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Federer and Nadal still US Open favourites, says Zverev

Federer and Nadal still US Open favourites, says Zverev

But the big story is in the bottom section, where the second seed Halep has been drawn in the first round against Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion who is playing her first major tournament since returning earlier this year from a 15-month doping suspension.

Rafael Nadal and Karolina Pliskova are the top seeds at the 2017 US Open and on Friday, they learned who they were going to play in the first round and who they'd likely play going forward as the official draw was announced. Sharapova returned from her 15-month ban after testing positive for meldonium in April, and since then, she has only played in four events due to having to qualify to make tournaments and injury. They have played each other 37 times (Nadal leads 23-14, although Federer has won the last four), but never in NY.

Federer has a 35-3 record this year, having taken his Grand Slam tally to 19 titles with wins at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. With Nadal ranked number 1 in the world, but Federer being the favourite, deservedly so after his recent Wimbledon win and past domination at this competition, Nadal to finish in the top 2, 19/10 with Unibet, could be the bet of the tournament! He could meet sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals.

According to The Independent, Novak Djokovic, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic are all out through injury, as Andy Murray and Roger Federer struggle for fitness.

According to Kerber, the decision to admit Sharapova into the main draw despite her ranking not warranting it was "not (her) decision".

It makes for an intriguing sub-plot but Pliskova is trying to put it out of her mind as she focuses on going one better than previous year, when she reached her first grand slam final.

Just five points back is Simona Halep, whose pre-tournament publicity stunt of choice was throwing the first pitch at the NY Mets.

Sharapova, 30, has never lost to Halep in six meetings and won in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, at their last meeting in the first round of the 2015 WTA Finals.

"She's strong enough to come back, in my opinion", Halep said.

Halep is the second seed but by far drew the toughest opening draw against the 2006 US Open champion. "We never played in NY, so I think that would be fun for everybody involved". I have been on the practice courts since last week.

The 30-year-old Russian, a victor of five grand slam titles, said she was unaware of the change. So I think she's okay.

"I'd be happy to play him here", Federer said Saturday. I think it all depends on the day, as well.

Possible women's quarterfinal matchups on the draw's bottom half include Halep or Sharapova against Johanna Konta; and Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza against Caroline Wozniacki or Venus Williams, a seven-time major champion.

"I'm not thinking any more". "I mean, for the first round, it's a tough match for both of them". And they had all these Russian flags and these WELCOME BACK, MARIA signs that they had made and they were just clapping, and yelling, and cheering for me, the whole while, " Sharapova wrote.


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