US Open Tennis 2021: TV Schedule, Picks for Tuesday Afternoon Draw

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistAugust 31, 2021

US Open Tennis 2021: TV Schedule, Picks for Tuesday Afternoon Draw

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    Alexander Zverev opens his potential run back to the U.S. Open men's singles final on Tuesday against an American player he has faced twice before in his career. 

    The fourth-seeded German is first up on Arthur Ashe Stadium against Sam Querrey, who comes into New York as the 78th-ranked player on the ATP Tour. 

    Ashleigh Barty follows Zverev on the event's showcase court. The No. 1 seed in the women's singles draw faces Vera Zvonareva in what will be their first meeting.

    The full schedule of play for Tuesday at the U.S. Open can be found here on the tournament's official website. All of the matches can be streamed on ESPN+. The play on Arthur Ashe Stadium begins at noon ET on ESPN.

No. 4 Alexander Zverev vs. Sam Querrey

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    Zverev should have a much easier time with his first-round opponent than the other top-four seed who played at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday. 

    Stefanos Tsitsipas was given the least ideal draw of the four main title contenders, and he was pushed to five sets by Andy Murray.

    Zverev should finish off his match with Querrey in straight sets given the form of both players coming into the season's final major. 

    Querrey is on a four-match losing streak and has not won a match since upsetting Pablo Carreno Busta in the first round at Wimbledon. 

    The hard-serving American might have posed a threat to lower seeds in the draw, but he will likely be overmatched by Zverev in their third head-to-head meeting.

    Zverev is coming off back-to-back wins at the Tokyo Olympics and Western and Southern Open. He lost two sets in 11 matches at those two events. 

    The only two sets Zverev dropped in Tokyo and Cincinnati were against Novak Djokovic and Tsitsipas in the semifinal rounds. 

    Zverev has not lost a set to Querrey in their two previous meetings, both of which have been on hard court. 

    Prediction: Alexander Zverev wins in three sets. 

No. 1 Ashleigh Barty vs. Vera Zvonareva

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    Barty enters New York as the favorite to win the women's singles. 

    The No. 1 seed has been fantastic on the grass and hard surfaces in the last two months. She captured the Wimbledon title and then won the final buildup to the U.S. Open in Cincinnati. 

    The 25-year-old was far and away the best player in Cincinnati, as she won all 10 sets and allowed two players to win more than four games in a single set against her. 

    Barty dominated unseeded Jil Teichmann in the final, but to get there, she controlled matches with Victoria Azarenka and Barbora Krejickova. 

    The Australian should breeze past Zvonareva, who won four games against Iga Swiatek in her last battle with a top-10 player at Wimbledon. 

    The 36-year-old has reached two Grand Slam finals, but recently it has been a struggle for her just to win matches at the calendar's biggest events. 

    Zvonareva has two victories in the last four years at major tournaments, and she owns a single victory in New York since her quarterfinal appearance in 2011.

    Barty should make quick work of the Russian as she sets her sights on a part of the bracket that opened up after the withdrawal of No. 13 seed Jennifer Brady. 

    The No. 1 seed may not face a seeded player until the quarterfinals if No. 29 Veronika Kudermetova loses before the third round and No. 22 Karolina Muchova falls prior to the fourth.

    Prediction: Barty in two sets. 

          

    Statistics obtained from ATPTour.com and WTATennis.com.

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