Andy Murray to start bid for second Wimbledon title as second seed

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Andy Murray will be seeded second at Wimbledon as the British number one targets a third grand slam title.

Murray, who ended this country's 77-year wait for a men's champion at the All England Club in 2013, will be in a separate half to top seed Novak Djokovic when the draw is made on Friday.

In the women's tournament, Johanna Konta is the first British female to be seeded at Wimbledon since Jo Durie in 1984. Konta is seeded 17th.

It means Murray cannot face world number one Djokovic, who currently holds all four grand slam titles, until the final.

Murray has lost 13 of his last 15 matches against the Serb, including at the Australian and French Open finals this year, but he has won their last two meetings on grass.

Seventeen-time major champion Roger Federer is seeded third and his Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka comes in at four. Canada's Milos Raonic, who has hired John McEnroe as coach, is sixth.

Serena Williams will be top seed in the women's draw as the American looks to equal Steffi Graf's open-era record by sealing a 22nd grand slam triumph.

Williams has failed at the last hurdle in her last two major tournaments, enduring surprise defeats at the Australian and French Open finals this year.

Her conqueror at Roland Garros, Garbine Muguruza of Spain, is seeded second with Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska, the 2012 finalist, third.

Konta's placing at 17th come as reward for a remarkable 12 months, in which she has reached the last 16 at the US Open and the semi-finals at the Australian Open. The 25-year-old's world ranking has shot up from 146th to 18th.

Seedings at Wimbledon are determined using a combination of a player's ranking points and their results in grass-court matches.

Play at the third grand slam tournament of the year starts on Monday.

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