Murray in Djokovic's quarter

  • Last Updated: August 22 2014, 10:34 BST

Andy Murray is in the same quarter of the draw as Novak Djokovic for next week's US Open.

Andy Murray: Seeded to meet Novak Djokovic in the US Open quarter-finals
Andy Murray: Seeded to meet Novak Djokovic in the US Open quarter-finals

Murray, seeded only eighth this year following a slide down the rankings, will now meet the Wimbledon champion in the last eight at Flushing Meadows if the pair progress that far.

Whether that happens may be in some doubt as Murray has a tough path through the early rounds.

Should Murray get past Haase, two men who have caused him problems in the past await.

Radek Stepanek, who ended Murray's title defence at Queen's Club this year, is his likely second-round opponent while in third round he is seeded to meet Fernando Verdasco.

The Spaniard was the man who came closest to depriving Murray of his Wimbledon title when he led by two sets to love in the quarter-finals, although the Scot has won 10 of their 11 matches.

The fourth round could pit Murray against ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who beat him in Toronto two weeks ago before going on to defeat Roger Federer in the final.

However, if the seedings play out if will be Djokovic, drawn to play Argentina's Diego Schwartzman in round one, who progresses to a semi-final meeting with Stan Wawrinka.

The Australian Open champion is on course to face Canadian Milos Raonic in his quarter-final.

Murray, who claimed his maiden Grand Slam title in New York two years ago, will play Dutchman Robin Haase in the first round.

Muray's final route

R1: Haase
R2: Stepanek
R3: Verdasco
R4: Tsonga
QF: Djokovic
F: Federer

The British star will be wary of the world number 70 having needed to fight back from two sets down to beat him at the same tournament in 2011, although he was an easy winner when the pair met again in the Australian Open last year.

In the opposite half of the draw, the in-form Roger Federer is seeded to face David Ferrer in the semis. Any such meeting would be a repeat of Sunday's Cincinnati Masters final won in three sets by Federer.

Before then, Federer could meet Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals. Federer, who will be looking to win a record sixth US Open crown, will open against Australia's Marinko Matosevic.

Ferrer is seeded to meet Tomas Berdych in the last eight, although the Czech faces a tricky opener against 2011 champion Lleyton Hewitt which looks the pick of the first-round matches.

The action gets under way on Monday.