Day 5 of the 2012 U.S. Open brought another round of exciting, although uneventful, play. The competitors open Saturday’s Round 3 matches with several exciting matchups.
On the men’s side, the world’s No. 1 player will take to the court in Arthur Ashe Stadium after the women's No. 4 player finishes her match. Both are favored to add another Grand Slam championship to their resume.
Following is a preview of the players to watch on Saturday, followed by the day’s TV schedule.
With Rafael Nadal missing the U.S. Open with tendinitis, the roster of tournament hopefuls gets quite thin.
Federer tops the list, as he has worked his way back to the No. 1 ranking with six singles titles this season. He won his 17th career men's Grand Slam event with a record-tying seventh Championship at Wimbledon.
He followed that performance by winning an Olympic silver medal.
Federer faces Fernando Verdasco (25) of Spain after dispatching Donald Young and Bjorn Phau in straight sets in the opening rounds.
While Murray couldn't beat Federer in the Wimbledon finals, he found some level of redemption with a gold-medal performance at the same venue just a few weeks later. The rising three-seed will also face a Spaniard, Feliciano Lopez (30).
Murray is attempting to reach the final of the U.S. Open for the first time. He came up one round short when he lost to Nadal in 2011 and would likely need to beat Federer in this year's semifinals.
Murray is yet to be challenged in the tournament with convincing straight-set wins in the first two rounds.
In other action, the hard-serving Canadian, Milos Raonic (15), will face American James Blake.
Tomas Berdych (6) of the Czech Republic will press to make his first quarterfinals in the U.S. Open. He'll need to get by Sam Querrey (27) to do it. He has a potential matchup with Murray if he could find a way to get past Federer in the quarters.
It is impossible to find a hotter racket than that in the hand of Serena Williams. Despite being the fourth-ranked woman, she is the favorite to win the 2012 U.S. Open.
She spent the better part of a month in Great Britain, compiling more hardware than most of the top competition will earn this season. She won a Wimbledon Championship and a pair of gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics (women's singles and doubles).
Williams hasn't been tested so far at the Open and isn't likely to be when she squares off against Ekaterina Makarova, who has never won a third-round match here.
While Radwanska has never won a singles Grand Slam event, she is the second-ranked player in the world. She has 10 titles since turning pro in 2005, three of them coming this year. She is 50-14 in 2012.
She needed three sets to beat Carla Suarez Navarro in the second round and could be an upset target of Serbian Jelena Jankovic on Saturday.
Kerber is coming off a close three-set victory over Venus Williams in Round 2. She lost in the semifinals of the 2011 U.S. Open and is in position to make a run this season.
She would likely face the Radwanska/Jankovic winner in the quarterfinals if she can get through her next two matches.
In other action, Sara Errani (10) of Italy will face Olga Puchkova. Errani is looking for her first-ever Round 3 victory at the U.S. Open.
American Sloane Stephens will face Ana Ivanovic (12) of Serbia. Ivanovic has one Grand Slam title, but has never reached the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open. This is Stephens' second year as a pro and the 19-year-old is looking to improve on her third-round loss in 2011.
TV Schedule (via USOpen.org)
6:00 a.m.-11 a.m.
Breakfast at the U.S. Open
10 a.m.- 11 a.m.
Today at the U.S. Open
CBS Sports Network
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
CBS Sports Network
12:30 p.m.-6 p.m.
CBS Sports/ CBS Sports Network
7 p.m.-11 p.m.
11 p.m.-6 a.m.
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