Serena Williams and Venus Williams will renew their rivalry on Tuesday night in the quarter-finals of the 2015 US Open, just hours before men's favourite Novak Djokovic continues his quest for the title against Feliciano Lopez.
Both Serena Williams and Djokovic are the top-ranked contenders at Flushing Meadows this year, with the former looking to complete a calendar Grand Slam and the latter hunting his third Grand Slam of the season.
Here's a look at the schedule for Tuesday's night draw, complete with TV info and picks:
|US Open Schedule: Tuesday|
|7 p.m.||QF||Serena Williams (USA)  vs. Venus Williams (USA) ||ESPN||Serena in three|
|QF||Novak Djokovic (SRB)  vs. Feliciano Lopez (ESP) ||ESPN||Djokovic in three|
Note: Live streaming can be found at WatchESPN. The Djokovic/Lopez match will begin after the conclusion of the match between Serena and Venus Williams.
Serena Williams vs. Venus Williams
Hollywood writers probably couldn't have come up with a better script for Tuesday's first clash, the battle of the Williams sisters. Serena, the younger sister at 33, is chasing history, looking to complete a calendar Grand Slam and equal Steffi Graf's Open-era record of 22 career Grand Slam wins.
Venus, once considered the stronger of the two, is fighting her way back to the top after a couple of difficult seasons marred injury. She has looked much improved in 2015, and The Nation's Dave Zirin believes in her chances on Tuesday:
Now 35 years old, Venus hasn't won the title at Flushing Meadows since 2001, but she hasn't looked this strong in a long time. The world expects her to lose against her younger sister, who will have the weight of expectations on her shoulders going up against an opponent who knows her better than anyone.
Stylistically, the two are similar, for obvious reasons. Both rely on power over finesse, and their athletic abilities rank among the very best women's tennis has to offer. As shared by We Are Tennis, Serena knows exactly what's in store for her on Tuesday:
Serena is the favourite going into this match―there's no denying that. But with history on the line, her sister is probably the one opponent she would have hoped to avoid. She hasn't exactly dominated these matchups in the past, with the two often looking fairly equal, and Venus showed just last year she has what it takes to come out victorious:
In all likelihood, this match will come down to which player can control her emotions best and not let the magnitude of the moment overwhelm her. Venus is playing for her career―Serena is playing for history. Either way, the crowd at the Arthur Ashe Stadium should be in for one hell of a ride.
Novak Djokovic vs. Feliciano Lopez
The second quarter-final of the night looks a lot less exciting, at least on paper. Lopez has never made it past the quarter-final stage of a Grand Slam, and while the 33-year-old is playing some of the best tennis of his career, few expect him to even win a set against the Djoker.
Lopez has never beaten the World No. 1 before, and that seems unlikely to change on Tuesday. The Spaniard has done his best work away from the Arthur Ashe Stadium so far, relying on his big serve, and with the extra space available to defend, he'll lose his biggest weapon against one of the best returners in the game.
Djokovic was far from his best in his four-set win over Roberto Bautista Agut and was visibly frustrated with his performance, even destroying one of his rackets at one point, via the Associated Press' Rachel Cohen:
But like he always seems to do, the Serb bounced back and finished the match in strong fashion, and he'll be eager to avoid another slow start in the quarter-finals.
Bautista Augut made life hard on Djokovic in part because his particular strengths matched up well with Djokovic's weaknesses, and that's not the case with Lopez. There's a reason the Spaniard's best results have all come on grass, including three quarter-final appearances at Wimbledon: He's a serve specialist who needs to win points early or he usually doesn't win them at all.
Against the vast majority of players on the ATP World Tour, such a strategy is a recipe for success. But Djokovic isn't most players; he's a defensive mastermind who excels at the return game and will easily take over rallies once they extend beyond five or six strokes.
That serve is Lopez's biggest weapon, and it's what he should pin his hopes on when he faces Djokovic. Everyone expects him to lose, so he might as well take some risks and go berserk every time he has a chance to serve.
The good news for his fans is that he seems to be relaxed amid the excitement of making his first-ever quarter-final appearance at Flushing Meadows. As shared by Ellesse, he even took the time to take a stroll around New York City:
Lopez's odds of winning are not great, so he should enjoy the chance to play at the Arthur Ashe Stadium and just play his own game. Who knows? Maybe the Djoker will struggle the way he did against Bautista Agut, and the door toward a massive upset actually opens.