US Open Tennis 2012 Schedule: Day 5 TV Coverage, Matches and Bracket Guide

Tim KeeneyContributor IAugust 31, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 30:  Andy Roddick of the United States speaks to the media during a press conference announcing his retirement during Day Four of the 2012 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 30, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
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We may only be four days into the U.S. Open, but the action at Flushing Meadows is already starting to get very enticing.

As the men continue the second round and the women enter the third, things at the last major of the year should only continue to get better.  

Let's take a gander at what you can look forward to on Friday. 


TV Schedule for 8/31

For a complete look at the U.S. Open TV schedule, check out

Time (ET) Programming Network
6am - 10:30am Breakfast at the U.S. Open Tennis Channel
10:30am - 11am Live at the U.S. Open Tennis Channel
11am - 7am Men's Second Round/Women's Third Round Tennis Channel
1pm - 7pm Men's Second Round/Women's Third Round ESPN2
7pm - 11pm Primetime Men's Second Round/Women's Third Round ESPN2
11pm - 6am U.S. Open Tonight Tennis Channel

You can also watch live coverage online at WatchESPN.


Bracket Guide

You can find the complete draw for both the men and the women at 


Complete Match Schedule

For a complete look at all the matches for Friday, check out Let's take a closer look, however, at the ones you shouldn't miss.


Matches to Watch

Andy Roddick (20) vs Bernard Tomic

With Andy Roddick announcing his retirement, everyone one of his matches from here on out will be dubbed as "Potential Last Match Ever" and thus will be must-see TV.

After wiping the court with Rhyne Williams in his first match, Roddick takes on world No. 43, Bernard Tomic, who at times struggled with Carlos Berlocq in the first round. 

Roddick hasn't faced the 19-year-old yet in his career, and this should make for a very interesting matchup. The former world No. 1 will undoubtedly be the favorite, but he'll understandably be emotionally gassed from Thursday's events while the youngster likely has plenty of energy. 


Victoria Azarenka (1) vs. Jie Zheng (28)

The world No. 1 finally won her first major earlier this year at Australia, and he return to the hardcourt major has went without a hitch so far.

In Azarenka's first two matches, she has lost five games. Five. 

Waiting on the other side of the court will be Jie Zheng, who hasn't looked nearly as strong. The 28 seed strolled past Magdalena Rybarikova in the second round, but needed Virginie Razzano to retire in the first after the two were tied at one set apiece. 

Further pushing Azarenka into the "overwhelming favorite" tier is that she has beat Zheng the last two—and only—times they have faced on the hardcourt. 

Still, this one is worth watching to see if Azarenka continues her impressive form from the first two rounds. 


Rogerio Dutra Silva vs. Novak Djokovic (2)

Djokovic entered the U.S. Open on a bit of a sour note after losing to Roger Federer at Cincinnati in a match that saw Federer throw down a big fat bagel, but it appears some good ol' rest and relaxation has done Novak well. 

His first-round matchup with Paolo Lorenzi simply wasn't fair, as Djokovic cake-walked to a 6-1, 6-0, 6-1 victory.

Dutra Silva should be just as easy of a target, but with the way Djokovic looked on Tuesday, it would be a mistake to miss him play. He's just too fun to watch when he's on, no matter the opponent.