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.