Rafael Nadal could face top three seeds Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer or Andy Murray as early as the quarter-finals after being confirmed as the fifth seed for Wimbledon 2013.

Nadal’s compatriot David Ferrer completes the top four.

Wimbledon applies its own seeding system for the men's tournament which takes into account a player’s grass court form over the previous two years. 

Nadal has been in sparkling form since returning from injury in February. He has won 43 of his 45 matches since his return and claimed his eighth French Open title earlier this month. No player has won a single Grand Slam title more times than Nadal in Paris.

However, his second-round defeat to Czech Lukas Rosol at Wimbledon last year means he does not move up the seedings ladder from his world ranking of five. This guarantees that twice champion Nadal will play one of the world’s top four in the quarter-finals.

On Monday, the day after he won his third title at Queen’s club, Andy Murray welcomed the possibility of having to play Nadal so early.

In his column for the BBC, Murray said: "You can't get too obsessed about the draw" and "I'd sign up to be in the quarter-finals against Rafa tomorrow if someone offered me that".

He argues that if he was to get through a quarter-final with Nadal, then his semi-final may not be as tough and that to win Wimbledon you have to beat the top players - and that "it doesn’t really matter where they are in the draw".

After his victory at Queen's, Murray took part in a charity match, teaming up with Tim Henman to take on Tomas Berdych and Murray's coach Ivan Lendl in aid of Rally Against Cancer. The charity have supported Murray's friend and Davis Cup team-mate Ross Hutchins, who has been suffering from a Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

Eight men have a higher seeding than their world ranking, with Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny the biggest mover - from 28th in the rankings to 20th seed at Wimbledon.

The women’s rankings stick much closer to the rankings and as expected French Open Champion Serena Williams top the seedings, with Victoria Azarenka second. French Open runner-up Maria Sharapova is third and last year’s Wimbledon runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska fourth. 

Williams’ sister, Venus, a five-time Wimbledon singles champion, has been forced to pull out of this year’s draw due to a back injury. On Tuesday, she announced on Facebook: "I am extremely disappointed as I have always loved The Championships. I need to take time to let my back heal."


The draw for both the men’s and women’s tournament will be made on Friday.


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