Novak Djokovic steals top Wimbledon seeding, Andy Murray up to No3

Wimbledon 2014: Novak Djokovic takes the top seed, while Andy Murray is No3 behind Rafael Nadal

Marianne Bevis
By Marianne Bevis
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Andy Murray is the third seed at Wimbledon Photo: Marianne Bevis

The All England Club has released the seedings for The Championships that begin on Monday next and, as always when it comes to Wimbledon, the men’s rankings have been weighted to take account of performance on grass over the last two years.

It means that Novak Djokovic overtakes Rafael Nadal, who is only 170 points ahead of the Serb in the ATP rankings, courtesy of Djokovic’s final run here last year and to the semis in 2012 plus a bronze medal at the Olympics.

Nadal’s grass results in the last 24 months have been among the poorest in the top eight. He lost in the first round at Wimbledon last year and in the second round the year before, and was unable to play in the 2012 Olympics. But such is the gap between him and the third in the rankings that he maintains the No2 seeding.

The most valuable rise has been made by defending champion Andy Murray, who also reached the final in 2012 and won Olympic gold. He was also champion at Queen’s last year, and has been boosted from No5 to No3 in the seedings. With Federer maintaining the No4 seeding on the back of two consecutive Halle titles and the Wimbledon title and silver medal in 2012, it means that Murray cannot meet Federer, Djokovic or Nadal before the semi-finals.

The man to miss out on a top-four place, despite his No3 ranking, is Australian Open champion, Stan Wawrinka, seeded No5. He was a first-round loser at Wimbledon for the last two years, though made a final run at ‘s Hertogonbosch in 2013 and reached the semis in Queen’s last week.

Bob and Mike Bryan, winners of 15 Majors, are top seeds in the doubles draw. They have won three Wimbledon titles in 2006, 2011 and 2013.

Wimbledon is the only one of the four Grand Slam tournaments not to stick to the world rankings when seeding the men’s event. The formula is:

• Take Emirates ATP Rankings points at 16 June 2014;
• Add 100 per cent points earned for all grass-court tournaments in the past 12 months;
• Add 75 per cent points earned for the best grass-court tournament in the 12 months before that.

The biggest boost is enjoyed by the tall Pole Jerzy Janowicz, who had a break-out run to reach his first Major semi at Wimbledon last year. He is up from 24 to 15, an important position inside the top 16 that ensures he avoids a higher seed until the fourth round.

Also boosted is Italy’s Andreas Seppi, up from 34 to 26. He made a run to the fourth round of Wimbledon last year and the semis in Eastbourne. Spain’s Feliciano Lopez, who was beaten by Grigor Dimitrov in the Queen’s final on Sunday and is defending his Eastbourne title this week, rises from No25 to 19. Fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco is at 18 from 23 courtesy of a quarter-final finish at Wimbledon last year. Dimitrov increases his position by two points to No11.

Missing from the top eight is Juan Martin del Potro, recovering from wrist surgery, and the tall, big-hitting Canadian, Milos Raonic, makes the top eight as a result and cannot therefore face a higher seed before the quarters.

The women’s event adheres to the world rankings, leaving former champion Serena Williams as the top seed ahead of Li Na, Simona Halep, Agnieszka Radwanska and French Open champion Maria Sharapova. Last year’s champion, Marion Bartoli, has since retired.

Britons Heather Watson and Jo Konta have both made the main draw without the need to go through qualifying, but Laura Robson will not play due to ongoing wrist problems.

Men’s seeds

1 Novak Djokovic
2 Rafael Nadal
3 Andy Murray
4 Roger Federer
5 Stan Wawrinka
6 Tomas Berdych
7 David Ferrer
8 Milos Raonic

9 John Isner
10 Kei Nishikori
11 Grigor Dimitrov
12 Ernests Gulbis
13 Richard Gasquet
14 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
15 Jerzy Janowicz
16 Fabio Fognini

17 Mikhail Youzhny
18 Fernando Verdasco
19 Feliciano Lopez
20 Kevin Anderson
21 Alexandr Dolgopolov
22 Philipp Kohlschreiber
23 Tommy Robredo
24 Gael Monfils
25 Nicolas Almagro
26 Andreas Seppi
27 Marin Cilic
28 Roberto Bautista Agut
29 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez
30 Ivo Karlovic
31 Marcel Granollers
32 Dmitry Tursunov

Women’s seeds

1 Serena Williams
2 Na Li
3 Simona Halep
4 Agnieszka Radwanska
5 Maria Sharapova
6 Petra Kvitova
7 Jelena Jankovic
8 Victoria Azarenka

9 Angelique Kerber
10 Dominika Cibulkova
11 Ana Ivanovic
12 Flavia Pennetta
13 Eugenie Bouchard
14 Sara Errani
15 Carla Suarez Navarro
16 Caroline Wozniacki

17 Samantha Stosur
18 Sloane Stephens
19 Sabine Lisicki
20 Andrea Petkovic
21 Roberta Vinci
22 Ekaterina Makarova
23 Lucie Safarova
24 Kirsten Flipkens
25 Alize Cornet
26 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
27 Garbine Muguruza
28 Svetlana Kuznetsova
29 Sorana Cirstea
30 Venus Williams
31 Klara Koukalova
32 Elina Vesnina

Wild cards into main draws

1 Marcos Baghdatis
2 Daniel Cox
3 Kyle Edmund
4 Daniel Evans
5 Daniel Smethhurst
6 James Ward

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