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US Open Tennis 2014: Day 7 Schedule, Matchups Predictions for New York Bracket

Roger Federer, of Switzerland, reacts after winning a point against Sam Groth, of Australia, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIAugust 31, 2014

If Day 7 at the U.S. Open is as eventful as Day 6 and Day 5 were, tennis fans will be in for a huge treat.

The last two days in New York have featured major upsets on the women's side of the bracket. On Friday, the No. 2 (Simona Halep) and No. 6 seeds (Angelique Kerber) were eliminated. On Saturday, No. 3 seed and Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was dropped.

Tennis is always better when it's unpredictable.

Here's a look at the matches on tap for Sunday with predictions for each. The predicted winner will have an "*" next to his or her name.

Just beneath the matchups is a closer look at three of the most high-profile matches.

Arthur Ashe Stadium
11 a.m.
Women's Singles - Round 4
*Sara Errani [13]
vs.
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
 

Women's Singles - Round 4
Maria Sharapova [5]
vs.
*Caroline Wozniacki [10]
 
Men's Singles - Round 3
Marcel Granollers
vs.
*Roger Federer [2]
 
Arthur Ashe Stadium
7 p.m.
Women's Singles - Round 4
Belinda Bencic
vs.
*Jelena Jankovic [9]
 
Men's Singles - Round 3
*Grigor Dimitrov [7]
vs.
David Goffin
 
Louis Armstrong Stadium
11 a.m.
Men's Singles - Round 3
Gilles Simon [26]
vs.
*David Ferrer [4]
 
Men's Singles - Round 3
*Tomas Berdych [6]
vs.
Teymuraz Gabashvili
 
Not Before: 5:00pm 
Men's Singles - Round 3
Gael Monfils [20]
vs.
*Richard Gasquet [12]
 
Grandstand
11 a.m.
 
Not Before: 12:00pm 
Men's Singles - Round 3
*Marin Cilic [14]
vs.
Kevin Anderson [18]
 
Men's Singles - Round 3
*Feliciano Lopez [19]
vs.
Dominic Thiem
 
Women's Singles - Round 4
*Lucie Safarova [14]
vs.
Shuai Peng
 

 

Fed Will Fight Off Upset Bug

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 29:  Roger Federer of Switzerland looks on against Sam Groth of Australia during their men's singles second round match on Day Five of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2014 in the Flu
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In two previous meetings, Roger Federer has easily handled Marcel Granollers. There's no reason to think Sunday's meeting will be any different.

The 33-year-old legend has played well through his first two matches. Granollers was pushed to a grueling five-set marathon against hard-hitting, 6'11" Ivo Karlovic in the second round.

In addition to that match, Granollers is also playing doubles with his countryman Marc Lopez. Fatigue could be an issue. Look for Federer to win in a rout.

 

Wozniacki Will Upset Sharapova

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 29:  Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark celebrates after defeating  Andrea Petkovic of Germany in their women's singles third round match on Day Five of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 20
Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

This might seem like a lopsided win waiting to happen for Maria Sharapova, but she's had some issues with Caroline Wozniacki on hard courts in the past.

In fact, Wozniacki has taken two of the five meetings on the surface, and that includes a straight-sets win at the U.S. Open in 2010.

In this tournament, Sharapova hasn't been her sharpest. Despite only dropping a set up to this point, she's averaging 29.3 unforced errors per match. 

Her erratic play will cost her Sunday against Wozniacki.

 

Simon Will Prove No Match for Ferrer

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 26:  David Ferrer of Spain returns a shot to Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina during his men's singles first round match on Day Two of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2014  in
Al Bello/Getty Images

With Rafael Nadal out of the field, David Ferrer has to consider this perhaps his best chance to win his first Grand Slam. 

He still obviously has some formidable opponents in his way, but he's got reason to be optimistic.

After gaining a walkover in his second-round match against Bernard Tomic, Ferrer comes into his meeting with Gilles Simon fresh. 

With stamina always a strength for Ferrer, he'll wear Simon out with his relentless baseline game in straight sets.

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