July 24, 2024
Daniil Medvedev

The U.S. Open draw was unveiled Thursday afternoon, and Carlos Alcaraz faces a challenging path to defend his New York City title.

Despite being the world’s number one and the top seed, the draw hasn’t been particularly kind to him. To secure a spot in the final, he might need to overcome both Jannik Sinner and Daniil Medvedev. Sinner, seeded sixth, has been placed in Alcaraz’s section, while Medvedev, the third seed, also occupies the top bracket.

In addition to Sinner, the Alcaraz section includes Alexander Zverev, Cameron Norrie, Grigor Dimitrov, Tallon Griekspoor, Andy Murray, and Stan Wawrinka. Murray and Wawrinka are unseeded. The former could face Dimitrov in the second round and Zverev in the third; the latter opens against Yoshihito Nishioka and would then likely run into Sinner.

Daniil Medvedev’s quarter features Andrey Rublev, Hubert Hurkacz, Alex de Minaur, Matteo Berrettini, Gael Monfils, and Kei Nishikori.

The bottom half–where Novak Djokovic is the No. 2 seed–is much softer. Holger Rune, Casper Ruud, and Stefanos Tsitsipas are the other top-eight seeds and out of that group only Tsitsipas is in even halfway decent form. The Rune-Ruud section is especially wide open, so a huge opportunity awaits Americans Frances Tiafoe, Tommy Paul, Sebastian Korda, and Ben Shelton. As for Djokovic, he should waltz into the quarterfinals before meeting either Tsitsipas or Taylor Fritz.

Among the first-round matchups to watch are Rublev vs. Emil Ruusuvuori, Griekspoor vs. Arthur Fils, Zverev vs. Aleksandar Vukic, Berrettini vs. Ugo Humbert, Korda vs. Marton Fucsovics, Borna Coric vs. Sebastian Baez, Felix Auger-Aliassime vs. Mackenzie McDonald, and Alexander Bublik vs. Dominic Thiem.

Who will win the U.S. Open?

Carlos Alcaraz
Novak Djokovic
Daniil Medvedev
Holger Rune
Stefanos Tsitsipas
Jannik Sinner
Alexander Zverev
Taylor Fritz
Hubert Hurkacz

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