US Open Tennis Schedule 2013: Day 6 Matchups, Predictions and Analysis
Several top seeds advanced to the next round at the 2013 U.S. Open on Friday, but some big names did fall and it wasn't easy for Andy Murray.
What do we have in store on Day 6 in Flushing Meadows?
Here's a look at Day 6 of the 2013 U.S. Open. Get ready for some high-octane tennis.
2013 U.S. Open Information
Where: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
When (Day 6): Saturday, Aug. 31, starting at 11 a.m. ET
Watch: CBS/CBS Sports Network, Tennis Channel
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
|6 a.m.-11 a.m.||Breakfast at the U.S. Open||Tennis Channel|
|10 a.m. - 11 a.m.||Today at the U.S. Open||CBS Sports Network|
|11 a.m. - 6 p.m.||Third Round||CBS/CBS Sports Network|
|7 p.m. - 11 p.m.||Third Round||Tennis Channel|
|11 p.m. - 6 a.m.||U.S. Open Tonight||Tennis Channel|
Notable Day 6 Matchups
- Ivan Dodig vs. Rafael Nadal (2)
- Roger Federer (7) vs. Adrian Mannarino
- Mikhail Kukushkin vs. David Ferrer (4)
- Feliciano Lopez (23) vs. Milos Raonic (10)
- Richard Gasquet (8) vs. Dmitry Tursunov
- Caroline Wozniacki (6) vs. Camila Giorgi
- Maria Kirilenko (14) vs. Simona Halep (21)
- Alize Cornet (26) vs. Victoria Azarenka (2)
- Karin Knapp vs. Roberta Vinci (10)
- Petra Kvitova (7) vs. Alison Riske
*For complete schedule, visit USOpen.org.
Predictions for Saturday's Top Matches
Ivan Dodig vs. Rafael Nadal (2)
Anybody who saw Rafael Nadal mow down Rogerio Dutra Silva on Thursday knows he is a force to be reckoned with at the 2013 U.S. Open.
Then again, that should come as no surprise.
Coming into the U.S. Open, the world No. 2 was 53-3 with a career-high nine singles titles this year. That included his eighth career French Open crown. He's beaten Novak Djokovic twice this year, Roger Federer three times and David Ferrer four times.
Dodig is actually 1-1 lifetime against Nadal. He defeated the historic Spaniard in three sets in Montreal in 2011.
Of course, that doesn't mean Dodig will go .500 against Nadal moving forward. Dodig is 24-20 this year and he hasn't been able to raise his game up a notch against top players like David Ferrer, Juan Martin del Potro or Richard Gasquet.
I'm predicting a straight-sets victory for Nadal.
Prediction: Nadal 6-4, 7-5, 6-3
Roger Federer (7) vs. Adrian Mannarino
Roger Federer appears to finally be declining as he ages. He still has a solid record by most standards this year (32-11 with one singles title), but when you take into account the fact that he went 71-12 with six singles titles last year, there's a noticeable dropoff.
Still, Federer outclasses Adrian Mannarino.
Federer is 2-0 lifetime against the 25-year-old Frenchman, including a straight-sets victory at Wimbledon in 2011. Mannarino is also 6-9 this year and 29-50 for his career.
Federer defeated his first two opponents at the 2013 U.S. Open in straight sets, and I expect him to do the same against Mannarino.
Prediction: Federer 6-4, 6-3, 6-3
Alize Cornet (26) vs. Victoria Azarenka (2)
Who will be challenged the most on Day 6?
Not only was Victoria Azarenka 36-4 with three singles titles headed into this year's U.S. Open, she's also 2-0 lifetime against Alize Cornet, including a victory over the 23-year-old at the French Open this year. That's not to mention the fact that she defeated her first two opponents at the 2013 U.S. Open in convincing fashion.
Cornet has gone 29-20 with one singles title this year, but she's also lost against top opponents like Azarenka, Serena Williams, Sara Errani, Li Na, Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki. She takes care of business against the players she's supposed to beat, but struggles against top-tier competition on the women's circuit.
I could see Cornet pushing Azarenka to three sets, albeit in a loss.
Prediction: Azarenka 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
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