Andy Murray seeded second for US Open

August 25, 2016

Andy Murray will be seeded second in the draw for the US Open, behind world number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic.

The rankings are based mainly on the ATP rankings, with allowances made for players missing the tournament with injury or illness, such as Roger Federer.

It means Stan Wawrinka will be third seed, two-time winner Rafael Nadal fourth, Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic fifth, 2014 finalist Kei Nishikori sixth, and 2014 champion Marin Cilic seventh. The rest of the top ten places are filled by Austrian Dominic Thiem and Frenchmen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils.

The field will also include the unseeded Juan Martin del Potro, the last non-European to win a Grand Slam. His run to the Olympic singles final included victories over Djokovic and Nadal, while he defeated Wawrinka at Wimbledon. He has been granted a wild card.

Fans booking corporate hospitality for the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 in London this November may keep a particularly close eye on proceedings, as a good run at the event could provide a huge boost for players striving to qualify for the tournament.  

Cilic will also be a challenger after his win over Murray in the Cincinnati Masters last week, while both Djokovic and Nadal will want to prove they have overcome recent fitness worries. However, given his recent run of brilliant form it will be surprising if 2012 champion Murray does not at least make the final.

Johanna Konta also has reasons to be upbeat, having been seeded 13th. She is at a career high in the rankings of 14 and will be aiming to go one better than her best performance to date at a Grand Slam, when she reached this year's Australian Open semi-finals.

Defending champion Serena Williams is the number one seed ahead of Angelique Kerber, who she had already faced in two Grand Slam finals this year, with one win each.

Their rivalry has been given added spice through the opportunity that awaits the German; if she can have a better tournament than the American she will replace her as world number one. Indeed, Kerber would already have done so had she not lost the final in Cincinnati last week.

By Keith Prowse

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