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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 Jarrett said.
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.
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 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.
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