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Novak Djokovic top seed at Wimbledon, Federer second

London, Jun 26 (IANS) | Publish Date: 6/26/2019 12:12:04 PM IST

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was on Wednesday designated as the top seed in the men’s singles category for the upcoming Wimbledon tennis tournament starting July 1, while eight-time winner Roger Federer has been seeded second.

Despite holding the world No. 2 position in the ATP rankings, two-time Wimbledon champion and 18-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal was seeded third for the grass-court tournament, Efe news reported.

“The seeds are the top 32 players on the ATP ranking list, but then rearranged on a surface-based system,” Wimbledon explained.

“The seeding order is determined using an objective and transparent system to reflect more accurately an individual player’s grass court achievements. It is based on giving additional credit for grass court performance in the two-year period immediately before the date used for seeding for the championships,” Wimbledon added in a statement. 

The seeding system the tournament has adopted enables Federer to leapfrog Nadal as the second seed and avoid subsequently a clash with the top seed until the championship match, should both make it thus far. Federer is generally regarded to be a master on grass courts, whereas Nadal is considered to be the greatest clay court player of all time.

The top 10 seeds at the Wimbledon are as follows:

1. Novak Djokovic 

(Serbia)

2. Roger Federer 

(Switzerland)

3. Rafael Nadal 

(Spain)

4. Kevin Anderson 

(South Africa)

5. Dominic Thiem 

(Austria)

6. Alexander Zverev 

(Germany)

7. Stefanos Tsitsipas 

(Greece)

8. Kei Nishikori 

(Japan)

9. John Isner 

(USA)

10. Karen Khachanov 

(Russia)

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