US Open Day 5 Preview: Matteo Berrettini & Andy Murray Ready For The Fight | ATP Tour

Matteo Berretini and Andy Murray will meet in a blockbuster match on day five US Openwhere the top half of the draw goes to court in the third round.

Reigning Champion Daniel Medvedev will look to continue his title defense when he meets history writer Wu Yibing during #NextGenATP Brit Jack Draper aims to build on his outstanding win over the sixth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime when he plays Karen Khachanov.

ATPTour.com reveals five things to see in New York on Friday.

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1) Berrettini & Murray fight: Berrettini and Murray have enjoyed success at the hard-court major over the years. The Italian reached the semifinals in 2019 while Murray won his first Grand Slam trophy at the event in 2012.

Both will be desperate to create more stellar memories at Flushing Meadows over the next week. However, with the clash between the two in the opening game of the day Arthur Ashe Stage, only one can continue his journey.

Murray secured his first round win against Francisco Cerundolo by defeating the American wild card Emilio Nava to reach US Open third round for the first time since 2016. The former world No. 1 goes into his match against Berrettini trailing 1-2 in their ATP Head2Head series and expects it to be a tough test.

“He’s been at the top of the game for many years and now he’s very consistent,” Murray said when asked about the Italian. “He’s a big server who usually hits a pretty high percentage of serves, so it’s always difficult to break him, so he’s always in the game. However, it’s not just a big server. He’s got a good slice backhand, he’s got a big forehand. I think he is also a very good competitor.”

The 13th-seeded Berrettini arrived in New York after disappointing first-round eliminations in Montreal and Cincinnati. However, the 26-year-old has started to find form and is defeating Nicholas Jarry and Hugo Grenier in his first two games. Berrettini holds a 14-4 record at the hard-court major after reaching the quarterfinals last year.

2) Medvedev’s title defense mission: Medvedev got off to a perfect start US Open Title defense this week, cruising over Stefan Kozlow and Arthur Rinderknech in straight sentences. The top seed who defeated Novak Djokovic in last season’s championship game, he’ll look to improve on his 22-4 record at the major when he meets historian Wu Yibing in the night session Arthur Ashe Stadion.

Before this week no Chinese had participated in the main draw US Open in the open age. Now they have a player in the third round after the 22-year-old became the first Chinese since Kho Sin-Khie to reach the third round at a Grand Slam Wimbledon in 1946.

With the odds stacked against him, Yibing will be looking to stage a seismic upset against Medvedev, who is looking to claim his second major title and Tour crown of the season following his triumph in Los Cabos in August.

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3) Cachin & Draper looking for more runs: Argentina Pedro Cachen fell to the ground after defeating the American qualifier Brandon Holt in a fifth-set tiebreak to reach the third round at a Major for the first time. The 27-year-old qualifier, who is 52-15 at all levels this year, bounced back from two sets to victory to progress on the debut in New York. Cachin, currently ranked 58th on the Pepperstone ATP Live rankings, will look to add his momentum to his match against the Frenchman Corentin Moutet.

#NextGenATP Brit Jack Draper‘s stellar season reached new heights on Wednesday as he upset the sixth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime in straight sentences. The 20-year-old, who is currently fifth in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Milan, will be up next Karen Khachanov as he is looking to reach the fourth round at a Major for the first time.

“I watched [Khachanov] a fair bit. A tough competitor. He’s physically fit,” Draper said, looking ahead to the game. “It’s going to be a really tough match. He’s been in the top 50 for a long time, so at a Grand Slam it will be a physical match again.”

4) Kyrgios & Ruud go to court: After his second round win against Benjamin Bonzi, Nick Kyrgios admitted his mentality has changed this season. The Australian who reached the final Wimbledon and holds a 33-9 record on the season, revealed he’s been trying to reinvent himself this year in a bid to get back to the top of the game.

So far, it’s a strategy that has worked well for the 23rd seed and one he will continue to play against America JJ Wolf first time in the third round at Louis Armstrong Stadium. A win for Kyrgios will see him advance to the fourth round US Open for the first time.

Kasper Ruud could exit New York as No. 1 in the Pepperstone ATP rankings if results go his way next week. The Norwegian, who has never progressed past the third round in five appearances so far US Openrallied past Tim Van Rijthoven on the second lap and will now take 29th place Thomas Paul. The American eliminated compatriot Sebastian Korda to reach the last 32.

5) Ram/Salisbury headline double action: Last year’s champion Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury will be looking for their sixth consecutive win when they face each other Aslan Karatsev and Luke Saville in the second round. The American-British team clinched their third ATP Masters 1000 trophy as a team in Cincinnati last month before passing Federico Coria and Cristian Rodriguez in their opening game in New York.

Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupsky was the first team to qualify for Nitto ATP Finals after their first round win at Flushing Meadows. The second seeds will play Nathaniel Lammons and Jackson Withrowwhile third seeds Marcelo Arevalo and Jean Julien Rojer will be faced Aleksandr Nedovyesov and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi.

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