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Federer seeded one at Wimbledon despite rankings slip

June 16, 2010 22:46 IST

Roger FedererChampion Roger Federer will be number one seed for next week's Wimbledon championships despite being overtaken in the world rankings by Rafael Nadal.

Federer, who claimed a sixth Wimbledon title in the absence of the injured Nadal last year, has benefited from the All England Club's unique seeding policy that takes in grasscourt pedigree and does not always stick rigidly to world rankings.

Nadal, Wimbledon winner in 2008 and who returned to world number one after taking the French Open for a fifth time this month, will be second seed with Novak Djokovic third and home hope Andy Murray in fourth spot.

The women's seeding does stick to the WTA ranking list with defending champion Serena Williams at the top of the draw and sister Venus seeded to meet her in the final.

Andy Roddick, three times runner-up to Federer, including last year, is seeded fifth in the men's draw, against his world ranking of seven.

Lleyton Hewitt, the 2002 champion, has been rewarded for his victory over Federer in the final of the Halle grasscourt tournament on Sunday with the 15th seeding spot, 11 places higher than his ATP ranking.

With no points to defend from this year's championships Nadal could open a sizeable gap in the rankings to Federer should he progress to the latter stages.

There are only 220 points between the two players but Federer has 2,000 to defend.

The Swiss player is one week short of Pete Sampras's all-time record for weeks spent at number one in the rankings, the American managing it for 286 weeks.

Seedings for the men's singles:

1. Roger Federer (Switzerland)

2. Rafael Nadal (Spain)

3. Novak Djokovic (Serbia)

4. Andy Murray (Britain)

5. Andy Roddick (U.S.)

6. Robin Soderling (Sweden)

7. Nikolay Davydenko (Russia)

8. Fernando Verdasco (Spain)

9. David Ferrer (Spain)

10. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France)

11. Marin Cilic (Croatia)

12. Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic)

13. Mikhail Youzhny (Russia)

14. Juan Carlos Ferrero (Spain)

15. Lleyton Hewitt (Australia)

16. Jurgen Melzer (Austria)

17. Ivan Ljubicic (Croatia)

18. Sam Querrey (U.S.)

19. Nicolas Almagro (Spain)

20. Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland)

21. Gael Monfils (France)

22. Radek Stepanek (Czech Republic)

23. Feliciano Lopez (Spain)

24. John Isner (U.S.)

25. Ivo Karlovic (Croatia)

26. Marcos Baghdatis (Cyprus)

27. Thomaz Bellucci (Brazil)

28. Gilles Simon (France)

29. Ernests Gulbis (Latvia)

30. Albert Montanes (Spain)

31. Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany)

32. Tommy Robredo (Spain)

Seedings for the women's singles:

1. Serena Williams (United States)

2. Venus Williams (United States)

3. Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark)

4. Jelena Jankovic (Serbia)

5. Francesca Schiavone (Italy)

6. Samantha Stosur (Australia)

7. Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland)

8. Kim Clijsters (Belgium)

9. Li Na (China)

10. Flavia Pennetta (Italy)

11. Marion Bartoli (France)

12. Nadia Petrova (Russia)

13. Shahar Peer (Israel)

14. Victoria Azarenka (Belarus)

15. Yanina Wickmayer (Belgium)

16. Maria Sharapova (Russia)

17. Justine Henin (Belgium)

18. Aravane Rezai (France)

19. Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia)

20. Dinara Safina (Russia)

21. Vera Zvonareva (Russia)

22. Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (Spain)

23. Zheng Jie (China)

24. Daniela Hantuchova (Slovakia)

25. Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic)

26. Alisa Kleybanova (Russia)

27. Maria Kirilenko (Russia)

28. Alona Bondarenko (Ukraine)

29. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia)

30. Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan)

31. Alexandra Dulgheru (Romania)

32. Sara Errani (Italy)

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