September 06, 2011
Novak Djokovic, Janko Tipsarevic, Roger Federer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga -- These four men have already advanced to the quarterfinals. While the eight players on the bottom side of the draw are still waiting to play fourth-round matches, these four will get an extra day of rest somewhere along the line that could benefit them when one man from this group emerges to play in the final.
Online streaming sites -- In addition to the usual views from people watching at work, USOpen.org and ESPN3 will see even more traffic from television viewers who won't be able to see their favorite matches on one of the two TV broadcast networks.
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Andrea Petkovic -- She doesn't seem to be suffering any effects from her knee injury, but every little bit of rest helps.
Rest of the women's field -- This may be grasping at straws, but bear with me. Perhaps the only thing that could topple Serena Williams in the U.S. Open would be fatigue. If rain pushes back the women's quarterfinals until Thursday, Serena would have to play three matches in three days to win the title. Of course, with the way she's playing and how long she's spending on the court, she could probably play three matches in one day and it wouldn't matter.
Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal -- Assuming play resumes Wednesday, Murray and Nadal would have to win four matches in five days to take the title. Same goes for guys like Andy Roddick, John Isner and the two Gilles.
Donald Young -- On Tuesday, his 11 a.m. opener against Andy Murray would have been the featured match at Arthur Ashe Stadium. If it goes off tomorrow (or Thursday, I suppose), he's out at Grandstand and playing at the same time as Nadal and Roddick. That dims his attraction a bit.
Former Tennis Channel viewers on Verizon and Cablevision -- With so many great matches going on at once, it'd be a perfect time to use the remote's "return" button to switch between ESPN2 and Tennis Channel. Thanks to the recent problems between the network and the cable operators, viewers of those carriers are out of luck.
Serena Williams -- Wind, rain, sleet or snow, Serena Williams will win the U.S. Open.
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