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Andy Murray faces Nick Kyrgios in first round US Open showdown

By Tom Allnutt

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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