The 2013 U.S. Open is in full swing, as both the men's and women's singles draws have begun taking shape heading into what's sure to be a thrilling second week of action from Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
The Big Four of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Roger Federer are all still alive and looking sharp on the men's side, while top female contenders Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka have lived up to the hype and then some through the early rounds of the women's draw.
Meanwhile, young Americans Jack Sock and Victoria Duval have elevated their status following some impressive showings in Queens. The 20-year-old Sock is into the third round for the second straight year, while the 17-year-old Duval took out 2011 U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur in the first round to pick up her first career win at the season's final Slam before falling in the round of 64.
But Week 2 is sure to bring plenty of more surprises as well as some dominant performances from the sport's top stars.
Below we'll get you set with everything you need to know for the remaining rounds.
|Friday, Aug. 30|
|Men's Second Round/Women's Third Round||11 a.m. - 7 p.m.||Tennis Channel|
|Men's Second Round/Women's Third Round||1 p.m. - 7 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Primetime at U.S. Open: Second and Third Round||7 p.m. - 11 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Saturday, Aug. 31|
|Third Round||11 a.m. - 6 p.m.||CBS/CBS Sports Network|
|Third Round||7 p.m. - 11 p.m.||Tennis Channel|
|Sunday, Sept. 1|
|Men's Third Round/Women's Round of 16||11 a.m. - 6 p.m.||CBS/CBS Sports Network|
|Men's Third Round/Women's Round of 16||7 p.m. - 11 p.m.||Tennis Channel|
|Monday, Sept. 2|
|Round of 16||11 a.m. - 6 p.m.||CBS/CBS Sports Network|
|Primetime at U.S. Open: Round of 16||7 p.m. - 11 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Tuesday, Sept. 3|
|Men's Round of 16/Women's Quarterfinals||11 a.m. - 7 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Men's Round of 16/Various Doubles Matches||11 a.m. - 7 p.m.||Tennis Channel|
|Primetime at U.S. Open: Men's Round of 16/Women's Quarterfinal||7 p.m. - 11 p.m.||ESPN|
|Wednesday, Sept. 4|
|Quarterfinals||12 p.m. - 7 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Primetime at U.S. Open: Quarterfinals||7 p.m. - 11 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Thursday, Sept. 5|
|Men's Quarterfinals||12 p.m. - 6 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Primetime at U.S. Open: Men's Quarterfinals||8 p.m. - 11 p.m.||ESPN|
|Friday, Sept. 6|
|Mixed Doubles Final/Women's Singles Semifinals||12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.||CBS|
|Saturday, Sept. 7|
|Men's Singles Semifinals/Women's Doubles Final||12 p.m. - 6 p.m.||CBS|
|Sunday, Sept. 8|
|Men's Doubles Final||12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Women's Singles Final||4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.||CBS|
|Monday, Sept. 9|
|Men's Singles Final||5 p.m. - 8 p.m.||CBS|
*Schedule information courtesy of USOpen.org.
Rafael Nadal Continues to Cruise
2010 U.S. Open champion Rafael Nadal was considered the favorite to win by many coming into this summer's tournament, and that hasn't changed through the first two rounds.
The 12-time Grand Slam champion has dropped just 11 total games en route to the third round and has improved his 2013 hard-court record to 17-0 in the process.
While Rafa is playing lights-out tennis, moving well, striking the ball accurately and putting it where he wants it, perhaps the biggest reason for his dominance has been his serve. Nadal has faced only three break points through the first two rounds, saving all three.
In the first round against Ryan Harrison, Nadal was striking his first serve beautifully, putting 72 percent in play on his way to winning 75 percent of his total service points for the match. In the second round vs. Rogerio Dutra Silva, Rafa put 69 percent of his first serves into the box and went on to win 81 percent of those service points. He would finish the match having won 41 of 54 total service points.
Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka Look Poised to Clash
The top two players in women's tennis, Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka, were the clear-cut favorites to reach the U.S. Open final before play began, and it's not difficult to see why.
Both Williams and Azarenka have breezed through the first two rounds to reach the third round at Flushing Meadows. Even more encouraging for tennis fans who are hoping to catch a rematch of last year's women's final, the two rivals have each dropped just four games through their first two matches.
But make no mistake, these two players aren't the same.
While Williams has been crushing opponents with her powerful serve, Azarenka has been blowing competitors off the court with her tremendous return play. The two-time Australian Open champion won 70 percent of her receiving points in the second round against Aleksandra Wozniak and capitalized on seven of 10 break points against the Canadian.
In Round 1, Azarenka won 61 percent of her total receiving points, with 33 of her 61 total points won coming in her return games.
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