Flushing Meadows was abuzz with excitement at the news Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will meet in round one of the US Open.

Thursday's draw threw up an absolute humdinger of a tie between two of the greatest and most recognisable tennis stars of all time.

But there are plenty of other eye-catching matches in the first round of the final grand slam of 2019.

Below we have picked out six of the best to watch in New York.


Undoubtedly the stand-out tie in the entire draw. There is little love lost between the two long-term foes, but the rivalry has been extremely one-sided. Sharapova's last prevailed against Williams way back in 2004 and, while the two have never faced off at the US Open, the Russian will need to roll back the years to end the drought.


Sabalenka can be forgiven for cursing her luck at landing a daunting first-round tie with Belarus compatriot Azarenka, who she has never met in a competitive match. In a year that has seen her reach a career-high ranking of nine, a position she currently holds, a meeting with the former world number one straight out of the gate is not what she would have wanted as she aims to go beyond round four of a slam for the first time.


Two-time slam winner Muguruza faces a Riske-y tie in the opening round. The 29-year-old Riske has been consistently in the top 50 over the past six years and won the pair's past meeting in Tokyo in 2018.


On the face of it, this looks a complete mismatch, particularly as Nadal won their only competitive meeting at Wimbledon in 2017. But Australian Millman caused a mammoth upset at Flushing Meadows 12 months ago when he defeated Roger Federer to make the quarter-finals – his best result at a grand slam. He will be hoping for a repeat against three-time victor Nadal.


In a nice coincidence, two of Canada's finest young stars meet in a repeat of a 2018 first-round tie. On that occasion, Shapovalov consoled his good friend with a big hug after Auger-Aliassime was forced to retire in the third set with the opening two having been shared. Both men have been tipped for big futures and this one could be a cracker.


Tsitsipas' season has stalled after a brilliant start to 2019 that saw him reach the Australian Open semi-finals, where Nadal proved too big of a hurdle to overcome. A first-round defeat at Wimbledon was the precursor to a difficult hard-court warm-up for the Big Apple, which saw early exits in Montreal and Cincinnati – albeit he did reach the last four in Washington. Rublev was a quarter-finalist in Cincinnati, losing only to in-form Russian compatriot Daniil Medvedev, and as a fellow star of the 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals he will fancy his chances of an upset.

Stefanos Tsitsipas advanced to the Citi Open quarter-finals and the in-form top seed was joined by Marin Cilic and Daniil Medvedev.

Tsitsipas was too good for Australian Jordan Thompson, prevailing 6-3 7-6 (7-4) to book a spot in the last eight on Thursday.

Greek star Tsitsipas saved a set point in the second set as he earned a clash with 10th seed Benoit Paire in Washington.

"It's very pleasing knowing that I can be mature and handle those situations very bravely, so I'm really happy with that," said Tsitsipas.

"I showed character out there. I played heroic tennis, I would say, in those crucial moments. That was very nice to see."

Paire – who fired down 12 aces and did not drop serve – defeated fifth seed John Isner 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 at the ATP 500 tournament.

Former US Open champion Cilic beat ninth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3 6-4 to reach the Washington quarters.

Auger-Aliassime's 11th double fault of the match allowed sixth seed Cilic to move through, with Medvedev waiting in the next round.

Medvedev – the third seed – saw off local favourite Frances Tiafoe 6-2 7-5.

Elsewhere, eighth seed Milos Raonic was stunned 6-4 6-4 by Peter Gojowczyk, Kyle Edmund rallied past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6 6-3 6-4, Norbert Gombos trumped Miomir Kecmanovic 1-6 6-3 7-6 (7-4) and Nick Kyrgios was a 6-2 7-5 victor against Yoshihito Nishioka.

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios moved into the Citi Open third round thanks to straight-sets wins on Wednesday.

Tsitsipas, the top seed, brushed past wildcard Tommy Paul 6-3 7-5 in their second-round clash in Washington.

The Greek star converted three of his eight break points to set up a last-16 meeting with Australian Jordan Thompson.

Thompson produced one of the upsets of the day, beating 14th seed Jan-Lennard Struff 6-7 (8-10) 6-4 7-5.

Kyrgios' run also continued, the Australian serving 24 aces in a 6-4 7-6 (7-5) victory over French 11th seed Gilles Simon.

Next up for Kyrgios is Yoshihito Nishioka, who edged seventh seed David Goffin 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 7-6 (7-5) after two hours, 40 minutes.

Of the 10 seeds in action, Simon, Goffin and Struff were three of five to make exits.

Pierre-Hugues Herbert was edged by Miomir Kecmanovic 3-6 6-4 7-6 (7-5) and Atlanta champion and last year's runner-up Alex de Minaur went down to lucky loser Peter Gojowczyk 6-3 7-6 (8-6).

Three-time runner-up John Isner cruised past Hubert Hurkacz 6-4 6-4, 2014 champion Milos Raonic beat Tim Smyczek 6-1 6-4 and Felix Auger-Aliassime edged Reilly Opelka 6-4 3-6 6-4.

Benoit Paire survived against Marc Polmans with a 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-5) win and lucky loser Norbert Gombos overcame Adrian Mannarino 6-4 7-6 (11-9).

Meanwhile, in doubles action, brothers Andy and Jamie Murray got through their opener by beating Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

Guido Pella claimed another Wimbledon scalp as he dumped out last year's runner-up Kevin Anderson in straight sets in the third round.

Pella is now enjoying his best ever run at a grand slam, but he is no stranger to upsets at the All England Club.

In 2018, he knocked out 2017 finalist Marin Cilic and now, having climbed the rankings considerably in the past year, he repeated the trick against Anderson.

The South African, beaten by Novak Djokovic in the final last season, went down 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7-4).

Anderson took just one of nine break point opportunities and rued his missed chances.

"Obviously I didn't take my chances on break points. That's probably one of the key stats," he said. "Right from the first game, my break point percentage converted was really low today.

"Sometimes just winning a few of those can really change a match. Even though it was straight sets, tennis is a game where a few points can really change the direction of a match.

"It was definitely a tough one. It was very difficult at times out there."

Pella will face Milos Raonic (15) in the next round.



Defending champion Djokovic overcame a scare against Hubert Hurkacz and now faces the unseeded Ugo Humbert. He will not take anything for granted, though, despite a lack of top-10 seeds in his half of the bracket.

"It's a grand slam. Certainly, it's a surprise not to have any top-10 player left in my side of the draw," he said. "At the same time, respect to everyone who won against those guys and top seeds.

"My attitude towards every next opponent is not going to change because he's not ranked as high as someone else."

Humbert ended the challenge of talented youngster Felix Auger-Aliassime – a player Djokovic had earlier raved about.



Auger-Aliassime might have blushed at Djokovic's praise had he got through. Instead, it was his performance against Humbert – in a 6-4 7-5 6-3 defeat – that had him feeling uncomfortable.

"Pressure got to me and it got to a point where it was a bit embarrassing," he said. "It was just tough. I just wasn't finding ways.

"I think he just did what he had to do. It was solid. From my end, it was pretty embarrassing."



Two other upsets on Friday saw Roberto Bautista Agut overturn Karen Khachanov as David Goffin defeated Daniil Medvedev.

Goffin trailed 4-1 in the fifth set but still progressed, explaining: "It was an amazing feeling. But I felt that I was a little bit, I think, the better player during the whole match.

"If you see all the rallies and how I felt during the match, I was feeling good and, during the rallies, I was a little bit more aggressive."

Benoit Paire and Fernando Verdasco – Goffin's next opponent – both advanced, too.

Wimbledon's rich history has known some outstanding teenage champions who would go on to become tennis greats.

Chris Evert, Boris Becker, Steffi Graf, Martina Hingis, Maria Sharapova.

That list sets the bar high, but there are a clutch of talented prospects heading to the All England Club in 2019 hoping to follow in such footsteps.

Having seen two sub-20-year-olds make the women's French Open semi-finals and a new age record set for a main-draw participant at Wimbledon, it might be time to usher in this next generation.

We take a look at five teenagers who will aim to have an impact this year.



Age: 15
First-round opponent: Venus Williams

Already a big story after becoming the youngest player to reach the main draw at the All England Club, the draw thrust Gauff further into the spotlight. She made the US Open girls' final in 2017 and idolises the Williams sisters. A clash with Venus represents the match of her young life.


Age: 18
First-round opponent: Vasek Pospisil

Far more established than Gauff, Auger-Aliassime is being tipped by some to make a run at Wimbledon after missing the French Open. Already ranked 21st on the ATP Tour, he has played three finals and earned two top-10 wins. It feels like a matter of time before the Canadian crashes the big stage.


Age: 17
First-round opponent: Sorana Cirstea

Anisimova has already made her name at a major, losing dramatically to Ashleigh Barty in the Roland Garros semi-finals. And with Marketa Vondrousova now 20 and Bianca Andreescu out injured, the American is the highest-ranked teenager in the women's Wimbledon draw. "Everyone tells me my game suits grass well," she said in Paris, where she beat Simona Halep.


Age: 19
First-round opponent: Pablo Carrena Busta

Popyrin was the French Open boys' champion in 2017 but had failed to make an impact on the senior stage until the Australian Open this year. Then he knocked out Dominic Thiem in sensational fashion and suddenly became a player anyone on the Tour will be wary of.


Age: 19
First-round opponent: Camila Giorgi

Yastremska has not yet enjoyed success at a major, unlike Iga Swiatek and Anastasia Potapova, who both had big wins at the French Open, but she is an established player on the WTA Tour. Yastremska lost to Serena Williams at the Australian Open but then won two WTA titles in the subsequent months, defeating Ajla Tomljanovic in one final and Caroline Garcia in the other.

Felix Auger-Aliassime's impressive run at the Queen's Club Championships came to an end as Feliciano Lopez fought back from a set down to set up a final with Gilles Simon.

Eighth-seed Auger-Aliassime stunned Stefanos Tsitsipas on Friday, with the Greek subsequently lauding the 18-year-old as "the most difficult opponent" he has ever faced, but he came undone against Lopez, with the Spaniard coming out on top 6-7 (3-7) 6-3 6-4.

The Canadian edged a tight first set on a tie-break but he fell 2-0 down in the second after dropping his first service game of the week following 44 consecutive holds.

That was all Lopez needed to level the match and he further strengthened his grip by breaking to lead 3-2 in the decider.

Auger-Aliassime saved four match points at 3-5 but Lopez got it done in the next game to move into his third Queen's final.

Lopez will face Simon, who beat Daniil Medvedev 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-3 in Saturday's other semi-final.

A thrilling contest was settled when the Russian, troubled by a lower back injury, double-faulted to hand Simon a 3-5, third-set lead which he duly converted.

"It was hard to recover for this one. Daniil and I practise together and we knew it was going to be tough," said Simon.

"It's hard for me to hit through him, but when you play a match and you're a bit tired, sometimes you relax and play great. I was feeling the ball great, even if I wasn’t feeling great in the legs."

Stefanos Tsitsipas waxed lyrical over Felix Auger-Aliassime after the sensation knocked him out of the Queen's Club Championships, describing the teenager as the most difficult opponent he has faced.

Auger-Aliassime made further waves ahead of Wimbledon by becoming the youngest man to reach the semi-finals at Queen's since Lleyton Hewitt in 1999 with a 7-5 6-2 defeat of Tsitsipas on Friday. 

Canadian Auger-Aliassime was a beaten finalist in his first tour-level grass-court tournament in Stuttgart last week and made another statement by claiming the scalp of top seed Tsitsipas in London.

The 18-year-old also beat Tsitsipas at Indian Wells this season and the world number six believes the rising star may be too good for Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

Tsitsipas - who has already beaten Djokovic, Nadal and Federer - said: "He's the most difficult opponent I've ever faced, and I think it's gonna take a couple of tries to beat him.

"He's beaten me every single time we have faced each other: juniors and pro, he's beaten me at Indian Wells, he's beaten me here, he's beaten me a couple of times in juniors.

"I only beat him in doubles. I don't even count that one, because doubles is doubles. He has the whole package to play big, to beat – I'm sure if he ever gets the difficult chance to play Nadal, Djokovic or Federer – he's going to beat them, for sure.

"I will not be surprised if he gets wins over those guys. We will definitely see him in the top five. Maybe not this year but next year or the year after. I would expect something like this."

Auger-Aliassime will now face Feliciano Lopez in a battle between youth and experience after the Spaniard defeated sixth seed Milos Raonic 4-6 6-4 7-6 (7-5).

Gilles Simon came through a long all-French encounter with Nicolas Mahut 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 7-6 (7-3) and will come up against fourth seed Daniil Medvedev, a 6-2 6-2 winner over Diego Schwartzman.

Felix Auger-Aliassime sealed a second win of the day at the expense of Nick Kyrgios to reach the quarter-finals of the Queen's Club Championships and Diego Schwartzman knocked out defending champion Marin Cilic.

Kyrgios exchanged words with a chair umpire and peered over the fence at another match during a changeover before completing a 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 first-round victory over Roberto Carballes Baena on Thursday.

The Australian also reportedly berated himself for staying up until 3am playing a computer game on an eventful day in which he eventually bowed out with a 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 loss to Auger-Aliassime.

Auger-Aliassime and Kyrgios put on a show for a crowd that was relieved the weather held after two frustrating rainy days in London, the teenager having ousted Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 6-4 in the opening round.

Top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas will face Auger-Aliassime after completing a 6-3 7-5 win over Kyle Edmund prior to getting past Jeremy Chardy 4-6 7-6 (7-0) 7-6 (7-4).

Schwartzman sealed only his third win on grass, toppling Cilic 6-4 6-4, and will come up against Daniil Medvedev following the fourth seed's 7-6 (11-9) 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 defeat of Lucas Pouille.

Nicolas Mahut upset Stan Wawrinka 3-6 7-5 7-6 (7-2) and the qualifier's reward will be an all-French encounter with Kevin Anderson's conqueror Gilles Simon, while Milos Raonic ousted Aljaz Bedene to set up a showdown with Feliciano Lopez.

Lopez should not be short of support after linking up with Andy Murray to claim a doubles win over top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the Brit's latest return from hip surgery.

Matteo Berrettini clinched his third ATP Tour title thanks to a 6-4 7-6 (13-11) win over Felix Auger-Aliassime in the Stuttgart Open final on Sunday.

Canadian Auger-Aliassime had a shot at his first title as a senior professional after receiving a walkover when compatriot Milos Raonic withdrew from the semi-finals with a back injury, but Berrettini was ultimately too good on the day for the 18-year-old.

Berrettini enjoyed a strong start to the first set that teed him up nicely for the rest of the match, as the Italian broke Auger-Aliassime's serve in game three.

Auger-Aliassime won three games to love and made seven aces to Berrettini's two in the opener, but he was unable to break back.

The contest was even tighter in the second set, which went with serve all the way until the tie-break, meaning Berrettini avoided being broken all week.

Auger-Aliassime spurned five set points in a dramatic breaker and Berrettini made the most of the reprieve to claim a second title win of the year on his third match point.

Felix Auger-Aliassime received a walkover into a Stuttgart Open final against Matteo Berrettini, while the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships semi-finals will not conclude until Sunday.

A lower back injury led to sixth seed Milos Raonic, who was taking part in his first tournament since the Miami Open in March, withdrawing from the all-Canadian final-four match in Germany.

"I'm very sorry and apologetic that I'm unable to compete. I was hoping for the best after my match yesterday," said 2016 Wimbledon finalist Raonic.

"I woke up this morning not feeling my best. I wanted to come out here and give it a try. And after looking at it very diligently with my team, and the way I was feeling with my back, I found it was not possible for me to compete without taking any greater risk."

Berrettini faced his first two break points of the tournament but staved them off en route to a 6-4 7-5 victory over home hope Jan-Lennard Struff.

In Den Bosch, Borna Coric saved two match points but fell a mini-break behind in a third-set tie-break before his semi-final against Adrian Mannarino was interrupted by rain.

Jordan Thompson claimed an important break to move 7-5 5-3 up against Richard Gasquet but was facing a break point in game nine of the second set when play was suspended.

The players will conclude their matches on Sunday before the final is contested.

Felix Auger-Aliassime will face Milos Raonic in an all-Canadian Stuttgart Open semi-final after saving a match point in a battling defeat of Dustin Brown.

Brown upset fellow German Alexander Zverev in the second round, but Auger-Aliassime beat the enigmatic qualifier 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-2) on Friday.

Auger-Aliassime was unable to make his main-draw debut at the French Open due to a groin injury, but has made an encouraging start to the grass-court season.

The 18-year-old broke Brown to level at 5-5 in the final set after saving a match point and won the decisive tie-break, having stormed into a 5-0 lead.

Raonic won 89 per cent of points on his first serve in a 6-4 6-4 defeat of Marton Fucsovics.

Matteo Berrettini and Jan-Lennard Struff will contest the other semi-final following straight-sets defeats of Denis Kudla and Lucas Pouille respectively. 

Defending champion Richard Gasquet reached the last four of the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships with a 7-6 (10-8) 6-4 victory over Nicolas Jarry - conqueror of Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round.

Frenchman Gasquet will now take on Jordan Thompson, who rallied to beat fellow Australian and third seed Alex de Minaur 4-6 6-2 6-3 in 's-Hertogenbosch.

Second seed Borna Coric saw off Cristian Garin 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 7-6 (8-6) to set up a showdown with Adrian Mannarino, who ended David Goffin's title hopes.

Dustin Brown pulled off a huge upset by beating fellow German Alexander Zverev at the Stuttgart Open and Stefanos Tsitsipas also made a losing start to the grass-court season.

Brown had not won a main-draw match on the ATP Tour since the 2017 US Open before this week, but the enigmatic showman is through to the quarter-finals in his homeland after a stunning 6-4 6-7 (3-7) 6-3 defeat of the top seed.

Zverev, playing his first match since a French Open quarter-final defeat to Novak Djokovic, paid the price for converting only one of 14 break points and double-faulted 14 times in a stunning loss.

The 170-ranked Brown showed great athleticism at the age of 34, breaking the world number five on three occasions in a typically entertaining performance on Thursday.

Qualifier Brown will now face Felix Auger-Aliassime, a 7-5 6-4 winner in the final match of the day against Gilles Simon.

The top five seeds have all made early exits in Germany, with Karen Khachanov losing 6-4 6-2 to Matteo Berrettini and Denis Kudla beating Gael Monfils after Daniil Medvedev and Nikoloz Basilashvili crashed out on Wednesday.

Tsitsipas bowed out of the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships as Nicolas Jarry defeated the top seed 6-4 3-6 6-4.

Jarry served 13 aces and broke twice to claim the scalp of the 20-year world number six in 's-Hertogenbosch.

Fernando Verdasco was another seed who was second best, Adrian Mannarino rallying from a set down to win 1-6 6-3 6-4 and advance along with David Goffin and Cristian Garin.

Felix Auger-Aliassime and Milos Raonic both recorded notable wins at the Stuttgart Open on Tuesday but Denis Shapovalov failed to join his fellow Canadians in the second round.

Teenager Auger-Aliassime impressed in his first ATP Tour outing on grass, beating Ernests Gulbis 7-5 6-3 to set up a clash with Frenchman Gilles Simon, who fought back from a set down against Peter Gojowczyk.

Last year's runner-up Raonic, meanwhile, was made to work in his return from a knee injury, eventually overcoming qualifier Alexei Popyrin 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 7-6 (7-4) in his first competitive outing since March.

However, compatriot Shapovalov was a surprise early casualty at the tournament, the eighth seed losing to German Jan-Lennard Struff for the third time in as many months.

Meanwhile, fifth seed Gael Monfils came through a tense tie-break in the final set to see off Steve Johnson. The 2010 finalist will next face American Denis Kudla.

At the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships in 's-Hertogenbosch, David Goffin and Richard Gasquet enjoyed contrasting victories.

Belgian fifth seed Goffin had few problems against Spanish qualifier Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, easing to a 6-0 6-2 triumph after just 48 minutes on court.

Eighth seed Gasquet needed two hours and 26 minutes to see off Aljaz Bedene, the Frenchman rallying from a set down to go through 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-5) 6-4.

Roger Federer says he is enjoying the novelty of being an "outsider" after making a winning French Open return against Lorenzo Sonego, while last year's semi-finalist Marco Cecchinato was beaten on day one.

Federer breezed into the second round in his first appearance at Roland Garros for four years, defeating Italian Sonego 6-2 6-4 6-4 on the renovated Court Philippe-Chatrier on Sunday.

The 20-time grand slam champion hit 36 winners and won 85 per cent of points on his first serve in a commanding comeback at the Paris major.

Cecchinato pulled off a huge upset by beating Novak Djokovic to reach the last four in 2018, but that must have seemed a distance memory when home wildcard Nicolas Mahut stormed back to beat the 16th seed 2-6 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 6-2 6-4.

Stefanos Tsitsipas, Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic were straight-sets winners, but it was anything but plain sailing for Grigor Dimitrov - who squandered a two-set lead before rallying to see off Janko Tipsarevic.

Felix Auger-Aliassime withdrew from the tournament after sustaining a groin injury on his run to the final of the Lyon Open.



Federer is accustomed to having the weight of expectation on his shoulders, but the Swiss is feeling no pressure at a tournament where his solitary success came 10 years ago.

The third seed, who will face lucky loser Oscar Otte in round two, said:  "It's nice to be an outsider. That's how I feel, anyhow. I'll just see how it goes. I know when Wimbledon comes around, sure, I'll be probably a higher favourite.

"That's okay, too. I'm happy that I'm there, where I am. I feel like if I lost first round or in the finals or wherever it is, people would be, like, 'Okay, that could have happened.'

"I like that approach for me also once in a while. It relaxes you on the bigger points maybe or it relaxes you subconsciously as you walk through the grounds and go to practice and go to the press room."



Mahut lost the only other main-draw singles match he played on the ATP Tour this year and revealed he was contemplating passing up a wildcard for his home grand slam due to a back injury.

The 37-year-old - a doubles champion at Roland Garros last year - was relieved that he changed his mind after battling his way past Cecchinato on the new Court Simonne-Mathieu.

He said: "I felt like giving back the wildcard and saying, 'I won't be ready'. Then my staff said, Look, you have until Sunday. Take some time, take some rest. I felt better and better. Saturday and Sunday I was feeling better.

I had a week of preparation with coaches. My wife every evening would tell me, 'Relax, don't put any pressure on yourself, things will go well'. I trusted them and this was my payback."



Greek youngster Tsitsipas gave another demonstration of why such big things are expected of him, the sixth seed beating Maximilian Marterer 6-2 6-2 7-6 (7-4).

Nishikori was a class apart from wildcard Quentin Halys, winning 6-2 6-3 6-4, and Cilic showed little sign of his struggles this year as he brushed aside Thomas Fabbiano 6-3 7-5 6-1.

Dimitrov has plummeted to 47th in the rankings and arrived in Paris in poor form, but dug deep to oust Tipsarevic 6-3 6-0 3-6 6-7 (4-7) 6-4. 

Rising star Felix Auger-Aliassime has withdrawn from the French Open due to a groin injury.

The 25th seed from Canada was due to face Jordan Thompson in the first round at Roland Garros but will be replaced by lucky loser Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

Auger-Aliassime suffered the injury during a run to the final of the Lyon Open this week.

The 18-year-old said he was "not physically well" after losing 6-4 6-3 to Benoit Paire in the decider on Saturday.

Auger-Aliassime failed to make it through qualifying in Paris last year and will have to wait until 2020 to feature in the main draw for the first time at the clay-court grand slam.

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