US OPEN 2014
Djokovic, Murray, Wawrinka Headline Day One At The US Open
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
Djokovic, who has reached the US Open final the past four years (five overall), winning the title in 2011, faces Diego Schwartzman, a 22-year-old Argentine playing in his second career Grand Slam tournament and first career tour level hard court event. The World No. 1 is 36-6 lifetime against Argentines (4-0 in New York).
Wawrinka, who climbed to a career-high No. 3 in the Emirates ATP Rankings after capturing the Australian Open crown in January (d. Nadal), takes on 20-year-old left-hander Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic. The World No. 4 reached his first US Open semi-final last year, defeating Tomas Berdych and defending champion Murray.
On Armstrong stadium, Murray plays Dutch No. 1 Robin Haase for the fourth time. In their previous meeting here in the second round at Flushing Meadows in 2011, he rallied from a two-set deficit to advance. The Scot is making his 10th straight appearance at the US Open, entering with a 33-8 match record.
Raonic takes on 21-year-old Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel, who is making his major main draw debut. The Canadian is a top-five seed at a Grand Slam for the first time. One of two players age 23-under in the Top 10 (Dimitrov), Raonic won the Emirates Airline US Open Series, keyed by a title run at the Citi Open and semi-final result at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 stop in Cincinnati.
Other high-profile match-ups include Australian young gun Nick Kyrgios facing two-time semi-finalist Mikhail Youzhny on Court 17 and No. 16 seed Tommy Robredo taking on Edouard Roger-Vasselin. Kyrgios is one of five teenagers in the draw and is competing in his first Grand Slam since upsetting Rafael Nadal en route to the Wimbledon quarter-finals. Robredo, meanwhile, tries to become the third active player (Nadal, Ferrer) with 200 wins on both hard and clay courts.
On Court 7, No. 31 seed Fernando Verdasco attempts to win his 400th career match as he battles 2013 NCAA singles champion Blaz Rola. The Spaniard became just the sixth man in the Open Era to come back from two sets down at all four majors (Becker, Federer, Krickstein, Nalbandian, Noah) with a second-round victory at Roland Garros.