19th of June 2013 Author: Johnny Karp
French Open champion Rafael Nadal could meet Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon after being confirmed as the fifth seed of the tournament. Nadal, who has won the Wimbledon tournament twice, has moved down the world rankings after spending seven months out of the circuit due to a knee injury. Djokovic is the top seed ahead of Murray and Federer while Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka head the women's list, with the draw to be made on Friday.
Wimbledon applies its own formula to the men's seedings based on a player's grass-court track record over the last two years. Nadal has won 43 out of 45 matches since making his return in February 2013 and snatched his eighth French Open title in Paris earlier this month. But his second-round defeat by Lukas Rosol at last year's Wimbledon keeps him fifth in the tournament seedings, with fellow Spaniard David Ferrer taking the fourth position.
Murray said: "As a player you can't get too obsessed about the draw. I'd sign up to be in the quarter-finals against Rafa tomorrow if someone offered me that. You could say if I get through that match, then the semi-final might not be as tough, but if you want to win the biggest tournaments you have to beat the best players in the world. It doesn't really matter where they are in the draw."
Nadal is 11/4 at Bet365 to win the tournament, same odds as Andy Murray, while Novak Djokovic is the favourite at 6/4. Serena Williams is 1/2 to win the women's tournament while Maria Sharapova is priced at 11/2.
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