Five things to watch, US Open Day 4, Kyrgios; Gauff; Rublev vs Simon

Five things to watch, US Open Day 4, Kyrgios; Gauff; Rublev vs Simon

Three top-ten seeds fell in Nick Kyrgios' section of the draw, but will he able to capitalize on the once in a lifetime draw?

The second round of singles action continues on Thursday at the US Open with over 50 singles matches across the grounds. These are five storylines to look out for on Day 4 in New York.


With the upsets of  Stefanos Tsitsipas, Roberto Bautista Agut, and Dominic Thiem, the draw has opened up like the Red Sea for Nick Kyrgios, who is now the oddsmakers' favorite in his section of the draw to reach the semifinals. Kyrgios was brilliant in his destruction of Steve Johnson and looks more dangerous than ever. It will be fascinating to see how he responds to such a tremendous opportunity to make a splash in Flushing Meadows. He should have no issues dispatching world No. 104 Antoine Hoang, assuming the Australian isn’t distracted by the hoopla he brought on himself after declaring, “the ATP is pretty corrupt anyway.” Kyrgios quickly recanted the statement, perhaps after he saw his once in a lifetime draw. 

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The last time someone defeated Bianca Andreescu in a completed match was back in February, when Sofia Kenin took their Acapulco semifinal. The 19-year-old Canadian is now an astounding 39-4 on the year after her opening New York win. In addition to being a championship contender, she is also one of the game’s leading entertainers. “I’m usually pretty emotional when I’m on the court,” Andreescu says, “That’s just who I am.” Andreescu will face off against Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens for the first time in a matchup that should feature plenty of shotmaking and variety.

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The fans on Court 11 are in for a treat as the red-hot Andrey Rublev faces off against counterpuncher extraordinaire Gilles Simon for the first time. Rublev has been slaying giants lately, knocking off Federer, Wawrinka, and Tsitsipas all in the past month. But his hyper-aggressive game should play right into the hands of Simon, who handles pace better than almost anyone on tour. This  matchup shouldn’t disappoint. 

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Alexander Zverev and Frances Tiafoe will face off in a high stakes Next-Gen battle between two players trying to finish their season on a high note. Both have had somewhat forgettable 2019 campaigns, but could gain some much needed momentum with a win. Zverev owns a 3-1 head to head record, but Tiafoe should have a sizable pro-American crowd cheering him on in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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The word “electric” doesn’t even begin to describe the upcoming atmosphere on Louis Armstrong Stadium, when Coco Gauff will take the court for her first US Open night match. The hype surrounding America’s favorite 15-year-old somehow continues to grow, but only because she keeps winning with intensity and poise well beyond her years.  She is tipped by the oddsmakers to defeat qualifier Timea Babos. If she does, Gauff will likely face off against world No. 1 and defending champion Naomi Osaka in the third round. 

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