US Open 2009 Men’s Seeding

Since Wimbledon 2001 the Grand Slam tournaments have seeded the top 32 ranked players in the singles events to meet in the 3rd round. Prior to that there were only 16 seeds in the Grand Slams, which used to ensure that the seeded players did not player each other until the 4th round.

A Grand Slam tournament main draw of the singles event consists of 128 players. After the 1st two rounds are played only 32 players remain. This is when all of the seeded players begin to play off against each other, IF and that’s a big “IF” they all win their 1st two matches against the lower ranked men who are unseeded.

The number of seeded players in the men’s draw from each of the following countries is in brackets and are as follows:

Spain (6), France (4), USA (4), Russia (2), Switzerland (2), Czech Republic (2), Croatia (2), Serbia (2), Germany (2), Great Britain (1), Argentina (1), Romania (1), Sweden (1), Chile (1) and Australia (1).

Top half of the draw:

  • (1) Roger Federer versus (31) Lleyton Hewitt
  • (21) James Blake v. (14) Tommy Robredo
  • (12) Robin Soderling v. (22) Sam Querrey
  • (26) Paul-Henri Mathieu v. (8) Nikolay Davydenko
  • (4) Novak Djokovic v. (29) Igor Andreev
  • (23) Philipp Kohlschreiber v. (15) Radek Stepanek
  • (10) Fernando Verdasco v. (20) Tommy Haas
  • (28) Victor Hanescu v. (5) Andy Roddick

Bottom half of the draw:

  • (7) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v. (30) Viktor Troicki
  • (18) Tomas Berdych v. (11) Fernando Gonzalez
  • (13) Gael Monfils v. (19) David Ferrer
  • (32) Nicolas Almagro v. (3) Rafael Nadal
  • (6) Juan Martin del Potro v. (25) Mardy Fish
  • (24) Juan Carlos Ferrero v. (9) Gilles Simon
  • (16) Marin Cilic v. (19) Stanislas Wawrinka
  • (27) Ivo Karlovic v. (2) Andy Murray

Pictured above is Spaniard Rafael Nadal a split second after impact with the ball. Nadal’s tremendous ground stroking consistency has a lot to do with how he repeatedly strikes the ball in the same position relative to his body.

The 4 time French Open champion has his racquet perfectly positioned for his double handed backhand drive. The No.3 seed will be hoping his knee tendinitis does not prevent him from executing his excellent footwork skills that allow him to get himself in to position to play his ground strokes with superior consistency.

Stay tuned to this tennis website for further updates about the 2009 US Open singles events. Click this link to see an index of all 2009 US Open posts -> US Open 2009: Aug 25 – Sep 14.

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