It’s 5-2 to Federer now. He fancies a quiet night in Manhattan, listening to the music of Christopher Cross.
Federer is merciless as he breaks Goffin back immediately and goes 4-2 up in the second. Konta, having served well to go 3-1 up, gives herself a chance of a break in the next, and has three chances to do so. Then gets another on deuce, and then a fifth. That goes west and she eventually surrenders the chance to take full control, and then uses up a challenge.
Pliskova struck back for 2-1 against Konta, and Federer was broken back by Goffin for 2-3 in the second set. It’s all happening.
Pliskova starts the match horrendously, losing her service game without mustering so much as a point. Konta holds for 2-0.
Federer takes the first set, 6-2, just as Konta and Pliskova trot out on to the Louis Armstrong court.
Inevitably, Federer responded to the insult of losing an early service game by breaking back immediately – and then again. He now leads 4-2 in the first.
Qiang Wang beats Ashleigh Barty 6-2, 6-4
A third match point for Wang is expertly dealt with by Barty – but then comes a fourth, and the Australian’s return is low and long. And that’s that: the No 2 seed is out, and has been quietly wretched today – but take nothing away from Wang who came out swinging from the first minute and put in a tremendous display. A career high.
An early surprise on Arthur Ashe as Goffin breaks Federer in the first set: 2-1
A second match point comes and goes for Wang, before Barty thwacks her way to a precious point. That’s 5-4 in the second, and Wang will serve for the match.
…but Barty keeps it alive, hitting the net twice with her serves but taking the point.
Federer and Goffin are under way on Arthur Ashe, and the Swiss has sauntered through his first service game.
The best tennis of the match so far: a 22-stroke rally ends with Barty luring Wang to the net before drifting a delightful backhand over her shoulder. That takes her to break point, but Wang claws it backs. Finally, after the fourth deuce, Wang puts an epic game to bed. 4-4.
Both players hold their next service games for 4-3, but Barty looks to have found her feet now and is playing with purpose. This match could be a corker.
A flash of Barty brilliance arrives with a delicate lob that lands tantalisingly ahead of Wang before spinning away out of reach. And she follows it up with two aces. She’s woken up. 3-2.
Over on Arthur Ashe, Roger Federer is about to get going in his match against David Goffin. That’ll be under way in five minutes. Back at Louis Armstrong, a rusty-looking Barty puts up little in the way of a fight in Wang’s latest service game: 3-1 in the second.
Wang breaks, and holds – a perfect forehand down the line taking her to advantage – for 2-0 in the second set. Glorious stuff from Wang, but Barty looks distinctly off-colour. She wipes her brow grimly – and promptly takes the first three points of her service game.
And she starts the second set in similar fashion, lashing an unreturnable backhand over the net to take the first point of Barty’s service game.
First set Wang, 6-2. Another painful mistake from Barty, who sends a simple return badly long for set point. Wang takes the set with a crisp forehand. She’s playing magnificently.
And she holds for 5-1. No errors this time from Barty, who’s doing her best to keep up but Wang is just too good for her right now.
This is a supremely confident start from Wang, who has broken again to go 4-1 up in the first set. Barty loses her service game with a badly botched shot that flies into the crowd, and looks furious with herself.
Wang responds with a strong service game of her own before going one better and breaking early for a 2-1 lead. She’s showing some really assured tennis and this has the makings of a knife-edge contest.
And Barty has hit her stride early, easing through her service game without dropping a point and sending Wang scampering back on forth in the process.
And we’re away, Barty serving first and taking the mach’s first point with a lovely cross-court forehand.
Ashleigh Barty and Wang Qiang are out on court at the Louis Armstrong Stadium, the game will be starting imminently. First, here’s a little curtain-raiser:
Today’s other matches include Daniil Medvedev’s meeting with Dominik Koepfer and Coco Gauff’s doubles game, alongside Catherine McNally, against Nicole Melichar and Kveta Peschke. We’ll be keeping you on top of all of it.
After yesterday’s japes at Flushing Meadows – Rafa Nadal swanning past Hyeon Chung and Caroline Wozniacki coming unstuck against 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu – today gives us another gaggle of heavyweights looking to secure their place in the quarter-finals. Serena Williams takes on Petra Martic, the Croatian 22nd seed who upset the odds when she beat Anastasija Sevastova in straight sets in the previous round, and Novak Djokovic continues his title defence against Stan Wawrinka. World No 5 Elina Svitolina will also look to see off Madison Keys on home turf.
But that’s all for later. First up Qiang Wang stands in the way of Ashleigh Barty’s route to the last eight, while Johanna Konta, who has only once progressed past the fifth round here, will be taking on the No 3 seed Karolina Pliskova. And Roger Federer, who will be taking on David Goffin of Belgium and who has been rather chippy of late. He breezed through his last match in the blink of an eye – well, an hour and 20 minutes – so should be fresh as a daisy for this one. Goffin has his work cut out. Stay tuned.