Roger Federer and Andy Murray
Roger Federer of Switzerland holds his winners trophy and Andy Murray of Britain holds his runners-up trophy after Federer defeated Murray in their men's singles final tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Reuters

This is the final Grand Slam of what has been an exciting season of tennis, topped off with a wonderful double-header at the grass courts of Wimbledon, where World No 1 Roger Federer and UK hero Andy Murray squared off for the championship bout twice in the space of a few weeks.

First up was the 2012 Wimbledon Championships and despite being roared on by an unashamedly partisan crowd, Murray was unable to break the Swiss master's stranglehold on the tennis world's premier Slam. However, switch the name of the tournament around and Murray was suddenly king of the hill; this may not be quite as sweet as a Wimbledon win but gold at the London Olympics 2012, at Centre Court, by beating the same man who denied him the crown a few weeks ago, was the perfect revenge.

The heroics and euphoria will all be put to one side now, as the top men and women in international tennis prepare for the US Open 2012 at Flushing Meadows, New York City, and the trio of Federer, Murray and Novak Djokovic will once again be the centre of attention.

Meanwhile, over on the women's side, Serena Williams of the USA will be as pumped up as she can possibly be after blasting her way to gold in the women's singles events of the London Olympics. The former world No 1 and three-time US Open champion will be eager to replicate her form from London for her home event.

Draw for US Open 2012

The draw for the men's singles event at the US Open has placed Federer [1] and Murray [3] in the same section, meaning we could see a repeat of the 2012 Wimbledon and London Olympics final. There is good news for second seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic - the Serbian will have a significantly, on paper at least, easier run to the final, given World No 3 Rafael Nadal of Spain withdrew from the tournament citing knee injuries.

In the women's section, top seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus will face third seed Maria Sharapova of Russia, while Williams [4] could face second seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the semi final, should the rankings hold up. Meanwhile, the women's singles defending champion, Samantha Stosur of Australia has been seeded seven and will open with a game against Petra Martic of Croatia.

For more information on draws for men's, women's and doubles events, click here.

Day One Preview:

The first day of the US Open 2012 will start at 11 am local time (4 pm BST), with Stosur [7] opening the defence of her 2011 women' singles title against Martic, on Arthur Ashe Stadium. The two primary arenas at Flushing Meadows will see a total of three sessions of play between them, with Murray [3], Sharapova [3], Belgian Kim Clijsters [23], Federer [1] and Azarenka [1] as the big guns in action.

In addition, local favourites Mardy Fish [23], Melanie Oudin, James Blake, Donald Young (to play Federer) and Victoria Duval (to play Clijsters) will also be in action and keen to give their fans something to cheer about.

Meanwhile, over at the Grandstand court, 2011 women's singles Wimbledon champion, Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, will start her campaign by playing unseeded Slovenian Polona Hercog, while women's 11th seed Marion Bartoli of France faces Jamie Hampton of the US.

Other highlights for the day's play include Great Britain's Heather Watson, who starts play on Court 17 at 11 am local time (4 pm BST) and faces Li Na of China, the ninth seed, and compatriot Laura Robson, who will face the US' Samantha Crawford in the third match of the day on Court No 4.

For more information on the day's schedule, click here.

Key Matches (all times BST):

Petra Martic (CRO) vs Samantha Stosur [7] - at 4 pm in Arthur Ashe Stadium

Andy Murray (GBR)[3] vs Alex Bogomolov Jr (RUS) - is the second match of the day in Arthur Ashe Stadium

Maria Sharapova (RUS)[3] vs Melinda Czink (HUN) - is the third match of the day in Arthur Ashe Stadium

Roger Federer (SUI)[1] vs Donald Young (USA) - is the last match of the day in Arthur Ashe Stadium

Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[1] vs Alexandra Panova (RUS) - is the last match of the day (not before 8 pm) in the Louis Armstrong Stadium (may be moved to Arthur Ashe Stadium)

Polona Hercog (SLO) vs Petra Kvitova (CZE)[5] - is the third match of the day at the Grandstand

Li Na (CHN)[9] vs Heather Watson (GBR) - at 4 pm on Court No 17

Samantha Crawford (USA) vs Laura Robson (GBR) - is the third match of the day on Court No 4

Where to Watch Live (all times BST):

You can follow all the action live, from 4 pm to 4 am on Sky Sports 2, Sky Sports HD 2 and EuroSport. You can also catch all the scores and updates, in real time, from the tournament's official Web site.