With Day 1 of the 2013 U.S. Open in the books, we're well into what should be an outstanding finale to the Grand Slam schedule.
Day 2 will be the latest extension of that conclusion.
Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, David Ferrer, Serena and Venus Williams, Agnieszka Radwanska and Li Na highlighted the action on Monday, but there's still a handful of the sport's top stars yet to play a first-round match.
Among those scheduled to take the courts in New York on Tuesday include men's singles top seed Novak Djokovic and women's No. 2 seed Victoria Azarenka—the two runner-ups from the 2012 U.S. Open in their respective divisions.
A full day of action is on deck in Flushing Meadows. To prepare you for the second day, we'll take a sneak peak at the tournament information, notable matches and TV schedule below.
2013 U.S. Open Information
Where: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
When (Day 2): Tuesday, Aug. 27, starting at 11 a.m. ET
Watch: NBC, ESPN2 and Tennis Channel
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Notable Day 2 Matchups
- Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Ricardas Berankis
- John Isner (13) vs. Filippo Volandri
- Paolo Lorenzi vs. Tomas Berdych (5)
- Tommy Haas (12) vs. Paul-Henri Mathieu
- Petra Kvitova (7) vs. Misaki Doi
- Caroline Wozniacki (6) vs. Ying-Ying Duan
- Dinah Pfizenmaier vs. Victoria Azarenka (2)
- Olivia Rogowska vs. Sara Errani (4)
- Victoria Duval vs. Samantha Stosur (11)
*For complete schedule, visit USOpen.org.
Predictions for Tuesday's Top Stars
Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Ricardas Berankis
ATP World Tour No. 1 Djokovic has been to at least the quarterfinals at every major since the 2009 Wimbledon. Don't expect that streak to come crashing down on Tuesday.
Although he has won a tournament since the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in April, Djokovic is a safe bet to avoid an early upset because of his major track record and his 2013 season.
As noted by the U.S. Open's Twitter account, Djokovic feels he should be in contention at every tournament he enters during this phase of his career:
Opposite the Serbian star will be the pride of Lithuania—Ricardas Berankis.
The 23-year-old will have played in all four majors once he hits the court against Djokovic, but at this point in his career, Berankis is not yet in a position to challenge Djokovic on a consistent basis during the course of a match.
Djokovic, who has been to the finals in four of the last six US Opens and is yet again the No. 1 contender, cruises to a big win in his first appearance in New York.
Prediction: Djokovic wins, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2
Dinah Pfizenmaier vs. Victoria Azarenka (2)
Victoria Azarenka has big plans for her 2013 trip to the Big Apple, but she'll have to first get past Dinah Pfizenmaier in the first round on Tuesday.
Azarenka, fresh off a victory over Serena Williams in the Western & Southern Open last week, is one of the few women in the field with the necessary chops to outlast the 2012 Open winner from the women's singles draw.
Williams beat Azarenka in the final last year, but they have met three times on hard court since then, and the Belarusian star actually holds a 2-1 mark over the top woman in the world.
As noted by the Washington Post sports Twitter account, a rivalry might be brewing:
To start her journey toward the final, Azarenka will need a victory against Pfizenmaier. The pair have met just once in their respective careers—Azarenka emerged victorious in that 2012 French Open match.
Currently playing some of the best tennis of her career and poised to avenge her lost last year in the U.S. Open final, anything short of a first-round domination would be surprising.
Prediction: Azarenka wins, 6-0, 6-2
John Isner (13) vs. Filippo Volandri
All of a sudden, John Isner is the face of American men's tennis.
Can he make a name for himself at the premier Grand Slam for that designation?
As Newsweek's Twitter account mentioned last week, Isner is the biggest hope to keep the trophy in the United States this year:
His opponent is Volandri, a man who has not won an ATP Tour event since 2006. The No. 101-ranked player in the world had a strong showing at the San Marino Challenge, but returned to more recognizable form at the Cordenons Challenger, losing to Gregoire Burquier in the quarterfinals.
It would be the shock of the tournament if Volandri pulled off an upset against Isner. With a win in Atlanta and a runner-up finish in Cincinnati to Rafael Nadal, Isner is peaking at the right time and doing so on hard courts to boot.
He might not make the final, but Isner is a safe bet to get out of the first round.
Prediction: Isner wins, 7-5, 6-4, 6-1
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