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Murray draws Devvarman in New York

ESPN staff
August 25, 2011

British No. 1 Andy Murray will open his US Open campaign against India's Somdev Devvarman after being drawn in the same half of the draw as defending champion Rafael Nadal.

The Scot, who warmed up for the the final grand slam of the year with victory at the Cincinnati Masters, is seeded fourth at Flushing Meadows, and will hope to negotiate his way into the second round unscathed, where either Rui Machado or Robin Haase await. Murray could meet either Robin Soderling or Juan Martin del Potro in the quarter-finals, with Nadal a potential semi-final opponent.

Nadal, who has struggled for form on the hard courts this summer, meets Andrey Golubev as he begins the defence of his title.

In the other half of the draw, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic will begin his quest for a third slam this season against a qualifer, while five-time champion Roger Federer has been drawn against Santiago Giraldo. Federer is one of only two men to have beaten Djokovic this season, and there is the prospect of a mouthwatering semi-final between the pair in a rematch of last year's last-four clash.

In the women's draw, former girls' champion Heather Watson has been handed a nightmare draw against three-time grand slam champion Maria Sharapova. British No. 1 Elena Baltacha will kick off against US wildcard US wild card Jamie Hampton, while Anne Keothavong will meet Chanelle Scheepers.

Top seed Caroline Wozniacki has been drawn to face Spain's Nuria Llagostera Vives, while the 28th ranked Serena Williams faces Bojana Jovanovski, with fourth seed Victoria Azarenka a likely third-round opponent.

The unseeded Venus Williams will meet Russia's Vesna Dolonts in the opening round, but could face Wimbledon semi-finalist Sabine Lisicki in the second round.

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