Wimbledon 2015: Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer top seedings, Rafael Nadal No10
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer lead the seeds at Wimbledon 2015 ahead of Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka
The seedings for the men’s draw of the Wimbledon Championships were announced today and, despite the unique adjustments that the only grass Major makes to the regular ATP rankings, none of the changes have any impact on how the men are drawn.
The top four are defending champion Novak Djokovic, seven-time champion and 2014 runner-up Roger Federer, 2013 champion Andy Murray, and French Open champion Stan Wawrinka.
Both Federer and Murray have already won grass titles this summer, at Halle and Queen’s respectively, and they also have the best winning percentage among active players on the tour.
Last year’s Wimbledon semi-finalist Milos Raonic has been bumped to No7 from No8 and David Ferrer has slipped to No8, but are still both scheduled to reach the quarter-finals.
The next eight, who are seeded to reach the last 16, are also little changed, with two-time Wimbledon semi-finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who has suffered from arm injuries this season, swapping places with the No13-ranked Gilles Simon, who reached the semis at Queen’s last week.
The Spaniard who thrives on grass, Feliciano Lopez, has benefitted from a one-point rise to No15, exchanging places with David Goffin.
However, the stand-out among this set is two-time former champion and winner of 39 matches at The Championships, Rafael Nadal, who is seeded at just 10 despite winning the Stuttgart 250 earlier this month (though he subsequently lost in the first round at Queen’s).
Nadal has not been seeded outside the top eight since his first appearance at No75 in 2003. It means that the Spaniard, who pulled out of the tour with injury for over three months after losing to Nick Kyrgios in the fourth round last year, could meet any of the top seeds as early as the quarter-finals.
There is a little shuffling among the next 16, but this makes little difference to the draw. Just missing out on valuable seedings, however, are No33-ranked Philipp Kohlschreiber, a former Halle champion and Wimbledon quarter-finalist, Adrian Mannarino, and Juan Monaco.
Other dangers among the unseeded names include No39, the fast-rising teenager Borna Coric, as well as a clutch of men who have made their marks on London’s grass in recent years: No42 Fernando Verdasco, No46 Jiri Vesely, No47 Jerzy Janowicz and No49 Sergiy Stakhovsky.
Wimbledon’s seeding formula is:
• Take the Emirates ATP Ranking points at 22 June 2015
• Add 100 per cent of the points earned for all grass court tournaments in the past 12 months
• Add 75 per cent of the points earned for the best grass court tournament in the 12 months before that
1 Novak Djokovic
2 Roger Federer
3 Andy Murray
4 Stan Wawrinka
5 Kei Nishikori
6 Tomas Berdych
7 Milos Raonic
8 David Ferrer
9 Marin Cilic
10 Rafael Nadal
11 Grigor Dimitrov
12 Gilles Simon
13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
14 Kevin Anderson
15 Feliciano Lopez
16 David Goffin
17 John Isner, 18 Gael Monfils, 19 Tommy Robredo, 20 Roberto Bautista Agut, 21 Richard Gasquet, 22 Viktor Troicki, 23 Ivo Karlovic, 24 Leonardo Mayer, 25 Andreas Seppi, 26 Nick Kyrgios, 27 Bernard Tomic, 28 Pablo Cuevas, 29 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, 30 Fabio Fognini, 31 Jack Sock, 32 Dominic Thiem
Notable doubles seeds: 13 Jamie Murray and John Peers