ALEX HEINKE reports.
Nick Kyrgios has been handed a nightmare opening round draw at the US Open with the Aussie to once again face World No.3 and 2012 champion Andy Murray in a grand slam.
The controversial 20-year-old world No.37 from Canberra has never beaten the Scotsman in three previous meetings including the quarter-finals of this year’s Australian Open and in the third round of the French Open in May.
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Gold Coasts’ Bernard Tomic will meet Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur, ranked 94th in the world, and victory could set up an intriguing all-Australian battle with Lleyton Hewitt in the veteran’s final US Open.
Hewitt, who’ll retire after next year’s Australian Open, must overcome 96th-ranked Kazakhstani journeyman Aleksandr Nedovyesov if he’s to progress in the tournament he won in 2001.
Exciting teenager Thanasi Kokkinakis could face either Hewitt or Tomic in the third round.
The 19-year-old, ranked 70 in the world, opens his campaign against in-form 12th-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet, who beat him in the Cincinatti Masters last week.