The draw was performed today in New York City. World No. 1 Rafael Nadal has been drawn to face Dusan Lajovic in the first round of the US Open. He could meet No. 26 seed Richard Gasquet in the third round, 15th-seeded Tomas Berdych in the fourth round and No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals.
If Rafa and Roger Federer finally are going to face each other at the U.S. Open for the first time in their long rivalry, it only could happen in the semifinals.
If it falls per ranking, this would be Rafa’s path to the final:
- 1st round: Dusan Lajovic
- 2nd round: Taro Daniel
- 3rd round: Richard Gasquet
- 4th round: Tomas Berdych
- Quarter-final: Grigor Dimitrov
- Semi-final: Roger Federer
- Final: Andy Murray
If the men play to seed the quarter-final line up will be:
- Rafael Nadal vs. Grigor Dimitrov
- Roger Federer vs. Dominic Thiem
- Marin Cilic vs. Alexander Zverev
- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Andy Murray
Rafa is bidding to clinch a 16th grand slam title of his career and his third in the Big Apple. He is seeded No 1 at Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2010 after returning to the ATP’s top ranking this week.
Rafa, who has a 46-10 record in New York City, including the 2010 and 2013 crowns, has never lost in the first round of the US Open and last failed to get past the second round 13 years ago, when he lost to Andy Roddick in 2004.
The tournament starts on Monday.
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!
Source: US Open