Tennis

Rematch for Federer, Murray?

2012-08-23 19:03
Roger Federer (File)
New York - Andy Murray's hopes for a maiden Grand Slam at the US Open may require him to beat world No 1 Roger Federer for a second time in five weeks after the duo were placed in the same half of the draw on Thursday.

Top seed Federer beat Murray last month to win his seventh Wimbledon crown and a record 17th Grand Slam title but the Briton gained revenge when he crushed the Swiss master in the final of the Olympics at the All England Club on August 5.

Five-times US Open champion Federer plays American Donald Young in the first round of the August 27-September 9 tournament in New York, while third seed Murray faces Alex Bogomolov Jr of Russia.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic, who kicked off his North American hard court season with a win in Toronto before falling to Federer in the Cincinnati final, opens against Italy's Paolo Lorenzi and could face fourth seed David Ferrer of Spain in the semi-finals.

"Obviously I have great memories of the US Open from last year," said second seed Djokovic, who entered the 2011 US Open having suffered just two defeats all year.

"In 2011 it was a remarkable seven months of my career, that I crowned when I won another Grand Slam title, with my first US Open. I am really happy to be back."

World No 3 Rafael Nadal, who has not competed since suffering a shock second-round Wimbledon defeat, withdrew from the US Open last week with a nagging knee problem.

In the women's event, tournament favourite Serena Williams avoided most of her rivals as she was placed in the bottom half of the draw alongside second seed Agnieszka Radwanska.

The American fourth seed, who turns 31 next month and is coming off Wimbledon and Olympic triumphs, begins her title campaign against compatriot Coco Vandeweghe.

Defending women's champion Samantha Stosur of Australia, who beat Williams here last year for her first Grand Slam title, is in the top half together with world No 1 Victoria Azarenka and third seed Maria Sharapova.

"Winning here last year was an absolute dream come true. It's been a bit of an up and down year but I have been feeling good these past few weeks," said Stosur. "This is a tournament and a surface that I think suits my game, so hopefully I can have another great two weeks."

Women's top seed Azarenka, who won her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January, opens against Alexandra Panova of Russia while Wimbledon runner-up Radwanska plays Russian Nina Bratchikova.

US Open men's singles first round draw made on Thursday (x denotes seeding):

Roger Federer (SUI x1) v Donald Young (USA)
Qualifier v Bjorn Phau (GER)
Albert Ramos (ESP) v Robby Ginepri (USA)
Rui Machado (POR) v Fernando Verdasco (ESP x25)
Mardy Fish (USA x23) v Go Soeda (JPN)
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) v Qualifier
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) v Qualifier
Michael Russell (USA) v Gilles Simon (FRA x16)
Nicolas Almagro (ESP x11) v Radek Stepanek (CZE)
Nicolas Mahut (FRA) v Philipp Petzschner (GER)
Blaz Kavcic (SLO) v Flavio Cipolla (ITA)
Jack Sock (USA) v Florian Mayer (GER x22)
Sam Querrey (USA x27) v Lu Yen-Hsun (TPE)
Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) v Somdev Devvarman (IND)
Denis Istomin (UZB) v Jurgen Zopp (EST)
David Goffin (BEL) v Tomas Berdych (CZE x6)
Andy Murray (GBR x3) v Alex Bogomolov (RUS)
Qualifier v Ivan Dodig (CRO)
Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) v Pablo Andujar (ESP)
Robin Haase (NED) v Feliciano Lopez (ESP x30)
Marcel Granollers (ESP x24) v Denis Kudla (USA)
Lukas Lacko (SVK) v James Blake (USA)
Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) v Igor Andreev (RUS)
Santiago Giraldo (COL) v Milos Raonic (CAN x15)
Marin Cilic (CRO x12) v Marinko Matosevic (AUS)
Qualifier v Adrian Ungur (ROM)
Qualifier v Qualifier
Qualifier v Kei Nishikori (JPN x17)
Jeremy Chardy (FRA x32) v Filippo Volandri (ITA)
Tatsuma Ito (JPN) v Matthew Ebden (AUS)
Martin Klizan (SVK) v Alejandro Falla (COL)
Qualifier v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA x5)
Janko Tipsarevic (SRB x8) v Guillaume Rufin (FRA)
Brian Baker (USA) v Jan Hajek (CZE)
Qualifier v Qualifier
Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (GER) v Viktor Troicki (SRB x29)
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER x19) v Michael Llodra (FRA)
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) v Benoit Paire (FRA)
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) v Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)
Xavier Malisse (BEL) v John Isner (USA x9)
Richard Gasquet (FRA x13) v Albert Montanes (ESP)
Jurgen Melzer (AUT) v Qualifier
Steve Johnson (USA) v Rajeev Ram (USA)
Ernests Gulbis (LAT) v Tommy Haas (GER x21)
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS x28) v Gilles Muller (LUX)
Tobias Kamke (GER) v Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)
Qualifier v Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
Kevin Anderson (RSA) v David Ferrer (ESP x4)
Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG x7) v David Nalbandian (ARG)
Benjamin Becker (GER) v Ryan Harrison (USA)
Lukasz Kubot (POL) v Leonardo Mayer (ARG)
Tommy Robredo (ESP) v Andreas Seppi (ITA x26)
Andy Roddick (USA x20) v Qualifier
Carlos Berlocq (ARG) v Bernard Tomic (AUS)
Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) v Fabio Fognini (ITA)
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) v Juan Monaco (ARG x10)
Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR x14) v Jesse Levine (USA)
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) v Qualifier
Steve Darcis (BEL) v Malek Jaziri (TUN)
Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) v Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x18)
Julien Benneteau (FRA x31) v Olivier Rochus (BEL)
Dennis Novikov (USA) v Jerzy Janowicz (POL)
Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) v Qualifier
Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) v Novak Djokovic (SRB x2)

Women's singles first round draw (x denotes seeding):

Victoria Azarenka (BLR x1) v Alexandra Panova (RUS)
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) v Qualifier
Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) v Qualifier
Virginie Razzano (FRA) v Zheng Jie (CHN x28)
Julia Goerges (GER x18) v Qualifier
Mandy Minella (LUX) v Olivia Rogowska (AUS)
Stephanie Foretz Gacon (FRA) v Anna Tatishvili (GEO)
Sorana Cirstea (ROM) v Sabine Lisicki (GER x16)
Li Na (CHN x9) v Heather Watson (GBR)
Qualifier v Casey Dellacqua (AUS)
Qualifier v Laura Robson (GBR)
Victoria Duval (USA) v Kim Clijsters (BEL x23)
Varvara Lepchenko (USA x31) v Mathilde Johansson (FRA)
Qualifier v Julia Cohen (USA)
Qualifier v Qualifier
Petra Martic (CRO) v Samantha Stosur (AUS x7)
Maria Sharapova (RUS x3) v Melinda Czink (HUN)
Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP) v Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ)
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) v Mallory Burdette (USA)
Lucie Hradecka (CZE) v Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP x27)
Nadia Petrova (RUS x19) v Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)
Simona Halep (ROM) v Iveta Benesova (CZE)
Alexandra Cadantu (ROM) v Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN)
Melanie Oudin (USA) v Lucie Safarova (CZE x15)
Marion Bartoli (FRA x11) v Jamie Hampton (USA)
Romina Oprandi (SUI) v Andrea Petkovic (GER)
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) v Marina Erakovic (NZL)
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS x17)
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL x25) v Qualifier
Pauline Parmentier (FRA) v Michaella Krajicek (NED)
Nicole Gibbs (USA) v Alize Cornet (FRA)
Polona Hercog (SLO) v Petra Kvitova (CZE x5)
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x8) v Irina-Camelia Begu (ROM)
Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) v Qualifier
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) v Camila Giorgi (ITA)
Ayumi Morita (JPN) v Monica Niculescu (ROM x26)
Francesca Schiavone (ITA x22) v Sloane Stephens (USA)
Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) v Qualifier
Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) v Sofia Arvidsson (SWE)
Qualifier v Ana Ivanovic (SRB x12)
Maria Kirilenko (RUS x14) v Chanelle Scheepers (RSA)
Agnes Szavay (HUN) v Greta Arn (HUN)
Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) v Arantxa Rus (NED)
Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) v Klara Zakopalova (CZE x24)
Peng Shuai (CHN x32) v Elena Vesnina (RUS)
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) v Qualifier
Mirjana Lucic (CRO) v Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP)
Coco Vandeweghe (USA) v Serena Williams (USA x4)
Angelique Kerber (GER x6) v Anne Keothavong (GBR)
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) v Venus Williams (USA)
Qualifier v Timea Babos (HUN)
Olga Govortsova (BLR) v Tamira Paszek (AUT x29)
Christina McHale (USA x21) v Kiki Bertens (NED)
Qualifier v Irina Falconi (USA)
Vera Dushevina (RUS) v Qualifier
Garbine Muguruza (ESP) v Sara Errani (ITA x10)
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK x13) v Johanna Larsson (SWE)
Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) v Mona Barthel (GER)
Vania King (USA) v Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)
Urszula Radwanska (POL) v Roberta Vinci (ITA x20)
Jelena Jankovic (SRB x30) v Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR)
Qualifier v Shahar Peer (ISR)
Ksenia Pervak (KAZ) v Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)
Nina Bratchikova (RUS) v Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x2)

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