Novak Djokovic has been installed as the top seed ahead of world number one Rafa Nadal and defending champion Andy Murray for the Wimbledon Championships beginning next week.

Djokovic, the 2011 winner, was beaten by his rival Nadal a few weeks back in the French Open and is also seeded behind the Spaniard in the world rankings, however his superior record on grass over the last few years has given him the edge.

Murray, the current number five ranked player in the world, became the first Briton to lift the title since Fred Perry in1936 when he beat Serbian Novak Djokovic in the final last year and with seven times champion Roger Federer seeded fourth, he isn't due to meet either of the big three until the semi-finals.

If all goes according to the draw Murray could face either Australian Open champion, Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer or Milos Raonic for a place in the semi-finals.

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Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam that doesn't use the world rankings to determine the seedings, explaining the shake up.

Officials use a three-stage formula to determine the seedings which includes taking into account recent grass-court performances over the last two seasons.

When you factor this into to the equation it explains why Nadal, the winner of the recent French Open and world number one has been ousted by his rival Djokovic at the top of the SW19 tree.

Nadal, a winner of Wimbledon in 2008 and 2011, has been relegated due to his failure to reach the third round over the last two years.

Wawrinka Suffering with Illness

Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka is seeded fifth despite his world ranking of three, the Swiss losing in the first round last year which would have come into the equation.

There has also been further bad news for Wawrinka after he was laid low by a sever fever which has seriously hampered his preparations.

Dimitrov Dark Horse

Winner at Queens and a dark horse for the tournament, Grigor Dimitrov, has been seeded 11th and will be a potential stumbling block as early as the fourth round for one of the big guns.

The rising Bulgarian star, once dubbed: "baby Fed," has moved his game up a notch or two this year with three tournament wins on three different surfaces. He is also a past winner at SW19 when he lifted the junior title in 2008.

Ladies Draw

Strangely enough the women's draw does follow the world rankings, which leaves six times champion Serena Williams as the top seed.

Williams had not had a particularly successful year at the Slams after losing to Ana Ivanovic in round four in Australia and performing even worse at the French Open when she was stunned in round two by Spain's Gabrine Muguruza.

Li Na occupies second followed by Simona Halep, Agnieszka Radwanska and French Open champion Maria Sharapova.

Former world number one, Anna Ivanovic, who clinched her first grass-court title last week at Edgbaston has been seeded 11th.

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