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Major Talents Headline Day 4 Slate
Second-round play fills the bill on Day 4 of the 2015 US Open, as a formidable group of champs and challengers take to the courts of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

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Women's Singles - Round 3
Elina Svitolina (UKR) [17]
vs.
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [13]
 
Not Before: 7:00 PM
 Women's Singles - Round 3
Belinda Bencic (SUI) [12]
vs.
Venus Williams (USA) [23]
 
 Men's Singles - Round 3
Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1]
vs.
Andreas Seppi (ITA) [25]
 
 
 Women's Singles - Round 3
Serena Williams (USA) [1]
vs.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)
 
 Men's Singles - Round 3
Fabio Fognini (ITA) [32]
vs.
Rafael Nadal (ESP) [8]

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Leave it to Roger Federer to do something on a tennis court no one has seen before.

At 34, with two sets of twins at home and a gaggle of entitled teenagers making noise at his workplace, Federer is suddenly looking as youthful and spry as he has in many a year. And the man with the most complete arsenal of weapons in the history of the game is still adding to his quiver.

Two weeks ago at the Emirates Airline US Open Series event in Cincinnati, Federer unveiled a sneaky, audacious new tactic that left opponents baffled and immediately went viral among tennis fans.

Against 6-foot-8, big-serving Kevin Anderson, Federer suddenly sprinted forward as Anderson tossed the ball to serve. Federer was instantly within inches of the service line, where he half-volleyed the return. In a flash, Federer was all over the net, before Anderson could react.

It was like a concert kid bum-rushing the stage. Take that, young punks!

Rushing toward, rather than backpedaling away from, 110-mph serves might be someone else’s idea of a kamikaze play. But for Federer, it’s not a trick shot. It’s an actual tactic. And it’s shockingly effective.

Employed selectively, it adds an element of surprise, robbing opponents of crucial time and heaping pressure on that first shot after the serve – already one of the most difficult shots to set up for. The ball is on the server nearly as soon as he has completed his service motion.

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The courts of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center are booked solid with enticing matchups today, as the best in the game try to better their chances at capturing tennis’ toughest title. Three former US Open champs headline the day, as Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Samantha Stosur each play third-round matches. Other top talents looking to play their way into round four here include Stan Wawrinka, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Angelique Kerber, Victoria Azarenka, Flavia Pennetta, Sara Errani, Tomas Berdych, John Isner, Kevin Anderson and Donald Young. A win today guarantees you court time next week—and you know how hard it is to get court time in New York.

Men’s second seed Federer is a five-time US Open champ, winning here in consecutive years from 2004-08. The all-time men’s leader in Grand Slam singles titles with 17, Federer has not won a major since capturing Wimbledon in 2012, but the way he’s played this summer and through the first two rounds here, it’s fair to say Benjamin Button has nothing on him. The former No. 1 is playing very much like a guy determined to work his way back to the top spot, playing an aggressive game with sublime precision. Through two rounds here, the second seed has dropped a grand total of nine games. Federer looks like he’s really having fun, which likely will continue to translate into misery for the guy on the other side of the net.

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Women's Singles - Round 3

Petra Kvitova (CZE) [5]
vs.
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) [32]
 
Not Before: 7:00 PM
 Men's Singles - Round 3
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) [29]
vs.
Roger Federer (SUI) [2]
 
 Women's Singles - Round 3
Victoria Azarenka (BLR) [20]
vs.
Angelique Kerber (GER) [11]
 
 
 Women's Singles - Round 3
Shelby Rogers (USA)
vs.
Simona Halep (ROU) [2]
 
 Men's Singles - Round 3
Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) [30]
vs.
Andy Murray (GBR) [3]

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