NEW DELHI: Tennis world number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka have been seeded first at the US Open. The U.S. Open began on Wednesday. Djokovic will focus on his 17th Grand Slam singles title. Spain's Rafael Nadal has been seeded second. Former number one Roger Federer, who is eyeing a 21st Grand Slam, is eyeing a third-place. The draw of the women's and men's singles category was held on Thursday.
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In the Women's section, Osaka was seeded in the top and Serena Williams was seeded eighth. Osaka beat Serena to win the title last year. Australia's Ashley Barty is second and Romania's Simona Halep is fourth. Osaka won her first Grand Slam last year by defeating Serena Williams. She then won the Australian Open in January this year. Former Czech No. 1 Karolina Pliskova has been seeded third in the women's category.
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Earlier, Novak Djokovic suffered a setback in the semi-finals of the Cincinnati Masters, beating his ninth seedDinal Medvedev of Russia 3-6 6-3 6-3. Medvedev reached the final where he will face 16th-seeded David Goffin of Belgium, who beat Richard Gasquet of France 6-3 6-4 to enter the first ATP Masters 1000 final.
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