Murray Seeded 8th for US Open

Jake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016

Andy Murray has been seeded in eighth for the 2014 US Open which begins next week and the 2013 Wimbledon champion will be hoping for a return to form.

Murray was initially expected to be seeded ninth but defending champion Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the competition due to injury, bumping the Brit up to eighth. Even with an extra boost, this remains Murray’s lowest Grand Slam seeding in over eight years.

Since Murray’s dramatic victory against Djokovic in the Wimbledon final last year, his performance has lost some of its intensity. Although complications from back surgery he underwent towards the end of 2013 have plagued him, Murray is now fighting fit, however is yet to rediscover his ruthless winning mentality.

The 27-year-old will need to regain his flair and form next week at the US Open if he is to be in with a chance of winning, A win here would be his first ATP ranking victory in over a year and herald a firm return to form of one of the tour’s best players.

The US Open starts on Monday 25th in Flushing Meadows, but fellow Brits Daniel Cox and Naomi Broady will not be joining Murray in the main draw after failing to win their first round qualifiers.

Cox was defeated by Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic in just 69 minutes (6-3, 6-3), whilst Broady was also knocked out in straight sets to American Alicia Black.

James Ward, Daniel Evans and Daniel Smethurst will take to the court for their first round qualifiers today.

With Rafael Nadal out of the picture, there will be fierce competition between top seed Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer to reach the final and win in this year’s US Open.

Check out the best US Open Odds ahead of the tournament which begins on Monday.

Men’s Top 16 Seeds US Open 2014

1. Novak Djokovic
2. Roger Federer
3. Stanislas Wawrinka
4. David Ferrer
5. Milos Raonic
6. Tomas Berdych
7. Grigor Dimitrov
8. Andy Murray
9. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
10. Kei Nishikori
11. Ernests Gulbis
12. Richard Gasquet
13. John Isner
14. Marin Cilic
15. Fabio Fognini
16. Tommy Robredo