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Djokovic, Wawrinka Lead Labor Day Action At The US Open

New York, U.S.A.

Djokovic© Getty ImagesWorld No. 1 Novak Djokovic, the 2011 champion, plays No. 22 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber on Monday.

A blockbuster Labor Day schedule features six of the Top 10 seeds, which includes three of the past five Grand Slam champions – No. 1 Novak Djokovic (Wimbledon), No. 3 Stan Wawrinka (Australian Open) and No. 8 Andy Murray (’13 Wimbledon). Murray also won the US Open two years ago.

Leading off on Arthur Ashe Stadium is Murray and No. 9 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Murray has won 9 of the past 11 meetings (5-2 on hard courts) but the Frenchman won the last encounter in a three-set QF at ATP Masters 1000 Toronto on Aug. 15 en route to the title. Murray has won the last 15 appearances in a major 4R since losing in this round to Tomas Berdych at Roland Garros in 2010. Murray is trying to reach the QF here for the fourth straight year and fifth overall. Tsonga is attempting to reach his second QF at the US Open (’10) and 11th major QF in his career. The Frenchman has reached the 4R in all four Grand Slam tournaments this season for the first time in his career.

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In the night match on Ashe, two of the young stars on the ATP World Tour, 23-year-old Milos Raonic meets 24-year-old Kei Nishikori in a rematch of their 4R at Wimbledon on July 1 won by the Canadian in four sets. Nishikori leads the head-to-head 2-1, winning a match on clay and  hard courts. Raonic went on to reach the SFs. Raonic is trying to reach his third straight major QF after getting to the final eight at Roland Garros. Nishikori, who reached the 4R here six years ago in his debut, is attempting to become the first Japanese man to reach the US Open QF since since Zenzo Shimidzu in 1922. Nishikori was a QF at the Aust. Open in 2012.

In the first match on Armstrong, World No. 1 in doubles, Bob and Mike Bryan are in 3R action against Bradley Klahn and Tim Smyczek. The Bryans defeated their countrymen 63 61 in the 2R here in 2010. The Bryans, who have captured a record 15 Grand Slam crowns, including four US Opens (2005, ’08, ’10, ’12), are in pursuit of their 100th career doubles title together.  They are also looking to extend their Grand Slam title streak to a record 10 consecutive years. Their best Grand Slam result this season was a runner-up at Wimbledon (l. to Pospisil-Sock in five sets).

World No. 1 Djokovic makes his first appearance on Armstrong Stadium since the 4R (vs. Wawrinka) two years ago as he plays top German, No. 22 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber. Djokovic owns a 4-1 head-to-head record (2-0 on hard). Djokovic is looking to reach the QF for the 22nd consecutive Grand Slam tournament, the 8th straight in Flushing Meadows. The last time Djokovic failed to reach QF was at Roland Garros in 2009 when he lost to Kohlschreiber.in the 3R. The German is appearing in the 4R in Flushing Meadows for the third year in a row and he is looking to reach his second major QF (’12 Wimbledon). He is 0-5 lifetime against World No. 1 opponents. The last German to reach the QF at the US Open was Tommy Haas in 2007.

In the next match on Armstrong, Wawrinka takes on No. 16 Tommy Robredo, who has won 6 of the 8 previous  meetings (2-2 on hard). In their last match in the 4R at the Australian Open in January, Wawrinka won in straight sets en route to his first Grand Slam crown. The 29-year-old Swiss, who reached the US Open SF last year, is 6-4 lifetime in 4R major matches, winning his last four. Wawrinka’s first major QF came here in 2010. Robredo is looking to advance to the QF here for the second straight year and the 8th major QF in his career. The 32-year-old Spaniard is the oldest player left in the top half of the draw.

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