The field is getting more and more exclusive at Flushing Meadows as the 2014 U.S. Open carries on into the evening draw for Day 7.
Nearly a week of action is in the books, and there have been more than enough upsets to keep viewers guessing. Most of the favorites—at least on the men's side—are still standing, which should make the upcoming days of action even better than the last few.
Many of the giants have yet to be beaten, but that could change as the tournament reaches the third and fourth rounds and more dangerous competitors emerge.
Let's take a look at all of the Day 7 scores and a look forward to the night draw.
Day 7 Scores
|No. 26 Gilles Simon def. No. 4 David Ferrer||6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3|
|No. 14 Marin Cilic vs. No. 18 Kevin Anderson||-|
|No. 2 Roger Federer vs. Marcel Granollers||-|
|No. 6 Tomas Berdych vs. Teymuraz Gabashvili||-|
|No. 19 Feliciano Lopez vs. Dominic Thiem||-|
|No. 12 Richard Gasquet vs. No. 20 Gael Monfils||5 p.m. ET|
|No. 17 Roberto Bautista Agut vs. Adrian Mannarino||-|
|No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov vs. David Goffin||9 p.m. ET|
|No. 13 Sara Errani def. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni||6-3, 2-6, 6-0|
|No. 5 Maria Sharapova vs. No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki||-|
|No. 14 Lucie Safarova vs. Shuai Peng||-|
|No. 9 Jelena Jankovic vs. Belinda Bencic||7 p.m. ET|
USOpen.org (all scores current as of 3 p.m. ET Aug. 31)
Note: Scores courtesy of USOpen.org, updated as of 3 p.m. ET Aug. 31
Evening Draw Schedule
|Sunday, Aug. 31||Belinda Bencic vs. No. 9 Jelena Jankovic||7 p.m.|
|Sunday, Aug. 31||No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov vs. David Goffin||9 p.m.|
Note: Matches are to be played at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tennis Channel
Belinda Bencic vs. No. 9 Jelena Jankovic
Belinda Bencic, the 17-year-old phenom, has become one of the stories of the U.S. Open through one week of play. And to make it into the second week, she'll have to overcome the bright lights.
No. 9 Jelena Jankovic faces Bencic in the first of two Sunday night matches, with a coveted quarterfinal spot up for grabs.
The former world No. 1 is having no trouble thus far at Flushing Meadows. She has won all three of her matches in straight sets, but it's only gotten more dominant for her as the tournament has worn on. In the third round, she beat Johanna Larsson—who topped Sloane Stephens earlier—by a dominating 6-1, 6-0 in under an hour.
To get into the quarterfinals, though, it will take another big performance against a player who is peaking at the right time. Martina Hingis, a former young tennis star, lauded the 17-year-old.
"I think there is huge potential for her," Hingis said, per The New York Times' Ben Rothenberg. "I mean, I definitely think she can be top five. She’s on the way to get there. How far, it’s up to her. You know, nobody can play the matches for her and win matches, win the tournaments. But she showed yesterday that she can win a big match when she has to. Hopefully there will be more opportunities in the near future. Maybe here."
Whether Bencic advances or not, she has already made some history in New York, as LiveTennis noted:
Few players who have taken the hard court this week have brought it more than Bencic, and she won't go down without a fight. But she won't fare nearly as well against an elite opponent as she did against the lower-ranked ones she faced in earlier rounds.
Don't completely count out Bencic's chances at making her mark, however. The 17-year-old recently topped sixth-seeded Angelique Kerber to get here, and she won't be scared off by the challenge.
No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov vs. David Goffin
Grigor Dimitrov can't get caught looking ahead to an enticing quarterfinal clash with Roger Federer because he still has plenty of work before he gets there.
Up next is a third-round match Sunday night under the lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium, and he will be facing the unseeded David Goffin. Goffin has never beat Dimitrov in three meetings, but none have taken place in the last four years, and the Belgian has made some noise this season by winning 20 straight matches, along with his first title.
But against one of the top contenders in 2014 outside of the Big Four, he might not stand a chance. Folks are already talking up Dimitrov advancing two more rounds to face Federer, as this excerpt by Kevin Mitchell of The Guardian shows:
It has the potential to be the classic match of the tournament: the stylish contender and the resurgent champion.
This is another chance for Dimitrov to make a serious statement at a slam, as he almost did against Rafael Nadal in Melbourne this year, while Federer has to convince the faithful that he can reproduce his heroics of Wimbledon where, against expectations, he reached the final against Novak Djokovic.
Before the dream quarterfinal clash takes place, though, Dimitrov will have to take care of business Sunday night against Goffin.
Dimitrov used to struggle when tournaments reached the second week, but that is no longer the case with two quarterfinal Grand Slam trips in 2014 alone. Expect him to continue surging with a resounding win Sunday.