Djokovic is on the rise in seed­ings

Serb is up to two in the seed­ings for Lon­don tour­na­ment

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Three-time Wim­ble­don cham­pion No­vak Djokovic has been bumped up to sec­ond seed for next week’s tour­na­ment de­spite slipping to fourth in the ATP world rank­ings, while seven-times cham­pion Roger Fed­erer has also ben­e­fited.

The seed­ings, re­leased by the All Eng­land Club, have de­fend­ing cham­pion Andy Mur­ray No 1 in the men’s sin­gles with Ger­many’s An­gelique Ker­ber the women’s top seed. Wim­ble­don dif­fers from the other grand slams, in the men’s sin­gles at least, with pre­vi­ous form on grass in the pre­vi­ous two years com­ing into play to re-or­der the top 32 in the world rank­ings – a sys­tem agreed by the ATP.

Spa­niard Rafael Nadal, who won a 10th French Open last month, is sec­ond in the ATP rank­ings but will be seeded fourth at Wim­ble­don af­ter a medi­ocre record there in re­cent years, hav­ing not been be­yond the fourth round since 2011.

De­spite win­ning the ti­tle twice, the 31-year-old has not been past the fourth round since 2011.

Favourite Fed­erer, fifth on the ATP rank­ings, is seeded third which means he will avoid one of his big­gest ri­vals for the ti­tle un­til the semi-fi­nals.

Fel­low Swiss Stan Wawrinka, run­ner-up at the French Open, drops to fifth seed, from his world rank­ing of No 3.

Other ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the sys­tem in­clude Lux­em­bourg’s grass-court ex­pert Gilles Muller who is seeded 16th com­pared to an ATP rank­ing of 26. Muller won the re­cent Den Bosch tour­na­ment and reached the semi-fi­nal at Queen’s Club last week.

Queen’s Club cham­pion Feli­ciano Lopez, ranked 25, is seeded 19th. The women’s seeds stick strictly with the cur­rent WTA rank­ings. Ro­ma­nia’s Si­mon Halep, who could take over the top spot this week if she wins the East­bourne ti­tle, is seeded at No 2.

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