TOP MAN: Andy Murray, chasing a third title, heads into Wimbledon as the top seed.
TOP MAN: Andy Murray, chasing a third title, heads into Wimbledon as the top seed. Kirsty Wigglesworth

Kyrgios faces monumental task to win Wimbledon

NICK Kyrgios will have to create history to win Wimbledon after being seeded 20th.

While Boris Becker (1985) and Goran Ivanisevic (2001) engineered miracle triumphs as unseeded players, no man has ever lifted the most prestigious title in tennis seeded 20th.

In the 90 years since the All England Club introduced seedings, only David Nalbandian (28) has made the final - in 2002, when he was hammered by Lleyton Hewitt - with a lower seeding than Kyrgios.

The Australian will have to play one of the top 16 seeds, a group which includes title favourite Roger Federer, defending champion Andy Murray or triple winner Novak Djokovic, from the third round onwards.

While the All England Club seeded the women in strict rankings order, shuffling the order only to accommodate for the absence of pregnant Serena Williams, officials made significant changes to the men's tournament.

Using a unique formula based on grasscourt expertise, Wimbledon pushed Djokovic and Federer two places higher each than their rankings to second and third seed, respectively.

World No1 Andy Murray will be top seed as he chases a third Wimbledon crown.

But world No 2 Rafael Nadal slipped to fourth seeding as world No 3 Stan Wawrinka was demoted to fifth seeding.

Wimbledon's seeding formula rewards grasscourt performances on a sliding scale over this season and last year.

And there have been no better performers on the surface this season than Federer, who won Halle, Gilles Muller (Rosmalen winner, Queen's semi-finalist) and Feliciano Lopez (Stuttgart runner-up, Queen's champion).

Novak Djokovic has benefitted from Wimbledon's ranking system with the world No 4 moving up two spots to the No 2 seed position.
Novak Djokovic has benefitted from Wimbledon's ranking system with the world No 4 moving up two spots to the No 2 seed position. Gareth Fuller

World No 1 Angelique Kerber heads the women's seedings.

She is projected to clash with French Open runner-up Simona Halep in the final.

Karolina Pliskova (three) and Elina Svitolina (four) are seeded to reach the semi-finals.

Daria Gavrilova (20) is Australia's only women's singles seed at No 20 in the absence of injured Sam Stosur, who has a fractured right hand.


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