US Open (Tennis)

US Open Tennis 2014: Schedule and Bracket Predictions for Day 6 in New York

Stan Wawrinka, of Switzerland, returns a shot to Thomaz Bellucci, of Brazil, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistAugust 30, 2014

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
Date Time (ET) Watch
Aug. 3011 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
Source: USOpen.org.

 

U.S. Open Matchups and Predictions for Day 6
Competitor Competitor Predicted Winner
Men
(1) Novak Djokovic vs.Sam Querrey Djokovic
Nick Kyrgios vs.Tommy Robredo Robredo
(9) Jo-Wilfried Tsongavs.Pablo Carreno Busta Tsonga
Andrey Kuznetsov vs.(8) Andy MurrayMurray
(22) Philipp Kohlschreiber vs.(13) John IsnerIsner
(3) Stan Wawrinkavs.Blaz Kavcic Wawrinka
(10) Kei Nishikorivs.(23) Leonardo Mayer Nishikori
Victor Estrella Burgos vs.(5) Milos RaonicRaonic
Women
(1) Serena Williams vs.Varvara Lepchenko Williams
(30) Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova vs.(7) Eugenie BouchardBouchard
(29) Casey Dellacquavs.Karolina PliskovaPliskova
Kaia Kanepi vs.(15) Carla Suarez-NavarroSuarez-Navarro
Zarina Diyas vs.(17) Ekaterina MakarovaDiyas
Elena Vesnina vs.(16) Victoria AzarenkaAzarenka
(11) Flavia Pennettavs.Nicole Gibbs Pennetta
(3) Petra Kvitovavs.Aleksandra Krunic Kvitova
Source: USOpen.org

*Full schedule here. Full men's draw and women's draw.

 

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.”

Aug 12, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Stan Wawrinka returns a shot from Benjamin Becker on day two of the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament at Linder Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports
USA TODAY Sports

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.

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