Murray gets seeding boost for Wimbledon defense

Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:24am EDT
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By Josh Reich

LONDON (Reuters) - Andy Murray's attempted defense of his Wimbledon title was given a boost when he was bumped up to third seed on Wednesday, meaning he will not face either Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal or Roger Federer until the semis.

World number five Murray was hoisted up the pecking order thanks to Wimbledon's unique seeding policy for the men's singles which takes into account recent grasscourt results.

Twice former champion Rafa Nadal, the world No.1, paid the price for failing to get past the second round in the last two years as he was seeded two, with Serbian Djokovic, who Murray beat in last year's final, hoisted to top seed.

Murray became the first Briton to win the men's singles title since 1936 last July and will open play on Centre Court when the tournament starts on Monday.

Seven-times champion Federer of Switzerland was named as the fourth seed, meaning neither he nor Djokovic, Nadal or Murray can face each other before the semi-finals.

Djokovic, champion in 2011, said he was surprised to be top seed.

"A little bit to be honest. I appreciate the respect that I get from the Wimbledon tournament - I always tried to perform my best tennis in this tournament," he told Eurosport.

"I dreamt to win, which happened in 2011. I had some success there, many semi-finals and finals, and it may have affected the decision. It's a responsibility, an extra pressure if I can say it like that.   Continued...

Andy Murray of Britain kisses the winners trophy after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia (R) in their men's singles final tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London July 7, 2013.REUTERS/Anja Niedringhaus/Pool