Sunday's U.S. Open slate is chock-full of compelling matchups.
You have Bob and Mike Bryan continuing their chase at history, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic—the two best players on hard courts this season (until Rafael Nadal's reemergence the last few weeks, of course)—both in action and, most notably, the dream American matchup of Serena Williams vs. Sloane Stephens.
Even with less total matches, the allure of Flushing Meadows on a warm Sunday afternoon with so many superstars on display is evident.
Let's take a look at the early results.
Results From Top Courts
Note: You can find every completed match from Day 7 here, and you can see the live scores for every match in progress here. Updated draws are here, and Day 8's Schedule of Play is here. All links courtesy of USOpen.org
Bryan Bros Bear Upset Bid
Doubles tennis doesn't always get a lot of notoriety, but this year at Flushing Meadows, Bob and Mike Bryan are chasing history, attempting to become the first duo since Ken McGregor and Frank Sedgman in 1951 to win the calender Grand Slam.
The winners of the last four majors (U.S. Open win came in 2012, thus still chasing the calender slam) ran into a bit of a scare on Sunday, though.
Starting the day off at the famous Arthur Ashe Stadium, Canada's Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil, playing together at a major for the first time, took the first set from the brothers, who have been playing together their entire lives.
U.S. Open's Twitter account gave us a look:
Nevertheless, the Bryans battled to a hard-fought second-set victory (7-5) before cruising in the final set to advance to the quarterfinals.
They even added a chest bump:
Bob and Mike will take on No. 12 seeds Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray.
Serena Handles Her Potential Successor
In one of the more highly anticipated fourth-round battles in recent memory, No. 1 Serena Williams was able to handle 20-year-old burgeoning superstar Sloane Stephens in straight sets.
U.S. Open's Twitter gives us the final score:
It seems like a lopsided score, but it really wasn't.
The first set was a back-and-forth scintillating battle, with each lady showcasing some impressive power and hitting some decisive winners that few others in the world are capable of.
With Serena up 5-4 and the match still on serve, Stephens had several game points to even things up but couldn't capitalize, allowing the defending champ to eventually get the break to win the 52-minute set.
In the second set, however, Williams earned an early break:
Stephens seemed rattled after that, and Williams went on to win a second break and easily take the second set.
It's quite clear that Stephens is going to have her time atop the tennis world in the coming years, but it's also clear that no one is going to beat Williams when she is playing as well as she did on Sunday, combining her unreal power with sneaky speed and defense.