The USTA has announced that world number one-ranked Novak Djokovic of Serbia, the reigning Australian Open and Wimbledon champion, has been named the top seed in men’s singles at the 2011 U.S. Open, set for Aug. 29-Sept. 11 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. The US Open Men’s Singles Championship is presented by Mercedes-Benz USA. Djokovic, a three-time Grand Slam champion who is seeking his first U.S. Open title, is the number one seed at the U.S. Open for the first time. He will be followed by the number two seed and defending U.S. Open champion, Rafael Nadal of Spain; number three Roger Federer of Switzerland, a five-time US Open champion; and number four Andy Murray of Great Britain, the 2008 U.S. Open runner-up.
For 2011, the U.S. Open followed the ATP World Tour rankings to determine the men’s singles seeds. This is the 10th consecutive year that the U.S. Open has seeded 32 players in both singles events.
Djokovic, 24, holds a record-breaking 57-2 record to date in 2011 leading up to this year’s U.S. Open. He has won nine titles this year, including five ATP World Tour Masters Series events, along with his second Australian Open and first Wimbledon titles. Djokovic is a two-time U.S. Open runner-up, losing to Nadal in 2010 and to Federer in 2007.
For the first time in his career, Mardy Fish will be the highest-seeded American at number eight, while fellow Americans, including 2003 U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick is seeded 21st and John Isner is seeded 28th.
The singles draws for the 2011 U.S. Open will be revealed live during a one-hour special edition of SportsCenter on ESPN, tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 25 at noon ET. Defending U.S. Open men’s champion Rafael Nadal will make an appearance from the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.