2016 US Open draw: Novak vs Janowicz in R1

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The main singles draw for the last Grand Slam tournament in 2016 has been made on Friday.

Top seed and defending champion will open campaign in his 12th US Open appearance against Jerzy Janowicz (Poland, ATP #228, H2H 0-0).

The world no.1 might face either Jiri Vesely (CZE) or a qualifier in the second round.

Novak’s possible opponents in the later stages of the tournament are:

3rd round: Martin Klizan (SVK, 28)
4th round: Richard Gasquet (FRA, 13), John Isner (USA, 20)
Quarter-finals: Marin Cilic (CRO, 7),  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA, 9), Kevin Anderson (RSA, 23)
Semi-finals: Rafael Nadal (ESP, 4), Milos Raonic (CAN, 5), Gael Monfils (FRA, 10)

Andy Murray (GBR, 2), Stan Wawrinka (SUI, 3), Kei Nishikori (JPN, 6), Dominic Thiem (AUT, 8), David Ferrer (ESP, 11)… are in the bottom half of the draw, and Nole can’t meet them before the final.

The Serbian tennis ace won 57 matches of 66 he played at the US Open. This season he has a 51-5 match record (33-2 on hard).

Nole will be looking for his 13th Grand Slam title in New York, where he lifted the trophy in 2011 and 2015. Last year he beat Roger Federer in the final (6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4).

Competitions at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows begin on August 29, and will last until September 11.

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