MURRAY 5-7 6-2 4-6 4-6 VERDASCO: Murray doesn't let this game go easily, dragging his way to advantage but dropping to deuce time and again. But Verdasco doesn't make straightforward work of it either, allowing errors to creep into his game before finally taking the match.
Andy Murray - Fernando Verdasco
US Open men - 29 August 2018
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MURRAY 5-7 6-2 4-6 4-5 VERDASCO: Verdasco is going to have to serve this out - Murray puts the pressure on and brings the errors out from his opponent, who struggles to time a lob.
MURRAY 5-7 6-2 4-6 3-5 VERDASCO: Murray looks exhausted and disappointed as he rests his hands on his knees. Verdasco holds to 15.
MURRAY 5-7 6-2 4-6 3-4 VERDASCO: That could be it. A break to love for Verdasco, returning deep and forcing more of those errors from Murray.
MURRAY 5-7 6-2 4-6 3-3 VERDASCO: Verdasco holds with ease, and Murray starts to mutter again.
MURRAY 5-7 6-2 4-6 3-2 VERDASCO: Kick serve used to good effect by Murray.
MURRAY 5-7 6-2 4-6 2-2 VERDASCO: Emphatic service game from Verdasco, using the width of the court really well.
MURRAY 5-7 6-2 4-6 2-1 VERDASCO: Serve and volley used to good effect by Murray to hold swiftly.
MURRAY 5-7 6-2 4-6 1-1 VERDASCO: Andy Murray is not happy about that heat break - he says Verdasco was talking to his coach and doubles partner in the locker room. The Brit is fired up, chasing every single point.
MURRAY 5-7 6-2 4-6 1-0 VERDASCO: Verdasco makes the first challenge of the fourth set, but he doesn't look confident with it - and sure enough, Murray got the ball on the line. The former world number one kicks on from there, using his feet more assuredly.
Time for a ten-minute heat break.
MURRAY 5-7 6-2 4-6 VERDASCO: Murray roars with frustration in the first couple of points, and Verdasco capitalises on that dissatisfaction. That's eleven unforced errors for the Brit in this set.
MURRAY 5-7 6-2 4-5 VERDASCO: Good stuff from Murray, making an effort to improve those pretty poor serve statistics, and staying within touching distance of Verdasco in this third.
MURRAY 5-7 6-2 3-5 VERDASCO: Murray shouts at himself for his choice of shots as he keeps hitting long or to the net, as Verdasco serves up some ice-cold focus in this heat.
MURRAY 5-7 6-2 3-4 VERDASCO: Lovely play from Andy Murray, digging in for this third set, and moving to the net with greater ease.
MURRAY 5-7 6-2 2-4 VERDASCO: Wonderful passing shots from Andy Murray, who's opting to go cross-court and put pressure on the Verdasco volley.
MURRAY 5-7 6-2 1-4 VERDASCO: Murray double-faults on game point, and gives away the double break. The Brit has been complaining to himself about strategy and is looking uncomfortable.
MURRAY 5-7 6-2 1-3 VERDASCO: Murray is struggling to make inroads on the Verdasco serve. Here the Spaniard shows off a great cross-court backhand to go with that ferocious forehand.
MURRAY 5-7 6-2 1-2 VERDASCO: Closing in on two hours now as Murray gets on the board in the third set.
MURRAY 5-7 6-2 0-2 VERDASCO: Verdasco is finding his length beautifully, and hitting some tremendous winners.
MURRAY 5-7 6-2 0-1 VERDASCO: Fernando Verdasco takes some time to think at the start of the third set, and gets back to the business of breaking the Murray serve, using that forehand to good effect once more.
MURRAY 5-7 6-2 VERDASCO: It's Verdasco who double-faults now, and he hands Murray the second set.
MURRAY 5-7 5-2 VERDASCO: Great consolidation for Andy Murray and he's close to levelling up.
MURRAY 5-7 4-2 VERDASCO: Murray's movement still isn't top-notch but his thought processes are so swift, and Verdasco drops the errors.
MURRAY 5-7 3-2 VERDASCO: "WHAT is that serve?" Andy Murray asks of his friends, family, and himself. No answers are forthcoming, and Verdasco gets the break back.
MURRAY 5-7 3-1 VERDASCO: Neither player did too well on the challenges in the first set, but Murray does much better here, making the right call and then picking up the break of serve. That'll boost his confidence.
MURRAY 5-7 2-1 VERDASCO: Good service game for Murray, which will be a relief after those double faults at the end of the first.
MURRAY 5-7 1-1 VERDASCO: Hold of serve to level it up.
MURRAY 5-7 1-0 VERDASCO: Time to start afresh for Murray, who's surely going to be as resolute as ever. He's determined and improves his serve in this opening game of the second set.
MURRAY 5-7 VERDASCO: Absolutely biffing forehand work from the 31st seed again. He's making Murray run side to side, and his serve is so powerful.
MURRAY 5-6 VERDASCO: Magnificent fizzing forehands on the run from Verdasco, and Murray is struggling to contain them, with double-faults aplenty on his serve too.
MURRAY 5-5 VERDASCO: First set point to Murray, but Verdasco serves his way out of trouble with some excellent power and placement.
MURRAY 5-4 VERDASCO: Important hold for Murray, who's showing some great reactions and reflexes as he looks to stretch his opponent.
MURRAY 4-4 VERDASCO: Murray challenges an "in" call on the final point of the game, and it's proved correct by the very smallest of margins. He's not happy, and has been chuntering to his box.
MURRAY 4-3 VERDASCO: Or maybe not. A break straight back.
Murray 4-2 Verdasco
Another break! Murray looking better now, perhaps the start of the set was just a blip?
Murray 3-2 Verdasco
It's a break back and Murray coasts to a love hold on his serve. This could be a rollercoaster...
Murray 1-2 Verdasco
And it's a terrible start as the Spaniard breaks the Briton in the third game. This will be a true barometer of where Murray's comeback is at - he has a 13-1 head-to-head record against Verdasco.
Apologies for that brief hiatus. Andy Murray is now on court and it's 1-1 with Fernando Verdasco... will his hip hold?