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Murray seeded third for Wimbledon defence

Last updated on: June 18, 2014 21:16 IST

Murray seeded third for Wimbledon defence

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Briton Andy Murray will be seeded third when he attempts to defend his Wimbledon title, while Novak Djokovic has been installed ahead of world number one Rafael Nadal as top seed for the grass-court major.

Murray became the first Briton to win the men's singles title since 1936 when he beat Serbian Djokovic in straight sets last July, and has been seeded two spots above his world ranking for the tournament starting on Monday.

Seven-times champion Roger Federer of Switzerland was named as the fourth seed, meaning neither he nor Djokovic, Nadal or Murray can face each other before the semi-finals.

 


Image: Andy Murray
Photographs: Toby Melville/Reuters

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Nadal ranked 2nd

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Spaniard Nadal, winner in 2008 and 2010, claimed a record ninth French Open crown earlier this month but dropped to second seed after failing to make it past the second round at Wimbledon for the past two tournaments.

Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam that does not automatically follow the men's rankings when seedings are decided. Instead, officials rely on a three-stage formula which, also takes into account grass-court performances of the past two seasons.

Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka will be seeded fifth despite his world ranking of three, having lost in the first round in 2012 and last year.


Image: Rafa Nadal
Photographs: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

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Serena is the top seed in women's draw

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Serena Williams is top seed in the women's draw, followed by Li Na and French Open runner-up Simona Halep.

The draw takes place on Friday, with the first round starting on June 23.


Image: Serena Williams
Photographs: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

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Sania, Cara seeded fourth at Wimbledon

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Sania Mirza and her partner Cara Black have been seeded fourth in the women's doubles event of the Wimbledon championships while Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek are seeded fifth in the men's doubles.

Another Indian competing in the men's doubles is Rohan Bopanna, who is seeded eighth along with Pakistani partner Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi.

For Mahesh Bhupathi, the Wimbledon championship will be his swansong tournament. He has teamed up with Poland's Marcin Matkowski.

Another Indian who is striving to make the men's doubles is Purav Raja, who is competing in the Qualifiers with Brazil's Marcelo Demoliner.

Somdev Devvarman will be lone Indian competing in the singles. The draw for the singles will be announced on Friday while the doubles draws will be announced next week.


Image: Cara Black and Sania Mirza
Photographs: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images for Aegon

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