US Open: Must-watch matches on Day 3 includes Novak Djokovic

(Photo by COREY SIPKIN/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by COREY SIPKIN/AFP via Getty Images) /

The first round is done at the US Open and we have already seen some top seeds go down. Eighth-seed Maria Sakkari on the women’s side and fourth-seed Holger Rune on the men’s side are gone. But some players, such as second-seed Novak Djokovic, destroyed their opponents. So what is there to call off for work on Wednesday to watch?

The day gets underway with seventh-seed Stefanos Tsitsipas taking on Dominic Stricker. The 21-year-old Stricker is no joke, however, and could give Tsitsipas a tough match. Stricker is a lefty and moves around the court well, so this match could be a fun one against Tsitsipas’ massive forehands.

The entertaining 28th-seed Christopher Eubanks will have the New York crowd firmly behind him as he takes on France’s Benjamin Bonzi. Like with every Eubanks match over the last couple of months, this could simply come down to how well he serves. If he’s on, he will win. If not, Bonzi will move to the third round.

Novak Djokovic is among the must-watch matches on Day 3 of the US Open

Djokovic is scheduled to play at 1:30 pm ET on Wednesday, so at least he won’t have to stay up until 1 am ET to finish a match. His poor opponent is Spain’s Bernabe Zapata Miralles. The two have never played before so at least one day Zapata Miralles can tell his grandchildren that he played the great Novak Djokovic at the US Open and lost.

WTA top-seed Iga Swiatek, who barely broke a set during her first-round match, will play Daria Saville in an early match as well. Saville ranked as high as 45th in the world, but that was back in 2017. Maybe she can stick around New York and take in the sights after Wednesday because she won’t be playing tennis anymore at the US Open after losing to Swiatek.

Two Americans finish off the day on the men’s side. 10th-seed Frances Tiafoe plays Sebastian Ofner on center court in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Ninth-seed Taylor Fritz will play a bit later in Louis Armstrong Stadium when he faces Juan Pablo Varillas.

The women reverse stadiums with the men to close out the day. Fourth-seed Elena Rybakina plays Ajla Tomljanovic (breakout star of Netflix’s documentary, “Break Point) in Louis Armstrong Stadium. Caroline Wozniacki, making a comeback after a long lay-off, played well in her first-round match. She will take on 11th-seed Petra Kvitova in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Next. Navratilova has some harsh words for Iga Swiatek. dark