|Roger Federer will go for his sixth U.S. Open title from the top spot. (Getty Images)|
Federer, who is No. 1 in the world again after a nearly two-year absence, enters the U.S. Open after winning his 17th career Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, further extending his record for most Slam victories. He followed that up by taking a silver medal in the Olympics on the grass of Wimbledon and winning the Western & Southern Open in Ohio earlier this month. He's also a five-time champion in Flushing Meadows.
Even with all that on his resume, Federer actually won't enter as the No. 1 favorite according to the odds makers at Bovada. They have Federer second at 5/2 to win the U.S. Open behind Novak Djokovic, who is seeded second.
Djokovic comes in as the defending champion and guarantees himself that he won't meet Federer until the final should they both get there. Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray enters as the third seed.
Those three have been three of the top four players on the ATP circuit for some time now. The fourth? Rafael Nadal, who had to withdraw from the U.S. Open with an ongoing knee issue. That means everybody in the rankings gets bumped up a spot so rounding out the top four seeds is another Spaniard, David Ferrer.
For years the top American hope at the U.S. Open has been Andy Roddick, the last American to win any Grand Slam, let alone the U.S. Open back in 2003. He comes in this year ranked, but all the way down at No. 20 (21st in the ATP rankings), one spot behind Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany.
That leaves the top American honor for the ginormous John Isner, who is seeded 9th. Mardy Fish at 23 and Sam Querrey at 27 round out the seeded Americans who are sure to get plenty of crowd support in New York.
One interesting name to take note of is Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina, who comes in seeded 7th. He won the U.S. Open in 2009 by beating Federer in the final and has dealt with some injury issues ever since. But he is coming off a strong Olympic showing in which he took Federer to the brink in the semis (losing 17-19 in the third set) and then upset Djokovic to win the bronze medal.
With the seedings verified, the draw will be held on Tuesday, August 23rd to see who will play who and we'll get an idea of which unlucky top seed could draw Murray in the semifinal. In the meantime, here are all of the seeded players, 1-32.
1. Roger Federer, Switzerland
2. Novak Djokovic, Serbia
3. Andy Murray, Great Britain
4. David Ferrer, Spain
5. Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, France
6. Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic
7. Juan Martin Del Potro, Argentina
8. Janko Tipsarevic, Serbia
9. John Isner, United States
10. Juan Monaco, Argentina
11. Nicolas Almagro, Spain
12. Marin Cilic, Croatia
13. Richard Gasquet, France
14. Alexandr Dolgopolov, Ukraine
15. Milos Raonic, Canada
16. Gilles Simon, France
17. Kei Nishikori, Japan
18. Stanislas Wawrinka, Switzerland
19. Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany
20. Andy Roddick, United States
21. Tommy Haas, Germany
22. Florian Mayer, Germany
23. Mardy Fish, United States
24. Marcel Granollers, Spain
25. Fernando Verdasco, Spain
26. Andreas Seppi, Italy
27. Sam Querrey, United States
28. Mikhail Youzhny, Russia
29. Viktor Troicki, Serbia
30. Feliciano Lopez, Spain
31. Julien Benneteau, France
32. Jeremy Chardy, France