NEW YORK — Here are the storylines and matches to watch on Day 3 of the U.S. Open. Tennis Channel begins its coverage at 11 a.m., and ESPN2 picks up coverage at 1 p.m. Click here for the order of play.
Match of the Day: John Isner vs. Gael Monfils: If you’re on the grounds Thursday, make sure you get there early to grab a seat for this one. It’s the big-serving Isner vs. the most dynamic athlete in the game under the New York lights (fifth match on Louis Armstrong Stadium). The two have split six meetings but haven’t played in more than two years. None of their six matches has ended in straight sets. In their only match at a Grand Slam, Isner beat Monfils 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5) at the 2010 Australian Open.
Victoria Duval tries for win No. 2: The 17-year-old squeaky-voiced American lit up Louis Armstrong Stadium when she ousted 2011 U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur in the first round on Tuesday. Now we’ll see how she fares on a much smaller show court when she takes on Daniela Hantuchova in the fourth match on Court 11. Big upsets can be fun, but they’re even better when the underdog can back it up.
Packed schedule tries to get back on track: Rain canceled 28 matches on Wednesday, including Serena Williams’ second-round match against Galina Voskoboeva (second match, Arthur Ashe Stadium). The weather forecast calls for a 20 percent chance of rain. If Flushing Meadows doesn’t get hit with another four-hour rain delay, the schedule should get all caught up Thursday.
Matches to watch
Bernard Tomic vs. Dan Evans (third match, Court 17): It’s a battle of prodigal sons who always seem on the brink of never returning home. Evans, ranked No. 179, stunned No. 11 Kei Nishikori for his first main-draw Grand Slam victory, while Tomic battled past Albert Ramos in five sets.
Eugenie Bouchard vs. Angelique Kerber (first match Louis Armstrong Stadium): After ascending to the top five in 2012, Kerber has come back to earth in 2013. Now ranked No. 9, Kerber is precisely the type of top seed you want to face if you’re a young up-and-comer looking to put your stamp on the tournament. I like Bouchard’s chances of pulling off the upset.
Petra Kvitova vs. Bojana Jovanovski (third match, Court 4): Jovanovski impressed in her win over Andrea Petkovic in the first round. She returned incredibly well standing inside the baseline, and she was able to take her forehand and backhand up the line with ease. That up-the-line shot is precisely what she’ll need against Kvitova, who needed three sets to get past Misaki Doi.
Jack Sock vs. Maximo Gonzalez: (second match, Court 11): When Gonzalez knocked out an ailing Jerzy Janowicz, the draw became wide open for Sock, who has a legitimate shot of making the fourth round. Gonzalez, ranked No. 247, has won only won three ATP-level main-draw matches on hard courts in his 11-year career.
Jelena Jankovic vs. Alisa Kleybanova (first match, Court 4): It’s a real shame that this match isn’t being played on a televised court. Held over after being canceled Wednesday, you can read why this is a must-see match here.