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US Open Tennis 2016 Schedule: Replay TV Coverage, Live Stream for Friday's Draw

Steve Silverman@@profootballboyFeatured ColumnistSeptember 2, 2016

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 29: Novak Djokovic of Serbia in action during his first round match on day 1 of the 2016 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
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Novak Djokovic will be back on the court Friday in the U.S. Open, and he will put his ailing right shoulder and troublesome left wrist to the test when he takes on Russia's Mikhail Youzhny in the third round of the Flushing Meadows, NY, tournament.

On the women's side, second-seeded Angelique Kerber will play a prime-time match against American Catherine Bellis.

The Tennis Channel will provide daily television replay coverage of the tournament, while ESPN's television coverage of the event can be streamed live at WatchESPN.

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Djokovic has not played since his opening match on Monday, when he needed to take a medical time out and ask the trainers to come to the court and look at his tight right shoulder. He had a walkover victory in the second round Wednesday, and the extra time has given him a chance to recover, but Youzhny should provide something of a test.

Youzhny has done fairly well against Djokovic, winning three of the nine matches he has had against the No. 1 player in the world. However, most of their meetings took place much earlier in their careers, as Djokovic won the last meeting in 2013—a four-set win at the U.S. Open.

Those two will play in a 3 p.m. ET match at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Kerber has strong motivation to keep rolling in the tournament after winning both of her first two matches in straight sets. Kerber can rise to the No. 1 ranking in the world if she can win the U.S. Open.

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That's clearly a difficult assignment, because it means that she would have beaten top-seeded Serena Williams in the final or that the world's No. 1 player would have been stopped along the way. 

Kerber's third-round match against Bellis may not be an easy one. Bellis is a 17-year-old phenom who plays with energy and speed all over the court.

Kerber's counter-punching style may eventually wear Bellis down and help her move on to the fourth round, but the 28-year-old German is not likely to run away in this match. This could go three sets before Kerber is able to advance.

Andy Murray rolled to an overpowering 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 win Thursday night over Marcel Granollers in the second round.

While Djokovic is troubled by two different ailments, Murray is healthy, and he appears to be in top form. He won his second Wimbledon title in July and his second Olympic gold medal in Rio last month. Now he is attempting to win his second U.S. Open.

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Murray was somewhat critical of his own play, pointing out that he was not as consistent with his first serve as he would have preferred.

"I hit quite a lot of winners, although first-serve percentage wasn't great," Murray told the BBC. "I would have liked to make a few more first serves but it is a little bit different serving under the roof, a little heavier conditions."

Williams advanced to the third round as well, picking up her second consecutive 6-3, 6-3 victory in the second round. She defeated American Vania King, and she appeared to show no ill effects from a shoulder problem that had bothered her at the Olympics. She did not make the medal stand at the Rio tournament.

Williams poured in 13 aces and raised her all-time record to 306-42 in major tournaments. If she can win her next match against Johanna Larsson of Sweden Saturday, then she will tie Roger Federer for the most Grand Slam tournament victories in the Open era (since 1968).

The 306th victory tied her with Hall of Famer Martina Navratilova. "Wow, (Navratilova) was just an incredible legend. For me, one of the best players to ever play tennis," Williams told Christian Red of the New York Daily News. "Someone that I never even thought I could be as good as numbers-wise."

In addition to the Djokovic and Kerber matches, Day 5 of the U.S. Open will see ninth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France take on 23rd-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa in an 11 a.m. ET match scheduled for the Grandstand. American Jack Sock, the 26th seed, will meet seventh-seeded Marin Cilic in a 1 p.m. match at Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Fourth-seeded Rafael Nadal will play in prime time against Russian Andrey Kuznetsov. That match is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Ashe Stadium.

On the women's side, eighth-seeded Madison Keys will play Japan's Naomi Osaka in a 1 p.m. Ashe Stadium meeting, while 14th-seeded Petra Kvitova will take on 22nd-seeded Elina Svitolina at 3:30 p.m. in an Armstrong Stadium encounter.

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