THIS YEAR, THERE IS HISLY TORY REDEMPTION ON THE LINE. A STORIED RIVALRY ARRIVES DAY ONE AT THE U.S. OPEN. SERENA WILLIAMS AND MARIA SHARAPOVA, FACING OFF FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER AT ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM. THE TWO TENNIS STARS MET 21 TIMES BEFORE. MOST RECENTLY AT THE 2016 AUSTRALIAN OPEN. SHARAPOVA VYING FOR HER FIRST WIN AGAINST WILLIAMS SINCE 2004. EIGHTH RANKED SERENA KEEPS TRYING FOR A RECORD-TYING 24th GRAND SLAM SINGLES TROPHY. IT COMES ALMOST A YEAR AFTER NA>>I DIDN’T GET COACHING. I DIDN’T GET COACHING.>>Reporter: WHEN AN UMPIRE PENALIZE SIGNALS FROM THE STANDS.>>I HAVE NEVER CHEATED IN MY LIFE.>>Reporter: U.S. TENNIS TELLING THE “NEW YORK TIMES” THAT UMPIRE WILL NOT BE IN THE CHAIR FOR ANY OF HER MATCHES THIS YEAR. 21-YEAR-OLD OSAKA RETURNING TO THIS YEAR’S OPEN AS THE NUMBER ONE SEED SAYS SHE’LL BE WATCHING TODAY’S WILLIAMS/SHARAPOVA SHOWDOWN.>>OF COURSE I’M GOING TO WATCH IT. I THINK EVERYONE IN NEW YORK IS GOING TO WATCH IT.>>Reporter: ON THE MEN’S SIDE, ALL EYES ARE ON THE BIG THREE. DEFENDING CHAMPION NOVAK DJOKOVIC AND FIVE-TIME U.S. CHAMPION ROGER FEDERER HIT THE COURT FOR THEIR FIRST ROUND MATCHES TODAY. THEIR FIRST APPEARANCES ON A GRAND SLAM COURT SINCE FACING OFF IN A RECORD-BREAKING FIVE-HOUR WIMBLEDON FINAL LAST MONTH.>>THIS IS PROBABLY THE BEST I’VE FELT IN YEARS, YOU KNOW, COMING INTO THE U.S. OPEN.>>Reporter: DJOKOVIC, FEDERER, AND SPAIN’S RAFAEL NADAL HAVE WON 54 OF THE LAST 65 MAJORS. NADAL, WHO PLAYS TOMORROW, ASKED ABOUT THE TRIO’S DOMINANCE OVER THE SPORT.>>

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