We're through five days of action at the 2014 U.S. Open, and most of the world's top-ranked players remain in contention. On Friday, we witnessed a bevy of exciting matches on the women's side, as eight competitors advanced to the round of 16. Expect to see more of the same on Saturday when Round 3 continues.
Luckily, between television and live stream coverage, the action can be viewed from practically any location while this prestigious tournament's matches continue to intensify. Here's how to view the year's final major event on Saturday.
|Program||Time (ET)||TV Info|
|Breakfast at the US Open||6 a.m. - 11 a.m.||Tennis Channel|
|Today at the US Open||10 a.m. - 11 a.m.||CBSSN|
|Third Round||11 a.m. - 12 p.m.||CBSSN|
|Third Round||11 a.m. - 6 p.m.||CBS|
|Third Round||3:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.||CBSSN|
|Third Round||7 p.m. - 11 p.m.||Tennis Channel|
|US Open Tonight||11 p.m. - 6 a.m.||Tennis Channel|
Complete coverage on Day 6 can be live streamed on USOpen.org.
To ensure you don't miss a single serve from your favorite player, the schedule of play for Day 6 is available on USOpen.org as well. Both No. 1 seeds are in action on Saturday, and the top-seeded American John Isner will continue his attempt to end the country's title drought—the last men's champion from the United States was Andy Roddick in 2003.
There's plenty to watch for, so be sure to tune in.
Day 6 Top Match Predictions
No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. Sam Querrey
Speaking of Americans looking to end their title drought, Sam Querrey comes in as a big underdog, but we certainly can't overlook his efforts against No. 28 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in Round 2.
Unfortunately, his impressive second-round win afforded him the privilege of facing off against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic on Saturday.
Djokovic has been extremely impressive so far in New York, making quick work of his early opponents. However, he isn't overlooking Querrey. The top seed spoke of his impending match during a press conference, via USOpen.org:
Well, it's logical to expect that, you know, every next match that you play in a Grand Slam will get tougher. I mean, Sam is playing in front of his crowd. I'm sure that he's going to have some good support. But on the other hand, if we get to play on center court maybe night session, that's where my experience kicks in, I think. I have had a lot of matches, night sessions if we get to play, as I said, and try to neutralize his serve that is his big weapon. If he serves well he's very dangerous. I saw a little bit of his match today and he played great. He's in good form, good shape, and has nothing to lose. It's going to be a tough one.
Djokovic spoke of Querrey's dangerous serve—and rightfully so. In Round 2, the American tallied 16 aces against his higher-ranked opponent while his serve maxed out at a blazing 135 mph. Although, if Querrey is to produce the tournament's biggest upset, he'll have to cut down on errors—he accumulated 34 unforced errors in his second-round match.
Querrey could be in for a bit of trouble considering this impressive Djokovic statistic, via TennisNow:
Really? Wow! RT @ChrisSkelton87: Djokovic has lost five or fewer games in 14 matches at hard-court majors since the start of 2011.— TennisNow (@Tennis_Now) August 29, 2014
It would be great for the home country to see Querrey do the unthinkable and defeat Djokovic; however, the way the world No. 1 is playing right now, that won't come close to happening.
Prediction: Djokovic wins; 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
No. 1 Serena Williams vs. Varvara Lepchenko
Serena Williams is still in the hunt to acquire her sixth U.S. Open title; however, based on her erratic play in major events this year, it's become quite difficult to predict how she'll fare on any given day.
In Round 2, Williams took care of business swiftly. She defeated Vania King while giving up just one game along the way thanks, in part, to winning 88 percent of her first-serve points. The U.S. Open's Twitter account gave its take on Williams' performance:
But, can she keep up that momentum going forward?
During a press conference, via USOpen.org, Williams was asked how she felt about the eliminations of Sam Stosur and Ana Ivanovic. She responded with a comment about her own play:
I didn't know that actually. I know they had a wonderful summer, so that's surprising. But, you know, again, I promise you, I'm trying to make it through a few rounds in a Grand Slam this year. I'm really not too much concerned about the later seeds because I haven't made it there this year. So hopefully this year I can do something.
Varvara Lepchenko did well in Round 2, defeating Mona Barthel in consecutive sets. However, her opponent tallied 30 unforced errors—something she shouldn't expect to happen again with Williams on the other side of the court.
Prediction: Williams wins; 6-2, 6-3
No. 13 John Isner vs. No. 22 Philipp Kohlschreiber
Isner will be looking to move through to the round of 16 on Saturday, keeping America's hope to win a major tournament alive. Although, he'll be severely challenged by Philipp Kohlschreiber.
The 22nd seed should be well rested heading into his ensuing contest against Isner after his Round 2 opponent, Michael Llodra, retired after the first set. Kohlschreiber won that set 6-2 and looked dominant doing so. He recorded five aces and was rewarded for his aggression, winning eight of 11 possible net points.
Isner was tested early in his match against Jan-Lennard Struff, but he appeared to settle in as the contest continued. The big-serving American tallied 30 aces and kept his unforced errors in check while winning in three sets.
The U.S. Open tweeted Isner's final match stats:
After the match, he spoke of his upcoming contest against Kohlschreiber, via USOpen.org:
I have beaten him more times than he's beaten me overall. But he's beaten me here. No matter where I play him I know the match is going to be tough because he's an extremely good player. Very good. I thought, you know, our matches the last two years have been pretty high quality. I remember last year I wasn't disappointed with how I played. You know, he just played better than me. Simple as that. In a few days' time I'm just gonna have to try to be better than him.
Isner certainly seems confident, and he should be considering he has the home-court advantage. If he can remain accurate when serving, expect the American to go through to the round of 16.
Prediction: Isner wins; 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3