US Open: Andy Murray faces Robin Haase in first round

US Open, Flushing Meadows, New York

Dates: 25 August-8 September Coverage: Live radio and text commentary on Andy Murray's matches, plus commentary every day from 18:00 or 18:30 BST on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Britain's Andy Murray will play Robin Haase of the Netherlands in the US Open first round and could meet world number one Novak Djokovic in the last eight.

The Scot, 27, who won in 2012, has been seeded eighth for the tournament, which starts at Flushing Meadows on Monday.

Analysis

"Murray faces a challenging first week if he's to lay a platform for a run at the title - and then potentially the toughest draw imaginable in the second week.

"Murray has spoken of the need to regain his winning mentality: he hasn't beaten a top-10 player since last year's Wimbledon final, but could face four in a row from the fourth round.

"He has a good record against Tsonga, but has been some way from Djokovic's level this year."

Haase, 27, is 70th in the world rankings and lost to Murray in five sets in the 2011 US Open second round.

British women's number one Heather Watson meets Romanian Sorana Cirstea in the first round.

Watson, 22, is ranked 45 in the world and could play Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard in round two.

Compatriot Johanna Konta, who qualified for the main draw on ranking for the first time, plays Israel's Shahar Peer.

Murray has not won an ATP ranking event since Wimbledon in 2013.

The Scot is in the same quarter of the draw as Serb Djokovic and could meet his Toronto conqueror Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the fourth round.

The standout match of the women's opening round pits top seed and two-time defending champion Serena Williams against exciting American teenager Taylor Townsend.

Andy Murray's grand slam record in 2014

Australian Open

quarter-finals (lost to Roger Federer)

French Open

semi-finals (lost to Rafael Nadal)

Wimbledon

quarter-finals (lost to Grigor Dimitrov)

Men's top 16 seeds: 1) Novak Djokovic, 2) Roger Federer, 3) Stanislas Wawrinka, 4) David Ferrer, 5) Milos Raonic, 6) Tomas Berdych, 7) Grigor Dimitrov, 8) Andy Murray, 9) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 10) Kei Nishikori, 11) Ernests Gulbis, 12) Richard Gasquet, 13) John Isner, 14) Marin Cilic, 15) Fabio Fognini, 16) Tommy Robredo.

Women's top 16 seeds: 1) Serena Williams, 2) Simona Halep, 3) Petra Kvitova, 4) Agnieszka Radwanska, 5) Maria Sharapova, 6) Angelique Kerber, 7) Eugenie Bouchard, 8) Ana Ivanovic, 9) Jelena Jankovic, 10) Caroline Wozniacki, 11) Flavia Pennetta, 12) Dominika Cibulkova, 13) Sara Errani, 14) Lucie Safarova, 15) Carla Suarez Navarro, 16) Victoria Azarenka.