Djokovic's shocking loss last night (yeah, he retired, but Wawrinka had him beat) opens up the men's side considerably. Sure, odds are still very good that someone we know very well, be it Nadal, Federer or even Wawrinka himself, will win this thing but dare we dream a youngster can make it complicated for them? Neither Zverev nor Medvedev have looked particularly strong this tournament, so we'd say no, but one can always hope.
On to today. The obvious itinerary is to start the day on Armstrong to see what should be a tight match between #23 Donna Vekic vs. #26 Julia Gorges, then move over to Ashe to watch Naomi Osaka (presumably) destroy Belinda Bencic (though you never know). After Osaka is done, stick around Ashe to watch Sasha Zverev taking on the always complicated Diego Schwartzman on Ashe at 1:15 and then move back over to Armstrong once that's done or a foregone conclusion to see if Kristie Ahn can keep her dream US Open going against Elise Mertens.
Tonight brings what should be an extremely interesting match between Rafael Nadal and Marin Cilic. The Croat's ranking has dropped a bit over the past year, but he made the finals at Cincinnati and he's still way more dangerous than a #22 seed should be. This will be very far from a walk in the park for Rafa.
And then comes the continuation of our favorite story of this year's open: Taylor Townsend. Can she keep her amazing run going against Bianca Andreescu? The Canadian is a tough player but despite her ranking is currently two rounds deeper than she's ever been in a major. Our money's on Taylor.
First, huge congratulations to Coco Gauff despite her exit last night. Big things ahead for her. Also last night, Kyrgios looked sullen and bored and deservedly lost. It's very difficult to understand what's going on in that guy's head.
As for today, the slate is super strong. Start out at 11:00 on Armstrong to watch Ash Barty take on #18 Qiang Wang.
Then skip over to Ashe for Federer v Goffin (or if you don't have Ashe tickets, stick to Armstrong to watch Konta v. Pliskova). Post-Fed comes Serena, so don't expect any free time to grab lunch at the food court & it'll be chicken fingers for all. Post-Serena, there's a last match at Armstrong in the day session (Medvedev v. Koepfer).
As for the night session, Wawrinka is looking spry, so we may get our first our first high-intensity match between multiple Grand Slam winners on the men's side when he takes on Djokovic, who's shoulder seems to have healed up. Before them comes Madison Keys taking on Svitolina.
Taylor Townsend is back in action against another (but much less dangerous) Romanian in Cirstea on Armstrong starting a few moments ago. We'd love to see her crash the net a bunch more today and pull out another win. Other than that, today's a bit thin on big women's names (though Wozniacki takes to Ashe at noon), so our pick for a bit later is to see American Kristie Ahn look to extend her all-time best Grand Slam result against Ostapenko on the Grandstand.
On the men's side, you might have heard of the headliner on Ashe at 1:15 p.m. but probably not his opponent Chung Hyeon. He got as high as #19 in the world last year, so he's a promising player at just 23. He's still screwed today. We'd be surprised if Nadal needs more than three easy sets to dispatch him.
If you don't have Ashe tickets, or if you're just hoping for some more competitive tennis, you can choose between what promises to be a tight serving competition between two giants in Isner vs. Cilic on the Grandstand or see whether Sasha Zverev can finally get off the court in fewer than five sets with a win.
Federer has been a bit shaky so far this tournament, but of course we're rooting for him to pull it together and make it at least to yet another epic against Djokovic in the semis. Whether you still think he's the GOAT or that he's been surpassed by Nadal or even Djokovic, Federer is one of the greatest to ever play the game as well as being the most elegant and unique player of the modern era. Luckily, he looks to be cruising through the first set against Evans on Ashe.
Serena's claim to be the GOAT is much more secure than Fed's, and she's much closer to her past dominance than she is. But we're still only going to be blessed by her presence for a while longer, so every opportunity to see her play should be seized, including against Muchova today at 1:30.
Beyond those two must sees, today is full of interest:
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