US Open TV schedule, week 2: Djokovic advances easily, Roddick to retire

The actions heats up at Flushing Meadows as the big guns start narrowing the field. Photo: Novak Djokovic's return against Julien Benneteau AP

WASHINGTON, September 2, 2012 — While many tennis fans wait for September 8 and 9 when the US Tennis Open 2012 at Flushing Meadows comes down to the Men and Women’s Singles, real fans are already glued to their TV sets to catch today’s exciting matches.

In the Men’s Singles, 3rd Round, American and 2003 US Open champ Andy Roddick, who says he will retire after this tournament, defeated Italian Fabio Fognini 7-5, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 this afternoon, extending his chances for the Men’s Finals. On Friday, Roddick rolled over Bernard Tomic in straight sets. In the past six out of eight years at the US Open, Roddick has always made it at least to the Quarterfinals.

Roddick faces a tougher competitor on Tuesday, September 4, when he comes up against the 2009 US Open champion, Juan Martin del Potro in the 4th Round. It could be a “do or die” time for him, possibly signaling early retirement.

Favored to win the Open, the defending 2011 champion, Novak Djokovic (Serbia) took down Julien Benneteau (France) earlier today, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. Meanwhile American John Isner (No.9) faces German Philipp Kohlschreiber (No. 19) tonight (Sunday) at 9 pm EDT.

Andy Roddick after win Friday AP

In the 4th Round of the women’s match-ups, Russian Maria Sharapova (No. 3) will be featured on primetime at 7 pm EDT against Russian Nadia Petrova (No.19). Sharapova who took the US Open in 2006 has breezed through the first three rounds, but, and a big but, she has not gotten past the fourth round since her 2006 win.

Earlier in the day, Belarusian Victoria Azarenka (No. 1) faces off against Georgian Anna Tatishvili at 3:30 pm EDT, while Austrian Samantha Stosur (No. 7) faces British Laura Robson at 3 pm EDT.

Luckily for tennis fans, there will be lots of tennis on television, thanks to ESPN2, the Tennis Channel, and CBS/CBS Sports. For even more information, be sure to visit the US Tennis Open website.

Here is the US Tennis Open schedule for the coming week, including times (all are EDT) and channels:

Sun. 9/2 11am-6pm   

Men’s 3rd Round/Women’s 4th Round   CBS/CBS Sports Network

7pm-11pm   

Men’s 3rd Round/Women’s 4th Round   Tennis Channel   

Mon. 9/3 11am-6pm

Round of 16   CBS/CBS Sports

7-11 pm

Round of 16   ESPN2

Tue. 9/4   11am-7pm       

 Men’s 4th Round/Women’s Quarterfinals   ESPN2

7-11pm

Men’s Round of 16/Women’s Quarterfinal   ESPN2

Wed. 9/5 11am-7pm  

Doubles   Tennis Channel

Noon-7pm       

Quarterfinals   ESPN2

7pm-11pm

 Quarterfinals   ESPN2

Thu. 9/6 11am-7pm       

Doubles/Juniors   Tennis Channel

Noon-6pm       

Men’s Quarterfinal/Mixed Doubles Final   ESPN2

7pm-11pm

Men’s Quarterfinal   ESPN2

Fri. 9/7 2:30pm-6pm    

Men’s Doubles Final/Women’s Singles Semifinals   CBS

Sat. 9/8 Noon-6pm       

Men’s Singles Semifinals   CBS

8-10 pm

Women’s Singles Final   CBS

Sun. 9/9 12:30pm-2:30pm       

Women’s Doubles Final   ESPN2

4pm-7pm         

Men’s Singles Final   CBS


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