US Open Tennis: Watch Live Stream Online; Preview of Federer and Murray in Day One's Action

 @JasonLeMiere
on August 27 2012 10:02 AM
Roger Federer
Roger Federer has been in fine form ahead of his attempt to win a sixth US Open title. Reuters

When and where: The 2012 US Open gets underway on Monday, with play set to start on all courts at 11 a.m. ET. Coverage begins on ESPN2 from 1 p.m., with a live stream available on ESPN3.

Preview: The focus of the tennis world will be on New York on Monday as the US Open begins at Flushing Meadows. With the grabbing the attention in London earlier this month, the preparation for the year's final grand slam has been a little different, making it harder to gauge the form of the potential contenders.

Andy Murray was the star of the Games at the All England Club, taking home the gold medal with a stunning straight-sets victory over Roger Federer in the final. To many, the performance showed that the Scot was now capable of playing his best on the big occasion after suffering defeat in all four of his grand slam final appearances.

Murray gets his latest attempts to win that elusive grand slam underway against Alex Bogomolov Jr. on Arthur Ashe Court on Monday.

Having lost in the third round at both the pre-US Open Masters 1000 events in Toronto and Cincinnati, Murray will be eager to show that he is ready to return to his Olympics form.

Currently ranked at 73, Bogomolov should not pose too many problems for the third seed, although Murray has plenty of negative memories from facing the American. At Miami last year Murray slumped to perhaps his lowest point as his hangover from a dismal defeat in that year's Australian Open final continued with an opening round straight-sets defeat to Bogomolov.

This will be an ideal opportunity for Murray to show that those mental frailties are firmly confined to the past.

Highlighting the first evening session of this year's US Open will be the man Murray defeated in the Olympics final, Roger Federer.

Although that defeat represented significant disappointment for the Swiss, there can be no doubt that Federer fully warrants his current standing as the world No.1.

Having returned to the pinnacle of the men's game with victory at Wimbledon, the now 31-year-old again illustrated that he will be the man to beat at Flushing Meadows as he swept aside Novak Djokovic in the final of Cincinnati, winning the opening set 6-0.

Federer is not expected to be unduly challenged by his first round opponent in New York, Donald Young. Despite having achieved a career highlight by making the fourth round at the US Open last year, the American has endured a dismal 2012, only snapping an incredible 17-match losing streak with a victory at the Winston Salem Open last week.

While that should give the 23-year-old a morale boost, it is unlikely to be sufficient for him to pose a threat to Federer in the pair's first meeting.

On the women's side, play gets underway on Arthur Ashe with the defending women's champion Sam Stosur. The Australian was a surprise winner of the event last year, but given her recent form it would perhaps represent an even bigger shock should she retain her title. Stosur endured another disappointing grass-court season and failed to pull up any trees in either Montreal or Cincinnati.

Stosur will need to be wary of the potential threat from first-round opponent Petra Martic. In the pair's only previous meeting, the Croatian took Stosur to a final-set tiebreak in Madrid earlier this year.

World No.1 Victoria Azarenka will also be in action, taking on Russian Alexandra Panova, while Kim Clijsters begins the evening session in her final grand slam before retirement against American Victoria Duval.

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