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Nadal gets top billing

sports Updated: Jun 17, 2009 23:30 IST

Defending champion Rafael Nadal will be the top seed in the men's singles at Wimbledon this year ahead of French Open champion Roger Federer, seeded second, and Queen's champion Andy Murray, who will be the third seed.

World number one Dinara Safina is top seed in the women's singles ahead of second seeded Serena Williams, the reigning Australian Open champion.

Nadal hopes to feature when Wimbledon gets under way on Monday despite missing Queen's with knee tendinitis.

Federer, beaten by Nadal in a thrilling five-set final at the All-England Club last year, opted to miss the grass-court event at Halle last week to recover from his exertions at Roland Garros, where he won his 14th career Grand Slam, but the Swiss is regarded as a strong favourite to win Wimbledon for the sixth time.

Murray, the world number three, is bidding to become the first British man to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936 and is seeded nine places higher than last year as a result of his superb start to the season.

The 22-year-old reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals in 2008 before losing to Nadal in straight sets. The men's seedings are based on the current world rankings but are slightly adjusted to take into account grass-court performances in the last two years. The only change in the top 10 sees world number eight Fernando Verdasco made seventh seed ahead of France's Gilles Simon, while Russia's Marat Safin and Ivo big-serving Croat Karlovic are the biggest movers. Former Australian Open champion Safin, a surprise semi-finalist last year, is seeded 15th.