Due to a hazardous set of competitors, Daniil Medvedev may not be able to maintain his World No. 1 ranking through the US Open in Cincinnati, according to Friday's draw.
The top seed will play either Maxime Cressy or Botic van de Zandschulp in the first round before perhaps facing one of the seeded players like Grigor Dimitrov, Denis Shapovalov, Tommy Paul, or Jenson Brooksby in the third round. If Medvedev advances to the quarterfinals, he may have the opportunity to avenge for the defeat he suffered in Montreal against Nick Kyrgios. Kyrgios will play Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the first round and may then play the 11th seed Taylor Fritz.
If Rafael Nadal wins the Cincinnati championship and Dmitry Medvedev loses in the quarterfinals, he will overtake Medvedev at the top of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. Rafael Nadal is scheduled for his first competitive match since an abdominal strain forced him to withdraw from Wimbledon. The second-seeded Spaniard's opening encounter will either be against qualifier or Borna Coric, who entered the draw with a protected ranking.
Felix Auger-Aliassime, the seventh seed, is also waiting in Rafael Nadal's bottom third. The winner of one of the most intriguing first-round contests between Alexander Bublik and Alex de Minaur will face the Canadian in the opening round. Stefanos Tsitsipas and Hubert Hurkacz were placed in the second half of the draw, while Carlos Alcaraz and Casper Ruud shared the third section. Andrey Rublev, a previous finalist, is seeded sixth and will attempt to progress past Medvedev's top quarter.