U.S. Open Today: Matches to Watch

Sloane Stephens vs. Roberta Vinci

Third match, Armstrong Stadium

These fan favorites have never played each other, but the generational contrast in style should produce entertaining fare: Stephens, the young American, follows the great tradition of power players of recent years while Vinci’s slice-and-dice style reminds one more of Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova.

No. 17 Sam Querrey vs. Gilles Simon

Third match, Grandstand

This matchup was created by the reshuffling of the draw after No. 2 Andy Murray’s withdrawal on Saturday. Querrey, who reached the semifinals of Wimbledon in July, has a big serve and forehand that should give him the edge, but Simon is a master of deflecting and redirecting pace. If they are on their games, the matchup should give the small crowd at the Grandstand much to cheer about.

Thanasi Kokkinakis vs. Janko Tipsarevic

Third match, Court 17

Tisparevic, 33, is looking to regain the form that made him a top-10 player just a few years ago. Kokkinakis, 21, is restarting his career after missing nearly a year and a half with injuries. A win would be the first at a major for either player this year.

Denis Shapovalov vs. Daniil Medvedev

Third match, Court 7

Denis Shapovalov, an 18-year old Canadian, had a breakout summer after beating Rafael Nadal in Montreal on his way to the semifinals. His ranking shot up from 143rd to 67th, but nevertheless, he had to make it through three rounds of qualifying to reach the main draw of the Open. He faces Daniil Medvedev of Russia, 21, who until a few weeks ago was ranked almost 100 places higher. Now they sit within 15 spots of each other, and Shapovalov has all the momentum. With Andy Murray’s withdrawal weakening this quarter of the draw, a win here could spark a run by an up-and-coming young player.

Complete United States Open scores and schedule are here.


Alexander Zverev, 20, is the No. 4 seed in the men’s singles draw, his highest seeding at a Grand Slam tournament.

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Is It Sascha Zverev’s Turn?

Alexander Zverev, better known as Sascha, has yet to make it to a Grand Slam quarterfinal, and at the United States Open, he has never made it past the second round.

But he will be featured in the first night session at Ashe Stadium on Monday.

Why? Well, no one has played better in the last month. Zverev, 20, won the Citi Open in Washington, and seven days later took the Rogers Cup in Montreal, beating Roger Federer in the final. With five titles this year, Zverev has reached No. 6 in the rankings, but with some top players out with injuries, he is the No. 4 seed at the Open.

And after No. 2 Andy Murray’s withdrawal on Saturday, Zverev is the highest seed in his half of the draw, and No. 1 Rafael Nadal and No. 3 Federer are in the other half. His path to a Grand Slam final seems clear.

“I feel different going into this Slam than I felt ever before,” said Zverev, who, at 6-foot-6, is one of the tall players primed to make an impact on the game. “I feel like I’m one of the ones who can compete for this Slam actually.”

His parents, Russians who immigrated to Germany in the 1990s, were professional tennis players, and so is his older brother, Mischa. Sascha has spent most of his life on the tennis tour, and now, the family’s plan for his career is working better than ever. — NICK PACHELLI

Read more about Sascha Zverev here.

Other players to watch at the United States Open.


This year, Venus Williams has reached two Grand Slam finals, including Wimbledon’s last month.

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What’s Next for Venus Williams?

Venus Williams starts her United States Open with an afternoon match against Viktoria Kuzmova at Ashe Stadium. Ranked ninth, she is one of eight women who are in contention for the No. 1 ranking at this tournament.

Williams, who turned 37 in June, has reached two major finals this year — at the Australian Open and at Wimbledon — and is having her best season in years. She can’t explain why, or at least she won’t explain why.

“There are a lot of explanations,” she said. “But I all I can say is that I’m grateful.”

Juliet Macur wrote recently:

This season has been a reminder of how much richer the sport of tennis is with her sparkling inside it.

Williams is obviously much closer to the end of her career than the beginning. How close, only she knows. So it’s natural to wonder if this tournament or that one will be her last hurrah, or if this might be the last time you see her at the U.S. Open, rocketing balls as fiery as comets into the opposite court. It’s appropriate to feel nostalgic.

But it’s also another chance to forget all that, a time to just soak in her grace and her power once again, to marvel at her 120-plus-miles-per-hour serves and her lithe and long-limbed elegance. It’s a time to salute her exemplary sportsmanship, her qualifying-tournament ego in a Grand Slam body.


A temporary Louis Armstrong Stadium is being used for the Open because a new 14,000-seat stadium will not be completed until next year.

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What’s New at the Open

The former Louis Armstrong Stadium was torn down after last year’s Open. The new one, which will seat 14,000 and have a retractable roof, will not be finished until the 2018 tournament.

So a temporary Louis Armstrong Stadium is tucked into the grounds near the East Gate of the tennis center.

The aluminum structure seats 8,500 spectators, U.S.T.A. officials said, with most of the seats general admission. There are several hundred reserved seats near the court.

The stadium will have a scoreboard capable of showing video replays for disputed calls and temporary light towers so that matches can continue past sunset.

Among the other changes at the Open are modifications to Ashe Stadium to reduce the ambient noise and new rules in the junior, college and wheelchair events that allow coaching and a countdown clock between points. — DAVID WALDSTEIN

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