U.S. Open men's seed report (cont.)
Posted: Thursday August 23, 2007 11:37AM; Updated: Friday August 24, 2007 1:37AM
18. Marcos Baghdatis: First, can we all agree to give this guy a rousing welcome. He's owed it after playing the role of patsy against Andre Agassi last year. His positioning in the weakest quadrant makes him a threat.
19. Andy Murray: In the off-chance the wrist is 100 percent, he could do some damage. Otherwise, it will cap a disappointing summer after such a promising spring.
24. David Nalbandian: Former finalist has been become a cranky, erratic player, but if he catches a gear, it's not hard to see him reaching a quarter.
25. Marat Safin: Mentioning him is like buying insurance at the blackjack table.
27. Dmitry Tursunov: Indianapolis winner starts off against Tim Henman in what will be the latter's final Grand Slam appearance. If Nadal is less than 100 percent physically, Tursunov has a chance to pull a big upset.
Nicolas Kiefer: A top-15 player -- especially on hard courts -- when healthy.
Philipp Kohlschreiber: He's solid player who doesn't mind grinding away.
Ivo Karlovic: Dr. Ivo is capable of losing to anyone in the top 500, but if his serve is on and he can win those tiebreakers, he's even money to beat most anyone.
Thomas Johansson: Long removed from top-10 days, but always dangerous on hard courts.
First-round matches to watch
Donald Young vs. Chris Guccione: Even if the American lefty can't rally the crowd and beat this hard-serving Aussie, their contrast in styles should make for fun tennis.
Karlovic vs. Arnaud Clement: Another big-little contrast, reminiscent of Ivo-Santoro at Wimbledon.
Ancic vs. Djokovic: If the Croatian's serve is clicking (and his stamina holds) this could get interesting.
Qualifier vs. Qualifier: Always intriguing to watch two players ranked outside the top 100 fight it out on the back courts for what is essentially a $25,000 payday.
Blue-plate first-round upset special: Big-serving John Isner -- everyone on the bandwagon! -- to beat Jarkko Nieminen.
Bob and Mike Bryan: Due for a Slam title.
Federer vs. Haas
Federer vs. Djokovic
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