Rafael Nadal is the top seed at the 2010 US Open in Flushing Meadows, with 5 time champion Roger Federer seeded second. Nadal is looking to complete a career Grand Slam, as the US Open is the only major missing from his resume. Nadal battled back from injuries in 2009 to reclaim the top ranking. He has already won the French Open and Wimbledon this year.
Meanwhile, Federer slipped all the way to third in the world following Wimbledon, but has climbed back up to second. Federer saw his long streak of Grand Slam semifinals end with quarterfinal losses at the French Open and Wimbledon. Federer has played in 6 straight US Open finals, and will always be a threat here. Federer lost to Juan Martin Del Potro last year. Del Potro had to withdraw due to injuries, so he will not be defending his title.
On the American side, Andy Roddick is the highest seed at number 9. Roddick won his only Grand Slam here in 2003. Three other Americans are seeded 18 through 20, with John Isner, Mardy Fish, and Sam Querrey taking those spots in order. Isner saw his star rise following his epic first round match at Wimbledon, which he won 70-68 in the fifth set.
Other contenders for the US Open are Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, and Robin Soderling. Soderling is no stranger to winning big matches, having beaten both Federer and Nadal at majors. Surprise Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych is seeded 7th.
Nadal has reached the semifinals at the US Open the past two years but has yet to reach the final. He will have a tough ride. He and Federer figure to be the favorites to reach the US Open Final this year. Federer has regained some momentum following his Wimbledon flameout. He should use that to capitalize and claim his 6th US Open crown.
2010 Men’s Seeds