Conor Niland has been handed the unenviable task of overcoming world number one Novak Djokovic in the first round draw of the US Open while compatriot Louk Sorensen was also handed a big seed in the form of Swedish world number six Robin Soderling.
Niland overcame Dutchman Matwe Middelkoop 2-6 6-1 6-4 to secure is second consecutive grand slam finals appearance. and Sorensen’s participation is no mean feat either, with the German-born player retiring from the sport briefly this year due to persistent injury problems.
Niland is likely to face the Serb on the Arthur Ashe show court in front of a strong opening day crowd at Flushing Meadows after coming close to facing Roger Federer at Wimbeldon earlier this summer.
Djokovic is hotly tipped to win the final slam of the season after enjoying a year in which he has a 57-2 wins to losses record so far, the Serbian player has twice made the final at New York in 2007 and 2010 losing to Federer and Rafa Nadal.