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Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic & Rafael Nadal Top Draws For US Open Men’s Tennis

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The 2012 London Olympic Games have just begun, but not long after is the USTA US Open and the big headliners are Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Remember when it used to be Pete Sampra, Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi? Roddick will be there, but after the rough year and getting ousted by Djokovic from Round 2 at Wimbledon, his marque value has slipped.

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The USTA announced today that world No. 1 and five-time US Open singles champion Roger Federer, defending US Open champion Novak Djokovic, and 2010 US Open and 2012 French Open champion Rafael Nadal lead the men’s singles field for the 2012 US Open Tennis Championships. The player field also features former US Open champions Andy Roddick and Juan Martin Del Potro. Each of the world’s top 101 men received direct entry into the US Open, representing 37 countries.

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The 2012 US Open will be played August 27 – September 9 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. Both the men’s and women’s US Open singles champions will earn $1.9 million with the ability to earn an additional $1 million in bonus prize money (for a total $2.9 million potential payout) based on their performances in the Emirates Airline US Open Series. The US Open Men’s Singles Championship is presented by Mercedes-Benz USA.

Leading the entry list is world No. 1 Roger Federer, who returned to the top ranking following his title at Wimbledon this year. Federer surpassed Pete Sampras to set the record for the most weeks at No. 1 in the ATP rankings at 287 weeks. Federer is seeking his sixth US Open title, which would surpass Sampras and Jimmy Connors for most US Open men’s singles titles in the Open Era. In 2007, Federer became the only man to win the Emirates Airline US Open Series and US Open titles in the same year.

World No. 2 Novak Djokovic is the defending US Open champion after defeating Rafael Nadal in four sets in the final last year for his first US Open championship. Djokovic won the 2012 Australian Open and reached the final of the French Open. He held the No. 1 ranking from July 2011 up to Wimbledon this year—the first player other than Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer to be ranked No. 1 on the ATP World Tour since Andy Roddick in 2003.

World No. 3 Rafael Nadal, who won the 2010 US Open, is seeking his 12th career Grand Slam singles title after winning the 2012 French Open.

Following Federer, Djokovic and Nadal on the entry list are No. 4 Andy Murray of Great Britain, the 2008 US Open runner-up; No. 5 David Ferrer of Spain, a 2007 US Open semifinalist; No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, the 2008 Australian Open runner-up; No. 7 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, the 2010 Wimbledon runner-up; No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia, a 2011 US Open quarterfinalist; No. 9 Del Potro of Argentina, the 2009 US Open singles champion; and No. 10 Nicolas Almagro of Spain.

In all, there are six entrants who have won Grand Slam singles titles in their careers, including 2003 French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain.

Other American men who received direct entry into this year’s tournament include: No. 11 John Isner of Tampa, Fla.; No. 13 Mardy Fish of Los Angeles; No. 43 Ryan Harrison of Austin, Texas; No. 55 Sam Querrey of Las Vegas; No. 58 Donald Young of Atlanta; No. 79 Brian Baker of Nashville, Tenn.; No. 85 Jesse Levine of Boca Raton, Fla.; and No. 96 Michael Russell of Houston.

Rogerio Dutra Silva of Brazil, ranked No. 101, is the last player accepted directly into the men’s field of 128. Additionally, three players used protected rankings to gain direct entry: Somdev Devvarman of India; Paul-Henri Mathieu of France; and Tommy Robredo of Spain. Sixteen more players will gain entry through the US Open Qualifying Tournament, August 21-24, while the remaining eight spots are wild cards awarded by the USTA.

Among the players competing in the US Open Qualifying Tournament will be the winner of the third annual US Open National Playoffs – Men’s Championship presented by playtennis.com, held during the Emirates Airline US Open Series women’s event in New Haven, Conn., prior to the US Open Qualifying Tournament. The USTA created the US Open National Playoffs in 2010 to allow players 14-and-older, regardless of playing ability or nationality, to vie for a spot in the US Open Qualifying Tournament via one of 13 Sectional Qualifying Tournaments.

The July 16 edition of the ATP World Tour rankings was used to determine the US Open main draw entry list. Seeds will be determined and announced closer to the start of the event.

The 2012 US Open will mark the culmination of the Emirates Airline US Open Series, the North American summer season of 10 ATP World Tour and WTA events that began July 9. The US Open is the highest attended annual sporting event in the world. More than 80 million viewers watched the 2011 US Open on CBS Sports, ESPN2 and Tennis Channel, and international broadcasts reached 180 countries. In 2011, Novak Djokovic captured his first US Open singles title, defeating defending champion Rafael Nadal. In the women’s singles final, Samantha Stosur captured her first Grand Slam singles title by defeating three-time US Open champion Serena Williams.

Tickets for the 2012 US Open can be purchased four ways: 1) at USOpen.org; 2) by calling Ticketmaster at 1-866-OPEN-TIX; 3) at all Ticketmaster outlets; or 4) at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center box office. American Express is the Official Card of the US Open.

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18 comments
Jokeronk
Jokeronk

Perhaps, in your stupid imagination it makes him best , but in reality things work another way

2Guys1Sandwich
2Guys1Sandwich

Fuck off cunt, you just made yourself look like a fanboy and made nadal look worse. I like both players, and saying one isn't as good as the other? Hes got kids and a fucking wife, he has other matters to take care of, nadal can train all day and be more unemotional. Oh and just cause federer didn't beat nadal doesnt mean he isnt the best

pmo1983
pmo1983

I was about to post the same thing. The look on his face says it all

splendid1000
splendid1000

That's true in any sport. The game is constantly evolving. Nutrition evolves, fitness evolves, training evolves, all based on research and observation from the present and past. The reason Hewitt's style wouldn't work today is because players have studied it and have learned how to counter attack it. 6 years from now we will be saying the same thing about today's top players. It's difficult to argue degree of competition among different eras because competition is relative, like anything else.

splendid1000
splendid1000

Maybe now, when Fed is 31 years old and all the surfaces have been slowed down to favor baseline grinders/bitches like Nadal hahahaha. Nadal = Lucky that he didn't peak when Fed was 25. Nadal = Nothing on a true fast grass/hard court ( which doesn't exist in today's pro circuit ). Nadal wouldn't have won anything but the French during the real circuit of the 90s. Fed and Sampras would have both annihilated him.

jdude1357114
jdude1357114

I love the look on Paul Anacone's face at 1:20. He doesn't have to say anything, you can tell how proud of Fed he is.

youziness
youziness

0:11 umpire salutes federer.

PINKchihuahua106
PINKchihuahua106

i cried when i saw this...@JOOLEEANN_WIN thanks for bringing me here

mizofan
mizofan

Nadal is best on clay ever, but Roger's all-round game is superior, that's my point

mizofan
mizofan

No, if you read what i said, i'm including the next most important level (1500 ranking pts- twice the Olympics), World Tour Finals , 10GS+6WTF = 16.

mizofan
mizofan

No, Nadal has taken longer

Ou8y2k2
Ou8y2k2

I'm not a fan of Nadal, with his grunting, illegal coaching, picking his arse, etc. but the fastest Federer has finished a game is about 49 secs. Any empire would call Nadal on his shit after 45 secs.

Ou8y2k2
Ou8y2k2

"Take away grass, Federer has won 16." No, take away grass and Federer has won 10: 5 US Opens, 4 Australian Opens and 1 French Open. IMHO, he is the greatest hard court and grass court player. McEnroe is the best indoor player, and Nadal the best clay court player, according to ATPworldtour(.)com.At this point, the legends that matter (like Laver, Borg, McEnroe and Sampras) have said that he is the GOAT. I don't disagree.

mizofan
mizofan

The way Nadal fans go on you would think he only became a top player in the last few years, and before that there was no competition, suddenly loads. Nadal has only managed 5 consecutive GS semis, compared with 23 Federer, 11 consecutive GS 1/4 finals compared with 33 (still ongoing) Federer- yet the same excuses of standard of competition are trotted out.

mizofan
mizofan

Nadal is probably the greatest clay court player ever, and still has time to advance his all-time status, but for now overall he lags behind the likes of Federer, Laver, Gonzalez, Sampras, Borg, Tilden, Budge. He only has 102 weeks at #1 and even with slowed courts, not retained any title off clay.Federer has finished whole games in the time Nadal has taken to serve. It's high time that rule-breaking time-wasting was stopped

mizofan
mizofan

Yeah, World Tour Finals are worth twice as many ranking points as Olympics, second only to grand slams- and Federer has won 6 WTF, Nadal 0. Take away clay, Nadal has won only 4 grand slams or WTF put together. Take away grass, Federer has won 16.