After yet another fantastic day of tennis at the 2012 U.S. Open, we head into Day 9 on Tuesday, complete with some tantalizing matchups.
Day 9 boasts some top seeds on the men's and women's side. Andy Roddick looks for the upset against No. 7 seed Juan Martin del Potro. The 30-year-old American has said he will officially retire after this tournament.
Here's a look at the action on Tuesday, complete with the TV schedule.
TV Schedule 9/4
For a complete look at the U.S. Open TV schedule, check out USOpen.org.
|6 a.m.-10:30 a.m.||Breakfast at the US Open||Tennis Channel|
|10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.||Live at the US Open||Tennis Channel|
|11 a.m.-7 p.m.||Men's Round of 16/Women's Quarterfinals||ESPN2|
|11 a.m.-7 p.m.||Men's Round of 16/Various Doubles Matches||Tennis Channel|
|7 p.m.-11 p.m.||Primetime at the US Open: Men's Round of 16/Women's Quarterfinal||Tennis Channel|
|11 p.m.-6 a.m.||US Open Tonight||Tennis Channel|
You can also watch live coverage online at WatchESPN.
Complete Match Schedule
For a complete look at all the matches for Saturday, check out USOpen.org. Here's a breakdown of the matches you can't miss on Day 6.
Matches to Watch
Stanislas Wawrinka (18) vs. Novak Djokovic (2)
Stanislas Wawrinka has beaten Novak Djokovic twice in 14 tries, and that was back in 2006. Djokovic has won their last nine head-to-head matches, the latest being in this year's Madrid Open.
Wawrinka has gone 29-15 this season, including wins over Sergiy Stakhovsky, Steve Darcis and Alexandr Dolgopolov at the U.S. Open. He beat Dolgopolov, the No. 14 seed, in straight sets.
While Djokovic hasn't been as dominant as last year, he still holds a 57-10 record this season, including straight-set wins over Paolo Lorenzi, Rogerio Dutra Silva and Julien Benneteau at the U.S. Open.
I expect Djokovic to dispose of Wawrinka in straight sets on Tuesday.
Juan Martin del Potro (7) vs. Andy Roddick (20)
Juan Martin del Potro has beaten Andy Roddick three out of four meetings, but Roddick did beat him in Memphis last year.
Roddick is 23-15 this year, including victories over Rhyne Williams, Bernard Tomic and Fabio Fognini at the U.S. Open. It took him four sets to beat Fognini.
Del Potro, on the other hand, is 51-13 this season, including wins over Florent Serra, Ryan Harrison and Leonardo Mayer at the U.S. Open. He's had to battle his last two matches.
Call me crazy, but I think Roddick takes this one in five sets in the final tournament of his career.
Richard Gasquet (13) vs. David Ferrer (4)
Richard Gasquet has reached the Round of 16 in the U.S. Open four times in his career, but has yet to go any farther.
I don't expect that to change this year, as David Ferrer has won seven of their eight head-to-head matchups, including at this year's Australian Open.
Gasquet is coming off victories over Albert Montanes, Bradley Klahn and Steve Johnson. Ferrer just battled 2001 U.S. Open champ Lleyton Hewitt for two rounds before closing it out in four.
I expect Ferrer to win in straight sets.
Victoria Azarenka (1) vs. Samantha Stosur (7)
Victoria Azarenka simply owns Samantha Stosur throughout her career. The world No. 1 has gone 6-0 against Stosur, all in straight sets. She beat the Australian in the final in Doha this year, 6-1, 6-2.
Azarenka is 52-7 in 2012, including victories over Alexandra Panova, Kirsten Flipkens, No. 28 seed Jie Zhang and Anna Tatishvili at the U.S. Open. She's beaten all her foes at the U.S. Open in straight sets.
Stosur has beaten her four opponents in the U.S. Open in straight sets, as well. That includes victories over No. 31 seed Varvara Lepchenko and British teenager Laura Robson, who had previously beaten Kim Clijsters and No. 9 seed Li Na.
I'm going to go out on a limb and say Stosur makes it to three sets against Azarenka this time before losing.
Maria Sharapova (3) vs. Marion Bartoli (11)
Last but not least, we have 2006 U.S. Open champ Maria Sharapova versus No. 11 seed Marion Bartoli.
Sharapova, who won her fourth Grand Slam singles title this year at the French Open, has gone 48-7 in 2012, including three singles titles. She beat No. 19 seed Nadia Petrova in three sets in the Round of 16 at the U.S. Open.
Sharapova is also 4-0 in her career against Bartoli, all straight-set victories.
Bartoli bounced back in dramatic fashion against No. 5 seed Petra Kvitova in the Round of 16 after dropping the first set. She went on to win, 1-6, 6-2, 6-0.
Still, I see her being overmatched against Sharapova once again and falling in straight sets.