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Breaking down the 2022 US Open males’s and ladies’s attracts

The boys’s and ladies’s attracts for the 2022 US Open have been revealed, and each have thrown up some doubtlessly thrilling matches that you need to not miss over the subsequent fortnight.

As all the time, we start with the boys, the place the highest two seeds, Daniil Medvedev and Rafael Nadal, can not face one another till the ultimate; that is additionally the identical case for third seed Carlos Alcaraz and fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, who squared off in a 3rd spherical conflict final yr.

Earlier than we begin, it has been confirmed that Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the US Open, owing to his vaccination standing which has prevented him from getting into the USA.

This leaves Medvedev, Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Stan Wawrinka, Marin Cilic and Andy Murray as the one former champions to participate at Flushing Meadows this yr.

Medvedev is the primary man aside from the game’s “Huge 4” (particularly Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray) to be the highest seed at a males’s Main since Andy Roddick on the 2004 Australian Open.

Daniil Medvedev

(Photograph by Andy Cheung/Getty Photographs)

The 26-year-old will start his title defence in opposition to American Stefan Kozlov, and isn’t anticipated to face any severe opposition till the fourth spherical the place he’s projected to face Spanish veteran Roberto Bautista Agut.

This a part of the draw may also function a first-time All-Australian conflict between doubles companions Nick Kyrgios and Thanaki Kokkinakis, with the winner to doubtlessly face Bautista Agut within the third spherical.

Ought to Kyrgios make it to spherical 4, he may arrange an enormous last-16 blockbuster in opposition to high seed Medvedev, in what can be their second assembly this American swing after the Canberran sprung an upset win in Montreal just lately.

The Russian’s projected quarter-final opponent is Canadian sixth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime, who begins in opposition to a qualifier and is in line to face Karen Khachanov within the third spherical.

2020 champion Dominic Thiem, who had been absent from the Tour just lately as a result of a long-term wrist harm, has been granted a wildcard entry into the match and faces twelfth seed Pablo Carreno Busta in his first match.

Australia’s highest-ranked male entrant, Alex de Minaur, can be on this a part of the draw and will face a second spherical rematch in opposition to Chilean Cristian Garin, to whom he misplaced an exciting five-setter at Wimbledon after main by two units to like final month.

Whichever participant wins that match may then face Carreno Busta or Thiem within the third spherical.

The second quarter of the draw is anchored by Greek fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, who additionally faces a qualifier in his first match, and will run into both Thirteenth-seeded Italian Matteo Berrettini or 2012 champion Andy Murray within the final sixteen.

Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon

(Photograph by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside through Getty Photographs)

There are two Aussies on this a part of the draw: Jordan Thompson and John Millman, who in the event that they win their respective first spherical matches in opposition to Lorenzo Sonego and Emilio Nava may face Tsitsipas and Murray within the second spherical.

The Brit, who’s unseeded, is up in opposition to Argentine Francisco Cerundolo in his first match.

There are some extra larger names within the fourth part, which is led by French Open finalist Casper Ruud and in addition options the likes of Indian Wells champion Taylor Fritz and 2016 champion Stan Wawrinka, who has a protected rating.

Fritz and Wawrinka may line up a third-round conflict whereas Ruud is up in opposition to former Australian Open finalist Kyle Edmund within the first spherical, with a possible showdown in opposition to both Tommy Paul or Sebastian Korda to loom in spherical three.

We flip over the web page to the third quarter now, the place Hubert Hurkacz and Jannik Sinner are closely favoured to arrange a fourth spherical conflict in opposition to one another, offered they get by means of the early rounds with minimal fuss.

Hurkacz may, nevertheless, face American veteran Sam Querrey within the second spherical, whereas seventeenth seed Grigor Dimitrov looms as a doable third spherical opponent for Sinner.

However the main identify to be careful for on this quarter of the draw is third seed Carlos Alcaraz, who’s within the working to doubtlessly grow to be the youngest world primary in males’s tennis historical past, relying on how he fares within the Huge Apple.

He would beat the report set by Lleyton Hewitt, who was three months wanting turning 21 when he ascended to the highest of the rankings for the primary time in November 2001.

Alcaraz is anticipated to breeze by means of his first two rounds, however may face current Cincinnati champion Borna Coric, who’s seeded twenty fifth but additionally has a protected rating, within the third spherical.

Coric, who beat Rafael Nadal en path to the title within the Ohio capital, is up in opposition to a qualifier or fortunate loser within the first spherical, as is 2014 champion Marin Cilic, who’s seeded fifteenth.

Within the seventh part, British seventh seed Cameron Norrie is up in opposition to French veteran Benoit Paire in his first match, with a possible third spherical conflict in opposition to both Holger Rune or American talisman John Isner looming.

The latter two may face one another within the second spherical, offered they get previous a qualifier or fortunate loser and Peter Gojowczyk of their respective openers.

Ninth seed Andrey Rublev and Canadian nineteenth seed Denis Shapovalov are additionally on this part of the draw, and are projected to face one another within the third spherical.

Down on the backside of the draw, Rafael Nadal begins in opposition to Australian wildcard Rinky Hijikata, however may then face some difficult opponents in his path to a males’s record-breaking twenty third Main singles title.

Within the second spherical he’ll face both Aslan Karatsev or Fabio Fognini, who stays the one man to ever beat the Spaniard from two-sets-to-love down at a Main, doing so proper right here at Flushing Meadows in 2015.

Then within the final 32 he may face both Serbian Miomor Kecmanovic or French veteran Richard Gasquet, earlier than a doable final 16 showdown in opposition to both 14th seed Diego Schwartzman or Individuals Jack Sock or Francis Tiafoe, who’s seeded twenty second.

With none main upsets, the projected males’s quarter-finals onwards are as follows:

[1] Daniil Medvedev vs [6] Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN)
[4] Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) vs [5] Casper Ruud (NOR)
[8] Hubert Hurkacz (POL) vs [3] Carlos Alcaraz (ESP)
[7] Cameron Norrie (GBR) vs [2] Rafael Nadal (ESP)

[1] Daniil Medvedev vs [4] Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE)
[3] Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) vs [2] Rafael Nadal (ESP)

Championship prediction: [2] Rafael Nadal (ESP) defeats [1] Daniil Medvedev

Rafael Nadal receives a serve

(Photograph by Kelly Defina/Getty Photographs)

Switching over to the ladies’s aspect of issues now, the place high seeds Iga Swiatek and Anett Kontaveit are on reverse sides of the draw which means they won’t face one another till the ultimate; that is additionally the case for third an fourth seeds Maria Sakkari and Paula Badosa.

Swiatek begins in opposition to Italian Jasmine Paolini in a match she’ll be anticipated to win, however may then have the gang in opposition to her if she units up what can be a blockbuster second spherical conflict in opposition to 2017 champion Sloane Stephens, who’s unseeded this yr.

That’s solely the start of what’s a packed high half of the draw, which may see twenty fourth seed Amanda Anisimova and former Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin arrange an All-American second spherical showdown if each win their respective first spherical matches.

Additionally on this quarter of the draw are former Main champions Jelena Ostapenko, Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova; the latter two may face one another within the third spherical if each win their opening two rounds as they’ll be anticipated to do.

Muguruza, whose type has taken a unfavorable downturn this yr, is up in opposition to Dane Clara Tauson, the identical participant who misplaced to Ashleigh Barty within the second spherical final yr, whereas current Cincinnati runner-up Kvitova faces a qualifier in her opening match.

One other Spaniard, Paula Badosa, headlines the second quarter of the draw which options former Main champions Victoria Azarenka and Naomi Osaka, in addition to reigning champion Emma Raducanu and present Wimbledon titlist Elena Rybakina.

Iga Swiatek celebrates winning the French Open.

Iga Swiatek celebrates profitable the French Open. (Photograph by Tnani Badreddine/DeFodi Photographs through Getty Photographs )

Badosa and Azarenka are in line to face one another within the third spherical, with the winner doubtlessly lining up a last-16 showdown in opposition to both former world primary Karolina Pliskova, who’s seeded twenty second, or former Olympic Gold Medallist Belinda Bencic.

Raducanu, who’s seeded eleventh however dangers dropping out of the highest 80 with an early loss, begins in opposition to French veteran Alize Cornet, whereas the unseeded Osaka has the not-so-difficult activity of going through nineteenth seed and Australian Open finalist Danielle Collins within the first spherical.

Rybakina is up in opposition to a qualifier in her first match and will face Venus Williams within the second spherical; that’s offered the 42-year-old American will get previous Belgian Alison van Uytvanck in her opener.

Whichever of the 2 reaches the third spherical shall be anticipated to face sixth seed Aryna Sabalenka, who like Rybakina begins her bid for a primary Main title in opposition to a qualifier or fortunate loser.

Within the fifth part, seventh seed and one of many favourites for the title Simona Halep begins in opposition to a qualifier, and isn’t anticipated to be threatened till the fourth spherical the place any of Madison Keys or Coco Gauff may await.

Keys and Gauff may line up one other All-American conflict in the event that they each win their opening two rounds; Gauff, who’s the higher-ranked of the 2, faces a qualifier in her opening match.

Coco Gauff

Coco Gauff (Jason Heidrich/Icon Sportswire through Getty Photographs)

Resurgent Australian Daria Saville is on this a part of the draw and will face Gauff within the second spherical if she beats Elena-Gabriela Ruse in her first match.

Third seed Maria Sakkari, the highest-ranked participant within the third quarter, faces a first-round rematch in opposition to Germany’s Tatjana Maria, the identical participant who knocked her out of Wimbledon final month with a straight-sets victory.

Former champion Bianca Andreescu, who like Naomi Osaka can be unseeded, can be on this part of the draw and will face, on this order, Beatriz Haddad Maia, current Cincinnati champion Caroline Garcia, and Sakkari within the second, third and fourth rounds respectively.

Additional down the draw, fifth seed Ons Jabeur is up in opposition to American Madison Brengle within the first spherical, and may get pleasure from a comparatively easy experience to the quarter-finals the place she is projected to face second seed Anett Kontaveit.

Kontaveit headlines a packed backside part of the draw which may have her going through Serena Williams, who’s contesting her farewell championships earlier than retirement, within the second spherical.

Williams, quickly to show 41, has a protected rating and faces Danka Kovinic within the first match of the ultimate skilled match of her distinguished profession that has lasted 1 / 4 of a century.

Former French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova, and final yr’s shock finalist Leylah Fernandez, shall be anticipated to line up a 3rd spherical conflict in opposition to one another with three qualifiers or fortunate losers standing of their manner of doing so.

With none main upsets, the projected girls’s quarter-finals onwards are as follows:

[1] Iga Swiatek vs [8] Jessica Pegula (USA)
[4] Paula Badosa (ESP) vs [6] Aryna Sabalenka
[7] Simona Halep (ROU) vs [3] Maria Sakkari (GRE)
[5] Ons Jabeur (TUN) vs [2] Anett Kontaveit (EST)

[1] Iga Swiatek vs [4] Paula Badosa (ESP)
[3] Maria Sakkari (GRE) vs [2] Anett Kontaveit (EST)

Championship prediction: [1] Iga Swiatek defeats [2] Anett Kontaveit (EST)

The boys’s high half (that includes Daniil Medvedev) and ladies’s backside half (Serena Williams) will start on Tuesday morning (AEST); adopted by the boys’s backside half (Rafael Nadal) and ladies’s high half (Iga Swiatek) getting underway on Wednesday morning (AEST).



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