Novak Djokovic to face newcomer in US Open return; draw sets up Swiatek-Gauff quarter

NEW YORK — Novak Djokovic ‘s return to the US Open after missing it last year because he wasn’t vaccinated against COVID-19 will come against an opponent who never has played in the tournament, while defending women’s champion Iga Swiatek and Coco Gauff were drawn Thursday into a possible quarterfinal matchup.

Top-seeded Carlos Alcaraz , the 2022 men’s champion at Flushing Meadows, and No. 6 seed Jannik Sinner could meet in the quarterfinals again. That was the round in which Alcaraz’s thrilling five-set victory over Sinner last year ended at 2:50 a.m., the latest finish in US Open history.

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