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Andy Murray to face Lukas Lacko in US Open first round

US Open, Flushing Meadows
Dates: 30 August - 12 September Start time: 1600 BST
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Andy Murray
Murray was a beaten finalist at Flushing Meadows in 2008

Britain's Andy Murray will play Lukas Lacko of Slovakia in the first round of the US Open, which starts on Monday.

Murray, who is seeded fourth, was drawn in the same half as top seed Rafael Nadal and will take on the 22-year-old Lacko for the first time.

Lacko is ranked 72nd in the world and has had recent wins over Lleyton Hewitt and Marcos Baghdatis.

Nadal first plays Teymuraz Gabashvili, while women's number one Caroline Wozniacki faces Chelsey Gullickson.

Five-time champion and last year's runner-up Roger Federer will meet Argentine Brian Dabul in the first round, with fifth seed Robin Soderling in the Swiss star's quarter.

MURRAY'S POSSIBLE ROUTE
R1: Lukas Lacko
R2: Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo
R3: Stanislas Warinka
R4: Sam Querrey
Q/F: Tomas Berdych
S/F: Rafael Nadal
Final: Roger Federer

Third seed Novak Djokovic plays fellow Serb Viktor Troicki in round one, with ninth seed Andy Roddick and the in-form Mardy Fish and Baghdatis in his quarter.

Defending champion Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina was forced to withdraw as he has yet to recover from a wrist injury that has kept him out since January.

Murray should face few problems in his opening two rounds but 25th seed Stanislas Wawrinka could be a test in round three, the Swiss having taken the British number one to five memorable sets at Wimbledon last year.

The seedings would suggest Spain's Nicolas Almagro will be waiting in round four, but American 20th seed Sam Querrey might prove more dangerous having beaten Murray to win the Los Angeles title earlier this month.

Kim Clijsters
Kim Clijsters helped with the draw ceremony in New York

Should the Scot make the last eight, he could well have the opportunity for revenge over Tomas Berdych - his conqueror at this year's French Open.

Nadal, who is trying to complete his set of Grand Slam titles, is the potential opponent in the semi-finals, the same stage at which Murray beat the Spaniard at Flushing Meadows two years ago.

Murray went on to lose his first Grand Slam final to Federer, and the Swiss could be standing in his way once again should the Briton make it that far.

In the women's draw, British number one Elena Baltacha has been drawn against Croatian Petra Martic, and compatriot Anne Keothavong meets Yung-Jan Chan of Taipei.

Baltacha served for the set against Martic at Wimbledon in June but eventually lost in three sets.

"It is quite funny how it works out, because I played her in the first round of the last Grand Slam and I was two points away from winning that one," said Baltacha.

"It's a good chance to get revenge but of course she's dangerous and I know that better than anyone.

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"But a lot has happened since Wimbledon and so I'm actually really looking forward to it and I think it'll be a good match; one that I really want to win.

"Obviously the draw could have been much worse and it's great to be here in the main draw on my ranking for the first time. That's a good feeling."

Baltacha could meet second seed and defending champion Kim Clijsters in round three, with the Belgian opening her title defence against Hungarian Greta Arn.

Former champions Maria Sharapova and Svetlana Kuznetsova are in the same quarter as Wozniacki, while last year's top seed Dinara Safina will face 24th seed Daniela Hantuchova in the first round.

Venus Williams, the third seed, will meet Italian Roberta Vinci in her opening match, and fourth seed Jelena Jankovic is up against Simona Halep of Romania.


US Open 2010 men's singles seedings:

1 R Nadal (Spn)
2 R Federer (Swi)
3 N Djokovic (Ser)
4 A Murray (GB)
5 R Soderling (Swe)
6 N Davydenko (Rus)
7 T Berdych (Cze)
8 F Verdasco (Spn)
9 A Roddick (US)
10 D Ferrer (Spn)
11 M Cilic (Cro)
12 M Youzhny (Rus)
13 J Melzer (Aus)
14 N Almagro (Spn)
15 I Ljubicic (Cro)
16 M Baghdatis (Cyp)
17 G Monfils (Fr)
18 J Isner (US)
19 M Fish (US)
20 S Querrey (US)
21 A Montanes (Spn)
22 J-C Ferrero (Spn)
23 F Lopez (Spn)
24 E Gulbis (Lat)
25 S Wawrinka (Swi)
26 T Bellucci (Brz)
27 F Gonzalez (Chl)
28 R Stepanek (Cze)
29 P Kohlschreiber (Ger)
30 J Monaco (Arg)
31 D Nalbandian (Arg)
32 L Hewitt (Aus)

Women's seedings

1. Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark)
2. Kim Clijsters (Belgium)
3. Venus Williams (U.S.)
4. Jelena Jankovic (Serbia)
5. Samantha Stosur (Australia)
6. Francesca Schiavone (Italy)
7. Vera Zvonareva (Russia)
8. Li Na (China)
9. Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland)
10. Victoria Azarenka (Belarus)
11. Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia)
12. Elena Dementieva (Russia)
13. Marion Bartoli (France)
14. Maria Sharapova (Russia)
15. Yanina Wickmayer (Belgium)
16. Shahar Peer (Israel)
17. Nadia Petrova (Russia)
18. Aravane Rezai (France)
19. Flavia Pennetta (Italy)
20. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia)
21. Zheng Jie (China)
22. Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (Spain)
23. Maria Kirilenko (Russia)
24. Daniela Hantuchova (Slovakia)
25. Alexandra Dulgheru (Romania)
26. Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic)
27. Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic)
28. Alisa Kleybanova (Russia)
29. Alona Bondarenko (Ukraine)
30. Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan)
31. Kaia Kanepi (Estonia)
32. Tsvetana Pironkova (Bulgaria)



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