We're knee-deep in action at the 2013 U.S. Open, where all but one of the top five seeds from the men's and women's singles draw are still vying for a Grand Slam victory.
No. 4 Sara Errani went home early before she could stake her claim to the trophy, but notable stars such as Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Roger Federer are still alive and well as we move forward at Flushing Meadows.
Third-round matches are on deck for both the women and the men, and as the overall number of challengers continues to dwindle, the overall quality of tennis we're seeing should rise.
Murray and Tomas Berdych were taken to four sets on Friday; it wouldn't be a surprise at all to see one or more of the highest-seeded players in the tournament struggle with a spot in the fourth round on the line.
Eight matches are lined up for Saturday in the men's and women's singles divisions.
*For a complete look at the Day 6 2013 U.S. Open schedule, click here (via USOpen.org).
Day 6 U.S. Open Information
When: Saturday, Aug. 31, starting at 11 a.m. ET
Where: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, New York City
Live Stream: U.S. Open Live
Day 6 Singles Match Schedule
Players to Watch
The United States' best chance at keeping the U.S. Open trophy in America played a thriller of a match against Monfils on Thursday; he won the first two sets before Monfils won a set of his own and then took the American to the brink with a tiebreaker in the final frame.
His only complaint? That the fans in attendance appeared to be celebrating the on-court flair and talent of Monfils a little too much. Justified or not, Monfils is a crowd favorite and captivated us with a few magical shots against Isner.
The 28-year-old will look for more cheers and a better outcome than the last time he met Kohlschreiber in a U.S. Open match. Last year at Flushing Meadows, Isner bowed out to Kohlschreiber—also in the third round.
ESPN's Howard Bryant, for one, is excited to see if Isner can get a little bit of revenge:
He'll also be looking for more home support.
In what will be her toughest U.S. Open match to date, Azarenka will get back on the horse on Saturday against No. 26-seeded Alize Cornet.
Azarenka has been on a tear over the past few weeks, winning the Western & Southern Open final by taking down Serena Williams and completing her first two matches in New York by dropping only four sets.
If that stat wasn't enough, check out this tweet from the U.S. Open account to see just how dominant she's been so far:
Cornet has also been solid through the first two rounds; she finds herself in the third round after winning her first two matches in straight-set fashion.
Though her French opponent shouldn't pose much of a problem, Azarenka can continue to make a statement to the rest of the women's field with another dominating performance.
Looking to rebuild his confidence after a tough early loss at Wimbledon, Roger Federer has looked more like himself through two rounds at the U.S. Open.
As noted by ESPN's Stats & Information, he's also moving his name up through the tournament's history books in the process:
Federer's third-round opponent will be Adrian Mannarino. In two career matches between the two, Mannarino has failed to take a set off the Swiss star and is making his first career appearance past the second round in the U.S. Open.
Mannarino made it to the fourth round at Wimbledon before losing to Lukasz Kubot and is coming off an impressive victory over American Sam Querrey in the second round.
That said, Federer has been subject to the early upset at majors this year. Although he's one of the all-time greats, FedEx has looked human during a tough 2013 season and has to feel the pressure of his age (32) and growing competition setting in.
Federer should make short work of Mannarino, but based on his body of work this year, it's hard to take anything for granted when previewing a match in which the 17-time Grand Slam winner is participating.
It should be an exciting day of action at Flushing Meadows. Make sure to plan your day accordingly.
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