Thursday's attention at the 2011 U.S. Open belonged solely to Serena Williams, Roger Federer, and, of course, the ever-brillant Novak Djokovic. The day's featured trio blazed through the competition, each winning their second-round match-ups without dropping a set. Now the action turns to Friday, as World No. 2 Rafael Nadal and No. 4 Andy Murray take center stage in their bid to reach the third-round. On the women's side, No. 2 Vera Zvonareva and No. 3 Maria Sharapova highlight the field.
While the rest of the world controls the majority of Friday's limelight, the afternoon stills feature a heavy dose of American gamesmanship. Men's World No. 21 Andy Roddick and No. 28 John Isner each face unranked countrymen for a chance to reach the third round, while Irina Falconi looks to keep the dream alive on the women's bracket as she takes on No. 22 Sabine Lisicki.
Here's a listing of some of the day's notable matches.
Nicolas Mahut (FRA) vs. 2 Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Robin Haase (NED) vs. 4 Andy Murray (GBR)
21 Andy Roddick (USA) vs. Jack Sock (USA)
5 David Ferrer (ESP) vs. James Blake (USA)
30 Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) vs. 2 Vera Zvonareva (RUS)
24 Nadia Petrova (RUS) vs. 9 Samantha Stosur (AUS)
13 Shuai Peng (CHN) vs. 19 Julia Goerges (GER)
Irina Falconi (USA) vs. 22 Sabine Lisicki (GER)
A complete schedule of tournament play can be found on the official website of the U.S. Open.