New York: Rafael Nadal could face Roger Federer, and top seed Novak Djokovic might meet Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarter finals of the US Open, before a potential semi-final clash for the world No. 1 against defending champion Andy Murray.
“This is a huge tournament for me,” Murray, 26, said after the official draw ceremony was completed at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Seventh seed Federer, a 17-time Grand Slam winner whose run of five US Open titles in a row was halted by Del Potro in the 2009 final, was Thursday drawn into the same quarter as second seed Nadal, a 12-time Grand Slam winner who completed a career Slam with a US Open title in 2010. The top-ranked potential semi-final rivals for either Spaniard Nadal or Swiss Federer would be Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer or French eighth seed Richard Gasquet.
In the other half of the draw, Serbia’s Djokovic, the reigning Australian Open champion and the 2011 US Open winner, has a tough path to the men’s final on September 9 that would include a last-eight match-up against Argentina’s Del Potro.
Djokovic might then have a semi-final against defending champion and third seed Andy Murray of Britain just to reach the final, with Murray’s highest-ranked opponent in his quarter being Czech fifth seed Tomas Berdych.
On the women’s side, world No. 1 and top seed Serena Williams could face eighth seed Angelique Kerber in the quarter finals and either Polish third seed Agnieszka Radwanska or Chinese fifth seed Li Na in the semi-finals.
In the other half of the women’s draw, second seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and Czech seventh seed Petra Kvitova were drawn into the same quarter of the field.
Their possible opponents in the semi-finals include Italian fourth seed Sara Errani, a 2012 US Open semi-finalist, and Danish sixth seed Caroline Wozniacki. (Agencies)