What We’re Watching Today, Sept. 1

Today’s weather is expected to be much like yesterday’s: gorgeous sunshine, a high in the mid-70s, and a chilly evening. Another full day of tennis in this first week, but there are a few matches we’ll be watching especially closely.

With Rafael Nadal’s physical condition still uncertain, Andy Murray has the tournament’s second seed, and he’ll meet another young player, Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis, in the first round tonight.

There’s a lot of pressure on Sam Querrey to make this his breakout tournament. Having won the Olympus Open Series of lead-up events, he’s proved he’s dangerous on hard courts, and a lot of people will be watching how he looks tomorrow when he plays another American, Michael Yani, on Louis Armstrong.

It’s Young Americans Day at the Grandstand! Chase Buchanan, Melanie Oudin and Ryan Sweeting play back-to-back, and though they might not all come up with victories, if you want to take the temperature of our country’s up-and-comers, this is the time and place.

Feliciano Lopez vs. Taylor Dent on Court 11, late afternoon. Lopez is inconsistent, Dent is coming off an injury. Both are exciting, talented players, and this should be one of the better outer-court matches.

Fernando Verdasco vs. Benjamin Becker on Court 13, early afternoon. Verdasco is the 10th seed, very talented but not quite able to break through the dense men’s game. Becker has a huge serve and got to the Round of 16 here last year (in addition to beating Andre Agassi in 2006, Agassi’s final pro match).

What We’re Watching Today, Sept. 1