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Andy Murray hits seven-year seeding low at US Open

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Murray needs some inspiration (©GettyImages)
Murray needs some inspiration (©GettyImages).

Andy Murray's poor form over the last year has been reflected in the seedings for the upcoming US Open, with the Briton facing a seven-year low at Flushing Meadows.

The action in New York kicks off in less than a week and Murray's potential path to the final isn't likely to be easy after he was seeded eighth for the Grand Slam which he won just two years ago. 

Eighth seed

Despite occupying ninth in the world rankings, the 27-year-old has been boosted up a place for this tournament after defending champion and world no.2 Rafael Nadal withdrew earlier this week after failing to recover in time from a wrist injury. 

Nevertheless, Murray is facing his worst seeding since 2007 when he was a 20-year-old who barely reached the top 20. 

Since that time, though, the Scottish-born star has enjoyed success on the American hard-courts. It was the scene of his first Grand Slam final, in 2008, and his first win four years later over Novak Djokovic.

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Top 10

Indeed Djokovic will be expected to contest the final this year too. The eight-time major winner is the top seed as he looks for just his second US Open win.

Roger Federer will be the main competition with Nadal missing out, the 32-year-old is the most successful man ever - and has won five time at Flushing Meadows - but the second seed hasn't won the tournament since 2008.  

Stanislas Wawrinka, David Ferrer, Milos Raonic, Tomas Berdych and Grigor Dimitrov - in that order - are all in above Murray, while Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Kei Nishikori make up the top 10. 

Plummet

Murray's plummet in the statistics comes after a tough 2014, the Briton is without a single title since winning Wimbledon last summer.

Back surgery at the back-end of last year disrupted his plans to finally win the Australian Open, having lost in finals on three occasions, this time he could only reach the quarter-finals.

The two-time Grand Slam champion then split with his coach Ivan Lendl in March and was without a figure of authority at his least-favoured French Open, though he managed to equal his best-ever showing; a semi-final loss.

Recovery

Amelie Mauresmo was appointed in time for Murray's Wimbledon defence but things certainly didn't go to plan in the last eight where Dimitrov ruthlessly disposed of the former world no.3.  

The team will hope for an upturn when play starts on Monday, but Murray struggled at the warm-ups in Toronto and Cincinnati - in both instances he was knocked out in the quarter-finals against eventual winners.

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