Murray seeded top in LA

Reuters - Sat, 24 Jul 20:12:00 2010

Britain's world number four Andy Murray has been made the top seed for next week's LA Open after the late withdrawal of second-ranked Novak Djokovic.

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Serbian Djokovic pulled out of the ATP Tour event late on Friday night, citing personal reasons, organisers said.

Czech Radek Stepanek, the 2007 champion, also withdrew on Friday due to a knee injury.

"It's certainly disappointing to lose players like Novak and Radek," tournament director Bob Kramer said in a statement.

"We were looking forward to Novak making his debut in LA, but we're very fortunate that Andy Murray, another top-five player, will be able to join us."

Scotland's Murray, who has been given a wild card entry, will be making his first appearance at the event held at the LA Tennis Center.

Big-serving American Sam Querrey, who won last year's title, has been seeded second with Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis third and Spaniard Feliciano Lopez fourth.

Reuters

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