The US Open Singles’ draw has been announced, and it does make for interesting reading. Marin Cilic is the defending champion, Novak Djokovic the World No. 1, and Federer a 5-time US Open Champion heading into this one. Murray won the warmup in Toronto (Rogers’ Masters), while Federer won at Cincinnati. Djokovic reached both those finals, but lost. However, the courts in New York could suit his game much better.
Let’s take a look at every quarter of the draw and present the list of 4 probable quarterfinal matchups:
Two names immediately stand out. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. That’s right- they’re on a crash course for a quarterfinal match. In their way will be just a couple of known names: Nadal faces teenager Coric in the first round, which could be problematic for the Spaniard. If he gets past this, he could face fellow Spaniard Lopez in the third round, or one of Canadian Milos Raonic, Verdasco or Haas in the fourth round. This isn’t an easy draw for him at all – especially in the kind of form he is in. Meanwhile, Djokovic has an easy path to the last 16. Only Goffin could put up a fight against him in the fourth round.
1st Quarterfinal: Novak Djokovic v/s Milos Raonic
Kei Nishikori will have to deal with mercurial French acts Tsonga or Monfils if he has to get through to the last 16. There’s also the possibility of big-serving Sam Groth or Dolgopolov troubling him in the third round. But he has been in good form this year, so he is expected to fight off these challenges. Defending Champion Marin Cilic finds himself in the same quarter, but to reach Nishikori in the quarters, he will have to defeat Dimitrov in the third round and Ferrer in the fourth. Unlikely, given that he has barely won anything this season. But also, hard courts bring out the best in him. Very likely, then.
2nd Quarterfinal: Kei Nishikori v/s Marin Cilic
Stan Wawrinka, reigning French Open Champion, has only to deal with Giles Simon in the fourth round for an easy path through. Andy Murray faces the toughest first test against volatile Aussie Nick Kyrgios. If he makes it through – and he will – he will only have to deal with Kevin Anderson before reaching Wawrinka in the last 16.
3rd Quarterfinal: Stan Wawrinka v/s Andy Murray
Tomas Berdych will have to probably face Querrey in the third round and Gasquet in the fourth to get through. There’s also Hewitt – who is playing his last Slam ever – who will want to go out on a high. It’s likely that younger Aussie Tomic will defeat Hewitt in the second round. In the lower half, Federer will have to face Baghdatis in the second round, and one of the two giants of men’s tennis Karlovic or Isner in the fourth round. His path is relatively straightforward, and he will fancy himself against Berdych in the quarters too.
4th Quarterfinal: Tomas Berdych v/s Roger Federer