2019 US Open Preview: Can Djokovic defend his title in New York?

The 2019 US Open main draw starts on Monday, August 26 and all eyes will be back on the Big Three. Novak Djokovic is placed at the top half of the draw with Roger Federer. Rafael Nadal draws with Dominic Thiem at the bottom half of the table.

How strong is the Serbian threat?

Novak Djokovic has won four out of the last five Grand Slams and is the defending Champion in New York. The 16-time Grand Slam winner will face R. Carballes Baena in his first round clash.

The real challenge for Djokovic will come in the Round of 16 where he can face 2017 US Open finalist and TOM 2019 Winner, Kevin Anderson and a potential quarter-final clash against Danil Medvedev who defeated the World Number 1 last weekend in Cincinnati Masters.

Nadal saving his best for the big moments

The Spaniard has reached the semifinals of all the ATP Masters and Grand Slams this year. Nadal will face John Millman in the opening round and might face Alexander Zverev in quarterfinal.

Rafael Nadal recently defended his title in Montreal Masters and looks a strong contender for the end of the year Grand Slam.

How far will Federer go?

In the buildup to the 2019 US Open, Roger Federer received a major jolt in Cincinnati Master where he lost to 21-year old Russian, Andrey Rublev in the second round.

Despite the upset, Federer has easy initial rounds. He'll face a qualifier in Round 1 and has a chance to face David Goffin in Round of 16 and Nishikori in the quarterfinal.

Indian challenge at the US Open

Prajnesh Gunneswaran is in the main draw of the 2019 US Open, his fourth Grand Slam on trot. India's highest-ranked Singles player will face fifth seed Russian, D. Medvedev in his first round match.

The 2019 US Open men’s doubles and mixed doubles draw will be revealed the week of Aug. 26.

Update from Qualifiers: Sumit Nagal might become the second Indian to feature in Men's Singles event. He will play third qualifying round against J. Menezes to secure his spot in the main draws.