Opening day at the 2013 U.S. Open was a bit tamer than some expected, with a large majority of the seeded competitors advancing to the next round.
That could all change on Day 2, as a handful of top-ranked but beatable players are set to take to the court in Flushing Meadows shortly.
It’s going to be another non-stop day of tennis action, so keep reading to see how your favorite star performed on Monday, predictions for Tuesday’s matchups and more.
Note: All scores from Day 1 are available here, via USOpen.org.
Day 2 Predictions
Djokovic Will Dominate
The world’s No. 1-ranked player and tourney’s top seed will be going up against the once-promising Ricardas Berankis on Tuesday night in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
After vanquishing Andy Murray in the finals of the 2013 Australian Open back in January, Nole has struggled to win Grand Slam tournaments.
He was eliminated in the semifinals at Roland Garros and succumbed to Murray in the finals of Wimbledon—disappointing results for the 26-year-old superstar.
Winning the U.S. Open would be the best way for Djokovic to turn his luck around. The Serbian has only captured one title in this event during his prestigious career and definitely wants to add another trophy to his collection when all is said and done this September.
Berankis shouldn’t provide much of a challenge to someone of the Djoker’s skill level, even though he’s a great player in his own right.
Nole simply has big aspirations and a chance to realize them, which means you should expect some excellent tennis from the six-time major winner.
Federer Will Look Vulnerable
It’s a tough truth, but Roger Federer has simply looked beatable in 2013.
Whether it’s Father Time, the equipment or something else, the Swiss megastar has only been able to win a single title this season and may be nearing the end of his illustrious career.
Fed was eliminated at the Wimbledon Championships in the second round by an unheralded opponent in Sergiy Stakhovsky and faces the same type of danger on Tuesday when he takes the court against Grega Zemlja.
Unless something drastic happens and Fed proves that he can right the ship, it’s time to start writing the epilogue of one of the best careers this sport has ever seen.
Azarenka Will Play It Safe
Dinah Pfizenmaier is no pushover, but Victoria Azarenka is going to need to reserve her best tennis against her and save it for later in the tournament if she wants to win it all.
The No. 2 seed was forced to pull out of Wimbledon due to knee injury and has to avoid those same types of slip-ups if she wants to capture her third Grand Slam at the conclusion of the Big Apple-based tournament.
Azarenka’s health is absolutely key here, as she could easily find herself in the finals against Serena Williams—but only at 100 percent. The Belarusian star cannot be fighting a tweaked knee in addition to 120 mile-per-hour serves and expect to win.
Don’t be surprised to see the 24-year-old concede a few points and play extremely conservatively in the early going, only turning it on to put the match away and get some much-needed rest.