Federer is Top Seed at 2012 US Open
August 21, 2012Four Grand Slam Singles Champions Among the Seeded Players Including Four Former US Open Champions
FLUSHING, N.Y., August 21, 2012 – The USTA announced today that world No. 1 Roger Federer of Switzerland, the reigning Wimbledon champion and five-time US Open champion, has been named the top seed in men's singles at the 2012 US Open. The 2012 US Open will be played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., August 27 – September 9. The US Open Men's Singles Championship is presented by Mercedes-Benz USA.
Federer, a 17-time Grand Slam champion, will be followed by No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia, the defending US Open champion; No. 3 Andy Murray of Great Britain, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist and 2008 US Open runner-up; and No. 4 seed David Ferrer of Spain.
For 2012, the US Open followed the ATP World Tour rankings released yesterday to determine the men's singles seeds. This is the 11th consecutive year that the US Open has seeded 32 players in both singles events.
Federer, 31, is 56-7 this year leading up to the US Open. He has won six titles in 2012, including three ATP World Tour Masters Series events, along with his seventh Wimbledon title. He broke Pete Sampras' record of most weeks at No. 1 this year, surpassing Sampras' record of 286 total weeks. Federer won the US Open title from 2004-2008. He is tied with Sampras and Jimmy Connors for five US Open titles—the most US Open titles in the Open Era.
John Isner will be the highest-seeded American at No. 9. 2003 US Open champion Andy Roddick is seeded No. 20, Mardy Fish is seeded No. 23, and Sam Querrey is seeded No. 27.
The singles draws for the 2012 US Open will be revealed live during an official draw ceremony on Thursday, August 23, at 12 p.m. ET at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The draw will be streamed live on USOpen.org. Defending US Open champions Novak Djokovic and Samantha Stosur will make an appearance at the ceremony.
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2012 US Open Men's Singles Seeds
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