NEW YORK: Five-time champion Roger Federer and 2012 victor Andy Murray head the US Open line-up on Thursday while 2001 champion Lleyton Hewitt could play his last match at the competition.
World number two Federer, who ruled preeminent in New York from 2004-2008 and was runner-up in 2009, appearances Belgium’s Steve Darcis, the man who dumped Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon in the first round in 2013.
Federer, 34, offering to turn into the most established men’s champion since Ken Rosewall in 1970, and secure an eighteenth major, easily got through his opener against Leonardo Mayer in only 77 minutes on Monday.
It will be the Swiss star’s initially meeting with world number 66 Darcis, who revels in his epithet of “Shark”.
The 31-year-old Darcis is offering to make the third round of a noteworthy surprisingly. Federer has never lost the fourth round in New York.
Murray, the third seed, moved beyond dubious Australian Nick Kyrgios in four sets in his first round.
The 28-year-old Scotsman tackles French world number 35 Adrian Mannarino, a left-hander who has twice made the third round.
Murray won their just different past meeting at Indian Wells this year in straight sets.
Hewitt, who made his New York bow in 1999, confronts individual Australian and Davis Cup buddy Bernard Tomic, the 24th seed.
It will be Hewitt’s 60th and last profession match at the competition on the off chance that he loses, as he has effectively reported he will resign after one year from now’s Australian Open.
“Simply clumsy. That is the main thing to abridge that,” said Hewitt on confronting his comrade, who will line up with him at the Davis Cup semi-last against Britain in the not so distant future.
“I coexist awesome with Bernie. Bailed him out a great deal. Hit with him this week. No doubt, simply ungainly.”
“I don’t care for playing any of the Aussies. I needed to play (Thanasi) Kokkinakis a year ago in Brisbane. I played Grothy (Sam Groth) in Brisbane this year.
“I needed to play J.P. Smith just a few weeks prior. For me, in the position that I’m in now, attempting to help these gentlemen particularly with Davis Cup and whatever remains of it, better believe it, it’s intense.”
Likewise in real life Thursday is Swiss fifth seed and French Open champion Stan Wawrinka, who confronts South Korean adolescent Hyeon Chung.
In the ladies’ draw, second seed Simona Halep confronts Ukraine qualifier Kateryna Bondarenko, who is playing the US Open interestingly since 2012 in the wake of setting aside time out to have her first child.
Previous finalists and world number one players Caroline Wozniacki and Victoria Azarenka additionally eye third round spots.
Fourth-seeded Wozniacki plays Petra Cetkovska of the Czech Republic while Azarenka opens procedures on Arthur Ashe Stadium against Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium.