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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.

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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.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas, Gilles Simon and Felix Auger Aliassime reach the the semifinal in Marseille

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Defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas edged past Vasek Pospisil 7-5 6-3 after 1 hour and 17 minutes to reach the semifinal at the Open 13 Provence in Marseille.

 

Both players stayed neck and neck until 5-5, before Tsitsipas earned his first break, when Pospisil hit a backhand long. The Greek star wrapped up the first set with an ace after 45 minutes.

Tsitsipas claimed his second break at 3-3 with a backhand return and reeled off 10 consecutive points to seal the second set 6-3.

Tsitsipas fired 8 aces and won 26 of his 30 first service points.

“It was not easy. I knew I would have to fight and be dynamic. He plays a very aggressive brand of tennis, so every point has to be treated respectfully. I played with passion and patience, and my fighting spirit, when I am in the right zone. It means good things can happen”, said Tsitsipas.

Gilles Simon cruised through to an upset 6-4 6-0 win over Danil Medvedev to advance to the semifinal. Simon converted five of his six break point chances and lost his serve only once.

The French veteran will take on Felix Auger Aliassime, who beat Egor Gerasimov 7-5 6-2. The young Canadian star broke serve four times and and won 83 % of his first serve points.

Gerasimov earned an early break in the first game to open up a 2-0 lead, but Auger Aliassime came back by winning two consecutive games to win the opening set 7-5. Auger Aliassime converted his fourth break point in the second game to open up a 3-0 lead and sealed the second set with another break in the eighth game.

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Alexander Bublik reaches his third career semifinal with win over Denis Shapovalov in Marseille

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Alexander Bublik reached the third ATP Tour semifinal of his career after beating Canadian Canadian Next Gen player Denis Shapovalov 7-5 4-6 6-3 after 2 hours and 18 minutes at the Open 13 Provence in Marseille.

 

Bublik fended off a total of four break points in the first set, including three chances from 0-40, got the break in the 12th game to close out the first set 7-5, when Shapovalov hit a forehand volley wide at 30-40 after 45 minutes.

Both players traded breaks at the start of the second set. Bublik did not convert three break points at 3-2, when he hit a forehand into the net on his first break point chance. Shapovalov broke serve in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead with a drop shot and wrapped up the second set with his third ace.

Bublik opened up a 2-0 lead with a break in the second game of the third set. Shapovalov broke straight back in the third game. Bublik got another break lead in the eighth lead at 15, when Shapovalov hit a forehand wide. Bublik sealed the win with a hold at love.

“He is a great player and serve. It was our first match, but I have known him for a very long time. I was happy to break in the first set, then in the second set he was better, and I had my chances in the third and I held on. So I am very happy”,said Bublik.

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Milos Raonic, Steve Johnson, Frances Tiafoe and Ugo Humbert reach the quarter final in Delray Beach

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Milos Raonic hit 11 aces and saved the three break points he faced to beat German Cedrik Marcel Stebe 7-5 6-3 after 1 hour and 36 minutes reaching the quarter final at the Delray Beach, an ATP Tour 250 tournament.

 

Raonic earned a break in each set. Stebe earned a break point in the ninth game with a forehand down the line, but Raonic saved it with a forehand. Raonic faced two more break points in the 11th game, but Raonic saved them with service winners. Raonic earned a break with a forehand down the line winner in the 12th game to close out the first set 7-5. Raonicwon four consecutive points on return to earn a break and closed out the match 6-3 with a hold of serve.

“I got lucky through that first set and then I tried to be a bit more aggressive, create more things and that put a bit more pressure on him. It opened up the match for me a bit more”, said Raonic.

Raonic set up a quarter final against Steve Johnson, who edged past his compatriot Jack Sock 6-4 5-7 6-1 after 2 hours and 5 minutes to reach his first quarter final at ATP Tour level in six months. Johnson came back from losing the second set by racing out to a 5-0 lead.

“This is just one of those tournaments where you feel comfortable coming back every year. It’s great to see Sock back. I thought he played a really good second set and I just got bit of a momentum in the third set”, said Johnson.

French Next Gen player Ugo Humbert edged Miomir Kecmanovic 6-4 7-6 (8-6) after 1 hour and 42 minutes to reach his third quarter final in 2020. Humbert fended off eight of the ten break points he faced and earned three breaks to win the last four games of the first set from 2-4 down. Humbert broke Kecmanovic, as the Serbian player was serving for the second set at 6-5. The Frenchman saved a set point and came back from 5-6 down by winning the final three points of the tie-break to clinch the win after 1 hour and 43 minutes. Humbert has improved his win-loss record this year to 8-3.

“It’s always tough to play against Miomir, because he is a great player. He always plays at a high level. I lost to him last week and I was a little bit stressed before the match, so I am very happy to get the win today. You have to enjoy the victory because it’s not easy every week. Winning in Auckland gave me a lot of confidence. I beat some great players, but I have to continue my improvement every day”,said Humbert.

Humbert will face US player Frances Tiafoe, who battled past Tommy Paul 7-5 7-6 (7-4). Both players stayed neck and neck in the first set until the 11th game when Tiafoe earned a break with a return winner. He served out the set 7-5 with a service winner in the 12th game.

Paul earned a break in the sixth game, but he dropped his serve, while he serving for the set at 5-3. Tiafoe closed out the match with a backhand crosscourt winner at 6-4 in the tie-break.

“It’s never easy playing a good friend. It’s awkward, but I thought it was a pretty good match overall. My forehand was definitely on, so that helped. I am starting to play good tennis again and just competing hard in every match”,said Tiafoe.  

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