Arthur Ashe Stadium | NOON
J.J. Wolf vs. Daniil Medvedev
Medvedev, the runner-up at the 2019 U.S. Open, has cruised to the third round, spending just over four hours on the court through his first two rounds. Wolf, in his first main draw at a Grand Slam event, has spent about the same time on the court, upsetting the 29th-seeded Guido Pella in the process.
Medvedev, one of the favorites for this year’s title, especially with Roger Federer out recovering from a knee surgery, is a counterpuncher, using his movement to evade opponents’ onslaughts. Wolf’s compact, punchy groundstrokes are almost perfect for him to prey on. Even if Wolf does not pose a serious threat in this match, it would be unwise to overlook him. Whatever lessons Wolf, 21, learns today could be fodder for his future on the tour.
Louis Armstrong | 7 p.m.
Sofia Kenin vs. Ons Jabeur
Kenin, the 2020 Australian Open champion, has looked dominant in her first two rounds. Her aggressive style of play can overwhelm players, especially on a quicker surface. Her excellent backhand, which she can lean into for pace or deftly disguise to pull her opponents around the court, is just the tip of the iceberg. With her current run of form, there’s no reason Kenin, 21, shouldn’t feel confident in not only making a deep run, but also going for her second Grand Slam title in a row.
Jabeur, the 27th seed from Tunisia, has needed a tiebreaker in each of her two-set matches on the way to the third round. Jabeur has a tendency to throw off opponents by mixing up her shots, and not always going for a predictable, effective shot that she could hit. For Jabeur to pull out the upset, she will need to dig through her entire bag of “crazy shots,” as she enjoys referring to them, and find the ones Kenin just can’t quite handle.