Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer Headline US Open Men’s Draw

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The United States Tennis Association announced that world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and defending champion Rafael Nadal lead the men’s singles field for the 2014 US Open Tennis Championships. Each of the world’s top 104 men received direct entry into the US Open, representing 36 countries.

Leading the entry list is Djokovic, the Serbian world No. 1 who has reached the US Open final every year since 2010. He won his seventh major title earlier this month at Wimbledon, beating Federer in five sets, after which he reclaimed the world No. 1 ranking from Nadal.

The world No. 2 Nadal won his ninth French Open title in June before making a disappointing transition to grass, which saw him lose his opening match at Halle as well as the fourth round match of the Wimbledon Championships. It was his early loss and Djokovic’s title win that saw the two rivals switch spots in the rankings.

World No. 3 Roger Federer is the all-time leader with 17 major singles titles, and was bidding for his eighth Wimbledon title this month before falling to Djokovic in the five-set final. Federer is competing for his sixth US Open title, which would surpass Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors for the most US Open men’s singles titles in the Open Era.

Filling out the field’s top 10 are No. 5 Tomas Berdych, No. 6 Milos Raonic, No. 7 David Ferrer, No. 8 and 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, No. 9 Grigor Dimitrov and No. 10 Andy Murray, the 2012 US Open champion.

Seeds will be determined and announced closer to the start of the event.

The 2014 US Open will be played August 25 through September 8 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

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