wild! An attempted overhead smash from Nava is badly mishit and he smokes his shot over the back of court. What should have been a winner gifts Murray another break point.

But... he can’t take it. He tries a two-handed backhander across court but goes long in the next rally. Back to deuce.

Murray 0-0 Nava*

17:20 , Michael Jones

Nava saves the break point then forces Murray into an error to move to advantage in the game.

Nava misses his first serve and allows Murray to dictate the next rally, he moves the 20-year-old around the court and brings the game back to deuce when Nava goes long.

This is a decent opening game. 40-40.

Murray 0-0 Nava*

17:19 , Michael Jones

Nava lands a couple of first serves, the second being up at 128mph to bring the game back level at 30-30.

The next rally is an exchange from the baseline with both men hammering the ball at each other alternating between forehand and backhand.

Murray slices back a return and wins the point as Nava sends his shot into the net.

Break point for Murray.

Murray 0-0 Nava*

17:16 , Michael Jones

Let’s go! Emilio Nava is serving first and a short rally ends with the American fizzing a backhand out of play to give Andy Murray the first point of the match.

Nava miscues another backhand and sends one long in the next rally. Murray is quickly up to 0-30 in the first game of the first set.

Murray vs Nava

17:12 , Michael Jones

The Arthur Ashe court isn’t full by any means but hopefully the standard of tennis between Andy Murray and Emilio Nava brings in the crowds.

It’ll be a packed house later on though when Serena Williams takes the court around midnight UK time.

Murray vs Nava

17:10 , Michael Jones

Here comes Andy...

Murray vs Nava

17:07 , Michael Jones

It’s a warm day in New York and there’s an awkward shadow line about halfway across the court thanks to the roof. This should be a good test for both men.

Nava is just starting out on his career and will gain a ton of experience from facing Murray here but the Scot could take control of the match early on and make things extremely difficult for the 20-year-old.

Murray vs Nava

17:03 , Michael Jones

Both players are out on court and going through their warm-ups. Murray looks strong and confident, can he reach the US Open third round this evening?

Murray optimistic about the future

16:58 , Michael Jones

Monday’s victory over Francisco Cerúndolo was the first time Andy Murray has won a straight-sets match at a grand slam since Wimbledon five years ago, and following the match he said: “That felt like five sets to me. It’s very tricky conditions, very humid and hot.

“I was really happy with the way I got through that one; it was not easy.”

Ten years on from his maiden grand slam title at the US Open, Murray has partnered back up with Ivan Lendl and remains optimistic that he can have more memorable grand slam days.

Speaking about his coach Murray said: “He’s a man of few words. He wasn’t saying loads but to have him there supporting me is really important.

“He’s still there supporting me at this stage in my career when many people wouldn’t.”

Rafael Nadal drops opening set at US Open for first time but recovers to win

16:50 , Michael Jones

Rafael Nadal lost his opening set at the US Open for the first time in his career but was buoyed by his recovery to beat Rinky Hijikata.

Nadal is short on matches after suffering an abdominal tear at Wimbledon and Australian wild card Hijikata seized his opportunity on Arthur Ashe Stadium with a brilliant first set.

But Nadal, who is yet to lose a grand slam match this year, hit back straight away and clinched a 4-6 6-2 6-3 6-3 victory to set up a second-round clash with fellow veteran Fabio Fognini.

Rafael Nadal drops opening set at US Open for first time but recovers to win

Andy Murray vs Emilio Nava latest odds

16:49 , Michael Jones

Andy Murray is the odds on favourite to progress to the third round of the US Open but he’ll face a tricky test from America’s Emilio Nava.

Murray’s chances of winning the tourament aren’t great with the betting company giving him an 80/1 shot. Daniil Medvedev is the hot favourite to lift the men’s trophy at 23/10 with Rafael Nadal his closest challenger at 4/1.

Latest odds according to Betfair:

Andy Murray - 1/6

Emilio Nava - 4/1

Murray to win 3-0 in straight set - 6/5

Emma Raducanu’s US Open exit wasn’t a shock – the road back might be

16:45 , Michael Jones

After a sudden, dizzying ascent, Emma Raducanu now faces a tougher, far longer climb.

When discussing the fragility of success in sport, the former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger once described confidence as going “up by the stairs and down by the lift”. In many ways, it is the reverse of Raducanu’s last 12 months, with her stunning victory in New York last September followed by a challenging debut year, culminating in her first-round defeat to Alize Cornet as she began her US Open defence.

It is true now, though, of what Raducanu approaches as she attempts to build herself back.

Emma Raducanu’s US Open exit wasn’t a shock – the road back might be

‘You never know’: Serena Williams puts off retirement talk after win at US Open

16:40 , Michael Jones

New York celebrated the career of Serena Williams in raucous fashion on Monday night but the party is not over thanks to her first-round victory against Danka Kovinic.

Williams announced earlier this month that the US Open would very likely be her last tournament, bringing an end to a 27-year career that has seen her transcend tennis.

But the 40-year-old is first and foremost a tremendous competitor and she ensured at least one more night under the lights with a 6-3 6-3 triumph.

‘You never know’: Serena Williams puts off retirement talk after US Open win

Murray back on the big stage

16:35 , Michael Jones

Big wins on the game’s largest stages have been tough to come by in the last few years for Andy Murray who continues to fight his way back up the rankings after undergoing a pair of hip surgeries in 2018 and 2019.

In fact, since the 2019 Australian Open, the former world No. 1 had played in just six grand slams before this year’s US Open, advancing as far as the third round just once.

Murray has long been a fan favourite in America following his victory at Flushing Meadows in 2012. His first-round win here on Monday in which he dismissed No. 24 seed Francisco Cerundolo in straight sets delighted the crowd but they’ll be backing his young American opponent tonight.

Murray vs Nava

16:30 , Michael Jones

Andy Murray has gained momentum after upsetting Francisco Cerundolo in straight sets in the first round of the US Open.

Since May 2022 Murray has a 70% edge in the Power Index based on his recent performance and online media coverage and Murray has an ATP rank that is 152 positions higher than Emilio Nava.

On paper this should be a regulation win for the Brit but with Murray’s cramp issues and his ongoing recovery from hip surgery Nava may think he is in with a chance.

Murray’s mysterious cramp problem

16:24 , Michael Jones

Andy Murray’s cramp issues remain a mystery after tests came back clear ahead of the US Open.

The 35-year-old has generally coped well with hot and humid conditions during his career but has struggled over the past few weeks, cramping in three different matches, including his loss to Cameron Norrie in Cincinnati last week.

Murray underwent sweat testing to try to get to the bottom of the problem but that did not flag up any issues.

“It was all good. Sweat test was good. Blood test was good. No illnesses. I think it would be nice if you were one thing, you were deficient in something, maybe it is because of that,” he said.

“But at least I know now it is more down to either conditioning or hydration or food-related. That is something I can obviously control a little bit as well.

“But I feel like I am in decent shape so that it is why it is concerning. I don’t really know why it has happened. Last few days in practice I have actually felt a bit better in the conditions and everything so hopefully I will be all right on Monday.”

Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans both win in straight sets to reach US Open second round

16:20 , Michael Jones

Britain’s positive start to the US Open continued with Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans making it five players through to the second round.

Norrie kept his focus amid wavering effort levels from unpredictable Frenchman Benoit Paire to win 6-0 7-6 (1) 6-0 while Evans produced a high-quality performance to defeat Czech Jiri Vesely 6-4 6-1 6-1.

After 10 British players made the second round at Wimbledon, the most since 1984, this is the joint best US Open since 1981 in terms of Britons through to round two.

Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans both win in straight sets at US Open

Dart could overtake Raducanu as British no. 1

16:16 , Michael Jones

Andy Murray is the main British interest today but Harriet Dart also meets Dalma Galfi in the early evening and has a special reward should she win her second round match.

She defeated 10th seed Daria Kasatkina 7-6 (10-8), 1-6, 6-3 in round one and should she win today she becomes the women’s British no. 1.

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Emma Raducanu ‘really sad’ to leave US Open after first-round loss

16:12 , Michael Jones

Emma Raducanu was “really sad” to see her US Open title defence end at the first hurdle but feels she now has a clean slate to move forward in her career.

After the defeat Raducanu, who did not lose a set in 10 matches last year, said: “Obviously it’s really disappointing, I’m really sad to leave here. It’s probably my favourite tournament.

“But also in a way I’m happy because it’s a clean slate. I’m going to drop down the rankings. Climb my way back up. The target will be off my back slightly.

“I’ve been doing some really good work in the last six weeks especially. I’m just looking forward to putting more of those weeks together consistently, then we’ll see what happens.

“With perspective, actually as a 19-year-old, I’ve had not a bad year. To be top 100, if you told me that a year ago, I’d take it.”

Emma Raducanu falls at first hurdle in US Open title defence

16:09 , Michael Jones

Emma Raducanu’s US Open title defence ended at the first hurdle with a straight-sets loss to veteran Frenchwoman Alize Cornet.

It was a far cry from the events of 12 months ago as the 19-year-old made too many errors on a windy night in New York and fell to a 6-3 6-3 defeat.

Raducanu will drop to around 80 in the rankings but, although she would certainly have wanted to go further, there may be a sense of relief that this moment is over and she can attempt to build more solid foundations for her tennis career.

Emma Raducanu falls at first hurdle in US Open title defence

Andy Murray practised with Emilio Nava

16:05 , Michael Jones

A decade on from his US Open victory at Flushing Meadows, Andy Murray is targeting the US Open last 32 for the first time since 2016 as he takes on American wild card Emilio Nava in the second round.

“I actually hit with him a couple days ago, so it was good to get on the court with him,” the three-time major winner revealed.

“Because otherwise, I saw a little bit of his match [defeating John Millman in five sets], but actually being on the court with someone and feeling their shots is helpful when you don’t know loads about them.”

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Andy Murray vs Emilio Nava

16:00 , Michael Jones

What TV channel is the US Open on in the UK?

The US Open will be shown live on Amazon Prime in the UK, with all matches from the tournament available to stream on Prime Video which is available on Smart TVs and the Prime Video app as well as online.

The match is due to start at 12pm ET (5pm BST).

Andy Murray vs Emilio Nava

15:26 , Michael Jones

Welcome to The Independent’s coverage of the US Open second round as Britain’s Andy Murray takes on American youngster Emilio Nava.

Murray is hoping to reach the third round of a gram slam for just the second time since 2018 but will take a lot of confidence out of his straight sets victory over Francisco Cerúndolo in his first match. He settled into a nice rhythm to defeat the Argentine 7-5 6-3 6-3 and he’ll be hoping to repeat that kind of performance this evening.

Standing in his way is the 20-year-old Nava who made his grand slam debut at this event last year after being given a wildcard for the singles main draw. He lost to Lorenzo Musetti in the first round then but defeated John Millman 7-6 (9-7), 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 1-6, 6-1 across five sets to reach the second round of the 2022 edition.

Nava is ranked 200th in the world and it would be a huge upset if he were to beat Murray today. Still, stranger things have happened before.