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Roger Federer vs Frances Tiafoe

19 time Grand Slam winner, Roger Federer will begin his pursuit of a sixth US Open title against American outsider Frances Tiafoe, who has only won seven ATP matches.

The Swiss finally broke the deadlock of a five-year barren run at the Grand Slams by winning the Australian Open and Wimbledon titles this year. And in the absence of Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori is the favourite at Flushing Meadows.

The 36-year-old Swiss will need to adjust to the new surroundings of Arthur Ashe Stadium, where a retractable roof was inaugurated in 2016. Having skipped the U.S. Open last year during a six-month layoff to heal a knee injury, Federer has never played in the revamped arena.

“Excited to play on center court for the first time with the proper structure and roof now,” Federer said. “I missed it last year. I’m very excited playing here again.”

Against him will be 19-year-old American Tiafoe, who he beat in straight sets at Miami this year and who should not offer too much resistance.

“He’s an aggressive baseliner like so many of the Americans. Thankfully I played him in Miami this year so I have a little bit of an idea of how he plays, and his patterns and what he prefers to do and whatnot.

“At the end I’m going to try to focus on my own game like I usually do and make sure I make it tough for Frances to get through me.”

However, Roger could show signs of rust after sitting out the Cincinnati Open with a balky back.

The 19-year-old Tiafoe, meanwhile, pushed Federer to a first set tiebreaker in their only meeting in Miami earlier this year. And in the US Open tune up tournament in Cincinnati, he recorded his biggest win so far, over Alexander Zverev.

 

 

Rafael Nadal vs Dušan Lajović

Top seed, Rafael Nadal will begin his pursuit for a third US Open title on Tuesday when he takes on 85th ranked, Dusan Lajovic.
Nadal put up some fantastic performances in hard court events earlier in the year, reaching the quarter finals of the Brisbane International as well as getting to the finals of the Australian Open, losing to the “man of the year,” Roger Federer.
Of late Nadal’s flames haven’t been burning as it was in the first half of the year especially during the clay season. He lost to Gilles Muller in the fourth round at Wimbledon, as well as Nick Kyrgios in a quarter final loss in Cincinnati.
However, Nadal’s wonderful displays during the course of the year has seen him rise to the top of the ATP rankings.
With five of the top eleven players in the ATP rankings absent from the US Open, including last year’s finalists missing it wouldn’t be fun to see Nadal crash out so soon.
Nadal won the US Open in 2010 and 2013, but he has not gone beyond the fourth round since then, and has not won a hard court title since winning the Australian Open in January 2014.Dušan Lajović has performed very badly this year, winning only 12 of his 27 matches so far.

The Serbian exited in the first round at the Chennai Open and the Sydney Internation.
He redeemed himself at Indian Wells, were he fought his way through the qualifiers to reach the fourth round, recording victories over Frances Tiafoe, Feliciano Lopez and Vasek Pospisil before loosing to Pablo Carreno-Busta.
Today he’ll continue his search for a first match victory at the US Open after failing to cross the first round in his two previous attempts, losing to Jerzy Janowicz and Benoit Paire in 2014 and 2016 respectively
Both players have only met once, with Nadal coming out tops 6-1 6-2 6-1 at Roland Garros in 2014.
Nick Kyrgios vs John Millman
 
It’s going to be an all-Australian opening round at the US Open for Nick Kyrgios, as he squares off against fellow countryman John Millman.
The controversial Australian is expected to be full of confidence after a relatively impressive debut run to his maiden Masters 1000 final in Cincinnati a fortnight ago.
John Millman has endured a career decimated by injuries and subsequent surgeries, but the Brisbane native has continually fought back to take his place on the ATP World Tour, especisally in 2017 when his season was delayed by five months after being forced to undergo surgery to repair the conjoint tendon in his stomach wall that was affecting his hip.
But Millman is the last person you’ll hear complaining, and the constant setbacks have built up a tough and unrelenting character with an almost unparalleled hunger to succeed.
The 28-year-old returned to action just before the French Open at a Challenger in Italy, where he lost in the first round.
A run to the Lexington Challenger final a few weeks ago gave Millman some much needed match toughness, and you can be rest assured he will leave nothing in the tank on Tuesday.
However Kyrgios has never gone past the third round at Flushing Meadows.
Other matches to look forward to today are:
Dominic Thiem vs Alex De Minaur
Ivo Karlovic vs Bjorn Fratangelo
Grigor Dimitrov vs Vaclav Safranek
 
Juan Martin del Potro vs Henri Laaksonen
Jeremy Chardy vs Gael Monfils
Tomas Berdych vs Ryan Harrison
David Goffin vs Julien Benneteau
Leonardo Mayer vs Richard Gasquet
Philipp Kohlschreiber vs Tim Smyczek
Adrian Mannarino vs Ricardas Berankis
Roberto Bautista Agut vs Andreas Seppi
Blaz Kavcic vs Mikhail Youzhny
Andrey Kuznetsov vs Feliciano Lopez
On the WTA Tour
Elina Svitolina vs Katerina Siniakova
Jelena Ostapenko vs Lara Arruabarrena
Karolina Pliskova vs Magda Linette
Evgeniya Rodina vs Eugenie Bouchard
Naomi Osaka vs Angelique Kerber
Agnieszka Radwanska vs Petra Martic
Marketa Vondrousova vs Svetlana Kuznetsova
Sabine Lisicki vs Shuai Zhang
Christina McHale vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Anett Kontaveit vs Lucie Safarova
Elena Vesnina vs Anna Blinkova
Elise Mertens vs Madison Keys
 
 
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