2017 US Open Men’s Seeds: Rafael Nadal Top Seed For Third Time
by Staff | August 21st, 2017, 1:39 pm
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For the third time in his career, Rafael Nadal goes into the US Open as the No. 1 seed, after 2008, 2010 and 2013. Nadal’s two US Open titles in 2010 and 2013 came when he was the top seed.

It’s also the first time Nadal has been the top seed at a Grand Slam since the 2014 French Open.

Andy Murray, who just lost his No. 1 ranked today, is the second seed while Roger Federer is third. 20-year-old Alexander Zverev is a Top 4 seed at a Grand Slam for the first time after withdrawals from 2016 finalists Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka.

Federer has a 50/50 shot of landing on the Nadal or Murray half. The draw will be out Friday morning.

2017 US OPEN MEN’S SEEDS
1 Rafael Nadal
2 Andy Murray
3 Roger Federer
4 Alexander Zverev
5 Marin Cilic
6 Dominic Thiem
7 Grigor Dimitrov
8 Milos Raonic
9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
10 David Goffin
11 John Isner
12 Roberto Bautista Agut
13 Pablo Carreno Busta
14 Jack Sock
15 Nick Kyrgios
16 Tomas Berdych
17 Lucas Pouille
18 Sam Querrey
19 Gael Monfils
20 Gilles Muller
21 Albert Ramos-Vinolas
22 David Ferrer
23 Fabio Fognini
24 Mischa Zverev
25 Juan Martin del Potro
26 Karen Khachanov
27 Richard Gasquet
28 Pablo Cuevas
29 Kevin Anderson
30 Diego Schwartzman
31 Adrian Mannarino
32 Feliciano Lopez

World No. 36 Robin Haase is the next player to be seeded should any other top player withdraws. Already out are No. 4 Stan Wawrinka, No. 5 Novak Djokovic and No. 10 Kei Nishikori.


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36 Comments for 2017 US Open Men’s Seeds: Rafael Nadal Top Seed For Third Time

Daniel Says:

Let´s see who out of Nadal, Murray or Federer will get DelPotro in R32! Wiht DelPo´s bad luck in draws all this year, I bet he will be landed in one of these 3 sides.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Daniel, unfortunately, there’s been no evidence since the Olympics that Del Potro is able to run with the Big Dogs. Bad luck aside, if he can make a Slam QF here that would be an amazing result.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Wow, Zverev number 4! That’s jarring.


Daniel Says:

Yeah TV, but at least if he doesn’t drawn any of them he sure can make a QF run to improve his rankings.


skeezer Says:

Hope Fed winds up in Rafa’s side of the draw.


J-Kath Says:

Tennis Vagabond/Daniel:

While Andy won the Olympics, Del Potro did beat Andy at a subsequent Davis Cup.


RZ Says:

Let’s see if Murray even plays. We could end up with Rafa and Fed as the top two seeds.


J-Kath Says:

RZ: He’s going to play…..+=&%4321+=-(shit)


Daniel Says:

J-Kath,

But somehow DelPo seems more powerless against Murray than any other Big 4, with a few exceptions.

Murray has a way of returning so indie the curt take he takes time away form tall serves. ball return fast to their feet. Is different than Fed blocking, or Nadal and Djoko going for heavy mid court high bounce returns. Murray’s kind of quick return bothers the tallest players the mos. And he return flat also, with no much bounce. I believe this is the most important aspect of why he handles tall big servers the best. Also he has a lot of variety like Fed and doesn’t hit the same ball twice.


t4t Says:

Probably Andy is the most talented among the big 4 but unfortunately he is not as mentally tough and has a counter punching mindset.. Plus till he got Lendl on board, he did not have a good reliable forehand. As far as I know, no man has won slams without a good forehand.
As Daniel has very well analyzed above, Murray’s return bothers the big servers.


rognadfan Says:

Hmm..
Not sure if Murray is the most talented among the big 4. To me an aggressive mindset and strong mentality coupled with consistent shot making is actually a big talent. No doubt, he is mentally the weakest of the 4; his FH also definitely ranks 4th on the most effective (and dangerous) shot. His second serve is also arguably 3rd or 4th among big 4 (Rafa being lefty, gets away many times but Murray can’t get away with the weak second serve).
His BH is probably up there with Novak’s. On return, definitely Novak is slightly ahead, I don’t think any of the other 3 can be thought as superior.
So, he is only at the top in one category. Yes, he is more versatile than Rafa and Novak but he is definitely way behind Federer on that department. He may know all the shots but really doesn’t execute or construct the points as well as Federer (again, the counter punching mindset is the culprit).

I agree against Big servers his return likely bothers them a lot.
But this might be one place where his counter-punching may have been advantageous. Because of his defensive style, he doesn’t make many mistakes (UEs). And a lot of these big servers that mostly have relatively weaker strokes (at least one of the two). So they just hurt themselves. Against Rafa, they can blow him out of the court by simply hitting flat and powerful on his FH. Against Andy, Nole and Fed that doesn’t work but the latter two, unlike Andy, are aggressive players and are prone to make more UEs.


Margot Says:

Skeeze: Andy is gonna be eating ALL the cup cakes at the USOpen, sorry but there’ll be none left for anyone else….;)


J-Kath Says:

Yep Daniel:

I was at that Davis Cup – and if I need an excuse for Andy vs Del Potro – it was sheer fatigue (as the Brits don’t have another singles player of equal ability hence Andy takes the brunt).


Ahfi Says:

Me too, I hope Fed makes it in Nadal’s half.


Daniel Says:

Let’s see, in RG this year nobody thought Murray would go deep and he went to semis.

Maybe if he gest a good draw, with opponents he doesn´t have much trouble, will be a boots in his confidence going in. Off course, the matches need to be played and USO is the most dangerous Slam for an early upset. But I think he should be fine for week two, as long as he can move properly, not like those last sets in Wimby.


RZ Says:

For Margot, J-Kath, and other Andy Murray fans – here is a nice article on him. http://www.elle.com/culture/celebrities/a46900/game-changer-andy-murray-profile/


Robert Yankelevitz Says:

Dr. Ivo a killer of seeds. No one wants him. Most interesting man in tennis!


J-Kath Says:

RZ: Many thanks for directing towards the Andy article – obviously knew facts but it goes further and actually gets to the core of who he actually is — a great deal to be admired and a glance into the traumas in his life which defines him. Hopefully others beside his current fans might take a read.


Willow Says:

Although i hate the AO GS, especially as its not been a happy hunting ground for either of my two favorites over the years, i will say it was the best GS final of the year, the FO and W were both crap finals, history made yada yada, but Nadal and Federer faced opponents that were gassed in the final, so i would like the final GS of the year to be a better final, not saying either or both are guranteed to make the final, but we do know if they do we are in for a cracker, if they meet in the semi, i feel we will be robbed of that, and might end up with another FO or W ….


t4t Says:

I think IW and Miami where the two met were damp squibs. So no guarantee that the two meeting would make the final a cracker.


Willow Says:

True but more often than not they do bring it to the GS ….


Willow Says:

And there isnt many matches between these two that havent been classic ….


Willow Says:

Whatever happens these two are still the biggest draw, and the main attraction in mens tennis ….


Geoffrey Gammon Says:

I wonder how Andy’s hip will hold up under the strain of back to back best of five matches; he won’t be match tight either. Rafa last won a hard court title at any level at Doha in January 2014. If his back is OK, Roger should be clear favourite of the three. Apart from then, the inform players are Sascha and Grigor, who I expect to go deep in the tou rnament. 2017 is the most exciting year in men’s tennis I can recall for a very long time.


t4t Says:

Really Willow you consider IW and MIami beatdown this year as a classic?


rognadfan Says:

While I agree that these two usually give the world the most exciting matches (normally because they have met in finals majority of the time), IW and Miami were on a pretty not-exciting matches. And TBH, both matches were beatdowns like t4t mentioned. Should they meet at USO there is a higher chance that it will also turn out to be similar to IW or Miami.


Willow Says:

t4t you need to re-read my post again, rather than nit picking, as that is not what i said, when you said IW and Miami were damp squibs, i said the word “AGREE”, but i did say they more often than not the do bring it to the GS, and in another post underneath i did say there isnt “MANY” that havent been classics, “MANY” been the operative word, i didnt actually use the word “ALL” matches between them have been classics,so you really need to learn some comprehension skills ….


Willow Says:

Rogernadfan i dont know if they will meet, whether its the semis or the final, as thats for the future which nobody knows, im just being hypothetical, but the AO GS final was amazing, W and the FO finals were crap, im a Nadal fan but i still love to see classic finals, as well as classic semis which we had at W and RG, its what i want as a tennis fan anyway ….


t4t Says:

Willow tells me I “really need to learn some comprehension skills” Imagine the gall of this bully who has scant respect for facts. She called me stupid, then claimed she didn’t call me stupid. . Her pal Markus outed her. She insulted Yolita, then claimed she did not know her! She claimed Djokovic was going to have shoulder surgery and then admitted she was just guessing. Now she makes a statement that Fed and Nadal meeting would be a cracker which is actually not borne out by facts. In order to predict how the next meeting would go we have to look at the recent past,In the last 3 years ( from Feb 2014 to Aug 2017) that these two have met, Nadal lost all 4 times and none of them were a classic or a cracker, not even the AO 2017. Just nostalgia made it exciting and out of the ordinary. The two most recent were beatdowns. This Nadal is not the Nadal of old. Willow tries to wriggle out of her wrong statement by claiming she said many , not all. The fact is not even one has been a cracker in the last three years and till Nadal proves otherwise, there is no factual basis for assuming the next one will be a cracker.


Willow Says:

t4t when did i directly call you stupid ?, and i didnt insult Yolita what i said was she was biased, thats not a personal attack it was an observation, its not like i called her names or anything, and as i say i didnt say all Fedal matches were crackers, all i said was that they more often than not bring it to the GS, and as i said to Rogernad fan i dont know if they will meet or if the next one will be classic, as thats for the future, so i dont know what the future holds as nobody does, so how can anybody base it on facts ?, about Markus well hes a great poster and one whos posts i enjoy reading and respect, we sometimes agree and sometimes disagree, as for the AO i enjoyed it wrong result but i personally enjoyed it, as for calling me a bully your doing a great job of that yourself, im here to talk tennis not form little cliques with other posters, or win popularity contests, from now on you skip my posts and ill skip yours right ….


Willow Says:

^Bullying and currying favour with fans of other players, hmm strange one that ^ ….


Margot Says:

Skeeze: you are wrong. t4t is not Hawkeye unless Hawk has had a personality transplant, or playing Jeckyll and Hyde games, which I very much doubt.
Willow: just ignore it.


Willow Says:

Thanks Margot i will from now on :-)


Markus Says:

t4t seems to come here to annoy people and to create discord. Look back on my post and notice that I did not mention any name when I used the word stupid. I don’t know why he would raise his hand and stand up when the word stupid is called out.


Willow Says:

Markus i know you didnt, neither did i ….


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