BRITISH No1 Andy Murray is to play Russia’s Alex Bogomolov Jr in the first round of the US Open ahead of a potential semi-final showdown with recent rival Roger Federer.
World No73 Bogomolov Jr beat Olympic gold medallist Murray 6-1,
7-5 in the Sony Ericsson Open in 2011 but should the Scot wish to cap an outstanding run with a career first grand slam title, a third meeting in three major tournaments against all-time great Federer is an almost inevitable obstacle.
Murray last month lost over four sets to Federer in the Wimbledon final before producing some of the finest form of an occasionally frustrating career to dismiss the Swiss in three and ultimately deny him the only remaining major honour to elude his collection.
That same day, the Scot, partnering Laura Robson, secured silver in the doubles final, and she faces a qualifier before a potential second-round meeting with three-time champion Kim Clijsters.
Murray’s likely opponents
■ First round: Alex Bogomolov Jr
■ Second round: Ivan Dodig
■ Third round: Feliciano Lopez
■ Fourth round: Milos Raonic
■ Quarter-final: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
■ Semi-final: Roger Federer
■ Final: Novak Djokovic