US Open Tennis 2014: Day 6 Schedule, Matchups Predictions for New York Bracket

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistAugust 30, 2014

Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, returns a shot to Paul-Henri Mathieu, of France, during the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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Saturday is Day 6 of the 2014 U.S. Open, and there is a full slate of action on tap for tennis fans. In fact, the No. 1 seed on both the men’s and the women’s side of the bracket are in action, among plenty of other top-notch competitors.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the full singles schedule for the entire day before digging into a couple of predictions for the matches to watch. A complete bracket for the Grand Slam event can be found here.

Day 6 U.S. Open Schedule
CompetitorCompetitorCourtMatch Number
(1) Novak DjokovicSam QuerreyArthur Ashe Stadium2nd Match
Nick KyrgiosTommy RobredoArthur Ashe Stadium5th Match
(9) Jo-Wilfried TsongaPablo Carreno BustaGrandstand3rd Match
Andrey Kuznetsov(8) Andy MurrayLouis Armstrong Stadium2nd Match
(22) Philipp Kohlschreiber(13) John IsnerLouis Armstrong Stadium3rd Match
(3) Stan WawrinkaBlaz KavcicLouis Armstrong Stadium4th Match
(10) Kei Nishikori(23) Leonardo MayerCourt 171st Match
Victor Estrella Burgos(5) Milos RaonicGrandstand1st Match
(1) Serena WilliamsVarvara LepchenkoArthur Ashe Stadium3rd Match
(30) Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova(7) Eugenie BouchardArthur Ashe Stadium4th Match
(29) Casey DellacquaKarolina PliskovaCourt 172nd Match
Kaia Kanepi(15) Carla Suarez-NavarroCourt 173rd Match
Zarina Diyas(17) Ekaterina MakarovaCourt 54th Match
Elena Vesnina(16) Victoria AzarenkaGrandstand2nd Match
(11) Flavia PennettaNicole GibbsArthur Ashe Stadium1st Match
(3) Petra KvitovaAleksandra KrunicLouis Armstrong Stadium1st Match

No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. Sam Querrey

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No. 1 Novak Djokovic may have won Wimbledon, but he’ still trying to find his rhythm on the court again after losing early in Cincinnati and Toronto.

He’s a dominant force though, and there is no better setting than the U.S. Open for him to play like the top player in the world again. He has made the finals four consecutive years at Flushing Meadows and hasn’t lost before the semifinals since 2006. He completely controlled the match against Paul Henri-Mathieu in straight sets in the second round as well.

The U.S. Open Twitter account even took note that Djokovic looks to be on top of his game:

That victory sets up a third-round date with American Sam Querrey. Querrey will theoretically have some of the crowd support behind him as an American, although tennis crowds often pull for the marquee superstars at the Grand Slams.

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Querrey at least has the chance to keep this match close if he can stay on serve with his powerful stroke. He may even steal a set.

Still, Djokovic is 7-1 in his career in head-to-head matches against Querrey.

Djokovic’s incredible success at Flushing Meadows and the head-to-head mastery is too hard to ignore when projecting this match. Look for No. 1 to take another important step toward that fifth consecutive appearance in the U.S. Open finals.

Prediction: Djokovic in four sets.

No. 1 Serena Williams vs. Varvara Lepchenko

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28:  Serena Williams (L) and Venus Williams of the United States play their women's doubles match against Timea Babos of Hungary Kristina Mladenovic of France on Day Four of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tenn
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Djokovic isn’t the only No. 1 seed looking to make waves at the U.S. Open.

Serena Williams is yet to advance past the fourth round of a Grand Slam this year, but if she gets the third-round win Saturday, she will get the chance to do just that.

Don’t let the recent struggles at majors fool you though. She has 17 Grand Slam victories under her belt and plenty of momentum after winning five titles this season. She was also a perfect 18-0 heading into the U.S. Open against the top 10, which means if she can get past Varvara Lepchenko she will take another step toward the late stages against that top competition she has dominated.

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28:  Serena Williams of the United States walks onto the court before playing against Vania King of the United States during their women's singles second round match on Day Four of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King Nation
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Thus far, Williams has only lost five total games at the U.S. Open and only dropped a single game in the second round. She even commented on the fact that she battled through the elements, via Lynn Zinser of The New York Times:

“It’s so hard to play out here in the wind. One side of the court, it’s so hard. It makes it really difficult. I’m happy to get through a solid match with the conditions today.”

Lepchenko brings a powerful forehand, athleticism and speed to the table, and she isn’t afraid to attack the net. However, she lost to Williams in both of their head-to-head matches and hasn’t consistently proven she can play with the world’s best.

Williams is absolutely on top of her game right now, and the two-time defending champion appears well on her way to another deep run at Flushing Meadows. Lepchenko will not offer much resistance.

Prediction: Williams in straight sets.


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