Murray seeded No 3 to rewind Wimbledon clock to 1973

Barely a day goes by without Andy Murray matching or eclipsing a British record. Yesterday it was Roger Taylor's turn as Murray became the first Briton since the 67-year-old Yorkshireman to be seeded No 3 at Wimbledon, which starts on Monday.

If the seedings work out, Murray would have to beat both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to win the title. Tomorrow's draw will decide which of the two he will be seeded to meet in the semi-finals.

Being seeded in the top four means Murray cannot meet Nadal, Federer or Novak Djokovic until the semis. However, since breaking into the top four in the rankings the 22-year-old Scot has yet to live up to his seeding in a Grand Slam event. He lost to Fernando Verdasco in the fourth round in Melbourne and to Fernando Gonzalez in the quarter-finals in Paris.

Taylor enjoyed his highest-ever seeding in 1973 thanks to a boycott by most leading players after the banning of Nikki Pilic, who had refused to play in a Davis Cup tie for Yugoslavia. Taylor had originally been seeded No 16. He took full advantage, beating a 17-year-old Swedish newcomer by the name of Bjorn Borg before losing in the semi-finals to Jan Kodes, the eventual champion.

Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam tournament which does not seed players purely according to their world ranking. Instead it takes the rankings and applies a formula giving extra weight to performances on grass over the last two years.

The main beneficiaries are last year's two surprise semi-finalists. Marat Safin, the world No 23, is seeded No 15, while Rainer Schüttler jumps 11 places to No 19. Feliciano Lopez, up six spots to No 22, and Ivo Karlovic, up eight to No 23, also benefit.

Wimbledon adopts a different policy for the women, reserving the right to correct what it sees as any anomalies in the rankings. This year the only change sees Maria Sharapova, who is ranked No 59 following a lengthy absence with a shoulder injury, seeded at No 24. Dinara Safina, who struggles on grass, is seeded No 1, while Venus Williams, the five-times champion, is at No 3, one place behind her sister, Serena.

Naomi Cavaday, a 6-0, 3-6, 7-5 winner over Angelique Kerber, is the only British singles player left in the Wimbledon qualifying competition after second-round defeats for Alex Slabinsky, Marcus Willis and Joshua Milton. James Ward and Alex Bogdanovic, the only two Britons left in the Aegon International at Eastbourne, lost to Frank Dancevic and Dmitry Tursunov respectively.

Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Machine Gun America: The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons

Machine Gun America

The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons
The ethics of pet food: Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?

The ethics of pet food

Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?
11 best bedside tables

11 best bedside tables

It could be the first thing you see in the morning, so make it work for you. We find night stands, tables and cabinets to wake up to
No postcode? No vote

Floating voters

How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell