Del Potro could loom in US Open 1st round for seeds

USA TODAY Sports’ Nick McCarvel breaks down the five biggest story lines tennis fans should keep an eye on during the U.S. Open.
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NEW YORK (AP) — When the U.S. Open draw sets the first-round matchups, a top player could find himself with a daunting task.

Olympic silver medalist Juan Martin del Potro is unseeded at the year’s final major, which starts Monday. Del Potro is ranked No. 142 because three left wrist surgeries forced him to miss so much time. The 2009 U.S. Open champ needed a wild card to get into the tournament.

So Friday’s draw could put him in position to face a seeded player in the first or second round. That’s what happened to top-ranked Novak Djokovic at the Olympics, when he lost to del Potro in his opening…

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