Federer and Djokovic have an appointment this time in semifinals. A strong program ahead for Nadal.
The tennis world is now aware. ATP US Open 2019 draw of the men’s singles, conducted Thursday, offered a fairly balanced picture. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will not be able to compete in the final this time but potentially in the semifinals. The Serb has also inherited a tough draw where he can find Daniil Medvedev in quarters. Nadal inherited Zverev, Thiem and Monfils.
The die is cast. The first major questioning of the 2019 edition of the US Open has been raised: it is Novak Djokovic, the titleholder, who inherited Roger Federer in his part of the table in the draw. If all goes as planned for the Wimbledon finalists, they will meet in the semifinals in New York. But a man in good shape after his finals in Washington and Montreal and his success in Cincinnati, Daniil Medvedev, could cross the road of the Serb in the quarterfinals.
As for Rafael Nadal, if he is the logical favorite of his section, he will not necessarily have an easy task since Alexander Zverev, Karen Khachanov and Dominic Thiem will accompany him. He will play in the first round the Australian John Millman, who won over Federer last year.
Djokovic will have to fight
In search of a third career slam in New York, Novak Djokovic should have some work to do. After an introduction that can be imagined smoothly against the Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena, the world number 1 will have to be serious against Sam Querrey or Juan Ignacio Londero in the second round. If he continues his way, Kevin Anderson could stand on his way to the round of 16.
But the fitness of the South African, who has forfeited because of his right knee in previous weeks, does not bode well for him, and Stan Wawrinka could well replace him for an appetising match facing the Serbian. Before potential reunion with Roger Federer in the last four, he may have to cross a major hurdle named Daniil Medvedev in the quarterfinals. Strong man of the North American tour, the Russian could be one of the great leaders of the last Grand Slam tournament of the year if he has recovered enough from his efforts in recent weeks.
Not so easy for Nadal
Federer, for his part, must ask himself if he did not stay in London. His section resembles furiously what had been reserved for him at Wimbledon, with the exception of Djokovic who replaces Nadal in his theoretical path. After his first two laps (a qualifier is reserved for him to begin), the Swiss could meet again with Lucas Pouille in the third round then challenge David Goffin or Guido Pella in the eighth finals if the logic is respected. And like in the All England Club, Kei Nishikori would be the last test before the semi-finals.
Rafael Nadal, titled in Montreal, will be the scarecrow of the lower part of the table. But he will be careful with his first opponent John Millman, surprising quarter-finalist in 2018. The talented but often injured Thanasi Kokkinakis or Fernando Verdasco would be his next opponents if we project before an eighth against a big server, John Isner or Marin Cilic. But their current lack of confidence could well benefit to Jan-Lennard Struff in full progression this year. In the quarter, Karen Khachanov, who had given him real problems in 2018, could stand in his way. Unless Alexander Zverev gets his tennis back. Dominic Thiem will surely hope for his revenge in the semifinals.
Shapovalov-Auger Aliassime and Tsitsipas-Rublev in first round
This second half of the table also reserves some first explosive rounds: Stefanos Tsitsipas will play big against Andrey Rublev, Federer’s scorer in Cincinnati, and a 100% Canadian shock will pit the young and talented Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov. French side, Gael Monfils will be opposed to Albert Ramos Vinolas and could find his compatriot Ugo Humbert in the second round, if he gets rid of the Romanian Marius Copil. Benoît Paire will be the favorite against Canadian Brayden Schnur, as will Gilles Simon against American Bjorn Fratangelo.
This ATP US Open 2019 already is very appealing and we can’t wait to see these guys hit the ball over the net! Don’t miss out the women singles draw, it’s also quite explosive!