The US Open draw has thrown up a first-round blockbuster, with former world number one Andy Murray facing Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Murray, who won his first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows, has been slowly working his way back up the rankings since injury decimated his career whilst world number one.
The US Open is the first Grand Slam since his return for which he has not required a wild card, but he may be cursing his luck again after drawing world number three Tsitsipas.
Novak Djokovic is chasing a calendar slam in New York, and he will play a qualifier first. Matteo Berrettini may stand in his way in the quarterfinals, and Alexander Zverev is a potential semi-final opponent.
The latter is far from certain, though, with Jannik Sinner, Pablo Carreno Busta, and Denis Shapovalov in the German’s quarter.
Andrey Rublev and Felix Auger-Aliassime join Murray and Tsitsipas in the third quarter, with the lower half of the US Open draw definitely the weaker.
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Second seed Daniil Medvedev perhaps has the kindest path of all, with Casper Ruud and John Isner the pick of the players in his quarter.
Medvedev, who is a two-time hard-court Grand Slam finalist, will open his campaign against Richard Gasquet.
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