US Open Seedings 2013: Full List of Men's and Women's Seeds

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US Open Seedings 2013: Full List of Men's and Women's Seeds
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Let Andy Murray's first major title defense begin. 

It doesn't seem that long ago that the 26-year-old Brit was celebrating his first major triumph in New York, but here we are a year later with the 133rd installment of the famous tournament already set to begin. 

I suppose time flies when you have such a whirlwind of a season: six different champions at three majors, a wild, upset-filled Wimbledon, constant movement in the rankings and a slew of memorable moments. 

Further reminding us that the last major of the year is quickly sneaking up on us, the seeds for the U.S. Open were revealed on Tuesday.

Here's a look, courtesy of USOpen.org (men's here and women's here):

2013 U.S. Open Seeds
Men's Seeds Player Women's Seeds Player
1 Novak Djkovic 1 Serena Williams
2 Rafael Nadal 2 Victoria Azarenka
3 Andy Murray 3 Maria Sharapova
4 David Ferrer 4 Agnieszka Radwanska
5 Tomas Berdych 5 Sara Errani
6 Juan Martin del Potro 6 Li Na
7 Roger Federer 7 Caroline Wozniacki
8 Richard Gasquet 8 Petra Kvitova
9 Stanislas Wawrinka 9 Angelique Kerber
10 Milos Raonic 10 Jelena Jankovic
11 Kei Nishikori 11 Roberta Vinci
12 Tommy Haas 12 Samantha Stosur
13 John Isner 13 Kristen Flipkins
14 Jerzy Janowicz 14 Ana Ivanovic
15 Nicolas Almagro 15 Maria Kirilenko
16 Fabio Fognini 16 Sloane Stephens
17 Kevin Anderson 17 Sabine Lisicki
18 Janko Tipsarevic 18 Dominika Cibulkova
19 Tommy Robredo 19 Carla Suarez Navarro
20 Andreas Seppi 20 Sorana Cirstea
21 Mikhail Youzhny 21 Nadia Petrova
22 Philipp Kohlschreiber 22 Simona Halep
23 Feliciano Lopez 23 Elena Vesnina
24 Benoit Paire 24 Jamie Hampton
25 Grigor Dimitrov 25 Ekaterina Makarova
26 Sam Querrey 26 Kaia Kanepi
27 Fernando Verdasco 27 Alize Cornet
28 Juan Monaco 28 Svetlana Kuznetsova
29 Jurgen Melzer 29 Mona Barthel
30 Ernests Gulbis 30 Magdalena Rybarikova
31 Julien Benneteau 31 Laura Robson
32 Dmitry Tursunov 32 Klara Zakopalova

 

Players to Watch

Rafael Nadal, No. 2 Seed

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If you consider Rafael Nadal's hard-court history at the majors, you might not think of him as a favorite in New York. He has won "only" twice at Australia and in New York, and his win percentages at those two majors are lower than at the French Open and Wimbledon.

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Throw in the fact that Novak Djokovic and Murray have dominated hard-court majors as of late, and you might pass over Rafa. 

That would be a mistake. 

After a disappointing showing at Wimbledon, Nadal has skyrocketed back to No. 2 in the world, winning the Rogers Cup and the Western & Southern Open. He beat Djokovic in Montreal, while Murray crumbled in the earlier rounds.

The U.S. Open is clearly a different beast, but as long as the Spaniard continues his recent form, he has to be considered the favorite.

 

Sloane Stephens, No. 16 Seed

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Sloane Stephens is seemingly made for majors. 

Just consider this stat from Sports Illustrated's Bryan Armen Graham back after the young American was upset at the Citi Open:

She has gone on to win a few more matches since, so her record at non-majors is slightly better, but the point still remains the same: She brings her A-game when it matters most. 

The 20-year-old has made it to the third round in New York two years in a row, but now that she is seeded there for the first time, expectations will be higher. If anyone can topple Serena Williams or the top-ranked women's players, it will be Stephens, who has an impressive blend of movement and power. 

 

John Isner, No. 13 Seed

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On the men's side, the semifinal will likely be comprised of some combination of Djokovic, Nadal, Murray, Roger Federer, Juan Martin del Potro, Tomas Berdych and David Ferrer.

But if you're looking for someone outside the top 10 to crack the final four, look no further than John Isner. 

The American is coming in with loads of momentum after making the final in Cincinnati thanks to wins over Milos Raonic, Djokovic and del Potro, and he has always been at his best in New York, making his only major quarterfinal in 2011. 

Isner is an interesting name to watch on a loaded men's side looking to capture the final major of the season.

 

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