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[Tennis] US Open 2008


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Rafael Nadal will be the top seed at a Grand Slam for the first time in his career at next week's US Open.

The world number one will be followed by Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer and Nikolay Davydenko, while Andy Murray is seeded sixth.

Ana Ivanovic is the number one women's seed, followed by Jelena Jankovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova Serena Williams and Elena Dementieva.

The singles draws for the tournament will be announced on Thursday.

Nadal officially became the new world number one on Monday, ending Federer's record reign of 237 successive weeks.

Federer was the top seed at the last 18 majors.

Murray will be looking to overcome his disappointing early exit from the Beijing Olympics and rediscover the form that took him to success at the Cincinnati Masters.

The British number one's best effort in New York was in 2006 when he reached the fourth round.

The most notable absence on the women's side is world number six and 2006 champion Maria Sharapova, who announced earlier this month that she is missing the event to recover from a shoulder injury.

I am looking forward to Federer keeping his title.

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Men's first round draw:

Rafael Nadal (Spa, 1) v Qualifier

Qualifier v Olivier Rochus (Bel)

Viktor Troicki (Ser) v Carsten Ball (Aus)

Luis Horna (Per) v Phillip Kohlschreiber (Ger, 25)

Tomas Berdych (Cze, 22) v Sam Querrey (USA)

Pablo Andujar (Spa) v Nicolas Devilder (Fra)

Rainer Schuettler (Ger) v Florent Serra (Fra)

Qualifier v Ivo Karlovic (Cro, 14)

James Blake (US, 9) v Donald Young (US)

Denis Gremelmayr (Ger) v Steve Darcis (Bel)

Mardy Fish (US) v Qualifier

Sebastien Grosjean (Fra) v Paul-Henri Mathieu (Fra, 24)

Gael Monfils (Fra, 32) v Qualifier

Evgeny Korolev (Rus) v Robin Soderling (Swe)

Juan Carlos Ferrero (Spa) v Brendan Evans (US)

Marcos Daniel (Brz) v David Nalbandian (Arg, 7)

David Ferrer (Spa, 4) v Martin Vassalo Arguello (Arg)

Qualifier v John Isner (US)

Qualifier v Roko Karanusic (Cro)

Kei Nishikori (Jpn) v Juan Monaco (Arg, 29)

Juan Martin Del Potro (Arg, 17) v Guillermo Canas (Arg)

Oscar Hernandez (Spa) v Thomaz Bellucci (Brz)

Michael Berrer (Ger) v Jose Acasuso (Arg)

Marcel Granollers-Pujol (Spa) v Gilles Simon (Fra, 16)

Stanislas Wawrinka (Swi, 10) v Simone Bolelli (Ita)

Wayne Odesnik (US) v Fabic Fognini (Ita)

Nicolas Lapentti (Ecu) v Yen-Hsun Lu (Tpe)

Qualifier v Mikhail Youzhny (Rus, 21)

Feliciano Lopez (Spa, 27) v Jurgen Melzer (Aut)

Jiri Vanek (Cze) v Qualifier

Teimuraz Gabashvili (Rus) v Michael Llodra (Fra)

Sergio Roitman (Arg) v Andy Murray (GB, 6)

Andy Roddick (US, 8) v Fabrice Santoro (Fra)

Ernest Gulbis (Lat) v Thomas Johansson (Swe)

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Spa) v Dominik Hrbaty (Svk)

Hyung Taik Lee (Kor) v Andreas Seppi (Ita, 31)

Nicolas Kiefer (Ger, 20) v Ivo Minar (Cze)

Scoville Jenkins (US) v Jarkko Nieminen (Fin)

Bobby Reynolds (US) v Qualifier

Ivan Navarro Pastor (Spa) v Fernando Gonzalez (Chi, 11)

Tommy Robredo (Spa, 15) v Mischa Zverev (Ger)

Vincent Spadea (US) v Marat Safin (Rus)

Qualifier v Carlos Moya (Spa)

Santiago Ventura (Spa) v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Fra, 19)

Marin Cilic (Cro, 30) v Julien Benneteau (Fra)

Robby Ginepri (US) v Amer Delic (US)

Qualifier v Nicolas Mahut (Fra)

Arnaud Clement (Fra) v Novak Djokovic (Ser, 3)

Nikolay Davydenko (Rus, 5) v Dudi Sela (Isr)

Austin Krajicek (US) v Agustin Calleri (Arg)

Albert Montanes (Spa) v Victor Hanescu (Rom)

Eduardo Schwank (Arg) v Dmitry Tursunov (Rus, 26)

Nicolas Almagro (Spa) (18) v Frank Dancevic (Can)

Sam Warburg (US) v Janko Tipsarevic (Ser)

Laurent Recouderc (Fra) v Qualifier

Tommy Haas (Ger) v Richard Gasquet (Fra, 12)

Fernando Verdasco (Spa, 13) v Igor Kunitsyn (Rus)

Qualifier v Qualifier

Frederico Gil (Por) v Jeremy Chardy (Fra)

Marc Gicquel (Fra) v Igor Andreev (Rus, 23)

Radek Stepanek (Cze, 28) v Potito Starace (Ita)

Jesse Levine (US) v Chris Guccione (Aus)

Qualifier v Qualifier

Maximo Gonzalez (Arg) v Roger Federer (Swi, 2)

Women's first round draw:

Ana Ivanovic (Ser, 1) v Vera Dushevina (Rus)

Qualifier v Casey Dellacqua (Aus)

Kaia Kanepi (Est) v Monica Niculescu (Rom)

Nathalie Dechy (Fra) v Amelie Mauresmo (Fra, 32)

Nadia Petrova (Rus) (19) v Olivia Sanchez (Fra)

Qualifier v Evgeniya Rodina (Rus)

Shuai Peng (Chn) v Eleni Daniilidou (Gre)

Qualifier v Flavia Pennetta (Ita, 16)

Daniela Hantuchova (Svk, 11) v Qualifier

Jessica Moore (Aus) v Melanie Oudin (USA)

Marta Domachowska (Pol) v Bethanie Mattek (US)

Camille Pin (Fra) v Alize Cornet (Fra, 17)

Virginie Razzano (Fra, 31) v Timea Bacsinszky (Swi)

Alla Kudryavtseva (Rus) v Yung-Jan Chan (Tpe)

Stephanie Cohen Aloro (Fra) v Qualifier

Qualifier v Dinara Safina (Rus, 6)

Serena Williams (US, 4) v Kateryna Bondarenko (Ukr)

Elena Vesnina (Rus) v Julia Vakulenko (Ukr)

Olga Govortsova (Blr) v Qualifier

Andreja Klepac (Slo) v Ai Sugiyama (Jpn, 30)

Nicole Vaidisova (Cze, 20) v Petra Cetkovska (Cze)

Severine Bremond (Fra) v Julia Goerges (Ger)

Maret Ani (Est) v Tathiana Garbin (Ita)

Gail Brodsky (US) v Agnes Szavay (Hun, 13)

Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol, 9) v Qualifier

Tamarine Tanasugarn (Tha) v Qualifier

QUALIFIER v Edina Gallovits (Rom)

Jill Craybas (US) v Dominika Cibulkova (Svk, 18)

Alona Bondarenko (Ukr, 27) v Jamea Jackson (US)

Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (Spa) v Sabine Lisicki (Ger)

Qualifier v Qualifier

Samantha Stosur (Aus) v Venus Williams (US, 7)

Elena Dementieva (Rus, 5) v Akgul Amanmuradova (Uzb)

Pauline Parmentier (Fra) v Marina Erakovic (NZ)

Qualifier v Anne Keothavong (GB)

Nuria Llagostera Vives (Spa) v Francesca Schiavone (Ita, 25)

Shahar Peer (Isr, 24) v Na Li (Chn)

Jelena Kostanic Tosic (Cro) v Sara Errani (Ita)

Ekaterina Bychkova (Rus) v Anastassia Rodionova (Rus)

Ekaterina Makarova (Rus) v Anna Chakvetadze (Rus, 10)

Patty Schnyder (Swi, 15) v Qualifier

Vania King (US) v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Rus)

Gisela Dulko (Arg) v Magdalena Rybarikova (Svk)

Tamira Paszek (Aut) v Maria Kirilenko (Rus, 22)

Katarina Srebotnik (Slo, 28) v Yanina Wickmayer (Bel)

Lourdes Dominguez Lino (Spa) v Yvonne Meusburger (Aut)

Lucie Safarova (Cze) v Sorana-Mihaela Cirstea (Rom)

Qualifier v Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus, 3)

Vera Zvonareva (Rus, 8) v Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova (Cze)

Tatiana Perebiynis (Ukr) v Mariya Koryttseva (Ukr)

Aravane Rezai (Fra) v Asia Muhammed (US)

Aiko Nakamura (Jpn) v Sybille Bammer (Aut, 29)

Lindsay Davenport (US, 23) v Aleksandra Wozniak (Can)

Alisa Kleybanova (Rus) v Carla Suarez-Navarro (Spa)

Petra Kvitova (Cze) v Virginia Ruano Pascual (Spa)

Galina Voskoboeva (Rus) v Marion Bartoli (Fra, 12)

Victoria Azarenka (Blr, 14) v Klara Zakopalova (Cze)

Karin Knapp (Ita) v Iveta Benesova (Cze)

Emilie Loit (Fra) v Qualifier

Ahsha Rolle (US) v Caroline Wozniacki (Den, 21)

Anabel Medina Garrigues (Spa, 26) v Tsvetana Pironkova (Bul)

Jie Zheng (Chn) v Qualifier

Zi Yan (Chn) v Sofia Arvidsson (Swe)

Coco Vandeweghe (US) v Jelena Jankovic (Ser, 2)

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would like to see federer come out on top, but he's not been himself lately, and i don't think he'll be much different than what we saw at roland garros, wimbledon, toronto, cincinnati, and the olympics. he's just not the same consistent self.

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would like to see federer come out on top, but he's not been himself lately, and i don't think he'll be much different than what we saw at roland garros, wimbledon, toronto, cincinnati, and the olympics. he's just not the same consistent self.

Same here I would like to see him at least win 1 grand slam this year, he's only 2 away from Sampras and 3 from breaking the record.

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So if Roger Federer wins this then he will be back to number 1 right?

Probably not he is a fair few points around 1000 I think away from Nadal, don't forget Nadal has won pretty much everything.

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Roger Federer began his quest for his fifth consecutive US Open title by beating Argentina's Maximo Gonzalez in just 82 minutes, winning 6-3 6-0 6-3.

The defending champion fired 15 aces and hammered 39 winners against his opponent, ranked 118th in the world, to book a date with Brazil's Thiago Alves.

Tommy Haas defeated 12th seed Richard Gasquet 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 5-7 7-5 6-2 win in a first-round match on Tuesday.

Haas, who is in Federer's quarter of the draw, now faces Gilles Muller.

Federer was happy with his display as he looks to win his first Grand Slam of the year after failing to defend his Australian Open and Wimbledon crowns.

"This take a little bit of pressure off me because I know a little more about where my game is at," said the Swiss star, who recently lost his number one ranking to Rafal Nadal. "I have to play more aggressively on hardcourt."

Federer, who has had a disappointing year so far despite winning Olympic doubles gold with compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka, admits he knows little about his next opponent.

"I only know what he looks like," said the 27-year-old. "I watched him play a few points on TV today. I expect him to be a similar opponent who plays from the baseline."

Awesome Win!

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