Llodra first up for Murray
Defending champion Andy Murray has been drawn to play France's Michael Llodra in the first round of the US Open.
Third seed Murray will feature in the same half of the draw as world No 1 Novak Djokovic, which means there can be no repeat of last year's final or the recent Wimbledon final between the pair.
Murray emerged victorious from both contest though and will go into the tournament in confident mood.
Roger Federer is seeded only seventh at Flushing Meadows after a year in which he has struggled for form and fitness.
The Swiss was drawn in the bottom half and is a potential quarter-final opponent for No 2 seed and old adversary Rafael Nadal.
Murray has beaten Llodra all three times they have played before, including twice at slams, most recently in the third round of the 2012 Australian Open.
The 33-year-old Frenchman is ranked 49th and, as a serve-volleyer, will present Murray with a challenge he rarely faces these days.
Murray's first week looks relatively comfortable, with either Victor Hanescu of Romania or Argentina's Leonardo Mayer in round two and Juan Monaco, Andreas Seppi and Nicolas Almagro the seeds standing in his path to the quarter-finals.
In the last eight Murray is seeded to meet Tomas Berdych, who defeated him in Cincinnati last week and beat Roger Federer here last year before losing to Murray in a semi-final that was heavily affected by strong winds.
Time for business
The Scot has been enjoying post-Wimbledon life, though, and said: "It's been nice. The first week it didn't quite feel real. It's something I've been working towards for a long time. There was a lot of pressure, and not just on me but the people before me like Tim Henman.
"I've enjoyed my tennis the last few weeks, but now it's time for business. This is a huge tournament for me. I love this tournament and I'll try to have a good run."
Djokovic begins his campaign against talented Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis in a potentially tricky section that also includes Lukas Rosol and 25th seed Grigor Dimitrov.
Sixth seed and former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro is his potential quarter-final opponent.
Nadal, who goes into the tournament in superb form after back-to-back titles in Montreal and Cincinnati, looks to have the toughest draw of the top players, at least until the semi-finals.
The Spaniard opens against America's Ryan Harrison, fast-rising Canadian Vasek Pospisil is likely to be his second-round foe and Fernando Verdasco and John Isner also lurk in his quarter.
Federer meets Slovenian Grega Zemlja first up, while the quarter that includes fourth seed David Ferrer could provide an opportunity for the likes of Milos Raonic, Jerzy Janowicz or Ernests Gulbis to make the latter stages.