Nadal installed as top seed for U.S. Open

Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return to Julien Benneteau of France during their third round match at the Cincinnati Masters tennis tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio, August 19, 2010. REUTERS/John Sommers II

NEW YORK (Reuters) - World number one Rafael Nadal was installed as the top men’s seed for the U.S. Open on Monday as the Spaniard bids to complete a career grand slam.

While Nadal chases his first U.S. Open crown, Swiss Roger Federer, a finalist at Flushing Meadows the last six years lifting the title five times, is seeded second.

Serb Novak Djokovic is seeded third and Briton Andy Murray, the 2008 U.S. Open runner-up, fourth.

Title holder Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina pulled out of the tournament. He is still recovering from surgery on a right wrist injury that has put him out for almost the whole season.

Andy Roddick is the top American, the 2003 U.S. Open winner seeded ninth.

The USTA will announce the women’s seeds on Tuesday due to the Monday finish of the rain-delayed Montreal Cup won by world number two Caroline Wozniacki.

The Dane is expected to be the top women’s seed after American world number one Serena Williams was ruled out with an injury.

The U.S. Open starts on August 30.

Writing by Steve Keating in Toronto; editing by Rex Gowar