Day Five of the 2012 U.S. Open gets underway at 11 a.m. ET on Friday at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. The game's biggest stars will play at Arthur Ashe Stadium throughout the day, but the headline match will feature Andy Roddick, who announced on Thursday that he would retire after the tournament. Roddick will face Australian Bernard Tomic, starting off the evening session at Arthur Ashe Stadium at 7 p.m. ET. Roddick's announcement on Thursday came as a surprise to many and the crowd in New York will certainly be behind the former U.S. Open champion on Friday evening.
Before Roddick takes center stage, there will be three big matches during the day at the Stadium. Australian Sam Stosur will lead things off at 11 a.m. ET against Varvara Lepchenko, who resides in Pennsylvania and became an American citizen in 2007. No. 2-ranked Novak Djokovic will take the court for the second match of the day, playing against Rogerio Dutra Silva. The defending champion is a heavy favorite to advance to the third round.
Wrapping up the afternoon will be Maria Sharapova, who will face American Mallory Burdette, a surprise story in the first week. Burdette is a current Stanford student who was a wild card qualifier. She'll certainly be an underdog against the powerful Sharapova, but she may have the crowd on her side.
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