The conclusion of Labor Day coincides with the dwindling of the 2014 U.S. Open's field, as only eight women and 12 men remain. On Tuesday, those numbers will continue to decrease while the men's quarterfinal contestants will come to fruition, and the women will begin to battle for spots in the semifinals.
After multiple upsets on the women's side, No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki will attempt to establish herself as the biggest threat to unseat No. 1 Serena Williams in this year's tournament. In the men's bracket, No. 2 Roger Federer aims to keep pace with No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who advanced to the quarterfinals on Monday.
The year's last major is quickly coming to a close, and as these athletes strive to claim this prestigious title, we can expect to see some extremely compelling tennis. To ensure not a single serve is missed, here's a look at the complete schedule and viewing information for Day 9.
|2014 U.S. Open Day 9 Schedule (Tue., Sept. 2)|
|Time (ET)||Event||TV Info|
|6 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.||Breakfast at the US Open||Tennis Channel|
|10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.||Live at the US Open||Tennis Channel|
|11 a.m. - 7 p.m.||Mens' Round of 16/Women's Quarterfinals||ESPN|
|11 a.m. - 7 p.m.||Men's Round of 16/Doubles Matches||Tennis Channel|
|7 p.m. - 11 p.m.||Primetime at the US Open||ESPN|
|11 p.m. - 6 a.m.||US Open Tonight||Tennis Channel|
Order of Play: USOpen.org
Top Day 9 Matches
(2) Roger Federer vs. (17) Roberto Bautista Agut
Federer's run at a sixth U.S. Open title is alive and well. The No. 2 seed is set to take on Roberto Bautista Agut on Tuesday in an effort to claim a spot in the quarterfinals. The way Federer's been playing lately, the odds are certainly in his favor.
Through the first two rounds, Federer didn't drop a single set. That streak was broken, as the former world No. 1 dropped his first set in Round 3 against Marcel Granollers. However, Federer stormed back to win the following three sets—each by a score of 6-1.
The U.S. Open's Twitter account posted the final match score:
Federer's serve was on point against Granollers. He recorded 13 aces and won 72 percent of his first-serve points. He was very aggressive during the match, approaching the net 51 times and coming away with 32 points. That aggression helped him tally 57 winners over the course of the match.
After his victory, Federer spoke of his upcoming match against Roberto Bautista Agut in Round 4 during a press conference, via USOpen.org:
Never played him. I think he's done extremely well. Didn't he win three different tournaments on three different surfaces this year? He's quick on his feet. He doesn't miss much. He's consistent. He's got a pretty good first serve. He's overall a solid player. I would assume he's fit, too, because he comes from the Spanish tennis school, which they just know how to train hard. They never get tired. They're always ready to go. They have a good mental approach, point-for-point mentality.
The Spaniard was tested in Round 1 by Andreas Haider-Maurer and was forced to win in five sets. However, he bounced back nicely, winning his following two matches in consecutive sets. In Round 3 against Adrian Mannarino, Bautista Agut won 74 percent of his first-serve points and 14 of 18 net points.
(10) Caroline Wozniacki vs. (13) Sara Errani
While plenty of ranked players remain on the No. 1 seed's side of the draw, only Wozniacki and Errani are left on the other. These two will face off for the right to become Williams' most likely finals challenger.
Wozniacki looked as impressive as ever in Round 4 against No. 5 Maria Sharapova. She showed a high level of stamina and athleticism, as the fifth seed ran her all over the court. This allowed Wozniacki to force long rallies and, as a result, 43 unforced errors by her opponent.
TennisNow tweeted some of Sharapova's comments about Wozniacki:
It certainly hasn't been an overwhelmingly consistent season for the No. 10 seed, but she's proved time and time again that she can compete with the best when she gets hot. That win against Sharapova certainly gives her plenty of momentum going forward, and she spoke about her current form during a press conference, via USOpen.org:
You know, the season for me has been a little bit up and down, and it's so nice to kind of start feeling like I'm playing the way I want to. You know, this hard court season has been amazing for me. I actually started already feeling really good on court since Eastbourne. I have just been building on my game since then. You know, today I just kept thinking to myself, Just stay in there.
As for her opponent, Errani has been incredibly efficient. During her Round 4 contest against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, the No. 13 seed accumulated just nine unforced errors while watching her opponent rack up 69 of them.
Errani doesn't have an overwhelming serve, but she is incredibly accurate and relies on her ability to run and win rallies. Those traits will have to show up in a big way on Tuesday if she is to take down the surging Wozniacki.