US OPEN 2014
Wawrinka, Berdych, Dimitrov Lead US Open Day Three Action
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
The final 16 first round singles matches and two second round singles matches are on Wednesday’s order of play with three Top 10 seeds leading the way – No. 3 Stan Wawrinka, No. 6 Tomas Berdych and No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov, Wawrinka is playing a 2R match. Other Top 16 seeds in 1R play are: No. 11 Ernests Gulbis and No. 14 Marin Cilic. There are two Americans on the schedule.
The second match on Arthur Ashe Stadium features Berdych against 2001 US Open champion and former two-time World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt. Berdych, who is trying to win his 100th career Grand Slam match, won both previous meetings. The Czech Republic native reached the SFs here two years ago and he’s helped his country to back-to-back Davis Cup crowns the past two years. They play in the SFs in France Sept. 12-14. The 33-year-old Hewitt is a two-time ATP World Tour winner this season and he’s making his 14th US Open appearance.
In the night session, Wawrinka meets Brazilian left-hander Thomaz Bellucci, who won the previous meeting on clay five years ago. Wawrinka, who climbed to a career-high No. 3 in the Emirates ATP Rankings after capturing the Australian Open crown in January, is trying to reach the 3R at the US Open for the fourth time in the past five years. Bellucci is 5-19 lifetime against Top 10 opponents and he’s looking for his first win on hard courts (0-9).
On Armstrong, Cilic takes a 4-1 head-to-head advantage against ’06 Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis. The top Croat, who reached his first QF at Wimbledon, enters with a 40-16 match record on the year, his third 40-match win campaign in the past five seasons. Baghdatis is looking for his first Top 20 win since last year’s US Open (d. No. 20 Anderson in 2R).
In the next match on Armstrong, Dimitrov looks to win his first US Open match (0-3) against American wild card Ryan Harrison, who is trying to earn his first career Top 10 win (0-20). Dimitrov won their previous meeting in the 1R at Wimbledon en route to his first Grand Slam SF in July (l. to eventual champion Djokovic).
On Grandstand, No. 19 seed Feliciano Lopez meets Croat Ivan Dodig, who has won two of the previous three meetings. This is their first match on hard courts. In the next match, No. 11 seed Ernests Gulbis, who in June became the first Latvian to break into the Top 10, takes on left-hander Kenny De Schepper. The Frenchman won the previous meeting on grass at the Queen’s Club in London in June.
On Court 17, World No. 1 and four-time US Open doubles champions Bob and Mike Bryan, begin their quest for their 100th title together, as they take on Max Mirnyi and Mikhail Youzhny. The Bryans have won a record 15 Grand Slam doubles titles and they are looking to extend their streak of one Slam crown for the past nine years.