London: Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were named top seeds for Wimbledon on Wednesday as two-time champion Rafael Nadal was seeded at 10, his lowly status reflecting his recent struggles. Defending champion Djokovic and five-time winner Williams are both current world number ones and their top billing was a formality.
Former number one Nadal, the Wimbledon champion in 2008 and 2010, has endured a miserable record at the All England Club in recent times, losing in the second, first and fourth round on his last three visits. He was dethroned as French Open champion this season and despite winning the grass-court title in Stuttgart, he was then bundled out of Queen’s by Ukrainian Alexander Dolgopolov in his opening match. Federer, fresh from his eighth Halle grass-court title, is seeded two with Murray at three. Behind Serena is defending Petra Kvitova is seeded second.
Top 16 men’s seeds: 1. Novak Djokovic (SRB), 2. Roger Federer (SUI), 3. Andy Murray (GBR), 4. Stan Wawrinka (SUI), 5. Kei Nishikori (JPN), 6. Tomas Berdych (CZE), 7. Milos Raonic (CAN), 8. David Ferrer (ESP), 9. Marin Cilic (CRO), 10 Rafael Nadal (ESP), 11 Grigor Dimitrov (BUL), 12 Gilles Simon (FRA), 13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA), 14 Kevin Anderson (RSA), 15 Feliciano Lopez (ESP), 16 David Goffin (BEL)
women: 1 Serena Williams, 2 Petra Kvitova (CZE), 3 Simona Halep (ROM), 4 Maria Sharapova (RUS), 5 Caroline Wozniacki (DEN), 6 Lucie Safarova (CZE), 7 Ana Ivanovic (SRB), 8 Ekaterina Makarova (RUS), 9 Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP), 10 Angelique Kerber (GER), 11 Karolina Pliskova (CZE), 12 Eugenie Bouchard (CAN), 13 Agnieszka Radwanska (POL), 14 Andrea Petkovic (GER), 15 Timea Bacsinszky (SUI), 16 Venus Williams (USA)