Day 4 of the 2010 U.S. Open features plenty of heavy hitters. Roger Federer, Caroline Wozniacki, Maria Sharapova, Novak Djokovic and Americans Mardy Fish, Taylor Dent and James Blake, who looked great in his first-round match, will all be in action Thursday.
Live matches will be shown on the Tennis Channel from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., on ESPN2 from 1-11 p.m. and streaming starting at 1 on ESPN3 (all times East Coast). According to the official TV schedule, from 2-7 p.m. Tennis Channel coverage will only focus on courts 11 and/or 13. So if you're interested in the big guns, ESPN2 is your best bet.
Here are a few matches worth checking out on a warm Day 4:
11 a.m., Louis Armstrong
Second round, Pablo Cuevas (URU) vs. No. 19 Mardy Fish (USA)
With Andy Roddick going down Wednesday night, Fish might be America's next best hope. Did you know this about him?
In November 2007, Fish became engaged to Stacey Gardner, a California attorney and a "Briefcase Model" on NBC's Deal or No Deal. The two were married in September 2008. Fish's friend and fellow tennis player James Blake served as groomsman.
(From his Wikipedia page)
Not before 1 p.m., Arthur Ashe
Second round, No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) vs. Kai-Chen Chang (TPE)
So much for the top-seeded Wozniacki being a bit of a pushover. She destroyed Chelsey Gullickson in the first round, 6-1, 6-1, in a match that didn't start until about midnight on Day 2. "A win is a win, so it doesn't really matter what time I get on," she told reporters afterward. "As long as I win, I'm happy."
About 3 p.m., Arthur Ashe
Second round, Andreas Beck (GER) vs. No. 2 Roger Federer (SUI)
"The ovation was fantastic. The crowd went wild," Federer, the No. 2 seed, said about his rifle shot that landed in the corner impossible to retrieve. "You could see on my reaction I couldn't believe it."
Oh really? I think he could believe it. I think he likes toying with us.
About 5 p.m., Louis Armstrong
Peter Polansky (CAN) vs. James Blake (USA)
I'm rooting for Blake hard here. The American, who was honored during the tournament's opening ceremony for overcoming so much in his life, has been fighting a nasty knee injury this year. He's battles back problems his entire life. In 2004, he broke his neck after hitting his head on a steel net post during a tournament in Italy. He deserves a deep run at the Open. (Here's a good 60 Minutes piece on him from 2005.)
About 9 p.m., Arthur Ashe
Philipp Petzschner (GER) vs. No. 3 Novak Djokovic (SRB)
I told you Djokovic was funny. After his ugly five-set win in the first round, he was asked how it felt to finally play under some shade cover late in the match. "Oh my god, it was like a sleeping with my girlfriend kind of feeling," he said.