Naomi Osaka, Murray v Tsitsipas Get Things Going At US Open Monday
by Staff | August 29th, 2021, 12:14 am

The US Open day one scheduled features several former champions in action.

On Arthur Ashe alone, fans will be treated to defending champion Naomi Osaka in the evening in her match against Marie Bouzkova. But earlier, Andy Murray and Stefanos Tsitsipas meet for a very first time.

The 34-year-old Murray who won the US Open in 2012, is looking forward to the challenge of facing the third-seeded Greek.

“Physically, I’ve been good since I’ve been here in the matches,” Murray said Saturday. “I pulled up well the following days after them. That for me has been really positive. I would obviously like my game to be in a better place.

“It is interesting sometimes that you don’t feel like you’re playing particularly well, but I’ve had opportunities in my matches against top players in the past few weeks and not quite taken them. Maybe if I did, I’d be sitting here with a slightly different take on things.”

Murray had a decent run at Wimbledon but was outclassed badly in the third round by Denis Shapovalov.

“Not the easiest draw out there,” Murray said. “When you’re not seeded, these sorts of things can happen. It will be a good, good test for me to see kind of where my game’s at, where it’s progressed to from when I arrived in the States.

“The crowd’s always helped. They like people that fight, give their all, show their heart and emotion and energy on the court. I think over the years here I’ve had very good support, so I’ve enjoyed that.”

Murray’s last win over a Top 20 player came against Alexander Zverev just over a year ago in New York (Cincinnati).

Two seeds Arya Sabalenka and Daniil Medvedev are also on court along with John Isner, Coco Gauff, Garbine Muguruza, Grigor Dimitrov, Nick Kyrgios and Sloane Stephens who faces Madison Keys in a rematch of their 2017 US Open final.

Arthur Ashe Stadium, Day Session – 12:00 PM Start
Madison Keys (USA) vs. Sloane Stephens (USA)
Andy Murray (GBR) vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) [3]

Not Before 7:30 PM
Marie Bouzkova (CZE) vs. Naomi Osaka (JPN) [3]
Richard Gasquet (FRA) vs. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) [2]

Louis Armstrong Stadium, Day Session – 11:00 AM Start
Donna Vekic (CRO) vs. Garbine Muguruza (ESP) [9]
John Isner (USA) [19] vs. Brandon Nakashima (USA) (WC)
Magda Linette (POL) vs. Coco Gauff (USA) [21]

Louis Armstrong Stadium, Night Session – 7:00 PM Start
Nina Stojanovic (SRB) vs. Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) [2]
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) [18] vs. Nick Kyrgios (AUS)

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12 Comments for Naomi Osaka, Murray v Tsitsipas Get Things Going At US Open Monday

Pinkhouse Says:

2 mouthwatering matches tomorrow.Looking forward to it.

SG1 Says:

If this isn’t Zverev’s time to break through, then when? He’s playing as well as he ever has and I’m sure he wants to redeem himself after blowing that two set lead against Thiem in the final last year. His win over Tsitsipas at Cincy showed that there’s a will to dig deep at difficult moments.

With all eyes on Djokovic, he can go deep and still be under the radar.

skeezer Says:

For the last 15 years or so, Rafa, Fed, Murray and Djoker have dominated the GS scene, winning most of the Slams. They are not here.
In this years USO, there are ZERO guys competing that have Slam final experience other than Djoker.
I know, I know, there is always a first time, but the overwhelming easy odds for Djoker is laughable.
With Z, we’ll see.

chrisford1 Says:


“In this years USO, there are ZERO guys competing that have Slam final experience other than Djoker.”

Pretty obvious that is incorrect. Perhaps Skeez meant Slam Winners. But even that isn’t right since Murray is playing.

skeezer Says:

Ok CF1, Murray is playing. Anything else? Delpo. Wawa, are not playing. GS Finalists- Winners.

Giles Says:

Murray is not in good shape. He will probably limp out in the first round!

fred stone Says:

Skeezer, waddabout Cilic?

skeezer Says:

Hey fred,

Yes I omitted him also. So I will make an addendum to the 11:26 post:

“In this years USO, there are TWO guys(current ranking #36 and #112 respectively) competing that have Slam final experience other than Djoker.”

I think it is safe to say they have not been in form the last few years…..nothing for Djoker to worry about. ;)

BTW Theim is not playing also, a Slam winner.

chrisford1 Says:

I am not sure if this is a language issue or not, but a Finalist is someone who is in the finals of any sport conducted as a ‘playoff” system.
So anyone who is a SLAM finalist, not just the winner, is a Finalist. The finalist that loses is the runner up, individual or team.
And the reason why people think the top 3 new guys are that is because they have regularly made the later rounds, and have acquitted themselves well in their 1st Slam finals they lost – Medvedev Tsitsipas, and Zverev. You also have Finalists Nishikori and Kevin Anderson playing.
And my dark horse, Matteo Berrettini – also a finalist and another guy proving he is an all-court player, with the potential to win anywhere.

Dave Says:

Yesssss. Murray is playing amazing and up a double break

Dave Says:

6-2 Murray. Yes!

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