Andy Murray is doubtless to be hoping to electrify some rhythm and attach a flee of fits on the US Start this year, but he’ll delivery with one of many toughest first-round draws that you just would possibly think of as he faces Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece.
The pair dangle by no blueprint faced each assorted. Tsitsipas, seeded third and beaten in the French Start final in June by Novak Djokovic, is portion of the second tier of match favourites, behind the Serb.
Murray, in the period in-between, arrives in Recent York after two most modern second-round losses, falling to No 12 Hubert Hurkacz in an finest 7-6(4), 6-3 loss on the Western & Southern Start earlier than losing by an a similar rating to Frances Tiafoe in Winston-Salem on Wednesday. Whereas Murray turned into as soon as contented alongside with his circulate and bodily form in those fits, he’ll must increase his stage vastly and decide his possibilities on colossal points in inform to compete with Tsitsipas.
After winning the first three colossal slam tournaments of 2021, high seed Djokovic will delivery in Recent York against a qualifier. He is projected to meet his Wimbledon final opponent, Matteo Berrettini, in the quarter-final and fourth seed Alexander Zverev might well per chance well sit up for in the semi-final.
Djokovic has no longer competed since his sophisticated semi-final loss to Zverev at theOlympics, opting to refresh his body in build of contest a warm-up event. The stakes for Djokovic are extraordinarily high – might well per chance well unruffled he clinch the title, he’ll turn into the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win the colossal slam and he would ruin his tie of 20 colossal slam titles with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
The bottom half of the males’s draw is headlined by second seed Daniil Medvedev – beaten finalist two years ago – who opens against Richard Gasquet. Cameron Norrie, seeded 26th, will face 18 year-primitive Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz in the first round. Can dangle to unruffled Norrie and Murray both obtain that some distance, they’d meet in the third round. Dan Evans, the British #1 and 23rd seed, faces Thiago Monteiro of Brazil.
In the girls folk’s draw, high seed and match favourite, Ashleigh Barty, will face 2010 runner-up Vera Zvonareva. Barty, who’s chasing her sixth title of the year, has been positioned into what’s a potentially advanced portion of the draw with a projected quarter-final against 2020 French Start champion Iga Swiatek. Britain’s Johanna Konta will open against Kristina Mladenovic whereas Heather Watson faces Kaja Juvan.
365 days on from one of many very finest fortnights of her profession, defending champion Naomi Osaka is seeded third and she or he’s going to open against Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic. Osaka has struggled on the court docket since her return to competitors after withdrawing from the French Start and Wimbledon to point of interest on her psychological health, but she is doubtless to be buoyed in Recent York by an advanced draw. She might well per chance well face the in-form Angelique Kerber in the fourth round.
Meanwhile, organisers of the Australian Start dangle announced plans for avid gamers to spend two weeks in a biosecure bubble earlier than the 2022 edition in build of the unpopular 14 days of modified quarantine at this year’s event.