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US Open Men’s Draw: Who Will Djokovic, Federer and Nadal Play Against?

The full draw for the final grand slam of 2019 has been revelled.



Novak Djokovic - US Open 2019 (Art Seitz)

World No.1 Novak Djokovic has been placed on a collision course with Roger Federer after both players were drawn in the same half for next week’s US Open.


Reigning champion Djokovic is aiming to become the first man to defend his title at Flushing Meadows for more than a decade. Following in the footsteps of rival Federer who was unbeaten at the tournament between 2004-2008. Djokovic will start his campaign against Spain’s Roberto Carballés Baena. A player currently ranked 76th in the world who has only ever won two main draw matches at a grand slam. Should Djokovic come through, he faces either Sam Querry or Juan Igancio Londero next. Also lurking in his section is 27th seed Dusan Lajovic, whom he could play in the last 32, followed potentially by either Kevin Anderson or Stan Wawrinka.

Djokovic’s projected route to:
R1: Carballes Baena
R2: Querrey/Londero
R3: Lajovic
R4: Wawrinka/Anderson
QF: Medvedev
SF: Federer

In order for a rematch of the Wimbledon final to take place, both Djokovic and Federer are required to progress to the semi-finals. In their most recent meeting, the Serbian saved two match points during a marathon five-hour battle. Recording his fourth consecutive win over the Swiss Maestro.

38-year-old Federer will be hoping to make up for his shock fourth round loss to John Millman at the tournament 12 months. He will open up his 2019 campaign against a yet to be decided qualifier. The last time Federer failed to reach the fourth round of the New York major was back in 2000. Not counting 2016 when he withdrew from the major due to injury.

Federer’s projected route to the final:
R1: qualifier
R2: Dzumhur
R3: Pouille
R4: Goffin
QF: Nishikori
SF: Djokovic

In the other half of the draw, second seed Rafael Nadal will start against Millman. The Spaniard is the only member of the Big Three to have won a trophy since Wimbledon after defending his title at the Rogers Cup. Nadal’s favourable section features four qualifiers, two wild cards and one player who gained entry with the use of their protected ranking (Cedrik-Marcel Stebe). Should the draw go according to the seedings, he could play Fernando Verdasco in the third round followed by either John Isner or Marin Cilic.

Rafael Nadal’s projected route to the final:
R1: Millman
R2: Kokkinakis
R3: Verdasco
R4: Cilic/Isner
QF: Zverev/Khachanov
SF: Thiem/Tsitsipas

The draw gods has been more friendly to some than others. Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas will lock horns with rising star Andrey Rublev in what promises to be a stern test. Not only is Rublev a former US Open quarter-finalist, he recently stunned Federer in Cincinnati. Tsitsipas is also on course for a third round showdown against the animated Nick Kyrgios, who he has recently played doubles with in Washington and Cincinnati.

Alexander Zverev’s 2019 season has been far from smooth. Nevertheless, the German will be hoping for a long awaited breakthrough in the majors. In the first round he faces Radu Albot from Moldova. Somebody who could potentially pose a threat if in top form.

Other first round matches include fourth seed Dominic Thiem against Thomas Fabbiano, rising star Daniil Medvedev against Prajnesh Gunneswaran, and another chapter of the all-Canadian rivalry between Denis Shapovalov and Felix-Auger Aliassime.

The US Open main draw will get underway on Monday.

The full draw





Mikhail Kukushkin beat Italian Next Gen star Jannick Sinner in St. Petersburg



Mikhail Kukushkin beat 18-year-old Italian Next Gen rising star Jannick Sinner 6-3 7-6 (7-4) after 1 hour and 40 minutes. Kukushkin fended off nine of the eleven break points he faced.


Sinner, who turned 18 last month and received a wild-card to take part at the next November’s ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan, did not convert three break points in the first game, but Kukushkin saved them to hold his first game.

Kukushkin, who won his only title in St.Petersburg in 2010, was the first to break serve in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Sinner earned three break points but Kukushkin fended them off. Sinner saved a break point in the eighth game but Kukushkin served out the opening set on his first set point.

Kukushkin went up a break in the third game of the second set to take a 2-1 lead, Sinner converted his second break-back point to draw level to 2-2. Kukushkin got a break lead for the second time but Sinner rallied from the break down for the second time to draw level to 4-4. Sinner earned set point at 5-4 to force a decider, but Kukushkin saved it to draw level to 5-5. Kukushkin got a mini-break in the tie-break to win the tie-break 7-4.

Adrian Mannarino, who won his first ATP Tour title in s’Hertogenbosch, beat Stefano Travaglia 7-5 6-2 after 1 hour and 19 minutes. Travaglia held his first two service games at love and broke serve to open up a 4-1 lead. Mannarino converted his first break-back point for 3-4. Both players held their serve to draw level to 5-5. Travaglia saved a break point, but he made two double faults to drop his serve in the 11th game for 5-6. Mannarino served out the first set on his first point.

Travaglia saved a break point at the start of the second set, but Mannarino converted his second chance.

Travaglia earned two break-back points in the second game but did Mannarino saved them to open up a 2-0 lead. Mannarino went up a 3-0 lead. The Frenchman saved a break point in the sixth game to race out to a 5-1 lead and sealed the win on his first match point.


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‘Looks Like He Should Be Suspended’ – Pat Rafter Questions ATP’s Management Of Nick Kyrgios

The former world No.1 is the latest person to speak out about the controversial player.



Nick Kyrgios, Steve Johnson, 2019 US Open
Photo Credit: Andrew Ong/USTA

Two-time US Open champion Pat Rafter has cast shade on the governing body of men’s tennis over their management of Nick Kyrgios’ behaviour on the tour.


The Australian world No.27 had been facing a potential suspension by the ATP over a series of controversies. However, he has received no ban as of yet. During the Cincinnati Masters he was fined $113,000 for eight violations committed during his match against Russia’s Karen Khachanov. Ranging from unsportsmanlike conduct to walking off the court without permission.

A couple weeks later during the US Open Kyrgios accused the ATP of being ‘corrupt’ before clarifying his statement 24 hours later. Arguing that there are double standards in the game when it comes to some players.

Now the subject of an investigation, 46-year-old Rafter has questioned why Kyrgios has not been suspended from the tour yet.

“I don’t understand why it hasn’t happened,” Rafter said during the launch of the ATP Cup.
“There is obviously something else going on behind the scenes. I don’t know.
“On paper it looks like he should be suspended, to me.”

On the other hand, some would argue that banning the 24-year-old would be counterproductive. Despite his antics, Kyrgios has managed to become a household name in the sport. He also has the talent to challenge the best players in the world. In the past, he has defeated Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Although Rafter believes there is a fine line.

“That’s the other thing. He draws a crowd,” Rafter said.
“But at what stage do you say the crowd is more important? Or are you trying to uphold a certain standard or protocol for players to adhere to.”

Previously tennis legend Rod Laver was reportedly another person to speak in favour of handing Kyrgios another suspension. His first took place at the end of 2016. During an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, Laver was quoted as saying ‘whatever they have done hasn’t worked so far, so maybe a suspension is the only answer.’

Whilst it looked as if the tennis legend backed punishing Kyrgios, he has since taken a different tone. In a recent interview with a Swiss newspaper, Laver said he was misquoted when talking about Kyrgios.

“I did not say that, I was misquoted by the Sydney Morning Herald.” He told Aargauer Zeitung.
“This was then misunderstood by others and went around without anyone talking to me to verify that statement. It’s true what I said to FOX Sports: I said Nick should not be banned.”

Kyrgios will return to action on Friday where he is taking part in the Laver Cup.

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ATP Cup Draw Places Andy Murray On Collision Course With Federer

Details of where Murray, Federer, Djokovic and Nadal will play their first matches of 2020 have been announced.



Three-time grand slam champion Andy Murray has been placed in the same group as Swiss rival Roger Federer for the revamped ATP Cup which will get underway in January.


The draw for the team event was formally made on Monday at the Sydney Opera House with former players Lleyton Hewitt, Pat Rafter and John Newcombe among those attending. A total of 24 countries will take part in the competition across three different Australian cities. Unlike the traditional Davis Cup, $15 million in prize money and up to 750 ranking points will be up for grabs.

“It’s great for tennis,” Newcombe said at the draw.
“What a showcase, to be able to showcase the best players in the world representing their country.”

It will be in Sydney where Murray will lock horns with the world No.3. Both have been drawn in Group C along with Belgium, who will be headed by David Goffin. Another team will be added to the group in the future. Murray is on the comeback from a second hip operation and is currently ranked outside the top 400. The upcoming event could be his first chance to play Federer since 2015.

Novak Djokovic will start his campaign in Brisbane. Making it the first time he has played an ATP event in the city since 2009. Paired with Dusan Lajovic, the duo has been placed alongside South Africa and France in Group A. The other group playing in Brisbane will feature both Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas. Two players who at times do not see eye-to-eye on the tour. They have been placed in Group F along with Canada and host nation Australia.

In Perth Rafael Nadal will be headlining the field and hoping to lead Spain to glory. The US Open champion will face early opposition from both Japan and Georgia. Nadal hasn’t won a title of any kind in the country since his triumph 10 years ago at the Australian Open.

The groups

Brisbane Perth Sydney
Group A Group F Group B Group D Group C Group E
Serbia Germany Spain Russia Switzerland Austria
France Greece Japan Italy Belgium Croatia
South Africa Canada Georgia USA Great Britain Argentina

At present every member of the world’s top 10 has committed to playing in the event. The ATP Cup is the first team event to be placed on the ATP Calendar since the World Team Cup, which ended in 2012. In the new event, the top eight teams from the group stages will qualify for the quarter-final stage in Sydney. Each tie will feature two singles matches and one doubles.

The return of the competition has shaken up the tennis schedule in Australia. Both the Brisbane International and Sydney International have become women-only events. Meanwhile, the once prestigious Hopman Cup has come to an end after more than 20 years.

The ATP Cup will take place between January 3rd-12th.

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