Round fireworks: Serena, Sharapova to meet at US Open

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have rejoined the Player Council. More

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have rejoined the Player Council. More

Serena Williams will get her quest for a seventh US Open title and record-tying 24th Grand Slam underway against Maria Sharapova in the US Open women's singles draw unveiled on Thursday.

Top seed Naomi Osaka, the defending champion, meets Russian Anna Blinkova, while Wimbledon sensation Cori "Coco" Gauff takes on Anastasia Potapova.

But waiting in the wings are Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Marin Cilic, Stan Wawrinka, Serena Williams, Sloane Stephens, Angelique Kerber and more.

Federer produced a vintage display to beat old rival Rafa Nadal in the last four at Wimbledon but in the final he failed to convert two championship points on his own serve in the fifth set against Djokovic. At the same time I was caravanning with my kids.

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"It's maybe one of those things that sometimes needs to happen, like when I won at the Australian Open, went to Dubai, lost first round in 2017, then went on to win Indian Wells and Miami".

"I was just more upset, rather than being sad", Federer said during his pre-US Open news conference Friday. Nadal and Federer have never met at the Open, and would have to do so in the final this year. "Most of the players look further than the first round but the focus of your attention is on the first round".

The Romanian fourth seed will be seeking her third career grand slam trophy.

"You have that additional pressure and expectations", Djokovic said.

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This pivotal breakthrough in the career of the Ukrainian should put her in good stead moving forward as she tries to win an elusive Grand Slam that will catapult her career to the next level. "This is where you want to shine". Keys who is known for her eye-catching power game recently came to life at the Cincinnati Masters where she went all the way and claimed her second title of the year - adding to the title she won in Charleston, on the clay, in April.

Five-time champion Federer faces a qualifier first up, while on the other side of the draw Rafael Nadal has a tricky first-round tie with Australian John Millman - who upset Federer in round four a year ago.

Federer and No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal have never played each other in NY and could do so this year only if both make the final. The Open draw was announced during a ceremony on the USTA grounds.

"This is where we're going to reach some kind of a climax in terms of the quality of tennis and the interest of fans around the world", Djokovic said.

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"It's going to be a tough tournament to win, no doubt about it".

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