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Andy Murray faces Nick Kyrgios in first round US Open showdown

By Tom Allnutt

Published 28/08/2015

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Andy Murray

Andy Murray will play controversial Australian Nick Kyrgios in the first round of the US Open and could meet Roger Federer in the semi-finals.

Murray, seeded third, played Kyrgios at both the Australian Open and French Open earlier this year, winning on both occasions without dropping a set.

The British number one is bidding to clinch his third grand slam title and regain the crown he won at Flushing Meadows back in 2012.

It represents a tough draw for Murray, who was placed in the same half as Federer and could also face French Open champion Stan Wawrinka in the quarter-finals. The Scot will first, however, have to overcome the unpredictable Kyrgios, who has endured an explosive year on and off the court.

Kyrgios was handed a suspended 28-day ban and $25,000 fine on Monday for disparaging comments made towards Wawrinka at the Rogers Cup in Montreal earlier this month.

There were also suggestions at Wimbledon that the 20-year-old stopped trying during his fourth round defeat to France's Richard Gasquet.

Murray has been a loyal defender of Kyrgios, insisting after the altercation with Wawrinka that the Australian is "not a bad guy" and is "growing up in the spotlight".

Victory over the world number 37 would see Murray play either Adrian Mannarino or a qualifier in the second round, and he could meet fellow Briton James Ward in round three.

The US Open starts in New York on Monday.

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