US Open 2015: Djokovic and Federer top seeds in flawless top 32 playlist
Novak Djokovic is the top seed at the US Open ahead of Roger Federer and British No1 Andy Murray
Six Grand Slam champions, five of them former US Open champions, are packed into the top 10 seeds as the 2015 playing of the last Major of the year gets under way in New York on 31 August.
The 2011 champion and No1 seed Novak Djokovic tops the list, with five-time champion Roger Federer (2004 to 2008) seeded second on the back of his rise to No2 after winning the Cincinnati title last Sunday.
No3 seed and Montreal champion Andy Murray won the US title in 2012, while No5 seed Stan Wawrinka is the reigning French Open winner. Rafael Nadal, who has risen into a valuable top-eight position in time for the seedings, won at Flushing Meadows in 2010 and 2013.
Defending champion Marin Cilic is seeded at No9, with the losing finalist Kei Nishikori seeded No4.
Djokovic is on a win-loss run of 56-5 this year and won his eighth and ninth Majors at the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year.
Federer, a 17-time Major champion, is seeded at the US Open for the 15th consecutive year, surpassing Ivan Lendl for second longest streak in the Open Era and trailing only Jimmy Connors’ 18 years.
Murray comes into the US Open at the top of the Emirates US Open Series and can thus attempt to set a record for the largest payout in tennis history, $4.3 million—$3.3 million for winning the US Open title plus a $1 million bonus for leading the Series.
Notable for his return to competition is No7 seed David Ferrer, who has been absent with injury since the first round of Nottingham in June, and that means the entire top 32 in the rankings comprise the 32 seeds.
The last man seal his place in that 32 was Thomaz Bellucci, who rose from 33 to No30 this week at the expense of Adrian Mannarino, who slipped out of seeding contention from 32 to 34.
The singles draws will be made this Thursday 27 August, at 11:30 local time, 16:30 BST.
US Open 2015: Men’s seeds
1. Novak Djokovic, Serbia
2. Roger Federer, Switzerland
3. Andy Murray, Great Britain
4. Kei Nishikori, Japan
5. Stan Wawrinka, Switzerland
6. Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic
7. David Ferrer, Spain
8. Rafael Nadal, Spain
9. Marin Cilic, Croatia
10. Milos Raonic, Canada
11. Gilles Simon, France
12. Richard Gasquet, France
13. John Isner, United States
14. David Goffin, Belgium
15. Kevin Anderson, South Africa
16. Gael Monfils, France
17. Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria
18. Feliciano Lopez, Spain
19. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France
20. Dominic Thiem, Austria
21. Ivo Karlovic, Croatia
22. Viktor Troicki, Serbia
23. Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain
24. Bernard Tomic, Australia
25. Andreas Seppi, Italy
26. Tommy Robredo, Spain
27. Jeremy Chardy, France
28. Jack Sock, United States
29. Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany
30. Thomaz Bellucci, Brazil
31. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Spain
32. Fabio Fognini, Italy