Many sports fans think of Saturday and associate it with college football, but that’s not the case when the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament is in full swing at Flushing Meadows, New York.
With top names like Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Stan Wawrinka all in action on Saturday, the excitement level for what should be one of the most promising days of the tournament has hardcore and casual tennis fans ready for all the action.
Here is all the vital information to enjoy the final Grand Slam of the season and a preview of the must-watch matchup of Day 6.
|2014 U.S. Open Day 6 TV Schedule|
|Aug. 30||11 a.m. - 12 p.m.||CBS Sports Network|
|11 a.m. - 6 p.m.||CBS|
|3:30 - 6 p.m.||CBS Sports Network|
|7 - 11 p.m.||Tennis Channel|
|U.S. Open Matchups and Predictions for Day 6|
|(1) Novak Djokovic||vs.||Sam Querrey||Djokovic|
|Nick Kyrgios||vs.||Tommy Robredo||Robredo|
|(9) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||vs.||Pablo Carreno Busta||Tsonga|
|Andrey Kuznetsov||vs.||(8) Andy Murray||Murray|
|(22) Philipp Kohlschreiber||vs.||(13) John Isner||Isner|
|(3) Stan Wawrinka||vs.||Blaz Kavcic||Wawrinka|
|(10) Kei Nishikori||vs.||(23) Leonardo Mayer||Nishikori|
|Victor Estrella Burgos||vs.||(5) Milos Raonic||Raonic|
|(1) Serena Williams||vs.||Varvara Lepchenko||Williams|
|(30) Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova||vs.||(7) Eugenie Bouchard||Bouchard|
|(29) Casey Dellacqua||vs.||Karolina Pliskova||Pliskova|
|Kaia Kanepi||vs.||(15) Carla Suarez-Navarro||Suarez-Navarro|
|Zarina Diyas||vs.||(17) Ekaterina Makarova||Diyas|
|Elena Vesnina||vs.||(16) Victoria Azarenka||Azarenka|
|(11) Flavia Pennetta||vs.||Nicole Gibbs||Pennetta|
|(3) Petra Kvitova||vs.||Aleksandra Krunic||Kvitova|
Match of the Day: No. 3 Stan Wawrinka vs. Blaz Kavcic
One of the best players on the men’s side of the 2014 U.S. Open is No. 3 seed Stan Wawrinka, and he will square off against Blaz Kavcic in the third round of the tournament.
After beating Jiri Vesely in a first-round matchup that was much tougher than most expected, Wawrinka encountered another battle in Round 2 against Thomaz Bellucci that also went to four sets.
The official Twitter of the U.S. Open talked about Wawrinka’s second-round win:
Bellucci had the serve and the length along the baseline to make the matchup tough for the Swiss star, and Wawrinka grew frustrated with his play. It also didn’t help that the boisterous fans in attendance were being very vocal.
Wawrinka was admittedly agitated by a fan during his match on Thursday, and spoke to Howard Fendrich of the Associated Press (via ABCNews.com), saying, “At the end of the day, they start to get a little bit drunk. It was OK. I had to talk to a few of them. At the end, it's normal. ... Everybody was into the match. That's OK. It can happen.”
Kavcic is a tough player who earned his way into a spot against Wawrinka. He beat Donald Young in the first round and then managed to pull off an upset victory over No. 30 seed Jeremy Chardy in the second round.
As well as Kavcic has played, though, Wawrinka is the better overall player and will dominate this match.
Even with a lack of focus, the No. 3 seed has been strong this tournament and will only continue to get sharper as the tournament progresses. Using his backhand and his power off the serve, Wawrinka will set the tone for the remainder of the event by beating Kavcic in convincing fashion.
If Wawrinka plays well Saturday, that will be bad news for the rest of the men’s field.
Predicted Winner: Wawrinka defeats Kavcic, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4
*Stats via USOpen.org.