2018 US Open Seeds: French Champs Halep, Nadal No. 1s; Serena Gets Bump
by Staff | August 21st, 2018, 12:16 pm

The seedings for the upcoming US Open were released today by the tournament. True to form, the men’s seeds went along with the last ATP Rankings, put defending champion Rafael Nadal at No. 1, 5-time winner Roger Federer at 2, 2009 titlist Juan Martin del Potro at 3 and world No. 4 Alexander Zverev at 4.

Recent Wimbledon and Cincinnati winner Novak Djokovic stayed at No. 6 meaning he could be a quarterfinal opponent for Nadal, Federer, del Potro or Zverev. That will be determined when the draw is made Thursday afternoon.

Plus, two former champions Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray are among the many dangerous floaters.

In the women’s draw, Simona Halep will be the top seed at the US Open for a first time. The Romanian cannot lose her No. 1 ranking at the event. The top 4 women’s seeds have won the last four Slams.

But the news is Serena Williams who was bumped up from a 26 to a 17 seed, thus avoiding a Top 8 player in the third round. Venus is the 16 seed, which may have prevented the tournament from placing Serena higher because then Venus would have fallen into the lesser 17-24 seed grouping.

If anyone in the Top 16 does pull out before the schedule is made – Venus has been battling a knee injury – Serena would be the big beneficiary (another reason to put her at 17!)

Last year, Nadal beat Kevin Anderson to win the men’s title. Sloane Stephens upended countrywoman Madison Keys to win the women’s crown.

2018 US Open Men’s Singles Seeds
1. Rafael Nadal, Spain
2. Roger Federer, Switzerland
3. Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina
4. Alexander Zverev, Germany
5. Kevin Anderson, South Africa
6. Novak Djokovic, Serbia
7. Marin Cilic, Croatia
8. Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria
9. Dominic Thiem, Austria
10. David Goffin, Belgium
11. John Isner, United States
12. Pablo Carreno Busta, Spain
13. Diego Schwartzman, Argentina
14. Fabio Fognini, Italy
15. Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greece
16. Kyle Edmund, Great Britain
17. Lucas Pouille, France
18. Jack Sock, United States
19. Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain
20. Borna Coric, Croatia
21. Kei Nishikori, Japan
22. Marco Cecchinato, Italy
23. Hyeon Chung, South Korea
24. Damir Dzumhur, Bosnia and Herzegovina
25. Milos Raonic, Canada
26. Richard Gasquet, France
27. Karen Khachanov, Russia
28. Denis Shapovalov, Canada
29. Adrian Mannarino, France
30. Nick Kyrgios, Australia
31. Fernando Verdasco, Spain
32. Filip Krajinovic, Serbia

2018 US Open Women’s Singles Seeds
1. Simona Halep, Romania
2. Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark
3. Sloane Stephens, United States
4. Angelique Kerber, Germany
5. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic
6. Caroline Garcia, France
7. Elina Svitolina, Ukraine
8. Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic
9. Julia Goerges, Germany
10. Jelena Ostapenko, Latvia
11. Daria Kasatkina, Russia
12. Garbiñe Muguruza, Spain
13. Kiki Bertens, Netherlands
14. Madison Keys, United States
15. Elise Mertens, Belgium
16. Venus Williams, United States
17. Serena Williams, United States
18. Ashleigh Barty, Australia
19. Anastasija Sevastova, Latvia
20. Naomi Osaka, Japan
21. Mihaela Buzarnescu, Romania
22. Maria Sharapova, Russia
23. Barbora Strycova, Czech Republic
24. CoCo Vandeweghe, United States
25. Daria Gavrilova, Australia
26. Aryna Sabalenka, Belarus
27. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia
28. Anett Kontaveit, Estonia
29. Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia
30. Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain
31. Magdalena Rybarikova, Slovakia
32. Maria Sakkari, Greece

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20 Comments for 2018 US Open Seeds: French Champs Halep, Nadal No. 1s; Serena Gets Bump

RZ Says:

Hi all, I’ll try to set up the ATP Racket Bracket on Friday (if it’s available by then). Otherwise I’ll have it sometime on Saturday.

Humble Rafa Says:

Good to be number 1. Now put me on court 18 or whatever, US Open and put Shreikapova on Ashe. In other words, do the American thing.

TGIT Says:

Wow, cupcake draw for top half. No top 10 (low top 10) till quarters.

skeezer Says:

Kyrgios and Federer are drawn to meet in the third round. Rafa gets walking with the Ducks as usual.

TGIT Says:

I presume Rafa has mastered the art of working hard on the court so it looks like he has tough opponents at US Open. Quack!

Van Persie Says:

Wow. Looks like Fed dropping Nike really upset the godss of the draws.
No chance for Fed.
I would prefer for Nole, that he plays Fed and not Nick in quarters (should Nole make it to quarters).

Van Persie Says:

Toughest quarter for Fed I can tell

TGIT Says:

Good time to be Cilic.

Travis Bickle Says:

Djokovic’s Draw:
R1: Fucsovics
R2: Troicki/Sandgren
R3: Gasquet
R4: Carreno Busta/Pouille
QF: Federer/Kyrgios
SF: Zverev/Cilic
Final: Nadal/Del Potro

I like this draw. It would be great if he meets Federer in QF.
Nadal has much easier draw, but Novak will have easier semi-final matchup (on paper of course), so on balance it’s a fair draw.
I echo Van Persie about Nike and Fed draws :-) No more “perfect” placements for Fed it seems.
However, we all know Slam draws are totally random, so the comment above is just silly…

Amit Says:

Van Persie

Fed ditching Nike was his dumbest ever decision for sure…

Van Persie Says:


Looks like Uniqlo ditching Djoko was not a smart move either ;)

Wog Boy Says:

Couldn’t agree more with VP and TB about Nike. I said during Wimbledon, if 37 years old was with Nke it would’ve never happened that he played his match on Court #1 (and lost) while Nole at the same time was playing on Central Court. If he was with Uniqlo at AO they would’ve never closed the roof (against the rules) for the final.
He dumped Nike Nike dumped him on Court #1, corporations are ruling the world (sport). He looks so plain and like a commoner in Uniqlo, even RF is taken from him as it is Nike property.

Wog Boy Says:

Just for Nole fans, Nole is yet to reach 100%, regardless of the draw I don’t see him winning USO, I would put Rafa as favorite followed by Delpo. C U after USO.

Van Persie Says:


Agree with you that Rafa is the fave, but I would not say Nole is after DelPo. They are perhaps equals witb Cilic aswell, as DelPo had the wrist problem in Cincy, I guess.
This draw helps Rafa the most and he is in good shape since clay season.

Wog Boy Says:

VP, I am just not convinced that Nole is fully back, but again, I haven’t been watching matches only YT highlights, the one thing I like is that his lion roar is back.

j-kath Says:

Just saw a “Who will Win US 2018” questionnaire- for what it’s worth:

Rafa got 42%
Novak with 34%
Roger with 17%
and lo and behold: Andy got 5% (sadly this is wishful voting).
Other: got 1%.

FedExpress Says:


Nadal gets the easiest draw you can wish for for the second time.

FedExpress Says:

R1: Ferrer
R2: Pospisil / Lacko
R3: Khachanov / Müller
R4: Edmund / Sock
QF: Anderson / Shapovalov
SF: Del Potro / Raonic
F: Djokovic / Federer

what kind of joke is this?

j-kath Says:

FedExpress – whose draw are you talking about? Whoever it is among the current top 3 – it’s very do-able? Wish it was Andy’s draw.

j-kath Says:

I see I ought to have read a few posts before posting – but to be honest I still don’t believe that any of the top 3 will have any problem with the draw re. Roger. Even though the possible quarter-finalist Anderson had his moment at Wimbledon – he is highly unlikely to be able to repeat it. As for the potential semi-finals – Raonic??? or Del Potro? It won’t be Raonic and Del Potro ain’t hot at the moment. The only question is the final and its Fed. vs Novak…who will win? This is, and should be Fed’s only difficulty.

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