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Wimbledon 2013 preview

The 2013 Wimbledon Championships begin on Monday, with the seedings for the tournament announced this morning.

British No.1 and world No.2 Andy Murray has been seeded second and is the only Brit seeded in either the Men’s or Women’s singles draws.

World No.1 Novak Djokovic is the first seed and last year’s winner Roger Federer is third ahead of Spaniards David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal, the French Open winner.

With Nadal dropping down to fifth seed after his lengthy absence from the game the path to the final for Murray has been made tougher, with the potential of having to beat Nadal, Federer and Djokovic if he’s to win his first Wimbledon title.

Murray though is fresh from victory at Queen’s Club, where he came back to beat Marin Cilic in three sets after losing the opener. The Scotsman has had his best 12 months in the sport having reached the Wimbledon final last year before picking up a gold medal at the Olympics and going on to win his first Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows in the US Open. He then lost in the Australian Open final earlier this year before pulling out of the French.

Bookmakers Youwin only make Murray 19/5 third favourite however, behind Djokovic at 19/10 and Nadal at 15/4. However other companies are offering Murray at similar prices to Nadal: Paddy Power has them both at 7/2, while Bet365 offer 11/4.

Last year’s champion Federer, who is the joint most successful player at Wimbledon, is available at 25/4 (You Win) to overtake Pete Sampras and win a record-breaking eighth title, while Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is priced at 27/1 (Betfair) and 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt is as long as 693/1 (Betfair).

In the Women’s draw, five-time champion Serena Williams is the stand-out favourite and is 1/2 with many bookies, although her best price is 4.7. The 2004 winner Maria Sharapova is best priced 49/6 (Betfair) but as short as 4/1 (Boylesports), while unseeded Brit Laura Robson is priced between 50/1 (Betfred) and 246/1 (Betfair).

Bruce Archer
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