Updated: 22/06/2012 20:46 | By pa.press.net

Djokovic and Sharapova SW19 top seeds



Novak Djokovic is the men's top seed at Wimbledon as he defends the title he won last year

Novak Djokovic is the men's top seed at Wimbledon as he defends the title he won last year

Defending champion Novak Djokovic and 2004 winner Maria Sharapova are the top seeds for this year's Wimbledon Championships.

Both players will top the pile at the All England Club for the first time in their careers, with Djokovic having guaranteed the number one ranking by reaching the final 12 months ago.

Sharapova won the title as a 17-year-old eight years ago but her career has been disrupted by injury and Wimbledon will be her first tournament as world number one for four years after she won the French Open earlier this month.

The women's seedings match the rankings exactly, with Victoria Azarenka in second, Agnieszka Radwanska third and defending champion Petra Kvitova, who beat Sharapova in the final last year, seeded fourth.

US Open champion Sam Stosur is fifth, one place ahead of four-time champion Serena Williams, while last year's top seed Caroline Wozniacki is seventh this time.

The only changes to the seedings reflect the absence from the tournament of world number 16 Kaia Kanepi and number 18 Andrea Petkovic through injury.

In the men's draw, Djokovic is followed by the man he beat in last year's final, Rafael Nadal, who is fresh from winning a record seventh French Open title.

Six-time champion Roger Federer is seeded third, one place ahead of British number one Andy Murray, while last season's semi-finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is sixth.

Former finalist Tomas Berdych swaps places with David Ferrer, the Czech seeded sixth ahead of the Spaniard, while Mardy Fish is promoted to 10th ahead of John Isner and Nicolas Almagro. Other climbers include three-time quarter-finalist Feliciano Lopez, who is elevated from 17th to 14th, and Marin Cilic, the winner at Queen's Club last weekend, who is seeded 16th.

The biggest leap is made by Australian teenager Bernard Tomic, who reached the quarter-finals last year and climbs from 27th to 20th, while three-time finalist Andy Roddick is seeded 30th.

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20/06/2012 16:51
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I feel sorry for Andy. He's the 4th best in the world at something and everyone still thinks he's sh!t
20/06/2012 20:40
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He is number 4 in the world rankings, so why is it 'laughable' that he is now the 4th seed?

 

And since when has Murray been knocked out in the 4th round every year, he is actually very consistant at the major tournaments. Last year he reached the semifinals of all four grandslams (only the seventh person in history to achieve that btw.) The last time he was knocked out in the 4th round of Wimbledon was SIX years ago, when he ranked 16 in the world. To put that into context, consider the fact Murray has played at Wimbledon for 7 years now and has won 80% of his matches (current world number 1 Djokovic has won 81% over the same period, and probably the greatest tennis player of all time - Roger Federer - has won 94% of Wimbledon matches.) 

 

I guess the point I'm making, is that nobody here seems to actually know anything about tennis, so why would Andy Murray care about your uneducated, biased opinions?

21/06/2012 00:24
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Chris Burford, your comment just doesn't make sense...

In what way is world number 4 a 'safe little bubble?' Every single one of the hundreds of people behind him in the rankings are doing all they can to catch up to him. If he lost to everyone raked in the top 65 (as you so ridiculously claim) he would not be in the top 4, it's as simple as that.

You are also using the number of tournaments he has played as a way of showing him to be a bad player. Please explain your logic to me. Murray has played 10 tournaments so far this year (winning 1.) You claim he doesn't deserve his 'false' world ranking, so let’s compare to the person right behind him at number 5, shall we? Tsonga has also won a tournament this year, but has played in 13. Please explain why you think Murray shouldn't be ranked world number 4. Let's also compare him to Roger Federer, ranked world number 3. Roger has also played in 10 tournaments this year, although he has already won 4 (and deservedly so.) So he obviously should be ranked ahead of Murray. It seems to me, Murray is ranked exactly where he should be.

So, as a big follower of the sport, I have given you some relevant tennis stats to consider. Trust me, I am not disagreeing with you just for the sake of it, but I really can't see how you can justify the statements you make. There are younger players catching up to everyone, not just Murray, and this phrase of 'micky mouse' is also ridiculous. The top 4 play just about the same tournaments every year (with obvious exceptions for various reasons- especially leading up to the slams.) How can a tournament with all the top 4 competing be considered not worthy of playing?

So I have gone through your comment giving my opinion (I invite you to do the same to mine.) Just as a point of fact, the rankings are not just decided by tournament wins as many people here seem to think, but use the system to judge the best player as a whole. That is why all the top 3 could overtake each other this year at Wimbledon, because they have all been incredibly consistent.

Why don't you just enjoy the sport, instead of wasting your time trying to drag Murray with every available chance? I just can't see what you are achieving. Anyway, rant over...

21/06/2012 21:38
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You can read my response on the other article.

 

I'm moving on now, think I've embarrassed you enough already.

20/06/2012 19:39
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As 4th seed,No one should be surprised or disappointed if he gets as far as the semi finals. 
Only the bitter and twisted.
20/06/2012 18:03
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Andy will do what he does every year, play 3 players that any half decent tennis player could beat, then play someone half decent in the 4th round and get beat.

I would love Andy to prove me wrong, but it just won't happen....
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