ESPN network execs in the United States must’ve thrown their cell phones against the wall when Karolina Pliskova beat Serena Williams. Now, they have the tough sell of a US Open Finals match between the little known Pliskova, from the Czech Republic, against Angelique Kerber, from Germany, who just (sort of) became a household name earlier this year, going against numerous College Football games in the 4:00 pm EDT time-slot.
Novak Djokovic vs. Mikhail Youzhny
The big story of the day will be how Novak Djokovic looks after getting a much needed walkover into the third round when Jirí Vesley withdrew due to injury. Djokovic was noticeably struggling in his first round match against Jerzy Janowicz, an opponent that an in-form Djokovic would’ve beat with ease.
Juan Martin Del Potro vs. Steve Johnson
How can we talk about a marquee match on Day 4 at the U.S. Open, and not mention this one!? I’m sure most of you scrolled through the schedule this morning, and said “DelPo vs. Stevie Johnson? Now that will be a good match!” Seriously, If you’re only going to pick one match to watch today, I would pick this one.
Cici Bellis vs. Shelby Rogers
When people think about American Tennis these days, the Pete Sampras’ & Andre Agassi’s are long gone. The Billie Jean King’s & Chris Evert’s are even more of a distant memory on the women’s side. The face of American tennis for the past 20 or so years has been all about two sisters from Compton, CA, Venus & Serena Williams.
The Big Apple, The Five Boroughs, The Empire City, The Center of the Universe, Gotham, The City That Never Sleeps, or just ‘THE City’. They all refer to one place, the home of Madison Square Garden, Central Park, the Barclays Center, the Statue of Liberty, Radio City Music Hall, Coney Island, Times Square, Yankee Stadium, the World Trade Center, and last but not least, Arthur Ashe Stadium, home of the US Open.