For the first time since Wimbledon last month, Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic will be part of the same stadium as the Western & Southern Open draw. Revealed on Friday evening. With the battle for the world No. 1 title intensifying as the fourth and final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open draws to a close. While the top two players can only meet in the Cincinnati Masters finals, the draw features a maximum of nine tournaments in one round.
First Quarter: Tommy’s Threat Paul was big for Alcaraz.
While drawing for the second and final Masters 1000 before the US Open was announced, Alcaraz suffered a shock defeat at the hands of the same player who defeated him in the same tournament 12 years ago. Last month, Tommy Paul ended Alcaraz’s stunning 14-match winning streak in the Canadian Open quarter-finals. 4 The Spaniard Wants To Make The Most Of His Chance In Cincinnati to strengthen his ATP title as he continues his defense of the title at the US Open.
A bye in the first round, Alcaraz will face John Isner’s winner, wildcard contender and round of 32 qualifier before facing Paul in the pre-quarter. The draw also features fifth-ranked Casper Ruud, who faces threats from Frances. Tiefo in the third round prematurely before repeating the match against Alcaraz in last year’s US Open finals in the quarters.
Round 1 popcorn match: Tiafoe will face Citi Open finalist Tallon Griekspoor, while three-time major winner Stan Wawrinka will face wildcard Brandon Nakashima.
Second quarter: Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev chances to bounce back
Both top-seeded players suffered early exits at this week’s Canadian Open. While Tsitsipas was defeated by a resurgent Gael Monfils in the round of 32, Rublev was stunned by American Mackenzie McDonald in the same round by Hubert. Hurkacz will stand as a possible early threat for the Greeks, while the Russians have clash winners Karen Khachanov and Andy Murray in his corner.
Round 1 popcorn match: American stars Ben Shelton and Christopher Eubanks will face off in their homeland. The winner faces Tsitsipas in the round of 32, while Murray will make a bid for the US Open when he takes on No. 11 Kachanov. Whether the Briton will confirm his participation in the tournament after pulling out of the Canadian Open on Thursday citing stomach pains Meanwhile Borna Coric, former champion who beat Rafael Nadal in last year’s opening match will meet with Sebastian Corda from America
Third Quarter: The Biggest Challenge of All
The biggest blockbuster in the first round is in this section of the draw, where 12th seed Felix Auger-Aliassim will be aiming to return from his recent slump when he faces Matteo Berrettini Felix beat the Italian two years ago in this race. But it was still the only time he had beaten his opponent in five meetings. Both players were hoping to make up for their early exits at the Canadian Open, where Berrettini lost to fellow Italian Jannik Sinner in the round. Second, while Australia’s Max Purcell wrote an upset piece to Felix.
The winner of the match may face Holger. Runes in the third round As the Norwegian rider hopes to return after a surprise last-32 elimination at the Canadian Open against Marcos Giron.
Another big match in this round of the draw is 16th seed Alexander Zverev vs Grigor Dimitrov, with the winner likely to face third seed Dani. L Medvedev, who lost the quarterfinals in Toronto on Friday night.
Fourth Quarter: Djokovic delivers a nightmare.
On his return to the United States after two years after missing last season due to COVID restrictions on unvaccinated foreigners, Djokovic was handed a tough draw where he would open up against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, who Make it to the Canadian Open semi-finals or Tomas Martin Etcheverry with Cameron Norrie and Sinner who might be better.
Round 1 popcorn match9th seed Taylor Fritz faces Jiri Lehegga, 13th seed Cameron Norrie faces Gael Monfils and Alex De Minao. Toronto semi-finalists R vs. JJ Wolf
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