Without the energy of a crowd to feed on, perhaps the most effective method to keep energy up on the court is to expend it — violently, loudly, demanding a reminder that in tennis, every point counts.
Or maybe, it’s theatrics.
Either way, it’s hard to question Djokovic, who is undefeated in 2020, with a 24-match winning streak stretching back to Jan. 4 in Brisbane, Australia.
Edmund, the world No. 44, has not looked particularly convincing of late. At the Western & Southern Open, Edmund lost to Kevin Anderson in the first round, and he struggled to move past Alexander Bublik in their match on Monday night. Edmund has one of the best forehands on tour, with a heavy dipping action produced by a Western grip. Unfortunately, Djokovic is more than comfortable with absorbing his opponent’s pace and redirecting it, and will be looking to target Edmund’s backhand to push the Briton around the court and force errors.
Arthur Ashe Stadium | 7 p.m.
Naomi Osaka vs. Camila Giorgi
On Monday night, Osaka fought past her Fed Cup teammate Masaki Doi in a tough three-set match full of aggressive baseline maneuvering from both players. Although Osaka has some concern about a hamstring injury picked up during the Western & Southern Open, her movement looked OK and she said she was “managing.”
Giorgi, No. 74, is an assertive baseline player as well. With an especially powerful forehand, Giorgi seems at times too keen to aim for the corners. When these two power hitters meet, expect plenty of quick points dictated by which player decides to direct her shots into the far corners of the court first.
Other important matches:
Kateryna Bondarenko versus Petra Martic, Court 17 | 11 a.m.
Kateryna Kozlova versus Petra Kvitova, Arthur Ashe Stadium | 12 p.m.
Lloyd Harris versus David Goffin, Court 5 | 1 p.m.
Coco Gauff/Catherine McNally versus Hailey Baptiste/Whitney Osuigwe, Court 5 | 8 p.m.
Stefanos Tsitsipas versus Maxime Cressy, Arthur Ashe Stadium | 9 p.m.
Here’s this fan’s game plan for juggling the matches.
Starting at 11 a.m. Eastern on ESPN+, I will be watching Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury, the 2020 Australian Open doubles champions, begin their quest for a second major title as partners. Their opponents, Austin Krajicek and Franko Skugor, reached the third round at the Australian Open, and those results reflect the gap in skill level between the two pairs.
Around 1 p.m., I’ll switch over to Louis Armstrong Stadium to watch Zverev play Nakashima. Nakashima might not have many professional appearances under his belt, but he’s a very exciting prospect. Zverev performed well in his first-round matchup against Kevin Anderson, but Nakashima is a much more unpredictable player, with better court movement. It should present an interesting challenge as Zverev looks to make a deep run.