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Andy Murray is top seed for first time at Wimbledon 2017

Andy Murray
Andy Murray

Defending champion Andy Murray's indifferent form of late did not prevent him being named top seed for Wimbledon for the first time yesterday.

The 30-year-old Scot and world number one, who suffered a shock first round defeat at the hands of journeyman Australian Jordan Thompson at last week's Queen's tournament, will not face any of his fellow members of the 'Big Four' until the semi-finals.

Novak Djokovic, whose form has also taken a turn for the worse, Roger Federer, fresh from winning at Halle, and Rafael Nadal, reinvigorated after triumphing at the French Open, are all seeded in the top four with Murray for the first time at a Grand Slam event since Wimbledon in 2014.

Djokovic, a three-time Wimbledon champion, and seven-time champion Federer both benefit from the Wimbledon organisers' habit of not sticking blindly to the world rankings.

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