US Open 2021 Men’s Draw: Novak Djokovic Faces Tough Road to the Record 21st Grand Slam

Published 08/26/2021, 12:19 PM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic shakes hands with Russia’s Daniil Medvedev after their final match REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

The official US Open 2021 men’s singles draw has finally come out. The top players in the world will battle it out in a highly anticipated culmination to the 2021 Slam season. Despite the two greats Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal missing out this year, there is a star-studded lineup at Flushing Meadows.


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Apart from the great rivals, even reigning champion Dominic Thiem is set to miss out on his title defense. This means that the firm favorite in the men’s singles is World No.1 Novak Djokovic. The Serbian star last won the tournament back in 2018, and will look to regain the trophy. He will face stiff competition in the unorthodox Daniil Medvedev, Greek powerhouse Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Olympic champion Alexander Zverev.


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Who are the 2021 US Open men’s singles top seeds?

Naturally enough, the top player in the world Novak Djokovic occupies the top billing at the tournament this year. He will aim to achieve the unthinkable by claiming the Calendar Grand Slam in New York. Following the 34-year-old will be Russia’s Daniil Medvedev. The 2019 runner-up recently rose to a career-high No.2, and seals his spot at the bottom of the draw.

These two will be followed by Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev, at #3 and #4 respectively. Aside from these names, there are other contenders as well. The next set of seeds include the in-form Andrey Rublev, Wimbledon 2021 finalist Matteo Berrettini, and Canadian southpaw Denis Shapovalov.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 01: A general view of Arthur Ashe Stadium with the roof closed during the second round Men’s Singles match between Andy Murray of Great Britain and Marcel Granollers of Spain on Day Four of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

US Open 2021 draw: Road to the final for top stars

Novak Djokovic:

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Semifinal – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 30, 2021. Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during his semifinal match against Alexander Zverev of Germany REUTERS/Mike Segar

R1: Qualifier

R2: Jan-Lennard Struff

R3: Kei Nishikori

R4: Alex de Minaur

QF: Matteo Berrettini

SF: Alexander Zverev

F: Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev:

LONDON, ENGLAND : Daniil Medvedev of Russia celebrates winning match point during his singles semi final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain during day seven of the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 Arena in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

R1: Richard Gasquet

R2: Dominik Koepfer

R3: Marin Cilic

R4: Grigor Dimitrov

QF: Casper Ruud

SF: Stefanos Tsitsipas

F: Novak Djokovic

Stefanos Tsitsipas:

Aug 13, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates a win over Casper Ruud of Norway (not pictured) at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

R1: Andy Murray

R2: Adrian Mannarino

R3: Cameron Norrie

R4: Ugo Humbert

QF: Andrey Rublev

SF: Daniil Medvedev

F: Novak Djokovic

Alexander Zverev:

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021 Germany’s Alexander Zverev reacts during his semi final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

R1: Sam Querrey

R2: Albert Ramos-Vinolas

R3: Alexander Bublik

R4: Jannik Sinner

QF: Denis Shapovalov


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SF: Novak Djokovic

F: Daniil Medvedev


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The stage is set for the ultimate battle royal. Andy Murray vs Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev vs Richard Gasquet will surely be the pick of the first rounds. Who will come out on top? Will the veteran Djokovic be able to script history? Or does the next-gen have other plans? It’s game on!



Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.