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Federer seeded seventh for US Open

Last updated on: August 21, 2013 12:21 IST

Roger FedererWorld number one and defending champion Serena Williams has been given the top seeding for the US Open, organisers announced on Tuesday.

Belarussia's Victoria Azarenka, who beat Williams in Sunday's final of the Cincinnati Open, is the second seed ahead of Maria Sharapova of Russia and Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska.

Williams heads into the Open, which starts on August 26, looking to add to her French Open title from this year, her 16th Grand Slam singles triumph, which includes four championships at Flushing Meadows.

Williams' sister Venus, a two-times US Open winner but currently ranked 60th in the world, was unseeded.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic is the top seed in the men's draw which includes five-times US Open champion and 17-times Grand Slam winner Roger Federer as seventh seed - his first time the Swiss has been placed outside the top three in a Grand Slam in over ten years.

Spaniard Rafa Nadal is the number two seed, ahead of Britain's Andy Murray, the defending champion and this year's Wimbledon winner.

The draw for the tournament will be held on Thursday.

Seedings for men's singles: Seedings for women's singles:
1. Novak Djokovic, Serbia 1. Serena Williams, United States
2. Rafael Nadal, Spain 2. Victoria Azarenka, Belarus
3. Andy Murray, Great Britain 3. Maria Sharapova, Russia
4. David Ferrer, Spain 4. Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland
5. Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic 5. Sara Errani, Italy
6. Juan Martin Del Potro, Argentina 6. Li Na, China
7. Roger Federer, Switzerland 7. Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark
8. Richard Gasquet, France 8. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic
9. Stanislas Wawrinka, Switzerland 9. Angelique Kerber, Germany
10. Milos Raonic, Canada 10. Jelena Jankovic, Serbia
11. Kei Nishikori, Japan 11. Roberta Vinci, Italy
12. Tommy Haas, Germany 12. Samantha Stosur, Australia
13. John Isner, United States 13. Kirsten Flipkens, Belgium
14. Jerzy Janowicz, Poland 14. Ana Ivanovic, Serbia
15. Nicolas Almagro, Spain 15. Maria Kirilenko, Russia
16. Fabio Fognini, Italy 16. Sloane Stephens, United States
17. Kevin Anderson, South Africa 17. Sabine Lisicki, Germany
18. Janko Tipsarevic, Serbia 18. Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia
19. Tommy Robredo, Spain 19. Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain
20. Andreas Seppi, Italy 20. Sorana Cirstea, Romania
21. Mikhail Youzhny, Russia 21. Nadia Petrova, Russia
22. Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany 22. Simona Halep, Romania
23. Feliciano Lopez, Spain 23. Elena Vesnina, Russia
24. Benoit Paire, France 24. Jamie Hampton, United States
25. Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria 25. Ekaterina Makarova, Russia
26. Sam Querrey, United States 26. Kaia Kanepi, Estonia
27. Fernando Verdasco, Spain 27. Alize Cornet, France
28. Juan Monaco, Argentina 28. Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia
29. Jurgen Melzer, Austria 29. Mona Barthel, Germany
30. Ernests Gulbis, Latvia 30. Magdalena Rybarikova, Slovakia
31. Julien Benneteau, France 31. Laura Robson, Great Britain
32. Dmitry Tursunov, Russia 32. Klara Zakopalova, Czech Republic

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