Unseeded Nick Kyrgios has been dealt a brutal first-round project whereas Aussie world No.1 Ash Barty faces a number of potential banana skins within the draw for the US Open.
The unseeded Kyrgios has been pit in opposition to Spain’s 18th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut within the first spherical, with Canadian twelfth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime a doable third spherical foe and fifth seed Andrey Rublev a possible spherical of 16 opponent. Kyrgios enters the occasion below an harm cloud having withdrawn from the Winston-Salem Open with a knee drawback.
Barty, in the meantime, opens in opposition to Russia’s Vera Zvonareva, a 2010 US Open runner-up, and will meet harmful US thirteenth seed Jen Brady within the spherical of 16.
The Aussie faces a possible second spherical tie in opposition to rising French star Clara Burel whereas the large names on her doable path to glory embody final 12 months’s French Open champion Iga Swiatek, 2019 US Open winner Bianca Andreescu within the semis and Karolina Pliskova, who Barty may face in one other last after triumphing within the Wimbledon decider..
Alex de Minaur, in the meantime, the 14th seed, has been placed on a course to doubtlessly meet grand-slam chasing world No.1 Novak Djokovic within the fourth spherical.
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Novak Djokovic may face a Wimbledon last rematch with Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in a US Open quarter-final and meet Olympic champion Alexander Zverev within the semi-finals in his bid to finish a calendar-year Grand Slam at New York.
Below a males’s singles draw launched Thursday by the US Tennis Affiliation, the 34-year-old Serbian prime seed was positioned in a draw quarter that might see him meet Australian de Minaur within the fourth spherical.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner then may see sixth-seeded Berrettini within the quarter-finals and, if seed type holds, face German fourth seed Zverev within the semi-finals.
Zverev was final 12 months’s US Open runner-up to Austrian Dominic Thiem, who’s injured and won’t defend his crown when the hardcourt showdown begins Monday.
Topping the opposite half of the draw reverse Djokovic is Russian second seed Daniil Medvedev with Greek third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas and Russian sixth seed Andrey Rublev subsequent. Rublev and Tsitsipas may meet in a quarter-final.
World primary Djokovic is making an attempt to turn into the primary man to comb all 4 Grand Slam singles titles in the identical 12 months since Rod Laver in 1969.
He’s additionally making an attempt to turn into the all-time males’s chief in Grand Slam singles crowns, sharing the mark of 20 with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who will each miss the New York fortnight with accidents.
Federer is battling a knee harm whereas Nadal has a nagging left foot harm. The total draw has Djokovic opening in opposition to a qualifier and dealing with a possible second-round assembly in opposition to the winner between A hundred and tenth-ranked Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor and Germany’s 52nd-ranked Jan-Lennard Struff.
Potential third-round foes for Djokovic embody Japan’s Kei Nishikori, the 2014 US Open runner-up, and Belgian twenty seventh seed David Goffin, who matched his greatest US Open run by reaching final 12 months’s fourth spherical.
Medvedev, who misplaced to Djokovic on this 12 months’s Australian Open last, opens in opposition to Frenchman Richard Gasquet and will get Croatian Marin Cilic, the 2014 US Open winner, within the third spherical.
Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov may meet Medvedev within the spherical of 16 and Norway’s eighth-seeded Casper Ruud may face the Russian within the quarter-finals.
Tsitsipas opens in opposition to Britain’s Andy Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion who captured the 2012 US Open crown by beating Djokovic within the last, and will meet British twenty sixth seed Cameron Norrie within the third spherical.
Zverev’s quarter of the draw additionally contains Canadian seventh seed Denis Shapovalov and Spanish ninth seed Pablo Carreno Busta. The German star opens in opposition to American Sam Querrey.js/iwd
Defending champion Naomi Osaka may meet second seed Aryna Sabalenka in a US Open semi-final whereas top-ranked Barty might need a Wimbledon last rematch with Karolina Pliskova below a ladies’s draw revealed on Thursday.
Osaka, the reigning US and Australian Open champion, was seeded third and will play Germany’s Angelique Kerber within the fourth spherical earlier than a doable quarter-final in opposition to Ukraine sixth seed Elina Svitolina.
The Japanese star, who pulled out of the French Open and skipped Wimbledon citing psychological well being points, may then meet Belarus’ Sabalenka, a semi-finalist final month at Wimbledon, or Czech eighth seed Barbora Krejcikova, this 12 months’s French Open winner.
The alternative half of the draw options prime seed Barty, coming off a second Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in July, dealing with a doable quarter-final in opposition to Polish seventh seed Iga Swiatek.
If Barty reached the ultimate 4, she may see Czech fourth seed Pliskova in a rematch of the Wimbledon last or Canadian sixth seed Bianca Andreescu, the 2019 US Open champion who skipped final 12 months’s New York hardcourt showdown.
Serena Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, and her sister Venus, a seven-time Grand Slam winner, withdrew from the occasion on Wednesday as a result of accidents.
Osaka, a two-time US and Australian Open champion, opens in opposition to Czech Marie Bouzkova and will meet American Alycia Parks or a qualifier in spherical two.
Within the fourth spherical, Osaka may meet Kerber however that part of the draw additionally contains US twenty first seed Coco Gauff, whose potential second-round foe could be the winner between compatriots Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys in a rematch of the 2017 US Open last received by Stephens.
Svitoina’s path to the final eight opens in opposition to a qualifier and will characteristic a fourth-round encounter with Romania’s Simona Halep, a former world primary who received the 2018 French Open and 2019 Wimbledon crowns.
Sabalenka’s quarter of the draw contains Krejcikova and two-time Grand Slam champions Garbine Muguruza of Spain and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, the 2020 US Open runner-up.
Barty opens in opposition to Russia’s Vera Zvonareva, a 2010 US Open runner-up, and will meet US thirteenth seed Jen Brady within the spherical of 16.
Pliskova and Andreescu are the highest seeds of their quarter of the draw. The very best-ranked impediment to Pliskova’s place within the final eight is Russian quantity 14 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova whereas Andreescu has Tenth-ranked Czech Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, in her part of the draw.