US Open: Novak Djokovic seeded No. 1, Roger Federer No. 2

Roger Federer, seeded No. 2, is seeking his sixth Open title. (Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic, the world’s No. 1 player, will take the top seed heading into next week’s US Open at Flushing Meadows in New York. Five-time Open champion Roger Federer will play as the No. 2 seed, seeking a record 18th Grand Slam title.

The two played a thrilling Wimbledon final last month with Djokovic holding off Federer for the championship.  

Both hard court stars benefitted from the absence of would-be No. 2 Rafael Nadal, last year’s champion, who withdrew from the tournament citing a right wrist injury. Nadal beat Djokovic in four sets during last year’s Open final, which also marked Djokovic’s fourth-consecutive appearance in the championship match. His only win was in 2011, compared to the incredible five-year championship streak Federer owned from 2004-2008.

Andy Murray, the 2012 champion, is seeded No. 8. After Federer, Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka earned the No. 3 seed, followed by David Ferrer, Milos Raonic, Tomas Berdych and Grigor Dimitrov at No. 7.

Federer is coming off another championship this past weekend, where he beat Ferrer in three sets at the Western and Southern Open in Ohio. Given Nadal’s injury and his current form, the Open could be Federer’s best chance to win a Grand Slam since Wimbledon in 2012. 

The women’s seeds will be announced on Wednesday and the draw will be revealed on Thursday. 

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