US Open Tennis 2014: Day 2 Schedule, Matchup Predictions for New York Bracket

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 24:  Serena Williams of the United States practices prior to the start of the 2014 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 24, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA)
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Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistAugust 26, 2014

Tuesday is something of an overwhelming dream for tennis fans. There are 64 matches (if we include the doubles showdowns) featuring some of the top players in the entire world battling for position at the 2014 U.S. Open.

Here is a look at the entire singles schedule. The doubles matches can be found here, while a bracket for the entire Grand Slam event can be found here.

Tuesday U.S. Open Schedule
CompetitorCompetitorCourtMatch Number
Men
Marcos Giron(13) John IsnerArthur Ashe Stadium2nd Match
Mikhail KukushkinJan-Lennard StruffCourt 102nd Match
(15) Fabio FogniniAndrey GolubevCourt 112nd Match
(26) Gilles SimonRadu AlbotCourt 113rd Match
Noah RubinFederico DelbonisCourt 132nd Match
Paolo LorenziYoshihito NishiokaCourt 133rd Match
Pere RibaAdrian MannarinoCourt 142nd Match
Albert Ramos-VinolasSam GrothCourt 154th Match
Denis Istomin(12) Richard GasquetCourt 172nd Match
Alejandro GonzalezDmitry TursunovCourt 44th Match
Filip KrajinovicTim SmyczekCourt 53rd Match
Bernard TomicDustin BrownCourt 54th Match
Victor Estrella BurgosIgor SijslingCourt 62nd Match
Andreas Haider-Maurer(17) Roberto Bautista AgutCourt 73rd Match
(29) Lukas RosolBorna CoricCourt 82nd Match
Pablo AndujarJack SockGrandstand2nd Match
(20) Gael MonfilsJared DonaldsonGrandstand4th Match
Damir Dzumhur(4) David FerrerLouis Armstrong Stadium3rd Match
Wayne Odesnik(10) Kei NishikoriCourt 171st Match
(25) Ivo KarlovicJarkko NieminenCourt 41st Match
Yen-Hsun Lu(28) Guillermo Garcia-LopezCourt 61st Match
Jurgen MelzerMarcel GranollersCourt 81st Match
Maximo GonzalezSam QuerreyLouis Armstrong Stadium1st Match
Marinko Matosevic(2) Roger FedererArthur Ashe Stadium4th Match
Women
(3) Petra KvitovaKristina MladenovicArthur Ashe Stadium3rd Match
(1) Serena WilliamsTaylor TownsendArthur Ashe Stadium5th Match
Francesca SchiavoneVania KingCourt 114th Match
Elena VesninaYung-Jan ChanCourt 122nd Match
Yaroslava ShvedovaMonica NiculescuCourt 123rd Match
Coco VandewegheDonna VekicCourt 134th Match
Zarina DiyasLesya TsurenkoCourt 143rd Match
Aleksandra KrunicKatarzyna PiterCourt 144th Match
Elina SvitolinaPolona HercogCourt 153rd Match
Nicole GibbsCaroline GarciaCourt 174th Match
(30) Barbora Zahlavova-StrycovaAshleigh BartyCourt 42nd Match
Chanelle ScheepersChristina McHaleCourt 43rd Match
(11) Flavia PennettaJulia GoergesCourt 52nd Match
(12) Dominika CibulkovaCatherine Carta BellisCourt 63rd Match
Ajla Tomljanovic(15) Carla Suarez-NavarroCourt 64th Match
Shelby RogersMaryna ZanevskaCourt 72nd Match
Teliana Pereira(23) Anastasia PavlyuchenkovaCourt 74th Match
Klara KoukalovaPetra CetkovskaCourt 83rd Match
Misaki Doi(16) Victoria AzarenkaGrandstand3rd Match
Olga Govortsova(7) Eugenie BouchardLouis Armstrong Stadium2nd Match
Jarmila Gajdosova(27) Madison KeysLouis Armstrong Stadium4th Match
Alison Riske(8) Ana IvanovicArthur Ashe Stadium1st Match
(29) Casey DellacquaPatricia Mayr-AchleitnerCourt 101st Match
Mona BarthelZhang ShuaiCourt 111st Match
Paula KaniaWang QiangCourt 121st Match
Sorana CirsteaHeather WatsonCourt 131st Match
Pauline ParmentierKaia KanepiCourt 141st Match
Karolina PliskovaYvonne MeusburgerCourt 151st Match
Svetlana KuznetsovaMarina ErakovicCourt 51st Match
Varvara LepchenkoAlison Van UytvanckCourt 71st Match
(24) Samantha StosurLauren DavisGrandstand1st Match
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Let’s dig into some predictions for a couple of the top matches.

 

Serena Williams vs. Taylor Townsend

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23:  Serena Williams of USA talks to the media during previews for the US Open tennis at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 23, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Talk about getting thrown into the spotlight.

Taylor Townsend, who reached the third round of the French Open and received a wild card for the U.S. Open, will face off against No. 1 Serena Williams. The 18-year-old Townsend is reportedly friends with the 17-time Grand Slam champion, but that probably won’t help her against the tournament’s favorite.

Williams discussed the match when asked what Arthur Ashe would think of the pairing, via NBC Chicago: "I think he would be really proud and honored to see so many young African-American players doing so well and playing so hard and just being role models for even the next generation."

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 17:  Serena Williams reaches for the ball during a final match Ana Ivanovic of Serbia on day 9 of the Western & Southern Open at the Linder Family Tennis Center on August 17, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Jonathan Moore/Gett
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While Townsend certainly has a bright future, she is not going to win Tuesday.

Williams has far too much momentum on her side. In fact, she’s won 12 of her past 13 matches and has five titles under her belt this season. She is coming off of championships at Stanford and Cincinnati and reached the semifinals in Montreal as well.

Despite those accolades, Williams has actually faltered at the Grand Slams this year. She is yet to make it out of the fourth round at a major, but that is likely to change in Flushing Meadows. She is the two-time defending champion here and is playing her best tennis of the season.

Townsend is just the first step.

Prediction: Williams in straight sets

 

Roger Federer vs. Marinko Matosevic

Speaking of an all-time great who has plenty of momentum on his side, Roger Federer will take on Marinko Matosevic Tuesday in his first match.

Federer has reached the semifinals in 12 of his last 16 events and has made the finals in four consecutive tournaments. In fact, he sports a 9-1 record during the summer hard-court season thus far.

What’s more, Federer has won 15 of 23 matches against the top 10 during that span, proving he is more than just dominant against lower competition. He is also coming off a championship in Cincinnati at the Western & Southern Open and made the finals in Wimbledon before losing a heartbreaker to Novak Djokovic.

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Looking beyond the momentum, Federer has a rich history of success at the U.S. Open. He won titles in Flushing Meadows in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 and would certainly like to add to that total this year.

Unfortunately for Matosevic, Federer is on a roll right now and won’t lose in the first round in a familiar location. 

Prediction: Federer in straight sets

 

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