On Friday, trying to find motivation to work is always difficult. The weekend beckons, you don't have the energy you possessed earlier in the week to knock out projects and, really, you just want to go home.
And if you happen to be a tennis fan, a full afternoon of tennis action to watch won't help your productivity at all
With some of the top stars in action, and several United States players set to do battle in intriguing matches, there is plenty to watch on Friday. I've highlighted several must-see matches below, and be sure to check out USOpen.org for the full U.S. Open television schedule.
Go ahead, take the afternoon off—you deserve it.
Andy Roddick vs. Bernard Tomic
Is this the last time we'll see Roddick play tennis?
With Roddick set to retire after the U.S. Open, and with a potentially difficult matchup against Tomic, it's possible this will be the last chance you'll get to see Roddick play. While I expect he'll win—heck, maybe he has one last serious run in him—I'm not taking the chance on missing this match.
Juan Martin Del Potro vs. Ryan Harrison
One of these days, the young Harrison is going to knock off a top-10 seed at a Grand Slam. Why can't he do it in his home country?
Del Potro is no easy task, of course, and I highly doubt Harrison will get the upset here. But I enjoy watching Harrison play when he doesn't lose his cool. The potential for greater things is clearly there, and I think this will be one of the most entertaining matches of the day.
Janko Tipsarevic vs. Brian Baker
Brian Baker was one of the biggest stories at Wimbledon, advancing to the fourth round in his first year back on the tour after over five years comprised of small tournaments and multiple surgeries. His first-round win was his first at the U.S. Open since 2003.
Tipsarevic is clearly the favorite here. But if Baker can pull off the upset, he's a threat to hijack the storylines at a Grand Slam once again.
Top Players in Action
While they may not have terribly challenging matches, Friday still offers a chance to see how Petra Kvitova, Victoria Azarenka, Samantha Stosur, Maria Sharapova, Li Na, Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer and John Isner look moving forward.
It promises to be a good day of tennis.
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