The 2017 U.S. Open draw ceremony was held on Friday afternoon in New York City. Roger Federer’s placement in the bracket was always going to be the big story, and it certainly is: he could face Rafael Nadal in the semis rather than the final. If that showdown comes to fruition, it would mark the first-ever Federer vs. Nadal match at the U.S. Open.
Federer’s road to the final four, though, is far from easy. The 36-year-old Swiss will open against Frances Tiafoe and he could run into Nick Kyrgios in the fourth round. Potential quarterfinal foes for Federer include Dominic Thiem, Juan Martin Del Potro, and Roberto Bautista Agut.
Nadal seemingly has a friendlier section. The top-ranked Spaniard will kick off his campaign against Dusan Lajovic and his nearest seed is Richard Gasquet, perhaps his absolute favorite opponent to play against. Nadal’s section also includes Tomas Berdych, Fabio Fognini, Gael Monfils, and Cincinnati champion Grigor Dimitrov.
Andy Murray beat out Federer by a mere five points for the No. 2 seed and his reward is an incredibly soft draw. Among the second-ranked Scot’s fellow seeds in the bottom quarter of the bracket are Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Pablo Carreno Busta, Lucas Pouille, and David Ferrer. Likely the only problem Murray could encounter prior to the semis is his own health. He has not played since Wimbledon due to a hip injury.
With Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka sidelined, Alexander Zverev is the No. 4 seed. The 20-year-old German has never done much at a major, so his section is wide open. Other contenders include Marin Cilic, John Isner, Jack Sock, and Gilles Muller.
Full draw at the U.S. Open website