Serena on to tricky 24th

World number one Novak Djokovic’s way to a 2020 US Open title could incorporate a semi-last against Stefanos Tsitsipas or Alexander Zverev under the competition draw disclosed on Thursday.

The 33-year-old Serbian star, a 17-time Grand Slam victor who has caught five of the previous seven men’s singles Slam crowns, starts his journey for a fourth US Open title against 107th-positioned Damir Dzumhur.

Austrian second seed Dominic Thiem, who pushed Djokovic to five sets before falling in the current year’s Australian Open last, was set on the far edge of the section, setting up the chance of a rematch in the title coordinate on the Flushing Meadows hardcourts.

With individual Big Three players Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer missing, Djokovic has a prime opportunity to close the hole on his record rivals in a field of 128 that is feeling the loss of a few champions.