US Open Tennis 2012 Schedule: Full Preview for Upcoming Action
With the US Open well underway and the long-shot qualifying players starting to dwindle, it is no surprise that the upcoming lineups will be magnetizing.
This year, there is a void that could be filled by a player outside of the big three, which shakes up the play and intensifies the action considerably.
On the women's side, there was already a huge disappointment for Caroline Wozniaki, who was ousted in the first round by 96th-ranked Romanian Begu. Wozniaki will be pushed outside the top-10, while her past rivals—the Williams twins—advanced.
Flushing Meadows is certainly a hotspot this weekend for avid tennis fans, while fans who cannot make the journey will be glued to their TV sets.
Here are four matches that I believe will be worth watching for the upcoming weekend.
Andy Roddick vs. Bernard Tomic
Andy Roddick is like a ticking time bomb.
If he does not conquer Tomic, it will be the last we see of one of America's most acclaimed tennis players of all time.
Roddick is ranked 20th, while Tomic is ranked 43rd. Although Tomic is ranked well outside of Roddick, there could be an upset.
Tomic, at age 19, is agile, determined and hungry for success. His style of tennis is aesthetically pleasing.
His major strengths are his slice backhand—a shot he executes beautifully while putting powerful spin on the ball and his aggressive forehand, which is a bullet when he hits the ball flat.
Although Tomic will plough relentlessly, trying desperately to break A-Rod, he will not go down without a fight.
Tomic may be young, but Roddick has experience, especially because he was the king of the US Open in 2003.
His game may be rusty, but it is not dead. Roddick still has the ability to produce his infamous blazing serve, and his forehand is a danger when he hits it accurately.
Definitely a match worth watching.
Nadia Petrova vs. Lucie Safarova
Nadia Petrova, who is ranked No. 15, will go head-to-head with 19th-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic.
Although Petrova is a strong player on all surfaces, her specialty is definitely the hard courts. Petrova is a powerful player who will make the most of her aggressive serve and will try to win the points early on with her potent ground strokes.
Safarova will have her hands full with the Russian but is just fresh off her win over Wozniaki, which will give the Czech woman a boost of confidence. Safarova is a left-handed player who also possesses powerful ground strokes and is very quick on her feet.
She has broken into the top-20 in the rankings for the first time in her career this year, which shows there is a lot more to come from Safarova. She will be eager to convey this to the tennis world, using the US Open as her stage.
Rogerio Dutra Silva vs. Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic is on a quest to win the US Open after his turbulent year on the tour.
Djokovic made no mistake in the first round, polishing off P. Lorenzi of Italy in three straight sets, only allowing Lorenzi to steal 2 games.
Although Djokovic's performance appeared to be seamless in the first round, it will be interesting to see whether the Serb will have another clean sweep in the second round against Dutra Silva.
It is very likely that this will happen.
Dutra Silva is currently ranked 112th, which does not pose a threat to Djokovic, who is ranked No. 2 and seems to always thrive at the US Open.
Although the match is predicted be a whitewash, I still believe it will be an interesting encounter and that Dutra Silva will play a fiery game, even if the Joker does shut him down.
Na Li vs. Laura Robson
Laura Robson, who is best known for her partnership with Andy Murray at the London Olympics, will face No. 9, Na Li of China, in round three of the women's singles.
Robson is just fresh off her win against Kim Clijsters, where she showed tremendous maturity on the court and held her own against the former US Open champion.
Another matchup where Robson will be the underdog is coming our way, but there is something so refreshing about seeing an 18-year-old rookie make a name for herself by beating a world-renowned player.
Robson is currently ranked 89th, but she is definitely a strong player. She is a left-handed player with a two handed backhand and possesses very powerful ground strokes and moves nicely across the court.
She will definitely try to cause another upset, but her task this time is going to be even harder. Na Li is extremely agile, has fast reflexes and offensively is very strong.