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Moya v Djokovic as it happened

Flushing Meadows, New York, 27 August-9 September

US Open, Flushing Meadows Quarter final result:


4-6 6-7 1-6

* denotes server

By Caroline Cheese

Moya 4-6 6-7 1-6 Djokovic
Djokovic showboats with a stunning drop-volley. Mum and Dad Djoko in the crowd love that. Moya double-faults and it’s match point and then he does it again. Horrible way to end the match but Djoko deserves the win. He’s off to face Dave Ferrer in the last four. I’m off to sleep for a week. Piers Newbery will take you through to Sunday. Enjoy…

Moya 4-6 6-7 1-5 Djokovic
A brief moment of alarm for Djokovic as a line call goes against him which would have left him facing two break points. No matter, Hawk-Eye backs him up and he’s one game away.

Moya 4-6 6-7 1-4 Djokovic
The mistakes are coming thick and fast from Moya. One off each wing makes it 15-40 and another off the forehand leaves Djoko with one foot in the semis.

Moya 4-6 6-7 1-3 Djokovic
Djokovic is in cruise control now, nonchalantly stroking a backhand past Moya at the net. Finishes the game with a second-serve ace. Nice.

Moya 4-6 6-7 1-2 Djokovic
Bit better from Moya, as he holds to 15, but it’s a long road back for the old man.

Moya 4-6 6-7 0-2 Djokovic
Easy hold for Djoko. I’m beginning to dream of an early night…

Moya 4-6 6-7 0-1 Djokovic
Not looking good for poor old Moya now. Djoko breaks in the first game, with Moya looking pretty downbeat.

0235: “Novak seems to be making a habit of getting into difficult situations, only to get out of them with supreme ease – he always entertains.”
Michael, London, via text on 81111

Second set

Moya 4-6 6-7 Djokovic
Finally, we have a match folks. Djoko’s up 4-2 when Moya decides to show off his volleying skills, a deft drop volley making it 4-4. Djoko seems rattled and suddenly Moya has two serves for the set. The Spaniard has a set point at 6-5 but Djoko slams down a massive second serve and a shocked Moya goes long. The Spaniard saves one set point with a big serve but he can’t do anything about the second, Djoko firing a forehand onto the baseline.

Moya 4-6 6-6 Djokovic
Tiebreak it is. The crowd suddenly come alive. Not sure why. Desperation perhaps. A few errors from Djoko allow Moya to take that game quite easily.

Moya 4-6 5-6 Djokovic
Have they settled for a tiebreak? Djoko holds to love.

Moya 4-6 5-5 Djokovic
Djoko belts a return out and Moya completes a love service game.

Moya 4-6 4-5 Djokovic
Djokovic’s forehand earns him the game, sending one out wide which Moya scrambles back and then one down the line for the winner. We appear to be meandering towards a tiebreak. The crowd are trying to get involved but it’s pretty average fare.

Moya 4-6 4-4 Djokovic
Moya makes it seven points in a row on serve as he moves into a 40-0 lead and then holds off a mini comeback from Djoko, holding to 30.

Moya 4-6 3-4 Djokovic
Moya has a little opening at 40-30 but then slaps a forehand into the net. Djoko has had much the better of this set – but needs the breakthrough.

Moya 4-6 3-3 Djokovic
Djoko chases down a drop shot and finds an impossible angle to deceive Moya. That’s 0-30. He doesn’t get any further though.

Moya 4-6 2-3 Djokovic
There he goes again. Djoko just forgets about the frustration of that last game and calmly holds serve to love. Amazing. What I would do for a bit of his level-headedness. I would have almost certainly broken a racquet after the last game. Just because I can.

0153: “This error-prone match just shows why Federer will stroll his way to the title.”
Naveed, Bradford, via text on 81111

Moya 4-6 2-2 Djokovic
Hello, Djoko seems to have woken up – and the crowd responds. The Serb earns five break points in total, with Moya relying on his serve and legendary forehand to get him out of trouble. Djoko must be gutted.

Moya 4-6 1-2 Djokovic
This is like garbage compared to the Roddick-Federer match last night. Djoko holds… bla bla bla.

Moya 4-6 1-1 Djokovic
Moya levels up. Difficult to see what Moya can do here. I’m just waiting for Djoko to start playing properly.

Moya 4-6 0-1 Djokovic
Djokovic moves ahead. Apropos of nothing, I actually managed to break my racquet while playing tennis the other day. Is it wrong that I’m quite pleased with myself?

0132: “A work party on a Thursday in September (see 0032 entry)? Christmas gets earlier each year!”
Braggers in Essex via text on 81111

First set

Moya 4-6 Djokovic
You have to admire Djoko’s spirit. He’s playing very average tennis but he seems able to just shrug off the errors. Moya saves one set point but nets on the second after becoming distracted by a Djoko backhand that looked like it would go long.

Moya 4-5 Djokovic
And Djoko responds with a quick service game. Too many errors in this match for my liking. Hasn’t caught the crowd’s imagination yet either.

0120: “Isn’t that to adapt rather than to paraphrase (see 0050 entry)? Not that late night pedantry seems like a good reason for texting either. Djokovic in four sets.”
James, Edinburgh, via text on 81111 (You’re probably right James. Caught me out trying to use big words there)

Moya 4-4 Djokovic
Moya holds for the first time without having to save break points. Great serving from the veteran.

0116: “I’ll put my head on the line: Djoko in four, first set to Moya.”
Frenchie via text on 81111

Moya 3-4 Djokovic
Djoko’s not firing on all cylinders here – but then he hasn’t really for the whole tournament. Saving himself for Fed maybe. He saves two break points.

Moya 3-3 Djokovic
Moya faces yet another break point but Djokovic rifles his backhand just into the tramlines. The Serb then plays a truly awful drop shot which hardly reaches the net and Moya escapes. The longer the Spaniard survives, the more frustrated Djoko will get. You would think.

0106: “Almost didn’t make it but true to form, Grant’s turned up for the fifth night in a row so who’s your money on Caza, sorry I mean Princess Caroline?”
Grant via text on 81111 (Well, if you’d turned up on time Grant, you’d know. Serves you right)

Moya 2-3 Djokovic
Djokovic fires a backhand down the line to make it 40-15 before Moya nets on the backhand.

0102: “Hey Caroline, feel sorry for you working while the party’s on, I think Djokovic will win but in five sets, so you could be there a lot longer!”
Zaid in Putney via text on 81111 (As long as it’s five good sets…)

Moya 2-2 Djokovic
Apparently the venue for the office party called last orders at 11pm…. shame. Moya saves one break point but on the second, Djokovic takes control of the point with his forehand and levels up.

Moya 2-1 Djokovic
Well I didn’t see that coming. Djokovic looks in command as he takes a 40-30 lead but Moya digs deep and the Serb double-faults on break point. I was about to wax lyrical about how well Djokovic is playing. Strange…

0050: “Hello Ms Cheese, I’m texting in because I like your name. Novak in five set thriller.”
Paddy from Surrey via text on 81111 (To paraphrase Oleta Adams’ 1991 hit, I don’t care why you text in, just text in if you can)

Moya 1-1 Djokovic
There’s a lot of noise in the crowd. Don’t they know this is lawn tennis? Moya saves two break points, the first with a big serve, the second with a delicate volley. Nice. The third he’s a bit lucky on though, his forehand clipping the very back edge of the line.

Moya 0-1 Djokovic
Some sweet volleying from Djoko takes him to 40-0 and he seals a love service game. A good start from the Serb.

0038: Moya has a 2-1 lead in the head-to-heads between these two – and both of those wins were this year, in Cincinnati and Hamburg. Is an upset on the cards? What do you reckon? Why not drop me a little text on 81111 . I’m going Djokovic in four. As ever, I’ve gone out on a limb there.

0032: Hello everyone. Guess what? It’s the work party tonight and who’s the mug sat in the office? That’ll be me then. Never mind. Moya and Djokovic are sure to serve up a treat to make up for it. They’re warming up as we speak.

Story from BBC SPORT


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