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Thursday / February 21.
  • Nadal, Ivanovic Named Top Seeds

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    The USTA announced today that reigning French Open and Wimbledon champion and new world No. 1 Rafael Nadal of Spain and defending French Open champ Ana Ivanovic of Serbia are the top seeds at the U.S. Open, which starts Monday.

    Nadal, the Olympic gold medalist in men’s singles in Beijing, is the No. 1 seed at the US Open for the first time.  He will be followed by No. 2 Roger Federer of Switzerland, the four-time defending US Open champion; No. 3 Novak Djokovic of Serbia, the reigning Australian Open champion; No. 4 David Ferrer of Spain; and No. 5 Nikolay Davydenko of Russia.  Americans Andy Roddick of Austin, Texas, and James Blake of Tampa, Fla., are seeded 8 and 9, respectively. 

    Ivanovic, who won her first Grand Slam title at this year’s French Open, is followed by No. 2 seed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia; No. 3 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia, the 2004 US Open champion; No. 4 seed Serena Williams of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., a two-time US Open champion and winner of eight Grand Slam singles titles overall; and No. 5 seed Elena Dementieva of Russia, the Olympic gold medalist in women’s singles.  American Venus Williams of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., is seeded 7. 

    No. 6 seed Dinara Safina of Russia clinched the 2008 Olympus US Open Series Bonus women’s title, and will play for a potential $1 million in bonus prize money at the US Open.  The men’s winner will be crowned following this week’s Pilot Pen Tennis in New Haven, Conn.

    Nadal, 22, has won eight titles this year including the 30th of his career at the ATP Masters Series event in Cincinnati.  He will attempt to become the first man to win the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open in the same year since Rod Laver in 1969.  On Monday, the five-time Grand Slam champion took over the No. 1 world ranking after holding the No. 2 ranking for a record 160 weeks.

    Ivanovic, 20, has won two titles this year, including her first Gland Slam at Roland Garros.  She also reached the final of the 2008 Australian Open and the 2007 French Open.

     For 2008, the US Open followed the ATP and WTA Tour rankings to determine the men’s and women’s singles seeds.  This is the seventh consecutive year that the US Open has seeded 32 players in both singles events.

    The singles draws for the 2008 US Open will be conducted Thursday at 11 a.m. at the TimesCenter in New York City.



    1. Ana Ivanovic, Serbia

    1. Rafael Nadal, Spain

    2. Jelena Jankovic, Serbia

    2. Roger Federer, Switzerland

    3. Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia

    3. Novak Djokovic, Serbia

    4. Serena Williams, United States

    4. David Ferrer, Spain



    5. Elena Dementieva, Russia

    5. Nikolay Davydenko, Russia

    6. Dinara Safina, Russia

    6. Andy Murray, Great Britain

    7. Venus Williams, United States

    7. David Nalbandian, Argentina

    8. Vera Zvonareva, Russia

    8. Andy Roddick, United States



    9. Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland

    9. James Blake, United States

    10. Anna Chakvetadze, Russia

    10. Stanislas Wawrinka, Switzerland

    11. Daniela Hantuchova, Slovak Republic

    11. Fernando Gonzalez, Chile

    12. Marion Bartoli, France

    12. Richard Gasquet, France

    13. Agnes Szavay, Hungary

    13. Fernando Verdasco, Spain

    14. Victoria Azarenka, Belarus

    14. Ivo Karlovic, Croatia

    15. Patty Schnyder, Switzerland

    15. Tommy Robredo, Spain

    16. Flavia Pennetta, Italy

    16. Gilles Simon, France



    17. Alize Cornet, France

    17. Juan Martin Del Potro, Argentina

    18. Dominika Cibulkova, Slovak Republic

    18. Nicolas Almagro, Spain

    19. Nadia Petrova, Russia

    19. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France

    20. Nicole Vaidisova, Czech Republic

    20. Nicolas Kiefer, Germany

    21. Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark

    21. Mikhail Youzhny, Russia

    22. Maria Kirilenko, Russia

    22. Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic

    23. Lindsay Davenport, United States

    23. Igor Andreev, Russia

    24. Shahar Peer, Israel

    24. Paul-Henri Mathieu

    25. Francesca Schiavone, Italy

    25. Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany

    26. Anabel Medina Garrigues, Spain

    26. Dmitry Tursunov, Russia

    27. Alona Bondarenko, Ukraine

    27. Feliciano Lopez, Spain

    28. Katarina Srebotnik, Slovenia

    28. Radek Stepanek, Czech Republic

    29. Sybille Bammer, Austria

    29. Juan Monaco, Argentina

    30. Ai Sugiyama, Japan

    30. Marin Cilic, Croatia

    31. Virginie Razzano, France

    31. Andreas Seppi, Italy

    32. Amelie Mauresmo, France

    32. Gael Monfils, France




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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.