Novak Djokovic struck the latest blow in his burgeoning rivalry with Carlos Alcaraz ahead of the US Open when he defeated the young Spaniard at the Cincinnati Open.
The epic encounter – the longest ATP final in history at 3h 49min – was a rematch of this year’s Wimbledon final, in which world No 1 Alcaraz beat Djokovic in a five-set thriller.
In Cincinnati, however, the 36-year-old Serb beat the 20-year-old pretender to his crown 5-7, 7-6, 7-6 ahead of his attempt extend his record of 23 grand slams in the US Open.
After the travel ban for people entering the US if they are unvaccinated from Covid was lifted in May, world No 2 Djokovic competed in the Masters 1000 event as he gears up for Flushing Meadows.
Meanwhile, Nick Kyrgios has pulled out of the men’s tournament, citing a wrist injury.
In the build-up to the women’s tournament, home favourite Coco Gauff beat Karolina Muchova in Cincinnati to win her third title of year.
The 19-year-old’s straight-sets win in the final – for the biggest of her five career titles so far – followed her triumph over world No 1 Iga Swiatek in the semi-finals.
When does the US take Open place?
The US Open starts on August 28 and ends on September 10.
How to watch the US Open on TV in the UK
Sky Sports will take over from Amazon Prime Video in broadcasting the US Open live from Flushing Meadows.
Gigi Salmon will present the coverage alongside Martina Navratilova, Tim Henman, Jo Konta, Feliciano Lopez, Marion Bartoli, Jordanne Whiley, Laura Robson, Jamie Murray, Karthi Gnanasegaram, Emma Paton and Jonathan Overend.
At least 135 hours of action will be shown over the two weeks.
How to watch the US Open in the US
ESPN have the broadcasting rights to show the tournament.
When is the US Open draw?
The men’s and women’s draws will be made on August 25.
When is the US Open final?
The women’s final is Saturday, September 9.
The men’s final is Sunday, September 10.
What is the US Open prize money?
The US Open total prize pool is £51.4 million, up eight per cent on 2022.
The men’s and women’s singles champions will each take home £2.37 million and the runners-up will earn £1.18 million.
Prize money for progression through the earlier rounds is as follows: first round (£64,456); second round (£97,277); third round (£151,061); round of 16 (£224,614); quarter-finals (£359,857); semi-finals (£612,918).
Which British players are involved?
Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans, Andy Murray, Jack Draper, Katie Boulter and Jodie Burrage will be in the main draw for the US Open.
Liam Broady, Jan Choinski, Heather Watson, Harriet Dart, Katie Swan and Lily Miyazaki will play in the qualifying tournament.
Why is Emma Raducanu not playing at the US Open?
Emma Raducanu will not compete in New York as she continues her recovery from surgery on both hands and her left ankle in May.
Who are the defending champions?
Last year, Carlos Alcaraz claimed a maiden grand slam title as he defeated Casper Ruud 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3.
Iga Swiatek won her third major title as she beat Ons Jabeur 6–2, 7–6.
Novak Djokovic 6/4
Carlos Alcaraz 13/8
Daniil Medvedev 9/1
Jannik Sinner 12/1
Iga Swiatek 5/2
Aryna Sabalenka 7/1
Elena Rybakina 17/2
Coco Gauff 12/1
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