US Open draw: Mixed fortunes for Cameron Norrie, Andy Murray, Jack Draper, Kyle Edmund
British No 1 Cameron Norrie is projected to meet Rafael Nadal in the quarter-final at the US Open while a decent start for Andy Murray could see him take on Matteo Berrettini in the third round.
Norrie is likely to be the man to carry the hopes of the British contingent as he has been in decent form, reaching the semi-final at Wimbledon and the last four at the Western & Southern Open while he finished runner-up to world No 1 Daniil Medvedev at the Los Cabos Open in July.
On the back of reaching a career-high No 9 in the ATP Rankings, Norrie finds himself seed seventh for the final Grand Slam of the year at Flushing Meadows.
He will kick off his campaign against Frenchman Benoit Paire while 28th seed Holger Runer is his projected third-round opponent and ninth seed Andrey Rublev, but it will get tougher after that as he is on a collision course with second seed Rafael Nadal in the quarter-final.
British No 2 Evans is also in the bottom half of the draw and he takes on Jiri Vesely in round one and if he makes it to the fourth round then he is likely to face third seed Carlos Alcaraz.
Andy Murray will be happy with his draw
For once Andy Murray didn’t land one of the big guns in the opening two rounds of the draw as he will face 24th seed Francisco Cerundolo first up and if he comes through that then he will face either John Millman or wildcard Emilio Nava.
13th seed Berrettini is the favourite to reach the fourth round and the winner is projected to face fourth Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-final.
Jack Draper has also been handed a kind draw as the rising British star will face Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori in the first round, but sixth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime is likely to await the winner in the second round.
The 20-year-old Draper is enjoying a fine breakthrough season as he reached the semi-final of the Eastbourne International and the quarter-final of the Canadian Open. He will be looking for his second semi-final of the season when he takes on Marc-Andrea Huesler in the last eight of the Winston-Salem Open.
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Former Australian Open semi-finalist Kyle Edmund has been handed the toughest draw of the British men as he takes on fifth seed Casper Ruud in the first round.
Edmund only returned to singles action in August after more than a year on the sidelines due to injury. The 27-year-old used his protected ranking to get into the main draw.
Two more British players could join the main draw as Liam Broady and Paul Jubb are still in the qualifying competition.
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