October 31st, 2014
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The 2014 Wimbledon Championships start on Monday and the seedings have been done for the men’s draw.
2011 winner Novak Djokovic goes as top seed for the latest edition of the famous Grand Slam and will be looking to bounce back after losing in the final last year. Djokovic has been to two finals at Wimbledon and given his current form on the ATP, the World Number one not only takes top seeding, but goes as favourite to lift the title at SW19 too.
With three titles to his name this year, and heading to Wimbledon on the back of a defeat against Rafael nadal in the final of the French Open, then he will be the one to stop. He is more of a solid shot on grass than any of the other main contenders, and Djokovic is running as 9/5 favourite to lift the title this year. It is going to be hard to go against the Serbian on grass.
Reigning champion Andy Murray is a 4/1 shot to lift the title. He hasn’t been at his best this season, working his way back to full sharpness following back surgery last year. But a confident and hard working run at the French Open will have given him some better standing, but the new coaching partnership with Amelie Mauresmo didn’t get off to a bang, with Murray failing early in a title defence at Queens under his new coach’s tutelage.
Murray goes as third seed in his Wimbledon title defence, with Rafael Nadal sandwiching Djokovic and Murray. Nadal is at 11/2 to get win his third Wimbledon title, and he tried to make the transition to grass after his win at Roland Garros, but fell in his first match in Halle against World Number 85 Dustin Brown. Nadal is a two time winner of Wimbledon from five appearances in the final, his last title coming back in 2010.
Seven time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer is trading as fourth favourite in the field and he goes off as fourth seed as well. Federer’s last title at Wimbledon was just two years ago when he toppled Andy Murray in the final. He should be well rested after making an early exit from the French Open, so he will have had time to get plenty of practice in on grass.
Missing out on the top four seedings, which means that he could face either Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic or Murray in the quarter finals, is this year’s Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka, who goes as 5th seed. Wawrinka is a 10/1 shot to lift the title. Wawrinka has only been past the first round once in the last four editions, and that was in 2011 when he lost in the second round.
The seedings for the men’s draw are based on the top 32 in the ATP Rankings, but also a surface-based system comes into play, rewarding those who have performed well on grass over the past twelve months.