Andy Murray third seed at US Open as Rafa Nadal overtakes him in rankings
Last Updated: 22/08/13 7:36pm
Andy Murray with his US Open trophy last year
Andy Murray will be seeded third at the US Open after being overtaken by Rafa Nadal in the world rankings.
Nadal's victory at the Cincinnati Open on Sunday saw him move up to No 2 in the rankings, with Murray dropping to three.
And with the US Open using the world rankings to decide the seedings, Murray will defend his title as No 3 seed.
That is significant because if the top four seeds all reach the semis, Murray will have to play either Nadal or world No 1 Novak Djokovic in the semis.
Had he been No 2 he could not have faced Djokovic until the final, and would have avoided Nadal too if the Spaniard was drawn in the top half.
Roger Federer's slide down to the rankings continues - he has dropped to No 7, his lowest in 11 years.
Nadal though has continued his incredible rise. He missed seven months of action with his knee problem, but since making his comeback in February he has reached the final of 11 of the 12 tournaments he has entered - with the exception being Wimbledon, where he lost in the first round to Steve Darcis.
Meanwhile, British number two James Ward has reached the second round of qualifying after beating Jonathan Eysseric in straight sets.
Ward beat the Frenchman 6-3 6-1 to line up a match against Germany's Matthias Bachinger.
The 26-year-old is now two more wins away from securing his place in the main draw of the grand slam event in New York.