As the 2012 U.S. Open championship draws to a close, the daily barrage of matches we've become accustomed to over the past two weeks dwindle.
In their place are much more intense matches with a lot more on the line.
With the men's doubles and women's semifinal play occupying most of the day's action, let's take a look at Friday's viewing guide for Flushing Meadows.
Friday's TV Schedule
The full 2012 U.S. Open television schedule can be found at USOpen.org.
|6 a.m.-11 a.m.||U.S. Open Daily Match Encores||Tennis Channel|
|12:30 p.m.-6 p.m.||Men's Doubles Final/Women's Singles Semifinals||CBS|
|7 p.m.-7 a.m.||U.S. Open Daily Match Encores||Tennis Channel|
To stream Friday's action, head to USOpen.org.
Complete Match Schedule
For a complete look at the daily match schedule, head to USOpen.org. With just three matches on the slate, let's break each down and predict what will happen on Friday.
Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek (5) vs. Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan (2)
After defeating the ninth-seeded duo of Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer in the semifinals, the Bryan brothers look for a fourth U.S. Open doubles championship on Friday.
Standing in their way will Paes and Stepanek, a duo that got a lucky break when Spanish partners Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez retired in the first set of the semis. Champions at this year's Australian Open, the veteran duo excels on hard surfaces and should be a tough test.
Nevertheless, it's been nearly 20 months (the 2011 Australian open, to be exact) since the Bryans have won a Slam, and they should come out motivated. Look for the twins to come out on top as the home fans cheer them on.
Prediction: Bryans win in three sets.
After the rain seemingly washed away the possibility of Sharapova losing to No. 11 seed Marion Bartoli, the 25-year-old Russian has a tall test if she hopes to reach the final.
The world's current No. 1 player, Azarenka survived a third-set tiebreak against seventh seed Samantha Stosur to reach the semis. After winning the first major of her career in this year's Australian Open, the 23-year-old Belarusian looks for a hard-court Slam sweep of the WTA season.
And with Sharapova without a championship at Flushing Meadows since 2006, look for Azarenka to pull it off. She has a 5-4 overall advantage in head-to-head matchups and was eviscerating the competition before the scare against Stosur.
Look for a highly contested match, but one that ends with the world No. 1 on top.
Prediction: Azarenka wins in three sets.
Serena Williams (4) vs. Sara Errani (10)
After starting out slow in 2012, Williams has been dominant of late, winning both Olympic gold and Wimbledon at the All England Club this year.
Though there is a stark difference between grass and hard surfaces, Williams has carried that momentum into Flushing Meadows so far. Winning in straight sets in all of her matches, it seems like this could be her best chance to take the U.S. Open since 2009.
Errani is no easy opponent, but look for Serena to make quick work of the 25-year-old Italian on Friday.
Prediction: Williams wins in straight sets.