There weren't any big upsets on Day 3 at the 2013 U.S. Open, but you never know what could happen from day to day in a Grand Slam.
On the men's side, world No. 3 Andy Murray breezed past Michael Llodra and No. 6 seed Juan Martin del Potro fought off a determined Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in five sets, while seeded players Kevin Anderson, Andreas Seppi, Mikhail Youzhny and Jurgen Melzer all won their respective matches.
On the women's side, seeded players Li Na, Agnieszka Radwanska, Sloane Stephens, Carla Suarez Navarro, Laura Robson and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won their respective matches. Jie Zheng defeated Venus Williams in three sets.
Here's a look at Day 4 of the 2013 U.S. Open.
2013 U.S. Open Information
Where: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
When (Day 2): Thursday, Aug. 29, starting at 11 a.m. ET
Watch: ESPN2 and Tennis Channel
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
|6 a.m.-10:30 a.m.||Breakfast at the U.S. Open||Tennis Channel|
|10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.||Live at the U.S. Open||Tennis Channel|
|11 a.m. - 7 p.m.||U.S. Open Second Round||Tennis Channel|
|1 p.m. - 7 p.m.||U.S. Open Second Round||ESPN2|
|7 p.m. - 11 p.m.||Primetime at the U.S. Open: Second Round||ESPN2|
|11 p.m. - 6 a.m.||U.S. Open Tonight||Tennis Channel|
Notable Day 4 Matchups
- Roger Federer (7) vs. Carlos Berlocq
- Rogerio Dutra Silva vs. Rafael Nadal (2)
- Roberto Bautista Agut vs. David Ferrer (4)
- Richard Gasquet (8) vs. Stephane Robert
- Pablo Andujar vs. Milos Raonic (10)
- Serena Williams (1) vs. Galina Voskoboeva
- Caroline Wozniacki (6) vs. Chanelle Scheepers
- Aleksandra Wozniak vs. Victoria Azarenka (2)
- Flavia Pennetta vs. Sara Errani (4)
- Petra Kvitova (7) vs. Bojana Jovanovski
*For complete schedule, visit USOpen.org.
Predictions for Thursday's Top Matches
Serena Williams (1) vs. Galina Voskoboeva
Serena Williams and Galina Voskoboeva will give it another try on Thursday after their second-round showdown was cancelled due to rain on Wednesday.
Williams is 1-0 lifetime against Voskoboeva, defeating the 28-year-old Russian in Rome in 2012, 6-2, 6-3. The world No. 1 was 60-4 with eight singles titles this year headed into the U.S. Open. That included a French Open crown.
As for Voskoboeva, she is 22-15 in singles play this year. The world No. 77 has defeated world No. 28 Alize Cornet in Nurnberg, but she's also suffered losses to such players as world No. 73 Alexandra Cadantu (most recently), world No. 59 Eugenie Bouchard, world No. 51 Ayumi Morita, world No. 62 Kimiko Date-Krumm and world No. 76 Heather Watson.
It's hard to imagine Serena losing this match, considering her record this year and the fact that she defeated Francesca Schiavone in the first round, 6-0, 6-1.
Look for the most dominant player in women's tennis today to go on to a straight-sets victory over Voskoboeva.
Prediction: Williams 6-2, 6-2
Roger Federer (7) vs. Carlos Berlocq
It's hard to see the great Roger Federer as a No. 7 seed in a Grand Slam. In fact, it's hard to believe.
Of course, Federer's play overall this year has not been Federer-esque. He was 32-11 with one singles title headed into the 2013 U.S. Open, which is respectable for most players but eye-opening when you consider he went 71-12 with six singles titles last year.
That being said, Federer showed some life against Rafael Nadal at the Western & Southern Open earlier this month, and his straight-sets victory over Grega Zemlja in the first round may be a continuation of that, as I highlighted in an earlier piece.
Plus, second-round opponent Carlos Berlocq—the world No. 48—isn't exactly a world-beater. He's 22-19 this year, and he's 83-125 for his career.
Add the fact that it took him five sets to defeat Santiago Giraldo in the first round—plus the fact that he has struggled against some of the top players in the world this year (with the exception of world No. 12 Kei Nishikori)—and I don't have much hope for Berlocq.
Federer is also 1-0 lifetime against Berlocq, defeating the 30-year-old at the 2012 Rome Masters, 6-3, 6-4.
Prediction: Federer 6-3, 6-3, 6-4
Rogerio Dutra Silva vs. Rafael Nadal (2)
Rogerio Dutra Silva has never faced Rafael Nadal before.
This figures to be a lesson for the 29-year-old Brazilian.
Dutra Silva has only played in 23 matches in his ATP career, going 9-14 in those matches. He is 0-5 this year after going 5-5 last year.
Meanwhile, Nadal has gone 53-3 with a career-high nine singles titles this year, despite missing the second half of last year with tendinitis. That includes winning the French Open and capturing his last two tournaments (Rogers Cup, Western & Southern Open) since getting upset by Steve Darcis at Wimbledon.
Nadal is coming off a straight-sets victory over American Ryan Harrison. It's hard to imagine him losing to, or even being challenged by, Dutra Silva.
Prediction: Nadal 6-1, 6-2, 6-1