London : Wimbledon turned tennis upside down when Novak Djokovic was named top seed above world number one Rafael Nadal while defending champion Andy Murray was seeded three over seven-time winner Roger Federer.
The All England Club awarded top billing to 27-year-old Djokovic, the 2011 champion and 2013 runner-up, by using its controversial grasscourt weighting system in deciding its seeds instead of sticking by the ATP world rankings.
French Open champion Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 Wimbledon winner, is relegated from his world number one ranking to the second seeding after losing in the first round in 2013 and second round 12 months earlier. Murray, who became Britain’s first men’s champion since Fred Perry in 1936 when he swept past Djokovic in last year’s final, has been elevated to the third seeding despite a world ranking of five.
Federer, a shock second round loser to Sergei Stakhovsky in 2013 and who won the last of his seven titles in 2012, was handed the fourth seeding in line with his current ranking.
Sania Mirza and her partner Cara Black have been seeded fourth in the women’s doubles event, while Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek are seeded fifth in the men’s doubles.
Another Indian competing in the men’s doubles is Rohan Bopanna, who is seeded eighth along with Pakistani partner Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi.
For Mahesh Bhupathi, the Wimbledon championship will be his swansong tournament.
Somdev Devvarman will be lone Indian competing in the singles. The draw for the singles will be announced on Friday while the doubles draws will be announced next week. PTI