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.