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US Open Tennis 2014 Draw Results: Full List of Seedings and Brackets

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 14:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia serves against Tommy Robredo of Spain during a match on day 6 of the Western & Southern Open at the Linder Family Tennis Center on August 14, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)
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R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IAugust 21, 2014

The final Grand Slam of the tennis season is nearly here, and the men's and women's draws for the 2014 U.S. Open were officially announced on Thursday.

With defending champion Rafael Nadal out of the field due to a wrist injury, the men's draw opened up for some of the top players. Roger Federer, who hasn't won a Grand Slam since 2012, is now just behind world No. 1 Novak Djokovic as the favorite, per Oddsshark.com.   

On the women's side, Serena Williams is still searching for her first major win of the 2014 season. Williams comes in as the No. 1 seed, but No. 2 Simona Halep has been hot and is still in search of the first Grand Slam victory of her career.

Before the start of the 2014 U.S. Open, here's a look at the seeding and bracket for the men's and women's side of the event.

2014 U.S. Open Men's Seedings
SeedPlayer
1Novak Djokovic
2Roger Federer
3Stanislas Wawrinka
4David Ferrer
5Milos Raonic
6Tomas Berdych
7Grigor Dimitrov
8Andy Murray
9Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
10Kei Nishikori
11Ernests Gulbis
12Richard Gasquet
13John Isner
14Marin Cilic
15Fabio Fognini
16Tommy Robredo
17Roberto Bautista Agut
18Kevin Anderson
19Feliciano Lopez
20Gael Monfils
21Mikhail Youzhny
22Phillipp Kohlschreiber
23Leonardo Mayer
24Julien Benneteau
25Ivo Karlovic
26Gilles Simon
27Santiago Giraldo
28Guillermo Garcia-Lopez
29Lukas Rosol
30Jeremy Chardy
31Fernando Verdasco
32Joao Sousa
USOpen.org
2014 U.S. Open Women's Seedings
SeedPlayer
1Serena Williams
2Simona Halep
3Petra Kvitova
4Agnieszka Radwanska
5Maria Sharapova
6Angelique Kerber
7Eugenie Bouchard
8Ana Ivanovic
9Jelena Jankovic
10Carolina Wozniacki
11Flavia Pennetta
12Dominika Cibulkova
13Sara Errani
14Lucie Safarova
15Carla Suarez Navarro
16Victoria Azarenka
17Ekaterina Makarova
18Andrea Petkovic
19Venus Williams
20Svetlana Kuznetsova
21Sloane Stephens
22Alize Cornet
23Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
24Samantha Stosur
25Garbine Muguruza
26Sabine Lisicki
27Madison Keys
28Roberta Vinci
29Casey Dellacqua
30Barbora Zahlavova Strycova
31Kurumi Nara
32Shuai Zhang
USOpen.org

*Full bracket for men's draw can be found here and women's draw here, courtesy of USOpen.org.

 

Breakdown of Draws

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 17:  Serena Williams returns to Ana Ivanovic of Serbia during a final match on day 9 of the Western & Southern Open at the Linder Family Tennis Center on August 17, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)
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As with any sporting event, no matter the importance, there are always winners and losers. During Thursday's draw for the U.S. Open, the results were no different.

The biggest loser of the draw was none other than Andy Murray. After winning the 2013 Wimbledon Championship, the British player has struggled this season and didn't receive a favorable draw for the final major tournament.

Kheredine Idessane of BBC notes the difficult matchups for Murray:

While he is the No. 8 seed and wouldn't have to face off with Djokovic until the quarterfinals if they both make it that far, it's clearly not an easy path.

Murray may have been stung by the draw, but No. 2 seed Federer has a slightly more favorable road to the finals. He could see a slight hiccup against emerging star and seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov in the quarters, but his odds look good for another late run.

Tennis.com points out the draw for Federer ahead of the final Grand Slam:

Another interesting player to watch in the U.S. Open will be John Isner, who recently won the Atlanta Tennis Championships. With the American earning a No. 13 seed, he is in the same draw as Djokovic, Stanislas Wawrinka and Milos Raonic.

If he can start off strong, Isner might stand a chance against Djokovic, who has struggled recently after winning the 2014 Wimbledon title. Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times points out why Isner might not make it to the fourth round to face Djokovic:

On the women's side, the tennis world will be watching Williams. After withdrawing from the doubles tournament at Wimbledon due to illness, Williams needs a win at the U.S. Open to secure one major this season.

After a recent victory at the Western & Southern Open, Williams appears to be back on track. And as Christopher Clarey of The New York Times notes, she starts off with an intriguing match:

Both sides of the draw provide plenty of punch. The depth of the men's side leaves it wide open. Meanwhile, if Williams returns to her prior form as the world No. 1, this might be the Grand Slam that gets her back on track.

Federer will be one of the biggest storylines as he looks to secure his 18th Grand Slam. But with Nadal out of the running, could a young player like Dimitrov or Raonic finally secure the first major win of their careers?

When the action finally starts on Aug. 25, expect plenty of reasons to watch this year's U.S. Open. As both Williams and Federer look to add to their huge collections, the 2014 tournament has a chance to be a memorable one.

 

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