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.
|Marcos Giron||(13) John Isner||Arthur Ashe Stadium||2nd Match|
|Mikhail Kukushkin||Jan-Lennard Struff||Court 10||2nd Match|
|(15) Fabio Fognini||Andrey Golubev||Court 11||2nd Match|
|(26) Gilles Simon||Radu Albot||Court 11||3rd Match|
|Noah Rubin||Federico Delbonis||Court 13||2nd Match|
|Paolo Lorenzi||Yoshihito Nishioka||Court 13||3rd Match|
|Pere Riba||Adrian Mannarino||Court 14||2nd Match|
|Albert Ramos-Vinolas||Sam Groth||Court 15||4th Match|
|Denis Istomin||(12) Richard Gasquet||Court 17||2nd Match|
|Alejandro Gonzalez||Dmitry Tursunov||Court 4||4th Match|
|Filip Krajinovic||Tim Smyczek||Court 5||3rd Match|
|Bernard Tomic||Dustin Brown||Court 5||4th Match|
|Victor Estrella Burgos||Igor Sijsling||Court 6||2nd Match|
|Andreas Haider-Maurer||(17) Roberto Bautista Agut||Court 7||3rd Match|
|(29) Lukas Rosol||Borna Coric||Court 8||2nd Match|
|Pablo Andujar||Jack Sock||Grandstand||2nd Match|
|(20) Gael Monfils||Jared Donaldson||Grandstand||4th Match|
|Damir Dzumhur||(4) David Ferrer||Louis Armstrong Stadium||3rd Match|
|Wayne Odesnik||(10) Kei Nishikori||Court 17||1st Match|
|(25) Ivo Karlovic||Jarkko Nieminen||Court 4||1st Match|
|Yen-Hsun Lu||(28) Guillermo Garcia-Lopez||Court 6||1st Match|
|Jurgen Melzer||Marcel Granollers||Court 8||1st Match|
|Maximo Gonzalez||Sam Querrey||Louis Armstrong Stadium||1st Match|
|Marinko Matosevic||(2) Roger Federer||Arthur Ashe Stadium||4th Match|
|(3) Petra Kvitova||Kristina Mladenovic||Arthur Ashe Stadium||3rd Match|
|(1) Serena Williams||Taylor Townsend||Arthur Ashe Stadium||5th Match|
|Francesca Schiavone||Vania King||Court 11||4th Match|
|Elena Vesnina||Yung-Jan Chan||Court 12||2nd Match|
|Yaroslava Shvedova||Monica Niculescu||Court 12||3rd Match|
|Coco Vandeweghe||Donna Vekic||Court 13||4th Match|
|Zarina Diyas||Lesya Tsurenko||Court 14||3rd Match|
|Aleksandra Krunic||Katarzyna Piter||Court 14||4th Match|
|Elina Svitolina||Polona Hercog||Court 15||3rd Match|
|Nicole Gibbs||Caroline Garcia||Court 17||4th Match|
|(30) Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova||Ashleigh Barty||Court 4||2nd Match|
|Chanelle Scheepers||Christina McHale||Court 4||3rd Match|
|(11) Flavia Pennetta||Julia Goerges||Court 5||2nd Match|
|(12) Dominika Cibulkova||Catherine Carta Bellis||Court 6||3rd Match|
|Ajla Tomljanovic||(15) Carla Suarez-Navarro||Court 6||4th Match|
|Shelby Rogers||Maryna Zanevska||Court 7||2nd Match|
|Teliana Pereira||(23) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova||Court 7||4th Match|
|Klara Koukalova||Petra Cetkovska||Court 8||3rd Match|
|Misaki Doi||(16) Victoria Azarenka||Grandstand||3rd Match|
|Olga Govortsova||(7) Eugenie Bouchard||Louis Armstrong Stadium||2nd Match|
|Jarmila Gajdosova||(27) Madison Keys||Louis Armstrong Stadium||4th Match|
|Alison Riske||(8) Ana Ivanovic||Arthur Ashe Stadium||1st Match|
|(29) Casey Dellacqua||Patricia Mayr-Achleitner||Court 10||1st Match|
|Mona Barthel||Zhang Shuai||Court 11||1st Match|
|Paula Kania||Wang Qiang||Court 12||1st Match|
|Sorana Cirstea||Heather Watson||Court 13||1st Match|
|Pauline Parmentier||Kaia Kanepi||Court 14||1st Match|
|Karolina Pliskova||Yvonne Meusburger||Court 15||1st Match|
|Svetlana Kuznetsova||Marina Erakovic||Court 5||1st Match|
|Varvara Lepchenko||Alison Van Uytvanck||Court 7||1st Match|
|(24) Samantha Stosur||Lauren Davis||Grandstand||1st Match|
Let’s dig into some predictions for a couple of the top matches.
Serena Williams vs. Taylor Townsend
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."
While Townsend certainly has a bright future, she is not going to win Tuesday.
Who wins the U.S. Open?
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.
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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