Monday was an interesting first take as to how things will shake out in New York. There were no major upsets, but seeded players such as No. 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 8 Andy Murray and No. 6 Angelique Kerber struggled to move forward, a strong indication that the season's strong sense of parity has made the trip, too.
Below, let's take a look at the first batch of final scores from Tuesday's slate and break down the marquee matchups that end Day 2.
2014 U.S. Open Day 2 Completed Scores
|Sam Querrey def. Maximo Gonzalez||6-2, 4-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3|
|Pablo Andujar def. Jack Sock||6-4, 3-6, 6-1|
|No. 10 Kei Nishikori def. Wayne Odesnik||6-2, 6-4, 6-2|
|Federico Delbonis def. Noah Rubin||6-4, 6-3, 6-0|
|No. 25 Ivo Karlovic def. Jarkko Nieminen||6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4|
|No. 28 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. Yen-Hsun Lu||6-4, 6-4, 6-2|
|Marcel Granollers def. Jurgen Melzer||7-6, 6-3, 6-2|
|No. 8 Ana Ivanovic def. Alison Riske||6-3, 6-0|
|No. 24 Samantha Stosur def. Lauren Davis||6-1, 6-4|
|Mona Barthel def. No. 32 Shuai Zhang||6-1, 6-2|
|Sorana Cirstea def. Heather Watson||6-1, 6-1|
|Varvara Lepchenko def. Alison Van Uytvanck||7-5, 6-2|
|No. 29 Casey Dellacqua def. Patricia Mayr-Achleitner||7-5, 6-3|
|Qiang Wang def. Paula Kania||6-2, 6-0|
|Karolina Pliskova def. Yvonne Meusburger||6-2, 6-2|
|Marina Erakovic def. No. 20 Svetlana Kuznetsova||3-6, 6-2, 7-6|
|Shelby Rogers def. Maryna Zanevska||6-4, 6-3|
|Elena Vesnina def. Yung-Jan Chan||6-0, 7-5|
|Kaia Kanepi def. Pauline Parmentier||7-6, 3-6, 6-1|
Note: Scores updated as of 3 p.m. ET on Aug. 26. Up-to-date scores can be found at USOpen.org.
Day 2 Evening Schedule
|Aug. 26||7 p.m.||Marinko Matosevic vs. No. 2 Roger Federer|
|Aug. 26||10 p.m.||No. 1 Serena Williams vs.Taylor Townsend|
Marinko Matosevic vs. No. 2 Roger Federer
Much ink has been spilled surrounding the plight of No. 1 Novak Djokovic because of the immense hill he must climb to reach the final in order to invoke a rematch with Federer so soon after their five-set classic at Wimbledon.
Yes, Federer's path is that simple. On paper.
Australia's Marinko Matosevic stands in his way Tuesday. The world No. 76 made it to the second round at Roland Garros and Wimbledon this year, but has battled injuries in an on-and-off manner. Even worse for the underdog, Federer blew him out of the water in straight sets back in January.
The 17-time Grand Slam winner sounds more than ready for the rematch, as captured by
Darren Walton of The Sydney Morning Herald:
"Clearly I'm aware that he can play some dangerous tennis. But at the same time, I feel like it's on my racquet. I have to make sure he has to work extremely hard and he knows the finish line is really far away, and I will try to keep it that way throughout the match."
Federer's recent form saw him nab a title in Cincinnati, but he also happens to be 22-1 at night on Arthur Ashe Stadium's hard court and 67-9 overall at the tournament.
But again, all of this is merely on paper. In a season that has been anything but predictable, to simply wave off this matchup as a blowout is doing a disservice to the season's entire body of entertaining work, not to mention an underdog in the midst of his best year as a pro with nothing to lose.
No. 1 Serena Williams vs. Taylor Townsend
The tale of the tape between Serena Williams and 18-year-old Taylor Townsend is staggering.
Fans know about Williams. After a downright strange showing at Wimbledon, she has rattled off wins in 12 of her past 13 matches and seems all but guaranteed to take home her sixth U.S. Open title.
Townsend might just be the better story, though. Williams seems to agree too, calling her fellow countrywoman "the future of American tennis," per Sports Illustrated's Courtney Nguyen.
It is just Townsend's first year on the WTA Tour, yet she has climbed better than 200 spots in the rankings, seems set to break the top 100 sooner rather than later (she's currently No. 103) and has made it to the third round of a major.
"She's such a great player," Williams said, per Nguyen. "Extremely young. I have been able to see her play a little bit. She does everything really, really well. We're really good friends. We always talk and always text each other."
Don't expect a passing-of-the-torch moment Tuesday night, but do remember the strange course this season has taken. More importantly, understand that Williams has done her losing this season very early on in tournaments.
Again, Williams seems a lock to come out on top, but there is no reason to skip out. Quite the contrary, clearly.