US Open Tennis TV Schedule 2012: Where & When to Watch All First-Round Action

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US Open Tennis TV Schedule 2012: Where & When to Watch All First-Round Action
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The U.S. Open brackets have finally been revealed—though maybe that's not such good news for Roger Federer or Andy Murray. Novak Djokovic, on the other hand, has to be thrilled.

The big story, now that the draws have been solidified (you can see them here), is that either Murray or Federer has a shot at reaching the final, but not both, as they'll meet in the semifinals—if they make it that far.

Here's a look at when all of the first-round action will be played, and where you can watch it (via USOpen.org):


Sunday, August 26

1:30-2 p.m. ET: U.S. Open Preview Show, CBS


Monday, August 27

10:30-11 a.m. ET: Pregame Show, Tennis Channel
11 a.m. - 7 p.m. ET: First-Round Action, Tennis Channel
1-7 p.m. ET: First-Round Action, ESPN2
7-11 p.m. ET: Primetime at the U.S. Open: First Round, ESPN2


Tuesday, August 28

10:30-11 a.m. ET: Pregame Show, Tennis Channel
11 a.m. - 7 p.m. ET: First-Round Action, Tennis Channel
1-7 p.m. ET: First-Round Action, ESPN2
7-11 p.m. ET: Primetime at the U.S. Open: First Round, ESPN2


Wednesday, August 29

10:30-11 a.m. ET: Pregame Show, Tennis Channel
11 a.m. - 7 p.m. ET: End of Men's First Round, Tennis Channel
1-7 p.m. ET: End of Men's First Round, ESPN2

Note: When Tennis Channel and ESPN2 overlap coverage, it means that the Tennis Channel will have you covered from the Grandstand, Court 17, Court 11 and/or Court 13. 

Now that Murray and Federer have one another to deal with on their side of the bracket, that leaves Djokovic as the lone favorite on his side—and even though he attempted to shrug off the good news in an interview with the Associated Press, he has to be relieved.

Djokovic told the AP, via The Washington Post:

It’s a question of luck. You try to focus on what’s in your hands, what’s in your power. Thinking about the semifinal at this moment, I don’t think it’s the best thing.

And he's right, after all. He can't afford to be thinking about the semis quite yet. He needs to make it there first, which is no small feat. The last thing he can afford is a lapse in focus because he needs this victory—more than Federer, and maybe even more than Murray.

Though Murray has never won a Grand Slam—and has certainly been playing well enough lately to plant the seed of suspicion that he's about to earn his first—the big question on many a mind at present is, what is going on with Djokovic and when will he snap out of it?

He once looked like the most formidable player in the world, and his ranking reflected it. Lately, he's been mired in a slump that has rendered him winless in majors since the Australian Open.

OK, so he's already won a Grand Slam this year, which isn't too shabby—but considering this was a player who was vying for a sweep of the most recent four Grand Slams a couple of months ago, and considering he's been winless since his bid for the French Open title fell short at the hands of Rafael Nadal, you have to wonder what's going on.

Were those three consecutive wins a fluke? Or will Djokovic use the final major of the year—and a colossal stroke of luck—to rid himself of the pressure?

If he doesn't, that long stretch in between the end of the U.S. Open and the Australian Open is going to feel a whole lot longer.

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