U.S. Open 2010: Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and John Isner Highlight Men's Draw

Cliff PotterCorrespondent ISeptember 5, 2010

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 03:  Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates defeating Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan (not pictured) during day five of the 2010 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2010 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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As usual, you can catch Tennis Channel, CBS television and USOpen.org Internet transmissions throughout the day. While three of today's US Open Tennis matches are highlighted below, this could prove to be the best day for the Men's Draw so far. Although you have already missed steady Fernando Verdasco beating erratic David Nalbanian in four sets, this great tennis is still to come.  

Rafael Nadal v. Gilles Simon

The showcase match is Nadal v. Simon. Simon, another Frenchman still in the U.S. Open, could give us a match more like that we saw from Arnaud Clement's five set match yesterday with Mardy Fish. Assuming that the wind is up and the counter-punching going well, five sets is a distinct possibility.

Many of the tennis cognoscenti expected Philipp Kohlschreiber to be facing Nadal in the Third Round. Yet Simon, one of those pesky French players who are showing up much better this year than ever before, pushed through against Kohlschreiber winning that match in straight sets.

In January 2009, Simon reached sixth in the world. An injury to his right knee put him down for almost eight months, with three solid months with no play at all. He really started his comeback in June of this year.

Rafael Nadal has dominated play so far, although he has said he was not yet playing his most forceful tennis. Today, he will have a tougher time advancing. Indeed, Nadal will need to be very careful with Simon. If not, Simon will have the upset of the tournament. While we do not expect this, do not be at all surprised at a close result. 

Andy Murray v. Stanislas Wawrinka

Murray, the Scotsman, is favored over Wawrinka, the Swiss, in this headliner that could go the distance. Both players are in good form and if the past is prologue to the future all you need to do is look at Wimbledon in 2009 to find that Wawrinka and Murray could play a very close game this afternoon. Other than 2009, Wawrinka has advanced to the Third Round every year, and the Fourth Round in 2007 and 2008.

Wawrinka is no stranger to Murray. They have played eight times, with Murray winning most. Yet, Wawrinka has a habit of winning first sets, and if Murray is working uphill the going will be much tougher if the wind is swirling today. This could be a great match, one of the best of the tournament so far. Do not miss it.

John Isner v. Mikhail Youzhny

Hold on to your hats. This barn burner has all the fixings of another rollicking U.S. Open Tennis match with America's best chance to get a native son into the semifinals. Standing in the way is veteran Youzhny, at 28 the oldest man playing today.

Isner, a hard serving player with a game seemingly made for the hard courts, at 6'9" (2.06m) the tallest player in the tournament and one of the tallest tennis players in history, is gunning for more than the Fourth Round this year. In last year's tournament, his huge serve took him far. Already, the serve is doing the same, with his aces this year placing him seventh in the field with only two matches played so far. To advance, Isner will need better coverage and above-average baseline play against this veteran player.

And so you have it. Come and watch. This should be the best day so far in the tournament.