Super Saturday at US Open: Keys, Federer-Krygios in Day Session; Sharapova, Djokovic at Night


Super Saturday at US Open: Keys, Federer-Krygios in Day Session; Sharapova, Djokovic at Night

·         12 Hours – Maybe More – all Three Days of Labor Day Weekend

·         Daytime Friday on ESPN+ with #6 Garcia, #10 Goffin, #17 Pouille and Bryan/Sock in Doubles


On Labor Day Weekend, there’s no need for tennis fans to work to find great matches as ESPN’s all day and exclusive coverage of the US Open starts at 11 a.m. ET each day with at least 12 hours of continuous live play from New York.  Action is on ESPN2 all day Saturday and Monday.  On Sunday, play begins on ESPN before switching to ESPN2 at 7 p.m.

On ESPN (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.), third round daytime matches on Ashe, Armstrong and the Grandstand Court include:

  • American #14 Madison Keys, last year’s finalist, faces Aleksandra Krunic. The two have split their two meetings, including Krunic ousting Keys from the US Open four years ago.  (starts at noon)
  • 20-time Major champion #2 Roger Federer will meet #30 Nick Kyrgios. Federer has won two of their three matches, but eight of the nine sets have gone to a tie break.  (follows Keys-Krunic)
  • #13 Kiki Bertens vs. Marketa Vondrousova (starts at 11 a.m.)
  • 2016 champ #4 Angelique Kerber vs. #29 Dominika Cibulkova (after Bertens-Vondrousova)
  • An inter-generational battle of Germans as 21-year old #4 Alexander Zverev plays Philipp Kohlscreiber, 34 (after Kerber-Cibulkova)
  • 2014 finalist #21 Kei Nishikori vs. #13 Diego Schwartzman (not before 5 p.m.)

Saturday’s US Open prime-time “double doubleheader” of third round matches on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. ET has #22 Maria Sharapova, a five-time Major winner including a career Grand Slam, facing a tough test against #10 Jelena Ostapenko in Arthur Ashe Stadium before #6 Novak Djokovic plays #26 Richard Gasquet.  At the same time, Louis Armstrong Stadium will see two matches where a Major champion squares off with a very young player:  #5 Petra Kvitova, twice winner at Wimbledon, vs. #26 Aryna Sabalenka, 20 years old and coming off a tremendous summer, followed by #7 Marin Cilic, the 2014 champion in New York, vs. 19-year old Alex De Minaur of Australia.


Starting at 11 a.m., key players in action, on ESPN+, the new direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN.  include:

  • Starting the day at 11 a.m., the American doubles team of Mike Bryan and Jack Sock dueling with American Mackenzie McDonald who partners with Yoshihito Nishioka.
  • #17 Lucas Pouille vs. Joao Sousa
  • #6 Caroline Garcia vs. #30 Carla Suarez Navarro
  • #10 David Goffin vs. Jan-Lennard Struff

Looking ahead to Sunday and the start of the Round of 16, the slate of Friday’s victors is highlighted by defending champ #3 Sloane Stephens vs. #15 Elise Mertens and #7 Elina Svitolina vs. #19 Anastasija Sevastova.   Monday’s matches will feature Saturday’s winners looking for a slot in the quarterfinals.

ESPN and the US Open

ESPN has exclusive live action of the US Open with 130 hours on television and 1,300 more streaming live on the ESPN app via ESPN+ and ESPN3.  The daily action from the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center will culminate with the Women’s Championship on Saturday, Sept. 8, and the Men’s Championship on Sunday, Sept. 9, both at 4 p.m.

ESPN’s US Open Schedule Labor Day Weekend:

Date Time (ET) Event Network
Sat Sep 1 11 a.m. US Open Third Round ESPN2
  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Third Round ESPN2
Sun Sep 2 11 a.m. US Open Round of 16 ESPN
  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Round of 16 ESPN2
Mon Sept 3 11 a.m. US Open Round of 16 ESPN2
  7 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM – Round of 16 ESPN2





Dave Nagle

As I write this on 11-11-21, it's now 35 years for me at ESPN, the only real job I’ve ever had. I joined merely to help with the America’s Cup for three months at all of $5.50 per hour. I like to say I simply kept showing up. I’ve worked on almost every sport, plus answered viewer calls and letters (people used to write!), given tours, written the company newsletter and once drove NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon to the local airport. My travels have been varied…I’ve been to Martinsville, Darlington, Indy and Super Bowls; the America’s Cup (all 3) in San Diego and College GameDay in the sport’s meccas such as Eugene, Auburn, Lubbock, Stillwater and more; the NBA Finals, Wimbledon (16 times and counting) and the “other Bristol,” the one with a race track in Tennessee. These days, my main areas are tennis, UFC, boxing, ratings, and corporate communications documents, including more than 30 of the Year in Review press releases.
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