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After four action-packed days, many predictions still hold, while others have not proven to be accurate. Some of the 32 seeds were knocked out in the first two rounds, creating more speculation about who could win the US Open 2022 trophy. My goal here is to share information on the best seeds for you to see. Browse.
For this reason, instead of giving an overview of the full list of seeds, I will focus here on the first five seeds. This is because the top five seeds theoretically have a good chance of winning the event. However, I will also mention other guys who are not ranked in the top 5 but still have a good chance of winning the title.
Five seeds for the 2022 US Open men’s event
The early days of the US Open 2022 have shown us that being at the top of the ATP rankings does not guarantee a place in the final stages. Some of the favorites were eliminated quickly and others advanced without too much trouble. Let’s go on !
2022 US Open Men’s Seeds
As mentioned earlier, 32 men are seeded at the tournament this year. But as also stated, I’d rather focus on the top five for the sake of giving you a detailed breakdown. You can always check out whole seeds at the bottom of this article. Here I want to cover the top five guys, so let me get the ball rolling right now with the world number one:
Daniil Medvedev – Seed 1 – UP TO R3
As everyone expected, Medvedev won easily in the first two rounds, being paired with players ranked above 50th in the standings. Medvedev is the current US Open title holder. And I’m sure he would continue to dominate round after round in order to defend his title at the 2022 US Open. Of course, this man is ranked number 1 in the world right now, and he’s number 1 for a reason. Medvedev has a fantastic game both defensively and offensively, and his serve is a huge weapon on the faster hard courts at Flushing Meadows.
Rafael Nadal – Seeded 2 –UP TO R3
It’s no surprise that Nadal got through the first round easily. Rafa has won the US Open a total of four times, so he’s had a lot of success on these courts in the past. The most recent title for Nadal came in 2019, where he actually beat current defending champion Daniil Medvedev. And since being seeded 2nd at the 2022 US Open, he’s been placed at the very bottom of the table. I just hope his body holds up for the next two weeks so we don’t have a repeat of Wimbledon earlier this year.
Carlos Alcaraz – Seed 3 – UP TO R3
The Spaniard won his first two features in straight sets, with the level he displays it wouldn’t be strange to see him in the last 16 or even or even further. Alcaraz is seeded 3rd this year, and unlike the first two guys, he is yet to win a Grand Slam in his career. Moreover, Alcaraz qualified for the quarter-finals last year, beating several top players, including the number 4 seed this year. I have a feeling he really needs to break through at the Grand Slam level to pan out as the next big thing, though. Sure, he’s got huge talent, but winning a Grand Slam would really boost the hype.
Stefanos Tsitsipas – Seed 4 – EXIT in R1
It is normal for some top 10 players to be out of the tournament in the semi-finals or quarter-finals, but to be out of a Grand Slam is a complete failure. The Greek Tsitsipas did not perform well in his duel against the Colombian Daniel Elahi Galan, who took advantage of his opponent’s withdrawal to win in four sets. The tennis player himself confessed that his desire to be world number one worked against him instead of motivating him. He will surely lose many places in the standings after this failure.
Galan beat Tsitsipas 6-0, 6-1, 3-6, 7-5
Casper Ruud – Seed 5 – UP TO R3
The Norwegian has already surpassed what he did in the previous edition, in which he was knocked out in the first round. This time, Ruud was more confident in each of his decisions and in the way he cornered his opponents. There’s a lot of hype and talk around Ruud’s potential, but he’s still seen as a mostly clay-court player. Again, Ruud has beaten many top players on hard courts. And he made the Miami Masters final earlier this year. So it’s clear that he can make deep draws at these bigger tournaments. Although like Tsitsipas, the 3rd round of the US Open was his best performance in New York to date.
Other seeds with potential at US Open 2022
Now that I’ve covered the top guys, let me cover three guys who are also seeded and have an outside chance of winning the tournament.
Nick Kyrgios – Seed 23 – UP TO R3
Kyrgios seems to be a new player this year. And that has been the case since winning the doubles title at the 2022 Australian Open. He backed that up by making the Wimbledon final, followed by his title run in Washington DC. If he were to keep his form and his composure, Kyrgios could be a huge threat.
Taylor Fritz – Seed 10 – EXIT in R1
The solidity Fritz has shown throughout the year was not reflected in his match against ATP No. 303 Brandon Holt. Taylor won the first set with a tiebreak, from that moment on he knew it wouldn’t be easy to defeat Holt, in fact it wouldn’t be. Holt held on to win in four sets. A defeat that must surely still weigh on his head.
Holt defeated Fritz 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-4
Cameron Norrie – Seed 7 – UP TO R3
Last but not least, I had to mention Cameron Norrie. This man works and works in the field, and his stamina is remarkable. He may not be the greatest ball striker out there, but he claims plenty of wins in fitness and on-court work. So for me, Norrie is a potential dark horse at the US Open this year.
Full List of Men’s US Open Seeds
- Daniel Medvedev
- Rafael Nadal
- Carlos Alcaraz
- Stefanos Tsitsipas
- Casper Ruud
- Felix Auger-Aliassime
- Cameron Norrie
- Hubert Hurkacz
- Andrei Rublev
- Taylor Fritz
- Jannik Sinner
- Pablo Carreno Busta
- Matteo Berretini
- Diego Schwartzman
- Marin Cilic
- Roberto Bautista Agut
- Grigor Dimitrov
- Alex de Minaure
- Denis Shapovalov
- Dan Evans
- Botic van de Zandschulp
- Frances Tiafoe
- Nick Kyrgios
- Francois Cerundolo
- Borna Coric
- Lorenzo Musetti
- Karen Khachanov
- Holger Rune
- Tommy Paul
- Maxime Cressy
- Nikolaz Basilashvili
- Miaomir Kecmanovic