Before each day's play at the 2019 US Open, we'll preview three must-see matches.
Whatever issues Federer was having with his game in his first two matches were resolved in his third; he cruised in vintage no-sweat fashion against Dan Evans, who hadn’t had a rest day. Can he expect a similar experience against Goffin? Federer, after all, is 8-1 against the Belgian, and he has a clear advantage in size and power. But Goffin, the No. 15 seed, is in the midst of a mini-surge. He reached the final in Cincinnati, and looked good in beating Pablo Carreño Busta in three competitive sets on Friday. But as solid and efficient and stylish as Goffin is, he’s not a big-stage kind of guy. Stages—on Ashe, against Federer—don’t get bigger than this one. Winner: Federer
Talk about toss-ups. The American and the Ukrainian have played twice before in the round of 16 at majors, and each has been the victor once, in three sets. Keys won in a US Open night match two years ago, and Svitolina won earlier this year at the Australian Open. So now what? Svitolina has the higher ranking, and she just reached her first Grand Slam semi, at Wimbledon. Keys has won nine straight matches, seven of them in two sets, and is coming off a title in Cincinnati. Keys was feeling “super nauseous,” as she put it, in her last match, so much so that she had her pulse and blood pressure checked on court. If she’s still feeling sick, that will be advantage Svitolina. If not, it should be advantage Keys in Ashe Stadium. Winner: Keys
They’ve played some of the best matches of the past decade, so why not one more before a new decade begins? Djokovic leads their head-to-head 21-5, but Wawrinka won their last meeting, which came in the 2016 US Open final. He has also prevailed over the world No. 1 at the Australian Open and French Open. Stan’s form coming to New York this time was so-so; he lost in the second round at Wimbledon, and in the third round in Montreal and Cincinnati, and he hasn’t had it easy in his first three rounds here. Normally, that would make Djokovic the obvious favorite, except that he’s also under a cloud of uncertainty, in the form of a tight left shoulder. Judging by what usually happens when Djokovic plays a big match, this one will have lots of ups and downs, and then he’ll win. Winner: Djokovic
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