U.S. Open draw: Nadal in Djokovic’s quarter, Murray and Federer in same half

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The U.S. Open draw ceremony was held on Thursday in New York and once again Rafael Nadal’s plunge in the rankings to outside the top four has cost him at a Grand Slam. For the second time in the last three majors, Nadal and Novak Djokovic are in the same quarter.

Nadal, who currently registers at eighth in the world, also found himself in the top section of the French Open. That resulted in a quarterfinal loss to Djokovic.

In Flushing Meadows, however, Nadal may have an even tougher test just making it to the last eight. The Spaniard will open against 18-year-old Borna Coric, who upset last fall on the indoor hard courts of Basel. Nadal could face Fabio Fognini or Steve Johnson in the third round and possibly Milos Raonic in the fourth.

Elsewhere in the top half, defending champion Marin Cilic and 2014 runner-up Kei Nishikori are…

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