How to watch: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern time on ESPN2; and streaming on the ESPN app. In Canada on TSN from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and streaming on TSN.ca and the TSN app.
Competitions to watch.
Due to the number of matches run by courts, times for individual matches are estimates and may fluctuate based on when previously played. All times are Eastern Standard.
ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM | 2:00 p.m.
Novak Djokovic vs. Kei Nishikori
Novak Djokovic, in search of a career-defining Grand Slam, has not been held outside the second week of a Grand Slam event since the 2017 Australian Open. The job of breaking that streak is for Kei Nishikori, a 2014 US Open finalist. Nishikori struggled with a wrist injury in 2017 and has recently dealt with problems with his right shoulder. While his game may be inconsistent at times now, Nishikori could prompt Djokovic to make a more serious effort, or at the very least, provide highly entertaining tennis.
Louis Armstrong STADIUM | 1 o’clock in the afternoon
Belinda Bencic vs. Jessica Pegula
Belinda Bencic, the eleventh seed, won gold at the Tokyo Olympics in August and has been keeping her foot on the pedal ever since. Bencic has lost just 16 games en route to the third round, overwhelming her opponents with steady counter punches in defense and acute shot on offense.
Jessica Pegula, the 23rd seed, was similarly dominant in her past two games. After her appearance in the quarter-finals at the Australian Open in February, she will try to match her career result and push herself into the top 20. When these two hardcourt heavyweights meet, it’s hard to say which one will last.
Louis Armstrong STADIUM | 3 p.m.
Gael Monfils vs. Jannik Sinner
Gael Monfils, the 17th seed, struggled in early 2021, lost in the first round at the Australian Open, but has since found his form. Monfils recently recorded his 500th ATP Tour win, joining an exclusive club that contains just 10 other active members.
On the other side of the net, relative newcomer Jannik Sinner has won just 60 professional matches. However, Sinner has already made himself a mainstay near the top of the tour, reaching the final at the Miami Open to break into the top 20.
ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM | 7 p.m.
Ashleigh Barty vs. Shelby Rogers
Ashleigh Barty, the first seed, has followed an unusual pattern during the first two rounds of play. She won the first set in both of her matches 6-1, while she needed to win seven games to finish the second set and secure the win. Shelby Rogers, ranked No. 43, will need to get off to a good start to push back the momentum Barty has begun to build.
Sleeping contest of the day.
ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM | 6 am
Emma Raducanu vs. Sara Sorribes Tormo
Emma Raducanu was ranked number 338 for this year’s championships at Wimbledon. After receiving a wildcard to the main draw, the 18-year-old won three matches without dropping a set, pushing herself up the rankings. Although her hard-court preparation this summer was only at challenger level, she made it through the qualifying rounds and her first two games at the US Open without dropping another set, and will try to reach the second week of play on her first attempt at Flushing Meadows.
Sara Sorribes Tormo upset 22nd seed Karolina Muchova in the first round and then skated past Hsieh Su-wei in the second. Her powerful base shots are moderated by her clay-court upbringing, making it difficult for opponents to resist a barrage of consistent, deep balls.