The 2014 U.S. Open has seen a few shocks already, but many of the top players have remained in the running. With contenders like Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova returning to the court on Day 5, there is a chance for a huge upset Friday evening.
But before those players take the stage, some other big names have already been in the spotlight. Jelena Jankovic continued her run over Johanna Larsson while Gael Monfils made easy work of Alejandro Gonzalez during the afternoon slate.
As Federer and Sharapova look to continue their runs, both will have plenty of pressure in the evening. Federer is looking for his sixth U.S. Open crown while Sharapova will need to get past a difficult Sabine Lisicki en route to her second title in Flushing Meadows.
Here's a look at the latest scores from the U.S. Open and a breakdown of the evening matchups.
|Sam Groth vs. No. 2 Roger Federer||7 p.m.||Arthur Ashe||ESPN2|
|No. 5 Maria Sharapova vs. No. 26 Sabine Lisicki||9 p.m.*||Arthur Ashe||ESPN2|
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|No. 9 Jelena Jankovic def. Johanna Larsson||6-1, 6-0|
|Shuai Peng def. No. 28 Roberta Vinci||6-4, 6-3|
|No. 4 David Ferrer def. Bernard Tomic||Walkover|
|No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov def. Dudi Sela||6-1, 6-2, 6-2|
|No. 20 Gael Monfils def. Alejandro Gonzalez||7-5, 6-3, 6-2|
|No. 18 Kevin Anderson def. Jerzy Janowicz||6-7(8), 6-2, 6-1, 6-3|
|No. 19 Feliciano Lopez def. Tatsuma Ito||6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(7)|
|No. 14 Marin Cilic def. Illya Marchenko||7-6(7), 6-2, 6-4|
Breakdown of Evening Slate
Whenever Federer takes the court, it's always a match to watch for tennis fans.
Though he hasn't won a major tournament since 2012 at Wimbledon, Federer has a chance to rewrite history yet again at the U.S. Open. After a string of great play on hard court that led him to a title in Cincinnati, the time might be now for the Swiss player.
He has been equally as impressive at the U.S. Open thus far, dominating Marinko Matosevic in his opening match. ESPN provides a look at one of his best shots during the match:
Roger Federer’s between-the-legs shot hit Marinko Matosevic in the back. It also impressed His Airness -> http://t.co/WlWla6MhjQ— ESPN (@espn) August 27, 2014
For a 17-time Grand Slam winner, Federer is still playing like he has something to prove. Heading into a matchup against an unknown opponent, the veteran appears to be at the top of his game.
ESPN analyst Darren Cahill passed along his thoughts on the turnaround for Federer, via Matt Wilansky of ESPN.com:
He’s been using this racket for eight months, so he’s used to it. It's more now an extension of his arm. I don't think it's throwing him any curves. I think his game has picked up. I think it's definitely helped him on his serve, especially the first serve where he's getting a lot of easy power, and that means he doesn't have to press on his serve, so he's hitting his targets much better.
Though he's never faced Sam Groth during his illustrious career, it will likely be an easy match on the evening slate.
As for Sharapova, the French Open champion has a long history with Lisicki. The two players have faced off six times since 2011, with Sharapova holding a 5-1 record over the German.
The late match is sure to bring some powerful play from both competitors, as Live Tennis notes:
With both Sharapova and Federer looking to make a deep run, Friday night will be a difficult test for both. Federer has never faced Groth, so both will look to figure each other out at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Sharapova, on the other hand, faces a confident Lisicki after torching her way through the first two rounds. As the Russian looks for her second Grand Slam this season, Lisicki will provide a true test early on in Flushing Meadows.
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