The draw for the 2014 US Open has thrown together some potential mouth-watering ties in the men’s draw, with top seed Novak Djokovic being drawn in the same quarter as 2012 champion Andy Murray and Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Djokovic will begin his quest to win his second title in New York against Diego Schwartzman of Argentina, in a match that will see the two players come up against each other for the first time.
Should he progress to the quarter-finals, then the Serbian could run into eighth seed Murray, in what would be a repeat of the 2012 final.
Murray, whose seeding was improved after the withdrawal of defending champion Rafael Nadal, has been drawn to play Dutchman Robin Haase in the first round, who he was once forced to beat from two sets behind at the same tournament in the second round in 2011.
But before he can set up a meeting with world number one Djokovic, he may have to defeat Tsonga, as the recent Toronto Masters winner is seeded ninth and will face Argentine Juan Monaco in the opening round.
It could be seen that the main beneficiary in the men’s draw will be five-time champion Roger Federer, who starts his campaign against world number 77 Marinko Matosevic, as he is in the opposite half of the draw to fellow favourites Djokovic and Murray.
The draw for the Swiss will have raised expectations for him to reach the final, particularly given recent form, as after reaching his first Grand Slam final in two years at Wimbledon, he went on to win the Cincinnati Masters last week, beating Spain’s David Ferrer in the final.
Another first round match of note will be a clash between sixth seed Tomas Berdych and 2001 champion Lleyton Hewitt, while third seed Stanislas Wawrinka will play Czech Jiri Vesely and seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov will play American Ryan Harrison.
Highlights of the women’s first round draw are an all-American match between number one seed Serena Williams and 18-year-old Taylor Townsend, as well as an all-Russian affair between fifth seed Maria Sharapova and Maria Kirilenko.
Sharapova will have a chance to avenge her shock loss to Kirilenko in the first round of the Australian Open in 2010, and she will be aiming to regain the title that she won in 2006.
There is a chance that she could face tenth seeded Caroline Wozniacki in the fourth round, who has been drawn against Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova.
Williams comes into the event as the five-time defending champion, and the 17-time Grand Slam winner is on course to face eighth seed Ana Ivanovic in the quarter-finals.
The scheduled order of play for the first day at Flushing Meadows will be released on Sunday.
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