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US Open: Murray to face world no. 82 Lukas Rosol in first round

US Open: Murray to face world no. 82 Lukas Rosol in first round
US Open
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 29 August – 11 September

Olympic champion Andy Murray will meet Czech Lukas Rosol in the first round of the US Open, which starts on Monday.

The British second seed, 29, beat world number 82 Rosol 4-6 6-3 6-2 in a heated match at the Munich Open last year.

British number two Dan Evans faces American Rajeev Ram, while Kyle Edmund will play France’s Richard Gasquet.

Briton Johanna Konta, seeded a career-high 13th in the women’s singles, meets American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who won mixed double gold at the Rio Olympics.

Rosol, 31, shocked Rafael Nadal in the second round at Wimbledon in 2012.

Top seed and world number one Novak Djokovic begins the defence of his men’s title against world number 120 Jerzy Janowicz, while Spaniard Nadal, the 2010 and 2013 champion, meets Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.

Olympic silver medalist Juan Martin del Potro has been drawn against fellow Argentine Diego Schwartzman.

Women’s world number one Serena Williams, a beaten semi-finalist last year, begins her campaign against Russian Ekaterina Makarova, while Britons Heather Watson and Naomi Brody will play qualifiers.

Williams is aiming for a seventh US Open title and a record 23rd Grand Slam singles title in the Open era.

Djokovic ‘doing everything’ to be fit

Djokovic said he hopes to be close to full fitness for the start of the tournament, but admitted his left wrist has not healed fully.

He first felt pain in his wrist in the week before the Rio Olympics, where he lost in the opening round to Del Potro.

“I’m doing everything in my power to make sure that I’m as close to 100% as possible during the course of this tournament,” said the 29-year-old.

“I’m just hoping that when the tournament starts I’ll be able to get as close to the maximum of executing my backhand shot as possible.”

Djokovic also said he was dealing with “private issues” when he lost to Sam Querrey in the third round at Wimbledon this year, but that those issues have now been resolved.

He added: “I am in a position, like everybody else, like all of you.

“We all have private issues and things that are more challenges than issues, more things that we have to encounter and overcome in order to evolve as a human being.”

Analysis

“Rosol is the man who beat Rafael Nadal on Wimbledon’s Centre Court in 2012, and was told by Murray that “nobody likes you” after the Czech bumped into him while changing ends at an event in Munich last year.

“Murray could face Kei Nishikori in the last eight and Stan Wawrinka – or even Juan Martin del Potro – in the semi-finals, while chief rival Djokovic, still troubled by a left wrist injury, could play Marin Cilic and Rafael Nadal at the same stages.

“It would be wrong to describe Djokovic as an unknown quantity at this US Open. He is the defending champion and has a sensational record on hard courts, but he has had an emotional few months after completing the career Grand Slam at Roland Garros.”




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