US OPEN 2014
Djokovic-Murray On US Open QF Collision Course; Ferrer In Federer's Half
New York City, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is in the same quarter of the US Open draw as 2012 titlist Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Roger Federer, the five-time former champion, could potentially face No. 5-ranked David Ferrer in the semi-finals.
Djokovic is attempting to reach the final at Flushing Meadows for the fifth year in a row. He won the title in 2011 with victory over Rafael Nadal and has a 45-8 event record. The Serb opens his campaign against Diego Schwartzman and could play Gilles Muller or Paul-Henri Mathieu in the second round. He has the possibility of a third-round clash with No. 28 seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. Ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who beat Djokovic en route to the Rogers Cup trophy, takes on Juan Monaco in his opener and is a potential fourth-round opponent.
Eighth seed Murray is in the top quarter of the draw and could meet Djokovic in the quarter-finals. Djokovic leads Murray 12-8 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, having met in four Grand Slam finals (2011 Australian Open, 2012 US Open and 2013 Australian Open and Wimbledon). Murray faces Robin Haase in the first round and has a tricky draw if he is lift his third major crown. He may face No. 31 seed Fernando Verdasco in the third round.
Third seed Stan Wawrinka, who is also in the top half of the draw, will be aiming to build on last year’s semi-final run. He takes on young prospect Jiri Vesely in the first round and could meet Thomaz Bellucci and Nicolas Mahut in the second round. This year’s Australian Open champion quarter also has No. 16 seed Tommy Robredo, a potential fourth-round opponent, No. 21 seed Mikhail Youzhny and Nadal’s Wimbledon conqueror, Nick Kyrgios.
Fifth seed Milos Raonic, who won his sixth ATP World Tour title at the Citi Open earlier this month (d. Pospisil), has been drawn to meet a qualifier. The Canadian, who has advanced to six ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter-finals (or better) this season, might face No. 29 seed Lukas Rosol – still competing at this week’s Winston-Salem Open – in the third round. Tenth seed Kei Nishikori is a potential fourth-round clash, with a quarter-final against Wawrinka.
In the bottom half of the draw, second seed Federer starts his bid for an 18th Grand Slam championship crown against Marinko Matosevic. The six-time US Open finalist, between 2004 and 2009, could face two big-servers early on in Sam Groth (second round) and No. 25 seed Ivo Karlovic (third round). Seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov, who has won three ATP World Tour crowns this year and had a semi-final run at The Championships, Wimbledon, or No. 12 seed Richard Gasquet are possible last eight foes. Federer has a 67-9 match record at the final Grand Slam championship of the year.
Fourth seed David Ferrer, the 2007 and 2012 semi-finalist, meets Damir Dzumhur in the first round and will meet Bernard Tomic or Dustin Brown in the second round. Two interesting openers in the third quarter of the draw include, No. 14 seed Marin Cilic versus Marcos Baghdatis and No. 18 seed Kevin Anderson versus two-time ATP World Tour winner Pablo Cuevas, who is currently four spots lower than his career-high of No. 36 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.
Sixth seed Tomas Berdych will be bidding to win his 25th match at Flushing Meadows in his opener against 2001 champion Lleyton Hewitt. The victor will face Martin Klizan or a qualifier, with a potential third-round encounter against No. 27 seed Santiago Giraldo. Eleventh seed Ernests Gulbis could play his training partner, Dominic Thiem, in the second round. Both players are coached by Gunter Bresnik.
The US Open begins on 25 August.