Andy Murray will start his 2011 US Open campaign against Somdev Devvarman.
The Indian has risen up through the NCAA collegiate system, like John Isner did, and sits at number sixty-four in the world rankings. Most notably, Devverman reached the final of Johannesburg this year, losing to Kevin Anderson in the final.
In round two, Murray could face either Rui Machado or Robin Haase. Murray has not faced Machado to date, but Haase holds the victory over Murray from their only encounter back in 2008 on the indoor courts of Rotterdam.
The third round could see an encounter with Feliciano Lopez. The big serving Spaniard was overcome easily at Wimbledon, but still presents ample threat on such a quick surface. Murray's section of the draw looks relatively safe, but gets exponentially more difficult in the second week. Stanislas Wawrinka is a player who knows how to beat Murray here, having done so last year. His all-court style and aggressive tennis have troubled Murray in the past, but his form is average coming into the final grand slam of the year.Read more (164 words)
In the last eight, Murray could face Juan Martin Del Potro, the 2009 champion, or Robin Soderling who until recently, has been clutching to the Briton's coattails in the ATP rankings. Either present a very difficult challenge, as you would expect from the latter stages of such a huge event.
Murray and Nadal, yet again, are in the same half. One must question the seemingly '50-50' chance of this occurrence, given it has happened now in all four of the 2011 Grand Slams. Nadal seems troubled with injuries and poor form, and was dispatched easily by Mardy Fish in Cincinnati. The British number one famously ousted Nadal here in 2008, and may have to do so again to reach his fourth grand slam final, where he will probably face Novak Djokovic or five time champion, Roger Federer.
Murray's draw at a glance.
R1 - Devverman
R2 - Haase
R3 - Lopez
R4 - Wawrinka
QF - Soderling/Del Potro
SF - Nadal
F - Federer/Djokovic