Murray won his second Grand Slam at Wimbledon in 2013 (©GettyImages)
Murray won his second Grand Slam at Wimbledon in 2013 (©GettyImages).

Andy Murray seeding unlikely to be affected by rankings fall

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Reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has slipped from fourth to eighth in the world rankings since beating Novak Djokovic in the final at SW19 in 2013, and it is likely that he will remain in the top four seeds for this year’s Championships.

While a majority of tournaments base their seeding system purely on a player’s position in the world rankings, the All England Club also take into account a player’s performances in the grass court season in the last two years, and at Wimbledon in particular.

Tournament chairman Phil Brook has said that the 27-year-old’s seeding is likely to be boosted by his performances on grass in the previous two years, and he also revealed that Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer should also benefit from the system.

"We have a surfaced-based seeding system here at Wimbledon," said Brook. "So we take the ranking points of each player, and add to that the ranking points they hypothetically received last year on grass, and we add to that 75% of the best-performing tournament in the previous year.

"To put it into context for Andy Murray, as winner of Queen's last year and winner here last year, and a finalist here in 2012, there will be a significant impact on him. There will also be quite a significant impact on Federer and Djokovic; there will be some adjustment."

Federer won his first Grand Slam in over two years to become Wimbledon champion for the seventh time in 2012, beating Murray in the final, and Djokovic has reached the semi-final and the final in his last two efforts.

It is likely that world number one Rafael Nadal could be affected by the seeding process, despite his world ranking.

The Spaniard, who won the tournament in 2008 and 2010, has failed to reach the third round in the last two years, after shock losses to Lukas Rosol and Steve Darcis in the second and first round respectively.

But his ranking points tally should give the Mallorcan comfort, as he holds a lead of just under 2000 points over Djokovic in second, and a 6,400 point lead over Stanislas Wawrinka in third, so his only realistic worry would be that he could be seeded second as opposed to first.

Murray became the first British male to win the singles title at Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936 when he took victory at the tournament last year, but he has struggled to find his best form since then.

Surgery on his back forced him to miss the back end of the 2013 season, and he is yet to reach the final of a singles tournament in 2014, with his only semi-final appearance being in Acapulco in February.

After taking a short break from tennis and deciding not to take part in the Monte Carlo Masters, and his next tournament will be at the Madrid Masters, which begins on Monday.

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