Drama, Fireworks Likely with Exciting Newcomers in US Open Men’s Semifinals Today on ESPN


Drama, Fireworks Likely with Exciting Newcomers in US Open Men’s Semifinals Today on ESPN

First-Time Major Winner Guaranteed as Young Guns Emerge

Men’s Doubles Championship at Noon on ESPN2 

The familiar names of men who have dominated men’s tennis for the last 15-20 years are missing and new, exciting players have taken their place in the final four at the US Open, to be contested today, Friday, Sept. 9, on ESPN at 3 p.m. ET and 7 p.m.

The afternoon match will see No. 5 seed Casper Ruud (age 23) and No. 27 Karen Khachanov (26) squaring off in the semifinal on one side of the draw while the prime-time offering has No. 3 Carlos Alcaraz (age 19) playing No. 22 Frances Tiafoe of Maryland (24) on the other side.  Both duels will also be seen live on ESPN Deportes.  Of the four men, only Ruud has played in a Major semifinal; he was runner up at this year’s French Open.

Hall of Famer Cliff Drysdale will lead the commentary on Ruud vs. Khachanov with Gilbert alongside and James Blake courtside.  Chris Fowler and John McEnroe will be in the booth this evening with Patrick McEnroe contributing from the sideline.  Chris McKendry hosts ESPN tennis from the Fountain Plaza set.

The US Open Men’s Championship will be contested on ESPN on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 4 p.m.

Men’s Doubles Championship Today at Noon

Earlier on ESPN2 at noon, the Men’s Doubles Championship will be decided between the top two seeds:  No. 1 Rajeev Ram of Indiana and Joe Salisbury of the United Kingdom, vs. No. 2 Wesley Koolhof of the Netherlands with Neal Skupski of the United Kingdom.  Of the two teams, Ram and Salisbury have teamed to win two Major titles in doubles – the 2020 Australian Open and last year’s US Open – while neither Koolhof nor Skupski have none.  Darren Cahill will call the action joined by Brad Gilbert in the booth.  Jason Goodall will report from the sideline.

2022 US Open on ESPN

Date Time (ET) Network(s) Event
Fri, Sep 9, Sun, Sep 11 Noon ESPN+, ESPN3 Up to 8 courts in action
Fri, Sep 9 Noon ESPN2 Men’s Doubles Championship
3 p.m. ESPN Men’s Semifinal #1

Coverage presented by Fidelity Wealth Management

ESPN Deportes Men’s Semifinal #1
7 p.m. ESPN Men’s Semifinal #2

Coverage presented by Fidelity Wealth Management

ESPN Deportes Men’s Semifinal #2
Sat, Sep 10 3 a.m. ESPN2 Men’s Semifinals (Encore)
Noon ESPN3 Mixed Doubles Championship
3:30 p.m. ESPN Deportes Women’s Championship Preview Special
4 p.m. ESPN Women’s Championship

Coverage presented by Cadillac

ESPN Deportes Women’s Championship
Sun, Sep 11 6 a.m. ESPNEWS Women’s Championship (Encore)
1 p.m. ESPN Women’s Doubles Championship
3 p.m. US Open Men’s Championship Preview Special
3:30 p.m. ESPN Deportes
4 p.m. ESPN Men’s Championship

Coverage presented by Cadillac

ESPN Deportes Men’s Championship
8:30 p.m. ESPN2 Men’s Championship (Encore)


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 upcoming America’s Cup in Australia. I was told it would be 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, network-wide ratings (by month/quarter/year), and corporate communications documents, including fact sheets, chronologies, lists and nearly 35 of the Year in Review press releases. UPDATE EXACTLY ONE YEAR LATER: Today, November 11, 2022, I am retiring from ESPN -- 36 years to the day I began. As I ride off into the sunset – top down and E Street Radio blaring – I do so with so many wonderful memories, proud of my contributions and a heart full of gratitude for the opportunity. 
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