We’re in a fourth set on court 5 after Norrie swept the third very easily. He finished with 12 winners and 5 unforced errors which is great and a huge improvement. Can he continue to compete at this level and how long will Schwartzman help his cause with unusual mistakes? 3-6 4-6 6-2 * 0-1.
Diego Schwartzman looks shaken. He’s pulverizing plenty of mistakes now and another forehand error at the break point gives Norrie a double break. The Briton will try to serve the set at 3-6 4-6 * 5-2. A lifeline, perhaps.
Karolina Pliskova starts another attempt to win her first slam title in style, beating Anhelina Kalinina 6-4 6-0. Exactly what she needed after an early loss in those same courts last week at the Western and Southern Open.
On Ashe, Karolina Pliskova rolls. She leads 6-4 5-0 and one game away from her first win in six months.
Drama and hope for Norrie on court five. In another long service game from Schwartzman, the Argentinian was bubbling over after Norrie received a code violation for bad language, and then again when the received a time violation after taking too long between points. Distracted, Schwartzman sprayed a forehand error on the break point to give Norrie a * 3-2 lead in the third set. Two sets, but to fight.
After all the odds Norrie created in the second leg late in the second set, Diego Schwartzman held on to take a 6-3 6-4 lead over the Briton. It’s hard to see a comeback for Norrie, but he’ll definitely try.
Once again, Cameron Norrie puts Schwartzman under immense pressure but then balks on a big point. At 30-30, in the middle of a neutral rally, Norrie pulverized an enemy hand long before sinking in disgust. With an ace on the game point, the Argentinian held on.
Cameron Norrie gives Schwartzman a lot of trouble in this second set, pushing him to several points in a tough seventh game. However, Schwartzman eventually got another catch to lead 6-3 4-3. The Briton will have to be careful here …
We have our first winner of the day. 12th seed and finalist in last year’s French Open, 20-year-old Marketa Vondrousova defeats Greet Minnen 6-1 6-4. Minnen threw her racquet in her chair after missing an easy volley on match point, only to remember that she needed to retrieve it for the post-game “racquet hit.”
Cameron Norrie can never be accused of not trying hard enough. After Diego Schwartzman consolidated his lead by rolling to 6-3 2-0, winning 6 of the previous 7 games, Norrie managed just a long return leg to fend off the second loss on serve. As Schwartzman’s final forehand flew long, Norrie punctuated the break with a roar of “go.” We will see what he can do.
Diego Schwartzman currently leads Cameron Norrie 5-3 after breaking a grueling 2-2 long game before maintaining twice the serve. Norrie is going to have to find more forehands and the courage to take his favorite shot as Schwartzman is just looking to find a rhythm and he hits the ball beautifully. After a forehand cross winner from the Argentine, he held on after forcing a backhand error from Norrie.
Hi! Welcome to our coverage of the first day of this highly surreal 2020 US Open in the controlled environment of a crowd-free Flushing Meadows. As usual, there’s a lot going on on the pitch in the opening laps, but we’re going to kick things off today with a special focus on Cameron Norrie’s incredibly difficult first round against ninth seed Diego Schwartzman.