Wimbledon: Andy Murray confirmed as No 2 seed for SW19

Last Updated: 19/06/13 1:14pm

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Tim Henman has picked Rafael Nadal as his favourite for the Wimbleon title - although he believes the home support will be a big help for Andy Murray

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Andy Murray has been confirmed as the second seed for the Wimbledon men's singles and could face Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals.

French Open champion Nadal is seeded fifth, below Spanish compatriot David Ferrer, who he beat in the final at Roland Garros.

Nadal could face another big name in the last eight, with Murray, top seed Novak Djokovic and defending champion Roger Federer all potential last-eight opponents.

Men's seedings (1-16)

1 Novak Djokovic
2 Andy Murray
3 Roger Federer
4 David Ferrer
5 Rafael Nadal
6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
7 Tomas Berdych
8 Juan Martin del Potro
9 Richard Gasquet
10 Marin Cilic
11 Stanislas Wawrinka
12 Kei Nishikori
13 Tommy Haas
14 Janko Tipsarevic
15 Nicolas Almagro
16 Philipp Kohlschreiber

The seedings for Wimbledon are based on a formula that takes no account of matches at the tournament before 2011.

No influence

Nadal's victories in 2008 and 2010 therefore have no influence on his seeding this time round, with his second-round exit to Lukas Rosol last year proving costly.

He also suffered as a result of missing the last seven months with a knee injury.

The top-ranked 32 players in the world start as seeds, with their current totals supplemented by points gained on grass in the past two years.

There were no surprises in the women's seedings, with defending champion Serena Williams leading the way, ahead of Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska.


Women's seedings (1-16)

1 Serena Williams
2 Victoria Azarenka
3 Maria Sharapova
4 Agnieszka Radwanska
5 Sara Errani
6 Li Na
7 Angelique Kerber
8 Petra Kvitova
9 Caroline Wozniacki
10 Maria Kirilenko
11 Roberta Vinci
12 Ana Ivanovic
13 Nadia Petrova
14 Samantha Stosur
15 Marion Bartoli
16 Jelena Jankovic

Former champion Goran Ivanisevic feels Andy Murray will be stronger from the Wimbledon heartache of 12 months ago, but still faces a battle to fulfil his destiny at the All England Club in 2013.

"He played well last year and was close to winning, now it can be a bit easier after winning the Olympics at Wimbledon, then the US Open," said Ivanisevic, who was runner up three times prior to his remarkable success in 2001.

"However, even though everyone will be expecting him to win, it will not be easy.

"Andy knows what it is like to be in the final of Wimbledon now, also what it is like to win a Grand Slam.

"He just needs to play his best tennis now, then he can go through the competition."

Ivanisevic added: "It is destiny for somebody to break the tradition of 70 years (without a British men's singles champion at Wimbledon) and the best chance is Andy.

"They said it was destiny for Tim (Henman), but he never made the final. Andy did last year, so he will want one more step this time."

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