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Kyrgios challenge for Murray at Flushing Meadows

Former US Open champion Andy Murray has been handed a tricky opener against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios for this year’s event in New York City.

The talented world number 37 is capable of turning in big performances but, at 20-years-old, Kyrgios remains a volatile character on court.

Earlier this month he collected a fine for an “insulting remark” to Stan Wawrinka.

Murray, winner at Flushing Meadows in 2012, has already defeated Kyrgios at both the Australian and French Opens this year, both victories coming in straight sets for the 28-year-old Scot.

Murray’s quest for career Grand Slam title number three looks tough as he could face French Open champion Wawrinka in the quarter-finals and second seed Roger Federer in the semis.

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Top seed Novak Djokovic, who takes on Joao Souza of Brazil in his Queens opener, is on the opposite side to Murray.

Defending champion Marin Cilic will face a qualifier in his opening match.

Rafael Nadal takes on Croatian teenager Borna Coric in the first round, with the 18-year-old having won their only previous meeting.

Nadal’s slip in the rankings means that he could be facing world number one Djokovic in the last eight should they progress.

Murray will have to be on guard against the prodigious Kyrgios. The Aussie’s powerful hitting has seen him take out both Federer and Nadal in the past when he puts it all together on court.

Murray will be hoping once more that his superb defence is enough to blunt the artillery of his big-hitting opponent.