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No. 1 Roger Federer To Be Top-Seeded Men’s Player At U.S. Open

Roger Federer (credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Roger Federer (credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Roger Federer will be the top-seeded men’s player at the U.S. Open.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion was ranked No. 1 in the ATP rankings released on Monday. Defending champ Novak Djokovic is seeded second and Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray is seeded third.

With Rafael Nadal out with knee problems, fellow Spaniard David Ferrer is the No. 4 seed.

Federer has won five titles at Flushing Meadows, tied for most in the Open era. He won Wimbledon this year and returned to the top of the rankings.

John Isner will be the highest-seeded American at No. 9. Andy Roddick is 20th, Mardy Fish is 23rd and Sam Querrey is 27th among the 32 seeded players announced on Tuesday by the U.S. Tennis Association.

The draw will be announced on Thursday and the tournament begins on Monday.

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