Novak Djokovic has been named as the top seed for Wimbledon, which starts next week, with reigning champion Andy Murray being seeded third.

The Serbian is ranked second in the world, but he has moved above world number one Rafael Nadal in the pecking order due to holding a better record on grass in the last two years.

The seedings given by the All England Club are not entirely based on a player’s world ranking, as it combines it with the best tournament performances on grass in each of the previous two years.

Nadal's recent upsets

That means that Nadal’s shock defeats in the second and first round at Wimbledon in the last two years to Lukas Rosol and Steve Darcis respectively make him the second seed, as Djokovic has reached the semi-finals and the final in that time.

Djokovic won the tournament in 2011, and this is the third year in a row that he goes into the tournament as the number one seed.

Murray has jumped two places from his world ranking of fifth, swapping places with world number three Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland, with his compatriot Roger Federer seeded fourth.

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That is likely to give the 27-year-old Murray a slightly more comfortable route if he is to reach the semi-finals, as he would avoid a quarter-final match up with any of the other top four seeds.

Those four collectively hold 11 Wimbledon titles between them, with Federer attempting to become the first man to win eight titles in the Open Era, and Murray defending his title which made him become the first British man to win the title since 1936.

Lower seeds

The rest of the top ten is made up of 2010 finalist Tomas Berdych, who is seeded sixth, Spaniard David Ferrer in seventh, Canada’s Milos Raonic, America’s John Isner and Japan’s Kei Nishikori.

Lleyton Hewitt is the only other former champion in the men’s draw, but he is unseeded for the tournament.

Ladies' Draw

In contrast to the men’s draw, the women’s singles draw directly follows the world rankings, meaning that American five-time champion Serena Williams is the top seed, followed by China’s Li Na in second, French Open finalist Simona Halep in third and Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska in fourth.

French Open champion and 2004 Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova is seeded fifth, and she is followed by 2011 champion Petra Kvitova in sixth, with the other seeded former champion being 30th seed Venus Williams.

The draw for the only grass court Grand Slam takes place on Friday.

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