The men’s draw at the US Open tossed in a few surprises for the last Grand Slam of the year. Here are the top 10 seeds:
1. Novak Djokovic
2. Rafael Nadal
3. Andy Murray
4. David Ferrer
5. Tomas Berdych
6. Juan Martin del Potro
7. Roger Federer
8. Richard Gasquet
9. Stanislas Wawrinka
10. Milos Rancic
The biggest non-surprise? Federer is #7. He has not done well since he won Wimbledon in 2012, but it is still bizarre to see the great not in the top four. It is his lowest seed at the US Open since 2002 when he was #13.
If the US Open does not turn into Wimbledon, which was the craziest in recent times, the quarterfinals should be very exciting: Djokovic vs. del Potro, Murray vs, Berdych, and Ferrer vs. Gasquet. The biggest match would be Federer vs. Nadal. They have never met at Flushing Meadows before.
There will not be a 2012 rematch between Djokovic and Murray. In fact, the draw has them in the semifinals, which means they will battle it out for a place in the final.
It is a surprise Nadal is #2. He is 53-3 in 2013 and won nine singles titles. The only disappointment he suffered so far was the first round exit at Wimbledon. He has to meet Federer in the quarterfinals, but he bested Federer most recently at quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open.
The setup allows a potential Djokovic vs. Nadal final–and if everything works out that is what will happen. But Wimbledon proved to tennis fans who are used to seeing the favorites that anything can and will happen.