Wimbledon 2013: Nadal misses top-four seeding, Raonic out of top 16

Wimbledon 2013: Rafael Nadal is confirmed as the fifth seed at the All England Club, while Andy Murray is placed as No2

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Rafael Nadal is seeded fifth at Wimbledon Photo: Marianne Bevis

As anticipated when Rafael Nadal failed to climb back to No4 in the rankings after the French Open, the Spaniard has not gained enough ‘grass credit’ from the Wimbledon formula* to gain the No4 seeding at The Championships which start next Monday.

Despite winning his 12th Grand Slam, a record eighth at Roland Garros, less than a fortnight ago, Nadal made fewer points than his compatriot David Ferrer, who by reaching his first Major final, earned enough extra points to overtake Nadal. And despite the credit that Wimbledon uniquely factors into its men’s seedings, Nadal remains outside the top four.

It means that, when the draw is made on Friday, Nadal has a three-in-four chance of meeting Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray or Roger Federer in the quarters.

There have been a few adjustments to the men’s seedings—the women’s WTA rankings are not affected by the same ‘surface formula’—but only in two cases do the adjustments make a significant difference.

The No18-ranked Philipp Kohlschreiber has been seeded No16 on the back of a semi finish in Halle and quarter finish in Wimbledon last year. That means he cannot meet a higher-ranked player until the fourth round. However, world No15, Milos Raonic, who has been pushed down to a No17 seeding, will be drawn to face a higher-ranked man in the third round.

The most credit has been given to No28 Mikhail Youzhny, quarter-finalist at Wimbledon last year and the losing finalist in Halle last week, who is boosted to No20.

Andy Murray retains his No2 ranking, and while he cannot therefore meet top man Djokovic before the finals, he could this time around meet the man who beat him in the title match last year, Roger Federer, in the semis.

Two other British men have been give wild cards places in the main draw, James Ward, ranked 216, and 18-year-old Kyle Edmund, ranked 442. The teenager, who won the boys’ doubles at French Open, won his first senior tour match this week in Eastbourne.

Wimbledon 2013: Men’s seeds

1 DJOKOVIC, Novak
2 MURRAY, Andy
3 FEDERER, Roger
4 FERRER, David
5 NADAL, Rafael
6 TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried (ranked No7)
7 BERDYCH, Tomas (ranked No6)
8 DEL POTRO, Juan Martin
9 GASQUET, Richard
10 CILIC, Marin (ranked No12)
11 WAWRINKA, Stanislas (ranked No10)
12 NISHIKORI, Kei (ranked No11)
13 HAAS, Tommy
14 TIPSAREVIC, Janko
15 ALMAGRO, Nicolas (ranked No16)
16 KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp (ranked No18)
17 RAONIC, Milos (ranked No15)
18 ISNER, John (ranked No21)
19 SIMON, Gilles (ranked No17)
20 YOUZHNY, Mikhail (ranked No28)
21 QUERREY, Sam (ranked No19)
22 MONACO, Juan (ranked No20)
23 SEPPI, Andreas (ranked No26)
24 JANOWICZ, Jerzy (ranked No22)
25 PAIRE, Benoit
26 DOLGOPOLOV, Alexandr (ranked No24)
27 ANDERSON, Kevin (ranked No23)
28 CHARDY, Jeremy
29 DIMITROV, Grigor (ranked No31)
30 FOGNINI, Fabio
31 BENNETEAU, Julien (ranked No32)
32 ROBREDO, Tommy (ranked No29)

Seeded Britons men’s doubles
9 FLEMING, Colin & MARRAY, Jonathan
16 HUEY, Treat (Phi) & INGLOT, Dominic

British doubles wild cards
BAKER, Jamie & EDMUND, Kyle
RICE, David & THORNLEY, Sean

Wimbledon 2013: Women’s seeds

1 WILLIAMS, Serena
2 AZARENKA, Victoria
3 SHARAPOVA, Maria
4 RADWANSKA, Agnieszka
5 ERRANI, Sara
6 LI, Na
7 KERBER, Angelique
8 KVITOVA, Petra
9 WOZNIACKI, Caroline
10 KIRILENKO, Maria
11 VINCI, Roberta
12 IVANOVIC, Ana
13 PETROVA, Nadia
14 STOSUR, Samantha
15 BARTOLI, Marion
16 JANKOVIC, Jelena
17 STEPHENS, Sloane
18 CIBULKOVA, Dominika
19 SUAREZ NAVARRO, Carla
20 FLIPKENS, Kirsten
21 PAVLYUCHENKOVA, Anastasia
22 CIRSTEA, Sorana
23 LISICKI, Sabine
24 PENG, Shuai
25 MAKAROVA, Ekaterina
26 KUZNETSOVA, Svetlana
27 LEPCHENKO, Varvara
28 SAFAROVA, Lucie
29 PASZEK, Tamira
30 CORNET, Alize
31 BARTHEL, Mona
32 OPRANDI, Romina

British women ranked in main draw
37 ROBSON, Laura
57 WATSON, Heather

British wild cards in main draw
137 KONTA, Jo
185 BALTACHA, Elena
198 MOORE, Tara
215 KEOTHAVONG, Anne
232 MURRAY, Sam

British doubles wild cards
KEOTHAVONG, Anne & KONTA, Jo
MOORE, Tara & SOUTH, Melanie
MURRAY, Sam & WINDLEY, Jade
SLATER, Nicola & WHYBOURN, Lisa

Unseeded women to watch

Daniela Hantuchova won her first grass title from three finals in Birmingham last week, to jump 12 places to No48 in the rankings;

Simona Halep rose 13 places to No45 this week after sealing her first title—albeit on clay—in Nurnberger;

Andrea Petkovic, a former top-10 player before repeated injury problems, was the week’s biggest riser, from 103 to No75 after her runner-up finish to Halep;

The top-100’s youngest player, 16-year-old Donna Vekic, rose to No64 after her runner-up finish in Birmingham.

* The seeds are the top 32 players on the ATP Entry System Position (ESP), but then rearranged on a surface-based system. Since 2002 a seeding committee has not been required for the men’s singles following an agreement made with the ATP. The seeding order is determined using an objective and transparent system to reflect more accurately an individual player’s grass court achievements.

The formula is: Take ESP points at 17 June 2013, Add 100% points earned for all grass-court tournaments in the past 12 months, add 75% points earned for the best grass court tournament in the 12 months before that.

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