London: Wimbledon on Wednesday named Novak Djokovic as the top seed above world No. 1 Rafael Nadal, while defending champion Andy Murray was seeded third over seven-time winner Roger Federer.
The All-England Club awarded top billing to 27-year-old Djokovic, the 2011 champion and 2013 runner-up, by using its controversial grasscourt weighting system in deciding its seeds instead of sticking to the ATP world rankings.
French Open champion Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 Wimbledon winner, is relegated from his world No. 1 ranking to the second seeding, after losing in the first round in 2013 and second round 12 months earlier.
Murray, who became Britain’s first men’s champion since Fred Perry in 1936 when he swept past Djokovic in last year’s final, has been elevated as third seed, despite a world ranking of five.
Federer, a shock second-round loser to Sergei Stakhovsky in 2013 and who won the last of his seven titles in 2012, was handed the fourth seeding in line with his current ranking.
The women’s seedings follow the WTA world rankings with five-time champion Serena Williams the No. 1, followed by China’s Li Na, Simona Halep of Romania and Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska.
Maria Sharapova, the champion at Wimbledon 10 years ago as a 17-year-old, is seeded five.
In women’s doubles, Sania Mirza and her partner Cara Black have been seeded fourth. In the men’s doubles, Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek are seeded fifth.
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 it to the main round of 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.
Men: 1. Novak Djokovic (Srb); 2. Rafael Nadal (Esp); 3. Andy Murray (GBR); 4. Roger Federer (Sui); 5. Stanislas Wawrinka (Sui)
Women: 1. Serena Williams (US); 2. Li Na (Chn); 3. Simona Halep (Rom); 4. Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol); 5. Maria Sharapova (Rus)