The Russian is aiming to defend his title in New York

Russian world primary Daniil Medvedev will start the protection of his US Open title towards America’s Stefan Kozlov, however has been handed what’s described as a “tough” draw if he desires to repeat his success in New York.

Medvedev, 26, will meet world quantity 110 Kozlov on Monday for what would be the pair’s second profession encounter after they confronted one another in 2016 Wimbledon qualifying – a contest received in two units by the Russian.

Additional down the road, and will they each progress, Medvedev may meet in-form Australian Nick Kyrgios within the fourth spherical at Flushing Meadows.

Kyrgios has been drawn towards countryman, pal and doubles companion Thanasi Kokkinakis within the first spherical, however will probably be fancied to go deep after his run to a maiden Grand Slam closing at Wimbledon final month.

The Australian, 27, defeated Medvedev in three units after they met within the second spherical of the Canadian Open earlier in August. The Russian did, nonetheless, win their final Grand Slam assembly on the Australian Open at the beginning of the 12 months.  

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‘I’m a target,’ says Medvedev

Even additional alongside for Medvedev is a possible semifinal assembly with Greek fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, who defeated Medvedev within the final 4 of the Cincinnati Masters final weekend.

The ATP has described Medvedev’s draw as “tough” and he can have his work minimize out if he desires to depart New York with a second Grand Slam title and his world primary ranking intact.

Many will see four-time champion Rafael Nadal as the principle contender to take the primary ranking and US Open crown from Medvedev, ought to he stay injury-free.

The Spaniard, 36, opens his marketing campaign towards Australia’s Rinky Hijikata, and has been drawn in the identical quarter of the draw as British seventh seed Cameron Norrie and Russian ninth seed Andrey Rublev.

In the identical half of the draw as Nadal is fellow Spaniard and quantity three seed Carlos Alcaraz, seen as among the many brightest rising stars of world tennis.

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The Likes of Medvedev and Nadal is not going to must deal with 21-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic in New York after he was forced to withdraw because of the Covid-19 vaccine requirement for non-citizens to enter America.

World quantity two Alexander Zverev may even be absent after failing to return to fitness following surgical procedure on the ankle harm he sustained within the semifinals of the French Open in July.  

When it comes to Russian males’s pursuits at Flushing Meadows, world quantity 11 Rublev begins his US Open marketing campaign towards Serbia’s Laslo Dere.

Karen Khachanov – seeded twenty seventh – takes on American Denis Kudla within the first spherical.

Elsewhere, Aslan Karatsev should negotiate fiery Italian Fabio Fognini in his New York opener.

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Kasatkina won the San Jose title. © Carmen Mandato / Getty Images
Russian women’s stars complete hat-trick of tennis titles

Within the girls’s draw, Russian primary Daria Kasatkina will play Britain’s Harriet Dart within the first spherical, however may meet countrywoman and 18th seed Veronika Kudermetova on the third hurdle.

Defending US Open girls’s champion Emma Raducanu of Britain has been handed a tricky opening task towards skilled French star Alize Cornet.

In what is about to the ultimate match of her glittering profession, 23-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams takes on Danka Kovinic of Montenegro within the first spherical, in what is bound to be an emotional event for the 40-year-old American.          


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