First set: Djokovic 2-3 Nishikori* (*denotes next server)
Djokovic flies through a hold at love, cracking his first ace of the day along the way, but still trails by a break as we move forward in the opening set.
First set: *Djokovic 1-3 Nishikori (*denotes next server)
Nishikori goes down love-15 on his serve, but wins the next four points capped by a 96mph ace out wide to comfortably back up the break.
Nishikori breaks in third game of first set!
First set: Djokovic 1-2 Nishikori* (*denotes next server)
Djokovic falls behind love-30 on his serve after an unforced backhand error followed by his second double fault of the day. Now another unforced error off Djokovic’s backhand gives Nishikori three break-point chances. Djokovic saves the first, but converts the second with a sharp angled forehand early in a rally that Djokovic can’t return into play.
First set: *Djokovic 1-1 Nishikori (*denotes next server)
Nishikori double-faults to start his opening service game. Then levels at 15-all when Djokovic blinks first at the end of a 27-shot baseline rally. Djokovic hits a backhand winner on the next point, then Nishikori makes an error off the forehand side to go double break point down at 15-40. Nishikori saves them both, the second on after a remarkable all-court rally that ends when the Japanese star slots a forehand volley winner. From there Nishikori holds with a pair of service winners.
First set: Djokovic 1-0 Nishikori* (*denotes next server)
Djokovic rattles off three quick points in his opening service game before double-faulting, then follows with a second serve to the body that Nishikori can’t return in play for the straightforward hold.
Hello and welcome to Flushing Meadows for today’s third-round match between Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori. The best player in the world and top seed in the men’s draw is back in Arthur Ashe Stadium as he continues his quest for a record-setting 21st major championship and the first calendar-year grand slam by a men’s player since 1969.
Nishikori scored one of the iconic wins of his career when these two last met at the US Open in the 2014 semi-finals, but the former world No 4 has failed to defeat Djokovic in their 17 meetings since. In all, Djokovic is 17-2 against Nishikori with 16 straight wins – one shy of the longest win streak of his career against an opponent (17 v Gael Monfils).
The players have just emerged from the tunnel on to Ashe for their warm-up and we should be under way shortly.