Carlos Alcaraz defeats Casper Ruud to win the US Open final at 1:54 of footage. (1:54)
The sun has set on another glorious summer day at Wimbledon on the first day of the US Open, and we’re just 10 minutes short of the end of the first day after 5½ hours of play.
The last quarter of the day will be played on Centre Court, and the crowd around Centre Court has already been abuzz as a steady stream of spectators have filtered through the gates and made their way through the turnstiles.
This is what it’ll be like from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 10:55 p.m. EDT on Centre Court when the draw for Friday’s second-round match ups is announced.
The players’ draws for Day 1 of the US Open will be announced at approximately 8 p.m. EDT. All matches will begin at approximately 8 p.m. EDT.
We’ve got three reasons to be celebrating a day full of intense action, so let’s get to it.
Rafael Nadal vs. Grigor Dimitrov: The two of them have spent the last five years at the top of the game, and they are going to have to be at the top of their game come Friday evening.
The No. 1-seeded players will attempt to win their 15th Grand Slam championship, and they’ll be going up against Dimitrov, who will start off as the slight favorite.
“He is a tough guy. He’s been in great form, too. I’m expecting him to play a good match,” Nadal said on Saturday morning.
After losing in the fourth round at the Australian Open, Nadal will have two chances to qualify for the 2018 French Open in June. If he doesn’t do that, he’ll have to play at the U.S. Open.
The last time the two met in the U.S. Open, Nadal won 7-6, 6-3, 6-3. Dimitrov had to come back from a 3-0 deficit in the third set to eventually take the match, 7-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Roger Federer vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: They’re each in their last year of eligibility, which means they’ll compete in their sixth final