• Andy Murray will play unseeded Nick Kyrgios in his opening match
  • Murray has been placed in the same half of the draw as Roger Federer
  • Rafael Nadal has a tough first match against Croatian Borna Coric
  • Heather Watson plays Lauren Davis and Laura Robson faces Elena Vesnina

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Andy Murray has been handed a blockbuster first-round match against Australian Nick Kyrgios in the US Open.

Third seed Murray has been placed in the same half as Roger Federer, meaning they could meet in the semi-finals. 

The British No 1 could also face Roland Garros champion Stan Wawrinka in the quarter-finals.  

Andy Murray hits at Flushing Meadows on Wednesday as he prepares for the final Grand Slam of the year

Andy Murray hits at Flushing Meadows on Wednesday as he prepares for the final Grand Slam of the year

Nick Kyrgios was unseeded for the draw and found himself pitted against Murray in the first round

Nick Kyrgios was unseeded for the draw and found himself pitted against Murray in the first round

USTA president Katrina Adams (left) and tournament referee Brian Earley conduct the draw on Thursday

USTA president Katrina Adams (left) and tournament referee Brian Earley conduct the draw on Thursday

MURRAY’S US OPEN ROUTE 

R1 – Nick Kyrgios

R2 – Adrian Mannarino/Qualifier

R3 – Thomaz Bellucci/James Ward

R4 – Kevin Anderson

QF – Stan Wawrinka

SF – Roger Federer

F – Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal has also been handed a tricky first match against Croatian world No 35 Borna Coric.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic opens against Brazilian Joao Souza, while Roger Federer plays Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer.

Kyrgios, 20, recently courted controversy with an on-court sledge aimed at Wawrinka during their match at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

In reference to Wawrinka’s girlfriend Donna Vekic, Kyrgios said: ‘[Thanasi] Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend… sorry to tell you that, mate.’

Kyrgios was initially fined £6,405 ($10,000) for his behaviour and, after a further review, was hit with another fine of £15,880 ($25,000) plus a suspension of 28 days.

Roger Federer waves to the crowd after winning the Cincinnati Masters in Ohio on Sunday

Roger Federer waves to the crowd after winning the Cincinnati Masters in Ohio on Sunday

Rafael Nadal signs autographs for the fans after playing a charity match in New York on Wednesday

Rafael Nadal signs autographs for the fans after playing a charity match in New York on Wednesday

BRITS IN NEW YORK 

Andy Murray v Nick Kyrgios

James Ward v Thomaz Bellucci

Aljaz Bedene v Ernests Gulbis

Heather Watson v Lauren Davis

Laura Robson v Elena Vesnina 

However, the further penalties are withheld provided the 20-year-old Aussie meets certain conditions over the next six months, ending on February 24, 2016.

Murray has a winning 3-0 head-to-head record over Kyrgios and has beaten him in straight sets at both the Australian Open and Roland Garros this year.

James Ward could face Murray in the third round if he was to get through two rounds, the first of which is against Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci.

Aljaz Bedene plays Latvian Ernests Gulbis in his opening match at Flushing Meadows.

In the women’s singles, Heather Watson takes on American world No 84 Lauren Davis.

Laura Robson plays just her seventh tournament since coming back from a wrist injury in June. The 21-year-old plays Russian world No 110 Elena Vesnina, who was once ranked as high as No 21.

In her bid for the final part of a historic Calendar Grand Slam, top seed Serena Williams opens against Russian Vitalia Diatchenko and could face arch-rival Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals. 

Novak Djokovic (right) became a goodwill ambassador for the UN Fund for Children on Wednesday

Novak Djokovic (right) became a goodwill ambassador for the UN Fund for Children on Wednesday

Serena Williams performs at the second annual Delta Open Mic event in New York on Wednesday night

Serena Williams performs at the second annual Delta Open Mic event in New York on Wednesday night

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