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US Open Tennis 2015: Predicting Final Results for Monday's Bracket

Daniel Rogers@@DRogOSUFeatured ColumnistAugust 31, 2015

U.S. Open Tennis top women's seed Serena Williams gestures as she speaks at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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As summer prepares to roll into fall, the tennis world has its eyes trained on New York for the annual U.S. Open, the final chapter in the Grand Slam season.  

But while every year is important, the 2015 version of the tournament carries some of the biggest storylines in the history of the sport, with most eyes likely focused on Serena Williams' quest for greatness.

Even with Williams dominating the headlines, though, the men’s singles draw offers plenty of intrigue as well, with a former world No. 1 in Rafael Nadal attempting to recapture his form while Novak Djokovic attempts to make it double-digit Grand Slam titles.

With play kicking off Monday, let’s take a look at the bracket for the first day and predict who will get through their first-round matchups.

US Open Monday Bracket and Predictions
MatchupTime (ET)CourtPrediction
Women's Singles Round 1: Dominika Cibulkova vs. No. 7 Ana Ivanovic11 a.m.Arthur Ashe StadiumIvanovic
Women's Singles Round 1: Monica Puig vs. No. 23 Venus Williams11 a.m.Arthur Ashe StadiumWilliams
Men's Singles Round 1: No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. Joao Souza11 a.m.Arthur Ashe StadiumDjokovic
Women's Singles Round 1: No. 1 Serena Williams vs. Vitalia Diatchenko7 p.m.Arthur Ashe StadiumWilliams
Men's Singles Round 1: Borna Coric vs. No. 8 Rafael Nadal7 p.m.Arthur Ashe StadiumNadal
Men's Singles Round 1: No. 4 Kei Nishikori vs. Benoit Paire11 a.m.Louis Armstrong StadiumNishikori
Men's Singles Round 1: No. 9 Marin Cilic vs. Guido Pella11 a.m.Louis Armstrong StadiumCilic
Women's Singles Round 1: Coco Vandeweghe vs. No. 29 Sloane Stephens11 a.m.Louis Armstrong StadiumStephens
Men's Singles Round 1: Illya Marchenko vs. No. 16 Gael MonfilsNot before 5 p.m.Louis Armstrong StadiumMonfils
Men's Singles Round 1: Marco Cecchinato vs. Mardy Fish11 a.m.GrandstandFish
Women's Singles Round 1: Anna Tatishvili vs. No. 8 Karolina Pliskova11 a.m.GrandstandPliskova
Men's Singles Round 1: Radu Albot vs. No. 7 David Ferrer11 a.m.GrandstandFerrer
Women's Singles Round 1: No. 19 Madison Keys vs. Klara Koukalova11 a.m.GrandstandKeys
Women's Singles Round 1: Lauren Davis vs. Heather Watson11 a.m.Court 17Watson
Men's Singles Round 1: No. 10 Milos Raonic vs. Tim Smyczek11 a.m.Court 17Raonic
Women's Singles Round 1: No. 25 Eugenie Bouchard vs. Alison Riske11 a.m.Court 17Bouchard
Men's Singles Round 1: No. 32 Fabio Fognini vs. Steve Johnson11 a.m.Court 17Fognini
Men's Singles Round 1: Simone Bolelli vs. No. 14 David Goffin11 a.m.Court 13Goffin
Women's Singles Round 1: Oceane Dodin vs. No. 21 Jelena Jankovic11 a.m.Court 13Jankovic
Men's Singles Round 1: Michael Berrer vs. No. 26 Tommy Robredo11 a.m.Court 13Robredo
Women's Singles Round 1: Vania King vs. Roberta Vinci11 a.m.Court 13King
Women's Singles Round 1: Katerina Siniakova vs. No. 15 Agnieszka Radwanska11 a.m.Court 11Radwanska
Men's Singles Round 1: No. 19 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Jarkko Nieminen11 a.m.Court 11Tsonga
Women's Singles Round 1: Irina Falconi vs. Samantha Crawford11 a.m.Court 11Crawford
Women's Singles Round 1: Daria Kasatkina vs. Daria GavrilovaNot before 5 p.m.Court 11Gavrilova
Women's Singles Round 1: Saisai Zheng vs. Madison Brengle11 a.m.Court 4Brengle
Women's Singles Round 1: Magda Linette vs. Urszula Radwanska11 a.m.Court 4Radwanska
Men's Singles Round 1: Jerzy Janowicz vs. Pablo Carreno Busta11 a.m.Court 4Janowicz
Men's Singles Round 1: Sam Groth vs. Alexandr Dolgopolov11 a.m.Court 4Dolgopolov
Men's Singles Round 1: Matthew Ebden vs. No. 17 Grigor Dimitrov11 a.m.Court 5Dimitrov
Men's Singles Round 1: Fernando Verdasco vs. Tommy Haas11 a.m.Court 5Haas
Women's Singles Round 1: Kateryna Kozlova vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands11 a.m.Court 5Mattek-Sandis
Women's Singles Round 1: No. 12 Belinda Bencic vs. Sesil Karatantcheva11 a.m.Court 5Bencic
Women's Singles Round 1: Sofia Kenin vs. Mariana Duque-Marino11 a.m.Court 6Kenin
Men's Singles Round 1: Tommy Paul vs. No. 25 Andreas Seppi11 a.m.Court 6Seppi
Women's Singles Round 1: No. 10 Carla Suarez Navarro vs. Denisa Allertova11 a.m.Court 6Navarro
Men's Singles Round 1: No. 23 Roberto Bautista Agut vs. Pierre-Hugues Herbert11 a.m.Court 6Agut
Women's Singles Round 1: Jessica Pegula vs. Alison Van Uytvanck11 a.m.Court 7Uytvanck
Women's Singles Round 1: Kristina Mladenovic vs. No. 30 Svetlana Kuznetsova11 a.m.Court 7Kuznetsova
Men's Singles Round 1: No. 27 Jeremy Chardy vs. Ryan Shane11 a.m.Court 7Chardy
Men's Singles Round 1: Vasek Pospisil vs. Andreas Haider-Maurer11 a.m.Court 7Pospisil
Men's Singles Round 1: Yen-Hsun Lu vs. Mikhail Kukushkin11 a.m.Court 9Lu
Women's Singles Round 1: Anna-Lena Friedsam vs. Kaia Kanepi11 a.m.Court 9Kanepi
Men's Singles Round 1: Sergiy Stakhovsky vs. John Millman11 a.m.Court 9Millman
Women's Singles Round 1: Ana Konjuh vs. Tatjana Maria11 a.m.Court 9Maria
Women's Singles Round 1: Anett Kontaveit vs. Casey Dellacqua11 a.m.Court 10Dellacqua
Men's Singles Round 1: Nikoloz Basilashvili vs. No. 18 Feliciano Lopez11 a.m.Court 10Lopez
Men's Singles Round 1: Florian Mayer vs. Martin Klizan11 a.m.Court 10Klizan
Women's Singles Round 1: Daniela Hantuchova vs. Misaki Doi11 a.m.Court 10Doi
Women's Singles Round 1: Teliana Pereira vs. No. 13 Ekaterina Makarova11 a.m.Court 12Makarova
Men's Singles Round 1: Lukas Lacko vs. Marcel Granollers11 a.m.Court 12Granollers
Men's Singles Round 1: Lucas Pouille vs. Evgeny Donskoy11 a.m.Court 12Donskoy
Women's Singles Round 1: Kiki Bertens vs. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni11 a.m.Court 12Bertens
Men's Singles Round 1: Marsel Illhan vs. Radek Stepanek11 a.m.Court 14Stepanek
Women's Singles Round 1: No. 17 Elina Svitolina vs. Elizaveta Kulichkova11 a.m.Court 14Svitolina
Women's Singles Round 1: Polona Hercog vs. Zarina Diyas11 a.m.Court 14Diyas
Men's Singles Round 1: Elias Ymer vs. Diego Schwartzman11 a.m.Court 14Ymer
Men's Singles Round 1: Joao Sousa vs. Ricardas Berankis11 a.m.Court 15Sousa
Women's Singles Round 1: No. 31 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Magdalena Rybarikova11 a.m.Court 15Pavlyuchenkova
Men's Singles Round 1: Pablo Cuevas vs. Dudi Sela11 a.m.Court 15Sela
Women's Singles Round 1: Tereza Smitkova vs. Andreea Mitu11 a.m.Court 15Mitu
Women's Singles Round 1: Lara Arruabarrena vs. Bojana Jovanovski11 a.m.Court 16Jovanovski
Men's Singles Round 1: Teymuraz Gabashvili vs. Pablo Andujar11 a.m.Court 16Andujar
Men's Singles Round 1: Filip Krajinovic vs. Alejandro Gonzalez11 a.m.Court 16Gonzalez
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Serena Williams begins tournament in style

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With all due respect to the other participants in this year’s U.S. Open, one story matters the most in this year's iteration of the tournament: the crowning of Serena Williams as the greatest of all time.

Far from a foregone conclusion, Williams’ quest for the calendar Grand Slam would not only make her the first women’s singles player to win all four titles in a calendar year since Steffi Graf did so in 1988, but it would also tie her with Graf for the Open era record with 22 career Grand Slam victories.

Her first-round opponent, Vitalia Diatchenko, shouldn’t provide much of a roadblock for Williams, who has won the U.S. Open in each of the last three years and hasn’t missed a final since 2010.

Expect Williams to overpower the Russian on her way to an easy first-round victory as her march toward history continues.

 

Novak Djokovic dominates in opening round

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While the world No. 1 in women’s singles has been dominant all year to this point, her male counterpart hasn’t had the same level of success, though he has still had an excellent year.

After surprisingly falling to Stan Wawrinka in the French Open final, Djokovic returned to the All England Club at Wimbledon and took down Roger Federer with relative ease in the final. Now he looks to capitalize in the U.S. Open, which would be his third Grand Slam title this year.

For all the success he has had over the past few years, though, Djokovic has struggled at the U.S. Open, winning only one title in 2011 and falling in the semifinals last year to Kei Nishikori. But these aren’t the semifinals yet, and the competition shouldn’t be too tough for the world’s top player for at least another few rounds.

The first match for Djokovic is against Brazilian Joao Souza. Don’t expect this match to get past three sets, with Djokovic hoping to claim his 10th Grand Slam title and second U.S. Open title.

 

Rafael Nadal wins, but questions linger

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It has been tough to watch Nadal this season for those of us who were tennis fans during his heyday. One of the greatest to ever play the game, he has been a shell of his former self all year, falling in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and French Open before a shocking second-round defeat at Wimbledon in July.

The U.S. Open could provide a platform for the oft-injured superstar to climb his way back toward the top of the sport, but there are too many questions surrounding his game to have full confidence in a return to form.

His first-round opponent, Borna Coric, is 1-0 in his career against Nadal and could put a scare into the former champion.

In the end, Nadal has looked better in recent weeks after the disappointment in England and should take down Coric easily in spite of everything, but if the cracks start to show early again, expect a lot of questions to surround the Spaniard moving forward in the tournament.

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