US Open 2014: Andy Murray vs Matthias Bachinger live!

7.31pm ET

First set: Murray 2-2 Bachinger*

Murray skips forward to meet the first big serve and cant get it back; the second point Bachinger bosses at the net for 30-0. On to second serve quite a bit softer but he gets some bounce and Murray is off-balance for the point. Huge ace for the game.

7.29pm ET

Not many in on Arthur Ashe yet apparently Tommy Robredo and Simone Bolleli are in something called a caged death match on Court 17, which is the same place the US kid Catherine Bellis is on next.

7.28pm ET

First set: Murray* 2-1 Bachinger

Murray serving down the T and quite strongly Bachingers error for 30-0. Routine. And an error for 40-0 as Murray, stretching, plays a very forceful forehand to provoke the error. Game on the strong serve.

7.23pm ET

First set: Murray 1-1 Bachinger*

Time for Bachinger to show us his serve. First up 111mph wins the point on the rally. Then he comes to the net, a la Murray, sort of, and wins the point easily. Murray takes the next point with a forehand too deep for Bachinger to deal with, which might suggest something to exploit; the next serve is big but Murray establishes a rally before missing long. Big again for the game but Bachinger finds the net after coming to it: 40-30. Next serve is pretty big and he holds.

@MartinPengelly Dr Watson in disguise is the umpire? Quick, must find Sherlock Holmes in the crowd.

7.20pm ET

First set: Murray* 1-0 Bachinger

Here we go. Murray to serve an ace. 15-0; then Murray finds the net in an otherwise unremarkable rally; and does so again in another one: 15-30. Wins another point off a big serve; 30-all. Signs of Murray considering coming to the net; also signs of better service than last time out: 40-30.

7.20pm ET

Nearly there now.

7.19pm ET

Blom looks less like Ted Chaough than Martin Freeman as Dr Watson, with a beard. This observation to evolve.

7.19pm ET

Wind has dropped, were told. So.

7.19pm ET

More warm-up. The weird thing from Diamonds are Forever was this line:

Six corpses to love. Game and set.

7.16pm ET

Warm-up time, both players in dark-grey-black Murray in the graphite number he gave up on late in the game against Haase.

Such richly textured extraneous detail brought to you in the finest tradition of British sports commentary:

7.14pm ET

Roger Federer loves James Bond and Lenny Kravitz, says the Mail. He watched three Bond films during Wimbledon 2012, apparently. No news of which. Im betting it was Octopussy, for the oft-remarked, even canonical Vijay Amritraj cameo; Diamonds are Forever for this, which is weird; and

7.12pm ET

John Blom is our umpire from Australia. To me he looks a bit like Ted Chaough out of Mad Men. Murray won the toss but I couldnt hear his choice.

7.11pm ET

Theyre on their way out, at last. Apparently they played each other as 14-year-olds, and Bachinger won. Murray says he doesn’t remember it; Bachinger says he does.

7.05pm ET

They’re taking their time, so should you want to immerse yourself in one of them second screen experiences, my Australia-based colleague Russell Jackson is currently live-blogging Nick Kyrgios versus Andreas Seppi.

Sample quote:

Theres a little bit of the Jason Stoltenbergs about Seppi, isnt there? asks Wally Masur. Take that as you will but Seppi holds serve.

7.01pm ET

The players will shortly be on their way out on to Arthur Ashe. The weather is nice, as noted it is also a bit blowy, as Kevin noted in his report on Serena Williams 6-1, 6-0 win over Vania King earlier today.

Kevin has also written up easy wins for Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfied Tsonga. They are both in Murrays quarter of the draw.

It was very windy but I managed to adjust to the conditions which were not easy for me or my opponent, and to stay solid.

6.57pm ET

New Kevin Mitchell blog just up on

It is hardly outlandish to speculate after four days of the 2014 US Open that the champions left standing at the end of two weeks could be Roger Federer and Serena Williams, born within six weeks of each other 33 years ago.

6.54pm ET

I havent done any Bond yet, so heres some from Devil May Care, the Sebastian Faulks-as-Ian-Fleming thing. I read it trying to picture Sir Roger in the role, which shouldve been easy given the Great Mans oft-professed love for the game, but wasnt. That mightve been because Faulks, unlike Fleming, distracts you with things like brief flashes of literary talent. The cad.


Trying to put out of his mind what he had seen of Gorners hair-covered wrist, Bond walked back to serve. Ones first service game is always important in setting the tone for a match. Bond, who had a strong first service, decided to throttle back a little and concentrate on accuracy. He pushed Gorner wide on both sides, but whenever he came in for the volley found himself adroitly lobbed. At 3040 down, he twice served into the top of the net and saw the ball rebound onto his own side. Double fault: a craven way to lose ones service.

6.51pm ET

Murray vs Murray like Kramer vs Kramer only worse, sometimes.

6.46pm ET

You can of course email me through the game, at, or send thoughts via Twitter to @MartinPengelly. To illustrate the possible consequences of this, heres the rest of Toms email requesting that Murray vs Murray line:

Simon Barnes was fond of using it about a variety of players most often Goran Ivanisevic but hes gone from the [London]* Times.

6.39pm ET

A fellow British journalist here in New York, Tom Teodorczuk, has requested that I use a certain cliché at least once tonight. So here, at least with a version of it, goes:

Andy Murray tonight faces his most dangerous opponent: Andy Murray.

6.34pm ET

Scoring explained:

First set: Murray* 0-0 Bachinger

6.30pm ET

Early reader interaction

@MartinPengelly “Not actively reeking?” I’ve complained in the past about NYC’s summer smell ( But today glorious.

6.20pm ET

And so Andy Murray round two, round one having been a four-set win over Robin Haase of the Nethelands in which Murray was by turns unconvincing, cramped, immobile and greatly relieved. This is how I live-blogged it; this is how Kevin Mitchell reported it. Kevins the expert, so Id trust his spin over mine if I were you.

Anyway, Murray has had more than 48 hours to recover from that one, and though it is a bit windy the temperature tonight in New York is a pleasant 26C, which is 79F in new/old money and which made the city seem almost pleasant, or at least not actively reeking, rat-riddled and revolting, when I summarily walked round a particularly summery bit of it earlier. So the physical going should be easier than it was on a very muggy Monday afternoon, and instead we can focus on how Murray interacts with his new coach, Amélie Mauresmo, and the rest of his back-up team.

an opponent [Murray] has seen only occasionally on his travels since they tangled as teenagers and who has toiled anonymously on the Futures and Challengers circuits, eking out a living some way removed from the glamour and riches of the double-slam champion.

Bachinger, for all his modest achievements and a ranking of only 235, has weapons that hurt as the former world No8 Radek Stepanek learned to his cost in three ace-filled sets on Monday.

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