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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this US Open men’s quarter-final between Dominic Thiem of Austria and Alex de Minaur, the Australian 21st seed. Arthur Ashe Stadium is quite the stage for De Minaur, who is through to the last eight in a grand slam for the first time. The 21-year-old will know he is in a match against Thiem, the world No 2 and US Open second seed who is now the best player left in the draw after Novak Djokovic’s sensational default. The Austrian is unbeaten in two previous meetings with De Minaur and is an overwhelming favourite to make it 3-0 in New York. But there is no denying De Minaur is on an upward spiral, so this has the makings of a good’un.

Victoria Azarenka has just completed a hatchet job on Elise Mertens, beating the 16th seed 6-1, 6-o on Arthur Ashe Stadium, so we are 15-20 minutes away from the men’s quarter. If you’d like to get involved, do so by email or Twitter – @scott_heinrich

Oh, before I forget … R U OK?

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source: theguardian.com

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