US Open Tennis 2013 Men's Semifinal: TV Schedule, Start Time, Live Stream Info
The semifinals are set for the men's draw at the 2013 U.S. Open, and they feature a perfect mix of top talent and underdogs to keep fans excited for both matches.
Each of the top four seeds advanced to the quarterfinals of the tournament, but a couple of upsets prevented the fourth Grand Slam from going chalk. Instead, No. 9 Stanislas Wawrinka upset No. 3 Andy Murray and will face No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.
On the other side of the bracket, No. 8 Richard Gasquet survived a tough battle against No. 4 David Ferrer to reach the second Grand Slam semifinal of his career. He will now have an even harder matchup in the next round when he faces No. 2 Rafael Nadal.
Each battle is certain to be exciting, so make sure you follow this guide on how to watch the highly-anticipated matchups.
Where: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
When: Saturday, Sept. 7
Watch: CBS and Tennis Channel
|12 - 6 p.m.||Men's Singles Semifinals/Women's Doubles Final||CBS|
|6 - 8 p.m.||US Open Daily Match Encores||Tennis Channel|
|9:30 p.m. - 3:30 a.m.||US Open Daily Match Encores||Tennis Channel|
*Specific match times are to be determined, but will be located here on the official website.
No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 9 Stanislas Wawrinka
Wawrinka has been inconsistent this season, but he is as good as almost anyone in the world when he is playing at his best. He showed that with his straight-set victory over Murray in the quarterfinal.
He was dominant with his serve and he made it hard to guess which player was the defending U.S. Open champion. ESPN's Chris Fowler was one person impressed with his performance:
Wawrinka awesome display. not giving the great returner Murray a look at a single break point? Unreal. 2 surprise semifinalists.— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) September 5, 2013
However, the Swiss player also had gone four tournaments in a row entering the week without winning more than one match. He was especially struggling on hard courts with an 8-6 record.
For him to compete with Djokovic, he will need to be at his absolute best. The No. 1 player in the world has that ranking for a reason; he consistently dominates every aspect of the game and can even succeed when he is not at his best.
That was seen in his last match against Mikhail Youzhny when he had 45 unforced errors, three times his total from the previous round. He still won in four sets, something he is likely to repeat against Wawrinka.
Prediction: Djokovic wins 6-4, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
No. 2 Rafael Nadal vs. No. 8 Richard Gasquet
These two players have taken very different paths to reach this point. Nadal cruised through his first five matches, only losing a single set so far to Philipp Kohlschreiber in Round 4.
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In his last match, the Spanish star won all but two games against veteran opponent Tommy Robredo.
This is very different than Gasquet, who has needed five sets to advance in each of the past two rounds. His fourth-round match against Milos Raonic lasted four hours and 40 minutes thanks to three different tiebreaks.
While this has been an impressive run, it is hard to imagine he has much left in the tank.
Nadal is one of the best-conditioned players in the sport, and he usually outlasts his opponents on long rallies. This will be a great strategy in this one as Gasquet will be unable to keep up.
Add this to the fact that the No. 2 player is red-hot after winning the last two tournaments in Montreal and Cincinnati, and it is clear that he will have an easy time advancing to the finals.
Prediction: Nadal wins 6-2, 7-5, 6-3
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