It’s almost Murray time – He takes on Nava in just a few minutes, Ashe first.
De Minaur broke garin and won the first set 6-3. Rogers returned from defeat to lead Kuzmova 7-5 and Moutet finished 6-4 against Van de Zanschulp.
Yes, Sakkari finishes off easily enough to win the first set 6-3. but those were tough and entertaining 45 minutes.
Back on Court 12, Holt broke and consolidated; he leads Cachin 6-1, 3-1 and the way things are going he’ll be back in the dressing room soon while Sakkari Wang has broken again to serve 5-3 for set one.
Oh I say! Jabeur then holds, 6-5 and 0-30 up front, Monster a crushing forehand on the run and down the line that earns her three set points. Mandlik saves the first and really opens her shoulders to do the same with the second, but Jabeur hangs on and turns things around with a squash shot lob, her power is too much, and she wins the first set on 7 -5.
Brilliant of Ons, Easing breakback points and directing Mandlik across the court before sealing the deal with a forehand volley. 5-5 it is, and you feel like any time it needs to, the class will show it.
Bublik won the first set against Carreńo Busta 6:4, while Garin and De Minaur are at 3-3, Rogers and Kumova at 4-4 and Moutet leads 4-3 against Van de Zandschulp with a break.
And look at Elizabeth Mandlik! She breaks Jabeur again and will soon serve at 5-4 for set one.
Wang adds three breakback points, and although Sakkari saves two, the third converts to 2-3. She’s a fun Sakkari, world No. 3 despite never having reached a major final and only played a single tournament in her career, Istanbul in 2019. She moves beautifully but her lack of a serious weapon has and will probably ever stop her from winning a biggie.
Yup Yup, Mandlik netts a forehand; that’s 3-3 and Jabeur’s breakback secured just before Sakkari breaks Wang 3-1 and Holt rushes to win the opener against Cachin 6-1. To be fair to Cachin, his first-round match against Aljaz Bedene went into a breaker in the last set and was the first time he played a fifth, so it’s no big surprise it took him a while to break up solve.
Elsewhere, Moutet is a split from Van de Zandschulp , also Kuzmova on Rogers and Bublik on Carreño Busta .
Mandlik rushed Jabeur! She then breaks consolidated for 3-1! I’m sure Jabeur will take it easy, but recent Slam winners might gall her – she’s better than almost all of them, and yet.
Madlik is quite short and we learn that she tries to counteract this by taking the ball early to rush her opponents. She holds her first service game 1-1, Jabeur overcame hers. Meanwhile, Holt has held and then broken – leading Cachin 3-0 – and Sakkari, who lost to Raducanu in last season’s semifinals, leads Wang 1-0; They now play deuce on Wang’s serve.
Holt, the world No. 303, starts well and breaks Cachin in the first game, Cachin floats into the net with a half assed drop. It’s also worth noting, now that I think about it, that to beat Fritz he won three straight sets after losing the first. He’s in Nick.
Brandon Holt is a qualifier by the way and also Tracy Austin’s son; he beat the in-form Taylor Frtiz in round one while Elizabeth Mandlik is the daughter of Hana Mandlikova; Mandlikova won the US Open in 1989.
All of our 11:00 a.m. games are scheduled. First, I see Holt vs. Cachin in the Nen and Wang vs. Sakkari and Jabeur vs. Mandlik in the women.
Looking at the women’s draw I have no idea who will make it. I say this often, but it’s the most unpredictable sport in the world, and quite possibly the most unpredictable sport it’s ever been. Coco Gauff has improved and wouldn’t it be great if Serena could
ok Looking for a final major, but the reality is nobody knows.
Three Brits are playing today – Jack Draper and Andy Murray, who I mentioned but Harriet Dart meets Dalma Galfi in the early evening. She had a great win over Daria Kasatkina  in round one and if she wins today she will become British No. 1.
On Amazon, Jim Courer and Tim Henman discuss Emma Raducanu; both say she needs to take the competition a little more seriously. Not that she’s not serious now, but that she needs a more conventional coaching setup to get the most out of her talent.
Ashe (12:00 p.m. local time, 5:00 p.m. BST)
Andy Murray vs Emilio Nava
Elena Gabriela Ruse vs. Cori Gauff 
Ashe (7pm local time, 12am BST)
Serena Williams versus Anett Kontaveit 
Daniel Medvedev  v Arthur Rinderknech
Armstrong (11am local time, 4pm BST)
Xiyu Wang vs. Maria Sakkari 
Maddison key  v Camila Giorgi
Nick Kyrgios  against Benjamin Bonzi
Armstrong (7pm local, 12A BST)
Jack Draper vs Felix Auger Aliassime 
Beatrice Haddad Maia  against Bianca Andreescu
Grandstand (11am local time, 4pm BST)
Ons Jabeur  v Elisabeth Mandlik
Hugo Grenier versus Mario Berrettini 
Thomas Paul  against Sebastian Korda
Leylah Fernandez vs. Liudmila Samsonova
What’s up guys?! Amped for another US Open dope day? let’s gooooo!
As always at this stage of a slam, we need more eyes – and more independent eyes – than we have to take it all in. But for starters we have Andy Murray, Coco Gauff, Nick Kyrgios, Ons Jabeur, Mario Berrettini and Daniil Medvedev all playing, plus some competitions that look absolutely gorgeous: Serena Williams vs Anett Kontaveit, Maddison Keys vs Camila Giorgi, Jack Draper vs Felix Auger-Aliassime and Cristian Garín against Alex de Minaur.
So stay with me and let’s see how it all plays out.
Game: 11am local time, 4pm BST