With both the men's and women's draws incredibly wide-open, fans have to make sure they watch as much of the 2014 U.S. Open as possible.
There is the potential for a number of upsets in the early rounds at the last Grand Slam of the year. Marquee matchups before the quarterfinals could include Novak Djokovic against John Isner, Andy Murray battling Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Maria Sharapova versus Caroline Wozniacki and more.
In most weeks, these matchups would only be seen in the finals. However, this is just a taste of what could be an exciting tournament in New York City.
Follow this guide with all the viewing information you need to ensure you do not miss a second of the action.
What: 2014 U.S. Open
Where: New York City, New York
When: August 25 - September 8
Court Surface: Hard
|Aug. 25||11 a.m. - 7 p.m.||1st Round||Tennis Channel|
|1 - 6 p.m.||1st Round||ESPN|
|6 - 11 p.m.||1st Round||ESPN2|
|Aug. 26||11 a.m. - 7 p.m.||1st Round||Tennis Channel|
|1 - 7 p.m.||1st Round||ESPN|
|7 - 11 p.m.||1st Round||ESPN|
|Aug. 27||11 a.m. - 7 p.m.||1st/2nd Round||Tennis Channel|
|1 - 6 p.m.||1st/2nd Round||ESPN|
|6 - 11 p.m.||1st/2nd Round||ESPN2|
|Aug. 28||11 a.m. - 7 p.m.||2nd Round||Tennis Channel|
|1 - 6 p.m.||2nd Round||ESPN|
|6 - 11 p.m.||2nd Round||ESPN2|
|Aug. 29||11 a.m. - 7 p.m.||2nd/3rd Round||Tennis Channel|
|1 - 6 p.m.||2nd/3rd Round||ESPN|
|6 - 11 p.m.||2nd/3rd Round||ESPN2|
|Aug. 30||11 a.m. - 12 p.m.||3rd Round||CBS Sports Network|
|11 a.m. - 6 p.m.||3rd Round||CBS|
|3:30 - 6 p.m.||3rd Round||CBS Sports Network|
|7 - 11 p.m.||3rd Round||Tennis Channel|
|Aug. 31||11 a.m. - 6 p.m.||3rd/4th Round||CBS|
|11 a.m. - 6 p.m.||3rd/4th Round||CBS Sports Network|
|7 - 11 p.m.||3rd/4th Round||Tennis Channel|
|Sept. 1||11 a.m. - 6 p.m.||4th Round||CBS|
|11 a.m. - 6 p.m.||4th Round||CBS Sports Network|
|7 - 11 p.m.||4th Round||ESPN2|
|Sept. 2||11 a.m. - 11 p.m.||4th Round/Quarterfinals||ESPN|
|11 a.m. - 7 p.m.||4th Round/Quarterfinals||Tennis Channel|
|Sept. 3||12 - 6 p.m.||Quarterfinals||ESPN|
|6 - 11 p.m.||Quarterfinals||ESPN2|
|Sept. 4||12 - 6 p.m.||Quarterfinals||ESPN|
|8 - 11 p.m.||Quarterfinals||ESPN|
|Sept. 5||12:30 - 6 p.m.||Women's Semifinals||CBS|
|Sept. 6||12 - 6 p.m.||Men's Semifinals||CBS|
|Sept. 7||4:30 - 7 p.m.||Women's Final||CBS|
|Sept. 8||5 - 8 p.m.||Men's Final||CBS|
First-Round Matches to Watch
No. 6 Tomas Berdych vs. Lleyton Hewitt
While Lleyton Hewitt might not be the player he was 10 years ago when he was a consistent contender at events like this, the two-time Grand Slam champion is still capable of an upset or two.
At last year's U.S. Open, the Australian played his way into the fourth round before falling in five sets to Mikhail Youzhny. Along the way, he defeated No. 6 seed Juan Martin del Potro. This year he could cause problems for another No. 6 seed, as Greg Brady of Sportsnet 590 explains:
Tomas Berdych has had less success at this championship than the other Grand Slams and has struggled at his last few events. He has not reached the quarterfinals of any tournament since June and has not gone beyond this point since April.
If he cannot bounce back with a strong performance to start the U.S. Open, he will be headed home much earlier than expected.
No. 28 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez vs. Yen-Hsun Lu
It is rare to see a first-round matchup of players so close in the world rankings. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (32) and Yen-Hsun Lu (38) are separated by just six spots, although they seem to be headed in different directions.
Before the Winston-Salem Open, Garcia-Lopez had lost four matches in a row. He does have one title this year, but it came on clay where he has fared much better in his career.
On the other side, Lu performed better in the North Carolina tournament after showing much more consistency from week to week. He won a title in Kaohsiung last month and is playing as well as he has in his career despite being 31 years old.
Although it is difficult to project how far either player will go in this tournament, this contest alone will be one of the best in the first round.
No. 8 Ana Ivanovic vs. Alison Riske
Ana Ivanovic has been playing well lately and has become a legitimate contender to win this tournament. If she reaches the quarterfinals, she is one of the few players with the ability to upset Serena Williams.
However, it will not be easy to even escape the first round with a tough battle against Alison Riske. The young American went to the fourth round at last year's U.S. Open and will certainly have the fan support this time around as well.
After upsetting Flavia Pennetta at the Connecticut Open, Riske explained her process for facing a top opponent, via Paul Doyle of The Courant:
Obviously, if you're going to compete against them, you have to go after them because they're going to go after you if you don't. I think that's what separates the Top five, for sure, possibly Top 10 from the rest of the group. They're extremely strong at what they do and they never veer from it, no matter what's going on.
With increased confidence, Riske has a good opportunity to pull a major upset in her first match.
No. 1 Serena Williams vs. Taylor Townsend
While this matchup might not be close on paper, it will certainly be entertaining.
Taylor Townsend has become one of the bright young stars in the sport while continuing to hold her own against top competition. The 18-year-old player is preparing for her first U.S. Open appearance, although she has already reached the third round at Roland Garros:
Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times takes a look at her first match:
Serena Williams is attempting to win her third-straight title at the U.S. Open and sixth of her career. In all likelihood, this will be an easy victory for the No. 1 player in the world.
Still, Townsend has surprised in the past and could make things interesting in this opening match.
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