The first day of play features several top-seed matches. Ryan Harrison vs. No. 27 Marin Cilic, Louis Armstrong Stadium, 11:00 a.m. ET
Tobias Kamke vs. No. 8 Mardy Fish, Arthur Ashe Stadium, 1:00 p.m. ET
Grigor Dimitrov vs. No. 7 Gael Monfils, Louis Armstrong Stadium, 5:00 p.m. ET or later
No. 3 Roger Federer vs. Santiago Giraldo, Arthur Ashe Stadium, 7:00 p.m. ET
The women's matches:
No. 5 Petra Kvitova vs. Alexandra Delgheru, Louis Armstrong Stadium, 11:00 a.m. ET
Stephanie Foretz Gacon vs. No. 2 Vera Zvonareva, Louis Armstrong Stadium
No. 8 Marion Bartoli vs. Alexandra Panova, Louis Armstrong Stadium
Heather Watson vs. No. 3 Maris Sharapova, Arthur Ashe Stadium, 1:00 p.m. ET
Vesna Dolonts vs. Venus Williams, Arthur Ashe Stadium, Stadium, 7:00 p.m. ET
Not in Federer's mind.
Tonight, Federer will highlight the opening night card, facing 56th-ranked Santiago Giraldo of Colombia. What a belated birthday present it would make if Federer can notch his sixth Open title and record 17th Grand Slam crown. In last year's semis, Federer blew a match point in losing to Djokovic, preventing the first-ever Federer-Rafael Nadal Open finals. With Djokovic's shoulder an issue, that historic Open finals meeting between Federer and Nadal could be possible. But Federer no longer instills the talk of reverence.
John McEnroe gave Federer faint praise this week. "I think Federer's going to win another major," McEnroe said. Federer doesn't sound as if he's after just one more. Federer stopped short of claiming Djokovic the sport's top player. Djokovic has lost twice all year, including once to Federer in the French Open semifinals.
Irene, good riddance!
A win Monday will put Federer in 2nd place, tied with Andre Agassi, for the most Grand Slam match wins in the Open Era.