Reigning Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic has been seeded number one for the U.S. Open with five times winner Roger Federer seeded second, the United States Tennis Association announced on Tuesday.
Should both players reach the final of the year’s last grand slam tournament, they would compete in a mouth-watering re-match of this year’s Wimbledon final, a five-set thriller won by Djokovic.
Serbian world number one Djokovic has reached the U.S. Open men’s singles final for the past four years at Flushing Meadows, winning the title in 2011. Swiss Federer is seeded at the U.S.
Open for a 14th consecutive year, tying Ivan Lendl for the second longest streak in the Open era with only Jimmy Connors (18) ahead of them.
Spanish world number two Rafael Nadal, the reigning U.S. Open champion, has withdrawn from the tournament because an injured right wrist.
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Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland has been seeded third with Spaniard David Ferrer fourth and big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic fifth. Czech Tomas Berdych is the sixth seed, Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov seventh and Britain’s Andy Murray, the 2012 U.S. Open champion, eighth.
World number one Serena Williams has been top-seeded for the U.S. Open. Williams has emerged triumphant five times in the year’s last grand slam tournament, clinching the crown in 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012 and 2013.