87 singles matches were played on Wednesday, a semblance of order returns on Day 4 of the 2017 US Open, as the top half of both the men’s and women’s draws are set to engage in second-round play.
Headlining play in Day 4 are Roger Federer, Rafel Nadal, Gael Monfils, Juan Martin del Potro, Dominic Thiem, Elina Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova.
The all-time men’s leader in Grand Slam titles, Roger Federer has triumphed at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2017, bringing his Grand Slam titles total to 19.
A win in Flushing Meadows would be the 36-year-old Swiss his sixth US Open crown, breaking the tie for most among men in the Open era.
Federer won all of his US Open titles from 2004 through to 2008, which is another Open-era record.
To people like myself who feel Federer was severely tested in the first round by American Frances Tiafoe, who managed to make the third seed seem almost mortal by barraging him with a ferocious ground assault. But as the greats all seem able to do, Federer found another gear and pulled out the five-set win.
Yet even in winning, Federer appeared to be less than 100%, seemingly still bothered by the testy back that forced him to withdraw from the Cincinnati event two weeks ago.
He’ll get another chance to test that back today against a familiar foe, Mikhail Youzhny, a veteran who’s competing in the US Open for the 12th time in his career.
Youzhny, 35, was a semifinalist here in 2006, his best ever performance in a Grand Slam tournament.
However, Federer has come up against the Russian 16 times winning all.
Two-time US Open champion and men’s No. 1 Rafael Nadal will take on Japan’s Taro Daniel in the night session inside Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The 31-year-old Spaniard won a record 10th title at Roland Garros in June, and although he’s more closely associated with clay courts than hard courts, he’s proven through the years that he’s entirely capable of handling the hard stuff, compiling a lifetime 404-124 mark on cement.
Having regained the men’s No. 1 ranking last week, the Spaniard finds himself on this tournament’s top line for the first time since 2010.
He seemed pretty comfortable in his first round match against Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic; after a first-set tiebreak, Nadal ran away with the 7-6, 6-2, 6-2 win.
The top seed will look for a similar showing tonight against Japan’s Taro Daniel, who’s into the second round here for the first time in his career.
Daniel, 24, who was born here in New York, notched his first career US Open win yesterday, toughing out a wild five-set win over wild card Tommy Paul.
Another top seeded player in action is Karolina Pliskova.
Pliskova reached her first career Grand Slam final here last year, taking out both Venus and Serena Williams back-to-back before losing in the final to Angelique Kerber in three tight sets.
The 25-year-old Czech has continued from where she stopped last year, winning three titles, including two on hard courts and reaching the quarter finals of the Australian Open and the semifinals of the French open.
She’ll look to take a second step toward that singular goal today against American qualifier Nicole Gibbs, who advanced to the second round here for the fourth consecutive year with an uneven 6-0, 1-6, 6-1 victory over Veronica Cepede Royg yesterday.
Gibbs, who has ranked as high as No. 68, now stands at No. 127, but make no mistake, the American is a feisty competitor, a battler who fights for every point.
Pliskova owns a 2-0 edge in career meetings with the American and figures as the favorite to complete the hat trick today.
Other Key Fixtures To Look Out For Today
Gael Monfils vs Donald Young
Grigor Dimitrov vs Andrey Rublev
Roberto Bautista Agut vs Dustin Brown
Malek Jaziri vs John Millman
Stefano Travaglia vs Viktor Troicki
Tomas Berdych vs Alexandr Dolgopolov
Adrian Mannarino vs Bjorn Fratangelo
Juan Martin Del Potro vs Adrian Menendez-Maceiras
Damir Dzumhur vs Cedrik-Marcel Stebe
Philipp Kohlschreiber vs Santiago Giraldo
Dominic Thiem vs Taylor Fritz
David Goffin vs Guido Pella
Feliciano Lopez vs Fernando Verdasco
Yuichi Sugita vs Leonardo Mayer
Elina Svitolina vs Evgeniya Rodina
Jelena Ostapenko vs Sorana Cirstea
Daria Gavrilova vs Shelby Rogers
Ana Bogdan vs Monica Niculescu
Shuai Zhang vs Risa Ozaki
Elena Vesnina vs Kirsten Flipkens
Agnieszka Radwanska vs Yulia Putintseva
Lucie Safarova vs Nao Hibino
Svetlana Kuznetsova vs Kurumi Nara
Madison Keys vs Tatjana Maria