Australian Open 2015: Former champions Djokovic and Williams top seeds

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been named as the top seeds for the Australian Open

World No1s Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams head the seedings at the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open, which begins next Monday.

The top four men’s seeds comprise all four of the former champions in the draw, who between them own 10 of the last 11 titles.

Djokovic, playing in his ninth Australian draw, has fallen short of the quarter-finals only once, a fourth-round exit in his first appearance in 2007. He has won the title four times to accumulate a 43-4 win-loss record.

Second seed Roger Federer, appearing in his 16th Melbourne draw, is also a four-time champion. He has not lost before the semi-finals since winning the title in 2004. His win-loss record is 74-11.

Third seed Rafael Nadal is appearing in his 10th Open and has reached at least the quarters since 2007. He was champion in 2009, losing finalist the last two years, and has a 41-8 win-loss record.

The defending champion is No4 seed Stan Wawrinka. Playing his 10th Australian Open, he also reached the quarters in 2011 and has a 24-8 win-loss record.

On the women’s side, the top seeds are two of just three former champions in the draw.

Williams, playing in Melbourne for a 15th time, has won the title five times and reached the quarters on four other occasions, a 61-10 record.

Second seed Maria Sharapova is playing her 12th Melbourne championships and has reached at least the semi-finals six times. She has played three finals, winning the title in 2008, a 42-10 win-loss record.

However the most recent champion in the draw—last year’s winner Na Li has since retired—is the unseeded Victoria Azarenka, who will be playing in Melbourne for the 10th time. She won the title in 2012 an 2013 and lost in the quarters last year. Injury has seen her drop to No41 but she boasts a 32 to 7 win-loss record.

The draw takes place in Melbourne on Friday 16 January at 10.30am (UK 11.30pm).

Men’s seeds

NB Significant unseeded players: Juan Martin del Potro, Lleyton Hewitt

1. Novak Djokovic (SRB)
2. Roger Federer (SUI)
3. Rafael Nadal (ESP)
4. Stan Wawrinka (SUI)

5. Kei Nishikori (JPN)
6. Andy Murray (GBR)
7. Tomas Berdych (CZE)
8. Milos Raonic (CAN)

9. David Ferrer (ESP)
10. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)
11. Ernests Gulbis (LAT)
12. Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
13. Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)
14. Kevin Anderson (RSA)
15. Tommy Robredo (ESP)
16. Fabio Fognini (ITA)

17. Gael Monfils (FRA)
18. Gilles Simon (FRA)
19. John Isner (USA)
20. David Goffin (BEL)
21. Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)
22. Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)
23. Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
24. Richard Gasquet (FRA)
25. Julien Benneteau (FRA)
26. Leonardo Mayer (ARG)
27. Pablo Cuevas (URU)
28. Lukas Rosol (CZE)
29. Jeremy Chardy (FRA)
30. Santiago Giraldo (COL)
31. Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
32. Martin Klizan (SVK)

Men’s wild cards
James Duckworth (AUS)
Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS)
Denis Kudla (USA)
John Millman (AUS)
Lucas Pouille (FRA)
Luke Saville (AUS)
Jordon Thompson (AUS)
Ze Zhang (CHN)

Women’s seeds

NB Significant unseeded players: Victoria Azarenka, Sloane Stephens

1. Serena Williams (USA)
2. Maria Sharapova (RUS)
3. Simona Halep (ROU)
4. Petra Kvitova (CZE)

5. Ana Ivanovic (SRB)
6. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
7. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)
8. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)

9. Angelique Kerber (GER)
10. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)
11. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)
12. Flavia Pennetta (ITA)
13. Andrea Petkovic (GER)
14. Sara Errani (ITA)
15. Jelena Jankovic (SRB)
16. Lucie Safarova (CZE)

17. Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP)
18. Venus Williams (USA)
19. Alize Cornet (FRA)
20. Samantha Stosur (AUS)
21. Shuai Peng (CHN)
22. Karolina Pliskova (CZE)
23. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
24. Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP)
25. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)
26. Elina Svitolina (UKR)
27. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)
28. Sabine Lisicki (GER)
29. Casey Dellacqua (AUS)
30. Varvara Lepchenko (USA)
31. Zarina Diyas (KAZ)
32. Belinda Bencic (SUI)

Women’s wild cards
Kai-Chen Chang (TPE)
Oceane Dodin (FRA)
Irina Falconi (USA)
Daria Gavrilova (AUS)
Olivia Rogowska (AUS)
Arina Rodionova (AUS)
Storm Sanders (AUS)
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