Djokovic, Nadal, Federer Top US Open Seeds
The USTA has announced seeds for the 2019 US Open, which begins Monday in New York.
World No. 33 Fernando Verdasco is the last player seeded at 32, benefitting from the withdrawal of 2009 US Open champion and World No. 16 Juan Martin del Potro due to injury.
The US Open draw will be made Thursday at noon EDT.
The seeds are…
1. Novak Djokovic, Serbia
2. Rafael Nadal, Spain
3. Roger Federer, Switzerland
4. Dominic Thiem, Austria
5. Daniil Medvedev, Russia
6. Alexander Zverev, Germany
7. Kei Nishikori, Japan
8. Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greece
9. Karen Khachanov, Russia
10. Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain
11. Fabio Fognini, Italy
12. Borna Coric, Croatia
13. Gael Monfils, France
14. John Isner, United States
15. David Goffin, Belgium
16. Kevin Anderson, South Africa
17. Nikoloz Basilashvili, Georgia
18. Felix Auger-Aliassime, Canada
19. Guido Pella, Argentina
20. Diego Schwartzman, Argentina
21. Milos Raonic, Canada
22. Marin Cilic, Croatia
23. Stan Wawrinka, Switzerland
24. Matteo Berrettini, Italy
25. Lucas Pouille, France
26. Taylor Fritz, United States
27. Dusan Lajovic, Serbia
28. Nick Kyrgios, Australia
29. Benoit Paire, France
30. Kyle Edmund, Great Britain
31. Cristian Garin, Chile
32. Fernando Verdasco, Spain
PLANTING THE SEEDS: Getting to know the 32 seeded men’s singles players at the 2019 US Open — one line at a time.
-  Novak Djokovic: Bids to become 1st repeat champion at US Open since Federer won 5 straight tiles from 2004-08.
-  Rafael Nadal: Celebrates 750 consecutive weeks in Top 10 on 9 September. Trails only Connors’ streak of 789 weeks.
-  Roger Federer: Owns 34-9 record at US Open since winning 40 straight matches at tournament from 2004-09.
-  Dominic Thiem: Defeated World No. 1 in 3 straight seasons (d. Murray in 2017, Nadal in 2018 and Djokovic in 2019).
-  Daniil Medvedev: Reached 3 finals in 3 weeks during US Open Series, highlighted by ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati title.
-  Alexander Zverev: Upset No. 1 Djokovic for biggest win of career and biggest title of career at 2018 Nitto ATP Finals.
-  Kei Nishikori: 2014 US Open finalist is 23-6 in 5th sets with 8 straight wins. Owns 6-1 record in 5th sets at US Open.
-  Stefanos Tsitsipas: Beat Djokovic, Federer and Nadal before 21st birthday — quickest anyone has beaten entire Big 3.
-  Karen Khachanov: Entered Top 10 on 10 June to become 1st Russian in Top 10 since No. 10 Youzhny on 7 Feb. 2011.
-  Roberto Bautista Agut: Reached Australian Open QF and Wimbledon SF in 2019. Began career 0-9 in Grand Slam 4R.
-  Fabio Fognini: On 10 June, became oldest player (32) in ATP Rankings history to break into Top 10 for 1st time.
-  Borna Coric: Owns 8 wins vs. Top 5, including 2018 Halle final over Federer in Swiss’ last match as World No. 1.
-  Gael Monfils: Posted career-best 15-3 start to season before suffering left ankle injury. Enters US Open at 26-11.
-  John Isner: Highest-ranked American at US Open for 8th straight year. Broke left foot in 2019 Miami final (l. to Federer).
-  David Goffin: 2019 Cincinnati runner-up became 1st Belgian to compete in an ATP Masters 1000 final (l. to Medvedev).
-  Kevin Anderson: 2017 US Open finalist has been limited to 5 events this season due to right elbow and knee injuries.
-  Nikoloz Basilashvili: Captured all 3 of his titles at ATP 500 events (2018 Hamburg, 2018 Beijing and 2019 Hamburg).
-  Felix Auger-Aliassime: On 27 May, became youngest player (18) in Top 25 since Hewitt (18) on 25 October 1999.
-  Guido Pella: Advanced to 1st ATP Masters 1000 QF at 2019 Monte-Carlo and 1st Grand Slam QF at 2019 Wimbledon.
-  Diego Schwartzman: Earned 30+ wins in 3 straight seasons, reaching QFs at 2017 US Open and 2018 Roland Garros.
-  Milos Raonic: Posted 20+ wins for 9th straight season despite struggling with back and right knee injuries in 2019.
-  Marin Cilic: Owns 30-17 record in 5th sets – tied with Djokovic and Federer for most 5th-set wins among active players.
-  Stan Wawrinka: Won 2016 US Open title at age 31 and remains oldest champion at event since Rosewall, 35, in 1970.
-  Matteo Berrettini: Saved 3 MPs to defeat Schwartzman and reach Grand Slam 4R for 1st time at 2019 Wimbledon.
-  Lucas Pouille: Earned consecutive 5-set wins over Chiudinelli, Bautista Agut and Nadal to reach 2016 US Open QF.
-  Taylor Fritz: On 5 August, became youngest American (21) in Top 25 since Roddick (21) on 31 May 2004.
-  Dusan Lajovic: Captured Umag title in July to become 13th first-time champion on ATP Tour in 2019 (also 13 in 2018).
-  Nick Kyrgios: Saved 3 MPs vs. Nadal en route to Acapulco title and 1 MP vs. Tsitsipas en route to Washington title.
-  Benoit Paire: Seeking 1st Grand Slam QF after reaching 4R on 4 occasions, including 2015 US Open.
-  Kyle Edmund: Beat fellow Brits Norrie and Evans to reach lone 2019 SF at Eastbourne. Struggled with left knee injury.
-  Cristian Garin: Saved 5 MPs vs. Chardy en route to Houston title and 2 MPs vs. A. Zverev en route to Munich title.
-  Fernando Verdasco: Appearing at 66th straight Grand Slam event — 2nd all-time behind Lopez’ 71 (active streak).
– With assistance from Joshua Rey