US Open Draw: Murray avoids Nadal in bottom half

US Open Draw: Murray avoids Nadal in bottom half

The US Open draw has been made, with the tournament starting on Monday.

The US Open men's draw has just been completed and Andy Murray now knows what he'll have to overcome to repeat his 2012 success in winning the Olympics and the US Open.

His first round opponent will be Lukas Rosol, a player he has never lost to and shouldn't cause many problems.

His first challenge, if the results went the way of the seedings would be Gilles Simon in round three and if he were to make it through that it could be the dangerous Grigor Dimitrov, who has recently picked up his form.

A likely quarter final meeting with Kei Nishikori, a player he beat a few weeks ago at the Olympics in Rio, would be next up. The quarter above Murray's is probably the most difficult, with Kyrgios, Wawrinka, Del Potro, Thiem and Ferrer all in that part of the draw. One of those players would be the likely opponent for Murray in the semis, with Del Potro the most ominous having been a previous champion at Flushing Meadows.

Obviously, Murray and Djokovic would only meet in the final, as the number one and two seeds, but Djokovic will have to get past the likes of Nadal, Raonic, Monfils and Cilic, who is also a previous winner at the US Open.

Although Djokovic is struggling with injury and form, he is still the 5/4 best priced favourite. Murray is surely the value pick in this two horse race though and his best priced odds are 21/10.

If you discount those two, Thiem and Del Potro could dark horses and are at 104/1 and 22/1 respectively, which could be good value for each way picks.

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