U.S. Open 2019: How to Watch Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic Third round Matches, Start times, Live Stream

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are all in action on Friday as the U.S. Open moves into the third round.

The Swiss, a five-time winner at Flushing Meadows, plays Great Britain's Dan Evans in the first match of the day on center court. Evans, the British men's number two, beat No. 25 seed Lucas Pouille 6-4 6-3 6-7 (4-7) 6-4.

Federer has dropped the first set in both of his first two matches but it would be a major surprise to see him lose to the 29-year-old, who has never made it past the third round at the U.S. Open.

Djokovic, meanwhile, faces American Denis Kudla on Friday evening. The world No. 1 battled through a shoulder injury to defeat Argentina's Juan Ignacio Londero 6-4 7-6 (7-3) 6-1, despite losing his serve five times.

Williams' quest for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slams singles title sees her take on Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic shortly after the end of Federer's third round match against Evans.

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Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a forehand against Damir Dzumhyr of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the second round of the US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28 in New York City. TPN/Getty

In the second round, Williams beat fellow American Caty McNally 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 to avert what would have been her earliest loss at the U.S. Open but looked uncharacteristically sluggish in the first set.

Meanwhile, the second round was completed on Thursday night with Naomi Osaka and Coco Gauff winning their respective games to set up a mouthwatering encounter on Saturday.

The world No.1 and defending U.S. Open champion beat Poland's Magda Linette 6-2, 6-4, while Gauff beat Timea Babos of Hungary 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

The 15-year-old, who became tennis's latest star when she reached the second week at Wimbledon last month, had to dig deep to overcome her opponent.

She keeps moving ➡️@CocoGauff defeats Babos in a 3-set thriller to set up a R3 match against Naomi Osaka!#USOpen pic.twitter.com/gJ6C5za4v0

— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 30, 2019

"I was thinking, like, maybe they feel like I'm Golden State in Game 7 or something," she said during her press conference. "It's different, because you're an individual player, so it's weird, I guess. Most of the time you hear the chants, it's for a whole team, not just for, like, me. So it was pretty cool."

Gauff is the first 15-year-old to reach the third round at Flushing Meadows since Anna Kournikova did it 23 years ago.

There was a major upset in the women's tournament as American qualifier Taylor Townsend beat Wimbledon winner Simona Halep 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).

In the men's tournament, meanwhile, Rafael Nadal advanced to the third round with a walkover after second-round opponent Thanasi Kokkinakis pulled out of the match with a shoulder injury.

No. 6 seed Alexander Zverev also reached the third round, beating Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 in his second five-setter of the week. Here's everything you need to know to keep up with the action on Friday.

Third round start time

The action begins at 11 a.m. ET with six matches on schedule. Play at the Arthur Ashe Stadium doesn't begin until 12 p.m., with Roger Federer kicking off proceedings against Dan Evans.

Following the match between Federer and Evans, the tournament's main court will see Serena Williams take on Karolina Muchova.

Novak Djokovic is scheduled to play in the second match of the evening session at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

TV channel

The tournament is broadcast exclusively across ESPN channels, with coverage beginning at 11 a.m. and running until 11 p.m. ET on Tuesday on both ESPN and ESPN+.

Live stream

Fans can watch the action online via the WatchESPN app and on ESPN.com.

Third round full schedule

French Open champion Ashleigh Barty and 2016 U.S. Open finalist Karolina Pliskova are in action on Friday, along with No. 10 seed Madison Keys and No. 16 seed Johanna Konta.

No. 5 seed Elina Svitolina, who beat Venus Williams in the second round, is also scheduled to play in the third round.

In the men's tournament, aside from Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, No. 5 seed Daniil Medvedev and No. 7 seed Kei Nishikori are both in action along with three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka.

The full schedule is available here.


According to Oddschecker, Novak Djokovic remains the favorite to defend his title. The world No. 1 is 13/10 to win the U.S. Open, while Rafael Nadal is at 21/10 and Roger Federer is a 7/1 shot.

In the women's tournament, Serena Williams is a 7/2 favorite, followed by Ashleigh Barty and Karolina Pliskova both at 9/1.