Wimbledon: Roger Federer was seeded
No 1 for Wimbledon today ahead of Rafael Nadal in a reverse of
their world rankings.
Federer, the defending champion and six-time Wimbledon
winner, received the top seeding even though Nadal recently
supplanted him as No 1 in the world rankings.
Nadal moved into the top spot after winning the French
Open, while Federer slipped to No 2 after losing in the
quarterfinals in Paris.
Wimbledon uses its discretion to seed players based on
their grass-court record.
"While the seeding positions of Roger Federer and Rafael
Nadal are reversed from their current rankings, there is no
practical effect since they remain the leading seeds in their
respective halves of the draw," Wimbledon referee Andrew
The draw will be held Friday, with the two-week Grand
Slam tournament starting Monday.
There were no surprises in the women`s seedings, with
Serena Williams at No 1 and sister Venus at No 2.
Federer has won a record 16 Grand Slam titles, including
this year`s Australian Open. However, he has not won a
tournament since Australia and will be coming into Wimbledon
in something of a slump. He fell to Lleyton Hewitt in Sunday`s
final in Halle, Germany for only his second loss on grass in
more than seven years.
Nadal beat Federer in the 2008 Wimbledon final but was
injured and unable to defend his title last year. The Spaniard
won his fifth French Open earlier this month, but lost to
Feliciano Lopez last week in the quarterfinals of the
Wimbledon grass-court tuneup at Queen`s Club.
Novak Djokovic is seeded No 3 and Andy Murray No 4 in
line with their rankings.
Three-time Wimbledon runner-up Andy Roddick was seeded No
5, two spots above his ranking. French Open finalist Robin
Soderling is No 6.
One of the biggest beneficiaries of the Wimbledon seeding
committee was Hewitt, the 2002 champion who was seeded No 15
despite a world ranking of No 26.
Big-serving Ivo Karlovic is ranked No 33 but was bumped
up to No 25 in the seedings.
The women`s seedings stuck to the world rankings, setting
up the possibility of a fifth all-Williams Wimbledon final.
Serena beat Venus last year for her third Wimbledon title.
The only change in the seedings was caused by the injury
withdrawal of No 5 Elena Dementieva.
Caroline Wozniacki is No 3, followed by Jelena Jankovic
at No 4 and French Open champion Francesca Schiavone at No 5.
Belgians Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin, who are
returning to Wimbledon after coming out of retirement, are
seeded No 8 and No 17, respectively.