Befitting his official ATP ranking status of No. 1 in the world, 17-time Grand Slam winner and all-round tennis ace Roger Federer has been confirmed as the top seed for the US Open this year.
Seedings were officially announced this week, with draws for the men’s field expected to be confirmed on Thursday, and joining the five-time US Open champion in the final Grand Slam of the year are some familiar names from the ATP world rankings.
Novak Djokovic, currently ranked number 2 in the world thanks to his win at the Australian Open this year, has been seeded accordingly as No.2. However the biggest change in the seedings has been caused by former champion Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal from the tournament. The current world number 3 would have been seeded third, but due to his inability to compete because of his ongoing knee injury current world number 4 and Olympic champion Andy Murray has been seeded instead in third place.
Fourth, fifth and sixth seeds go to David Ferrer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Tomas Berdych respectively. 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro and Janko Tipsarevic have been seeded in seventh and eighth position. Although still a few places away from being a member of the ‘Big Four’, del Potro is the only player outside of those four big names to have won the US slam since 2003 (Federer won between 2004 to 2008, Djokovic took the title in 2011 and Nadal was the victor in 2010).
The US Open will take place at Flushing Meadows, New York City and will commence on Monday. The men’s singles title will be contested on 9th September.