US Open Tennis 2013 TV Coverage: Day 11 Schedule and Best Matchups to Watch
Day 11 of the 2013 U.S. Open is here and features two major matchups with both Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray set to partake in quarterfinal action.
The tournament has been thrilling so far with major upsets suffered by both Roger Federer and David Ferrer. More upsets are likely in the pipeline as well.
Once all is said and done on Thursday, only four contenders for the championship will remain in both the men's and women's brackets.
Here is the essential viewing information for Day 11 at Flushing Meadows.
When: Thursday, Sept. 5
Where: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, New York City
ESPN2: coverage from noon- 6 p.m. ET
ESPN: coverage from 8-11 p.m. ET
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Matches to Watch
Andy Murray vs. Stanislas Wawrinka (1:30 p.m. ET)
No. 3-ranked Andy Murray continues his tear through the tournament after surviving a bit of a scare against unranked Denis Istomin in his 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 win.
Things have not been as simple for Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland, the supposed next big Swiss phenom after Roger Federer. The No. 9 seed has had the toughest path of any contender among the top-10 and is coming off consecutive five-set victories that pushed Wawrinka to his limit.
While Murray is obviously a contender, this tournament has shown that Wawrinka must be taken seriously. Murray holds a slight edge in their head-to-head meetings at 8-5, but it's a slim margin and Wawrinka is currently playing the best tennis of his career.
Murray has reached the finals of his past four Grand Slam events, but Wawrinka is a buzzsaw who will demand Murray play his best tennis of the tournament or else fall short.
Prediction: Murray wins, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6
Novak Djokovic vs. Mikhail Youzhny (8 p.m. ET)
The match between No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic and No. 21 Mikhail Youzhny will be every bit as competitive as the Murray-Wawrinka showdown, with Djokovic holding a slight 5-3 edge in their head-to-head competition.
As No. 1, Djokovic has had it easy and won three of his first four matches in just three sets. That makes for 18 consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances.
On the flip side is Youzhny, who is coming off an impressive five-set win over Lleyton Hewitt, 6-3, 3-6, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 7-5. Youzhny has had perhaps the toughest draw of all and has still made it through to face the world No. 1.
The cakewalk for Djokovic ends on Day 11. Youzhny, the energetic Russian with seemingly endless reserves of effort, has what it takes to push Djokovic to his limits.
Djokovic won't lose, but a tough outing against Youzhny will serve as a wake-up call for him after a simple path through Flushing Meadows thus far.
Prediction: Djokovic wins, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
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