What to Watch at the U.S. Open

How to watch: From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern time on ESPN2; and streaming on the ESPN app. In Canada on TSN from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and streaming on TSN.ca and the TSN app.

Matches to keep watch over.

Because of the variety of matches biking via courts, the instances for particular person matchups are estimates and should fluctuate based mostly on when earlier play is accomplished. All instances are Eastern Standard.

Louis Armstrong STADIUM | 11 a.m.

Belinda Bencic vs. Iga Swiatek

Belinda Bencic, who gained gold in ladies’s singles at the Tokyo Olympics, reached the semifinals of the U.S. Open in 2019 and is 2 wins away from returning this yr. Bencic, a hardcourt specialist seeded 11th, has misplaced solely 18 video games throughout three rounds of play as her flat baseline pictures have brought about difficulties for her opponents.

Iga Swiatek, the seventh seed, is the solely girl to attain the second week of every Grand Slam occasion in 2021, however she didn’t make it previous the quarterfinals at any of the first three. Against Bencic, Swiatek could have to use artful pictures to attempt to unsettle Bencic’s rhythm on longer rallies.

Arthur Ashe Stadium | 10 p.m.

Maria Sakkari vs. Bianca Andreescu

Bianca Andreescu gained the 2019 U.S. Open however sustained a knee damage at the finish of that yr, stymying her growth as she took 15 months off, returning at the 2021 Australian Open. After shedding in the first spherical on each the French Open’s clay and Wimbledon’s grass, Andreescu, the sixth seed, has appeared extra at house on the arduous courts of Flushing Meadows.

Maria Sakkari, the 17th seed, reached her first main semifinal at this yr’s French Open and has moved into the spherical of 16 at the U.S. Open with out dropping a set. After this run, she is going to transfer into the prime 15 in the world rankings for the first time and with just a few extra wins, she might even attain the prime 10, a primary for a Greek girl.

Novak Djokovic has appeared susceptible at instances.Credit…John Minchillo/Associated Press

Arthur Ashe Stadium | 7 p.m.

Novak Djokovic vs. Jenson Brooksby

Novak Djokovic, the first seed, has not appeared as indefatigable as common throughout the U.S. Open. Although he has gained every of his three matches in 4 units, there have been moments of lethargy that time to some points with Djokovic’s type as he chases a calendar Grand Slam.

Jenson Brooksby, a 20-year-old American who entered the most important draw via a wild card, upset the 21st-seeded Aslan Karatsev in 5 units on Saturday. Brooksby has a surprisingly stylized recreation, with a shortened service movement and a large backswing on the forehand that beguiles opponents. He’ll take a look at that model in opposition to the greatest returner in trendy tennis.

Louis Armstrong STADIUM | four p.m.

Oscar Otte vs. Matteo Berrettini

Oscar Otte, a qualifier, had by no means moved previous the second spherical of a significant event till this week, beginning his run in the most important draw by upsetting the 20th-seeded Lorenzo Sonego in the first spherical. He will come up in opposition to a a lot stronger opponent, the sixth-seeded Matteo Berrettini of Italy. Berrettini’s breakout efficiency got here at the U.S. Open in 2019, and he appears most at house amongst the raucous crowds of New York City. His sturdy serve and brutalist model of play is effectively suited to quicker surfaces, and Otte will likely be pushed to play extra defensively.

Shelby Rogers is coming off defeating the top-ranked Ashleigh Barty.Credit…Ed Jones/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Arthur Ashe Stadium | three p.m.

Shelby Rogers vs. Emma Raducanu

Shelby Rogers had misplaced to Ashleigh Barty, the world No. 1, all 4 instances they’d performed in 2021. On Saturday night time, she fought from two breaks down in the third set to win in the tiebreaker, motivated by a crowd that swelled in anticipation after any mistake that Barty made. She will face Emma Raducanu, an 18-year-old Briton, in an try to attain her second consecutive U.S. Open quarterfinal. Raducanu blitzed previous Sara Sorribes Tormo in the third spherical, shedding just one recreation in 70 minutes. Raducanu’s second look in a significant event has resulted in yet one more go to to the spherical of 16, and he or she is in good type to try to make a deeper push.