US Open Tennis 2016: TV Schedule, Start Times for Friday Night Draw

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Published: September 2, 2016

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The opening day of the 2016 U.S. Open's third round continues Friday night with a slate short on quantity but not star power.

A resurgent Rafael Nadal is the headliner, as he will take the court in prime time, looking to prove he can still contend for Grand Slam titles despite recent injuries. On the women's side, Angelique Kerber continues her quest to capture her second major event win of the year.

Other notable names will also take part in the night portion of the U.S. Open. ESPN2 will broadcast the action from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET, with afternoon coverage airing from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET on ESPN. Take a look below at the matchups, starting times and picks for the late slate at Flushing Meadows.



The full Friday schedule with start times and results is available at ESPN.com. 

For Nadal's standards, it's been a forgetful year for the 14-time Grand Slam champion. The 30-year-old has only two tournament titles in 2016, his lowest total since 2004. He lost in the first round of the Australian Open, dropped out of the French Open and missed Wimbledon entirely. He recently lost two straight matches at the 2016 Olympics to finish in fourth place. 

Yet, Nadal has looked different of late at Flushing Meadows. He has yet to drop a set, with his power looking reminiscent of the old Nadal. According to Douglas Robson of the New York Times, Nadal credits his extensive rehab from a wrist injury and persistent knee problems as a catalyst for his play so far at the U.S. Open. He feels refreshed.

“I feel better about my body,” he said. “I feel that I can be very competitive the next couple of years. ... I am feeling fresh mentally. I am excited about the possibility to compete again in the U.S. Open.”

The agility and strength Nadal has shown back up that sentiment. They were on full display during his second-round match point against Andr...
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