Cameron Norrie *4-4 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. That was not good at all. Norrie once again found himself at 30-30 and putting pressure on the Fokina serve, but then he sprayed two bad forehand errors and handed over the game with little fight. Perhaps some nerves there.
Around the grounds, third seeds Rajeev Ram and Britain’s Joe Salisbury are up 6-2 1-1 on Christian and Ryan Harrison. Aliaksandra Sasnovich leads 23rd seed Yulia Putintseva 4-2 and 8th seed Petra Martic is up *3-2 on Vera Gracheva.
Cameron Norrie 4-3* Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. In the blink of an eye, Norrie moves ahead with a love hold. Norrie’s lefty serve has been pretty successful so far, with an enormous 78% first serves in so far and a decent 71% points won behind it. More importantly, he has served really well on all the important moments. The Spaniard has to keep up.
Cameron Norrie *3-3 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Good serving from the Spaniard there, who eases through a hold to level.
Cameron Norrie 3-2* Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Norrie left himself a lot to do there, opening his service game with two errors and eventually falling down 15-40 but the response was so impressive. He scuppered the first break point with an ace, then the second by cleaning up at the net after a nice serve-forehand 1-2. After more great serving from deuce, Norrie moves back into the lead.
Cameron Norrie *2-2 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Although a lovely mover and ballstriker, Fokina’s biggest weakness is his serve and he has already rolled in numerous meek deliveries barely above 100mph. His second serves are even dropping under 80mph. Norrie capitalised exactly as he should, immediately breaking back.
A particularly lovely shot from Norrie at 40-30. After being pulled into the net and then lobbed, he pulled off a lovely angled backhand overhead to scupper the game point.
Cameron Norrie 1-2* Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Fokina is already showing all of his skills out here. After bringing Norrie to deuce, he played a beautiful point, dragging the Brit around with his backhand, pulling him into the net with a dropshot and then making the passing shot. On break point, he fired a backhand down the line return winner to take the first break. Too good.
Cameron Norrie *1-1 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Fokina responds with a quick hold to open up his account. A couple of slick forehand winners are a good representation of the firepower we will see from the Spaniard today.
Here is the order of play on the main courts: Vera Gracheva vs Petra Martic and Aliaksandra Sasnovich vs Yulia Putintseva are also currently in action on the outside courts.
Cameron Norrie 1-0* Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Norrie opens with a quick hold to 15, sealed with an ace and 5/5 first serves in. A good start.
For the second straight match, No 76 Norrie is ranked higher than his opponent but don’t be fooled by Davidovich Fokina’s ranking of 99. Foki is a former junior Wimbledon champion and, at 21, one of the more talented young players around. He is also quite crazy. Aside from being an excellent mover, he is a shotmaker with a gorgeous backhand and a penchant for flair shots. He is clearly extremely at home on these fast courts and if he plays as he has so far this week, some of his shotmaking will be spectacular.
Norrie will do as he always does, remaining consistent, punching with his heavy topspin forehand and testing Davidovich Fokina’s patience in longer rallies. This is an enormous opportunity for both players as they chase their first slam R16s, so we’ll see who handles the moment best.
Hello! Welcome to our coverage of day 5 of this very unique US Open. We begin today with Cameron Norrie, who is the only British player in the third round so far and only Dan Evans can join him. Norrie has a great chance to go even further this evening.
Norrie arrived at this point in style, recovering from two sets down against 9th seed Diego Schwartzman to secure the biggest win of the 25 year-old’s career. In the second round, he was far too good for the clay preferring Federico Coria and moved through in straight sets. Today he will face young Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and both will be playing for their first slam fourth round.
Elsewhere, Naomi Osaka will be in action from 5pm on Ashe. Dan Evans will follow Norrie on Court 5, with yesterday’s postponed match poised at 4-6 6-3 *6-5 to Frenchman Corentin Moutet. Denis Shapovalov, Angelique Kerber, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipass will also be in action tonight.