Andy Murray vs Stefanos Tsitsipas and Other Exciting Match Ups at US Open 2021 R1

Published 08/26/2021, 2:41 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 06: Kei Nishikori of Japan greats Novak Djokovic (L) of Serbia after their men’s singles semifinal match on Day Thirteen of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 6, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Nishikori defeated Djokovic in four sets 6-4, 1-6, 7-6, 6-3. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


The US Open begins on Monday and the fans are eagerly waiting for the finale of Grand Slam events. The release of the men’s and women’s singles draw has further fueled the fire. There are some pretty crazy fixtures in both categories, especially the first round matches.

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In the wake of the tournament, there have been multiple withdrawals as well. The likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams won’t be present at the tournament. However, the tournament promises the same ability and aggression from the other players.

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Andy Murray vs Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round of the US Open

The two players in discussion have never played against each other in the past. However, World No.3 Stefanos will be a favorite against the veteran Scottish national. Andy Murray has been traversing a rough patch in his career for the past few years.

The Scot has not had the greatest of times due to a long term back injury. He featured in a number of tournaments this year, however hasn’t been able to make his mark. Stefanos has been having a great year after reaching the French Open final this year. He will be looking forward to go all the way this time in New York.

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 27: Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates his victory in his men’s singles first round match against James Duckworth of Australia on Day One of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 27, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Richard Gasquet vs Daniil Medvedev is another one to watch out for

Daniil Medvedev has been having a great year along with many others. He has been destined for greatness this month as he can challenge Novak Djokovic for the Grand Slam title. However, in his way stands French veteran Richard Gasquet in the first round itself.

They both share a win each against each other in the past. However, Medvedev is deemed as a favorite to win the bout this time. Gasquet’s old age and form are not up to par with the Russian, especially after he has been in red hot form recently.

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Women’s first round matches

The women’s category has witnessed some fiery fixtures as well. Naomi Osaka is on her way towards defending her 2020 US Open title this year. However, she has a number of players waiting to dethrone her.

All the first round fixtures have potential winners of the tournament, along with Ashleigh Barty and other important players.

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The US Open is wide open in both categories with the favorites having to put in more than 100% this time. It is anyone’s game this year and nothing can be predicted.

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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