US OPEN 2014
Djokovic, Raonic, Murray Headline US Open Day Four Action
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
The remaining 14 second round singles matches in the top half of the draw are on Thursday’s schedule with World No. 1 Novak Djokovic leading the way on Arthur Ashe Stadium. Djokovic is joined by No. 5 seed Milos Raonic, No. 8 Andy Murray and No. 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Two of the remaining three Americans (No. 13 John Isner, Sam Querrey) in the second round are also in action. This is the fewest Americans in the 2R in the Open Era. Tim Smyczek, who plays on Friday, is the other remaining American.
Djokovic brings a 5-1 head-to-head record against Paul-Henri Mathieu, one of nine Frenchmen left in the second round. Djokovic has never lost (9-0) in the 2R and he’s reached the 3R or better in 24 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments since a 2R exit at Wimbledon in 2008. Mathieu is looking to break a 19-match losing streak against Top 10 opponents since his last win at the ’08 Beijing Olympics. The 32-year-old Frenchman’s lone win over Djokovic came indoors at ’06 Paris-Bercy.
At night, 2012 US Open champion Murray faces qualifier Matthias Bachinger for the first time. The 27-year-old German won his first career Grand Slam match (1-5) over Radek Stepanek on Monday. Murray won his opening match in four sets vs. Dutchman Robin Haase. The British No. 1 has not reached a final since capturing the Wimbledon crown last July.
On Armstrong, Isner meets German Jan-Lennard Struff for the first time. Isner is trying to reach the 3R at Flushing Meadows for the sixth straight year and seventh in eight years. Isner began the Emirates US Open Series with a repeat title in Atlanta. The No. 77-ranked Struff, who rallied from a two-set deficit in the 1R (vs. Kukushkin) is trying to reach the 3R in a major for the first time.
In the next match on Armstrong, Raonic takes on German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk, who posted his first career Top 10 win over the Canadian on grass in Halle in June. The 23-year-old Raonic has jumped to a career-best No. 6 ranking highlighted by a SF at Wimbledon, title in Washington, QF in Toronto and SF in Cincinnati. He won the Emirates US Open Series and he is the second-youngest (Dimitrov) player in the Top 10 Emirates ATP Rankings.
On Grandstand, No. 10 seed Kei Nishikori leads off against Pablo Andujar, one of nine Spaniards remaining in the 2R. They have split the previous two meeting. In May, Nishikori became the first Japanese man to break the Top 10. Andujar, one of seven Spanish title winners this year, is looking to reach a 3R in a major for the first time.
Tsonga follows against Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan Tsonga returned to the Top 10 on Aug. 11 after winning his second career ATP Masters 1000 title with four Top 10 wins (Djokovic, Murray, Dimitrov, Federer).
On Court 17, Sam Querrey, who fired 30 aces in his five-set 1R win, takes on No. 28 seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez for the second straight week. Querrey prevailed in three sets last week in the QF in Winston-Salem.