London: Defending Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic has been confirmed as the top seed in this year's mens' singles at the All England Club, while French Open winner Maria Sharapova is the top seed in the womens' singles. Serbia's Djokovic, the current world number one, was beaten by Rafael Nadal in the French Open final earlier this month, but he retains the top seeding ahead of the second
Djokovic's defeat to Nadal in Paris marked the end of a run of three successive grand slam final victories over the world number two, which started when he won Wimbledon for the first time last year. Six-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer is seeded third as he seeks to win a grand slam for the first time since the 2010 Australian Open.
Britain's Andy Murray, a loser in the Wimbledon semi-finals for the last three years, is the fourth seed, while France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a beaten semi-finalist at Wimbledon last year, is seeded fifth. Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, who lost to Nadal in the 2010 Wimbledon final, is bumped up to the sixth seed, one place above Spain's David Ferrer, who is ranked higher but drops down to seventh seed due to his inferior grass-court record.
Big-serving American Mardy Fish, back in action after serious health issues, is promoted to 10th ahead of John Isner and Nicolas Almagro. AFP