Thursday, 19 April, 2018

Djokovic bumped up to two in Wimbledon seedings

Milos Raonic right and Andy Murray Milos Raonic right lost out to Andy Murray in last year’s Wimbledon final
Lucia Summers | 29 June, 2017, 08:59

Rafael Nadal will be seeded fourth while Federer will be third seed.

It has been an inconsistent 2017 for the two-time SW19 champion, who was knocked out of the French Open in the semi-finals by Stan Wawrinka, but the world number one remains a leading contender for the crown.

The main draw will be held on the Friday before the tournament, which starts on Monday 3 July. "For me, he's favorite with Federer but Federer won't have the confidence of coming in as French Open champion", Mats Wilander, three-times French Open champion and Eurosport host, told Reuters.

Novak Djokovic is the second seed, but it is the third-placed Roger Federer who tops the bookmakers' odds after he ended his five-year grand slam drought at the Australian Open, winning his 18th major.

The jury has to be out on Nadal to an extent though.

'I had some great years on grass, ' he added.

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He prevailed in the 35th chapter of his rivalry with Nadal in January to clinch the Australian Open - his first grand slam title since Wimbledon in 2012 - before again trumping the Spaniard en route to claiming the Indian Wells and Miami titles.

After the loss, he was forced to be out of the tour for the remainder of the year because of a knee injury.

Grass-court lover Gilles Muller is the big mover, with the Luxembourger ranked 26th by ATP but seeded 16th for the Wimbledon draw.

While the grasscourt comeback for the seven-time Wimbledon champion faltered in the first round at Stuttgart, losing to German veteran Tommy Haas, Federer was imperious on Sunday as he won a ninth Halle title without dropping a set all week. He has played his best tennis, on both hard courts and clay, for more than three years, with four titles and three runner-up finishes in 10 tournaments.

'Well, considering the results of the best players in the world, it is true that it is probably the most open Wimbledon in the last ten years, I will say, ' he said after his win over Grigor Dimitrov in the semi-finals.

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