By Nemanja Bjedov
Marcos Baghdatis has been drawn to take on Japanese qualifier Go Soeda – who dropped just one set in three qualifying matches to earn his place in the main draw – in the first round of the U.S. Open on Tuesday evening.
The 28-year-old Cypriot defeated world number 132 Soeda in their only previous meeting at last year’s London 2012 Olympics on grass.
If Baghdatis overcomes the Japanese, he would then set up a second-round contest with either the 17th seed South African Kevin Anderson or Daniel Brands of Germany.
Should the Limassol native reach the third round, he would set up a likely contest with ninth seed Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland, with the winner seeded to meet fifth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych in the fourth round.
This will be the eighth appearance for the 28-year-old Cypriot at Flushing Meadows, and he is bidding to get past the second round for the first time.
Baghdatis holds a 11-16 record this season after suffering 11 first-round exits from the last 12 tournaments.
Earlier this month, he reached the quarterfinals in Washignton, but after the Cincinnati elimination that followed, he decided to skip the Winston-Salem event, the ultimate US Open series test, citing personal reasons.