Djokovic and Osaka top seeds for US Open

Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams 2019 Toronto

Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams 2019 Toronto

Djokovic, the defending men's singles champion aiming to win a third Grand Slam in 2019, faces unheralded Roberto Carballes Baena first but could be set for a daunting run in NY. She arrived Thursday in NY and was to practice on the grounds later on.

With the help of Opta, we take a look at the key numbers heading into this year's US Open. Federer will be 38 at Flushing Meadows. He has won four of his last five Slams to close within four of Federer's male record and two shy of Nadal in second place. He could play No. 7 Kei Nishikori in the final eight.

Williams, 37, and Sharapova, 32, who have met in the finals of the other three Grand Slam events, have never played each other at the US Open.

Federer and Nadal have met 40 times (Nadal leads 24-16) but never at the season's final Grand Slam in NY.

American Serena Williams, last year's finalist who is seeking a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title, is seeded eighth while another former victor, Sloane Stephens, is 11th.

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1 - But across the previous 16 grand slams, Osaka is the only female to have won consecutive titles.

Williams and Sharapova were supposed to meet at the French Open a year ago but Williams pulled out citing a pectoral injury. The record belongs to 2015 champion Flavia Pennetta at 33 years, six months and 18 days.

The highly anticipated match is the first time the two will meet on the court in more than three years.

Second seed Ashleigh Barty, this year's French Open champion, will face Kazakh Zarina Diyas in the first round of the US Open.

10 - However, the American has not won any of the past 10 majors - her longest run without victory since 2002. Two-time US Open champion Venus Williams is a potential second-round opponent for Svitolina, if the American legend can get past recent San Jose champion Zheng Saisai in an opening-round tussle.

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