Top Eight Men's Seeds

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1 ROGER FEDERER
Switzerland
The maestro has overcome his disappointing finish on the slow clay in the semi-finals at the French Open and ought to be finely tuned for his attempt to win a third consecutive Wimbledon title. He is unquestionably the man to beat.

1 ROGER FEDERER
Switzerland
The maestro has overcome his disappointing finish on the slow clay in the semi-finals at the French Open and ought to be finely tuned for his attempt to win a third consecutive Wimbledon title. He is unquestionably the man to beat.

2 ANDY RODDICK
United States
Came close to upsetting Federer in last year's final. Famed for possessing the fastest serve ever recorded - 155 mph - and believes he has improved his all-round game to complement his fierce forehand. A winner on the lawns at Queen's Club for the third year in a row.

3 LLEYTON HEWITT
Australia
Demonstrated by winning the title in 2002 that a fleet-footed, back-court game can triumph on the lawns, but was served off the court by the 6ft 10in Croatian Ivo Karlovic the following year. Lost to Federer in the quarter-finals last year.

4 RAFAEL NADAL
Spain
The exciting 19-year-old from Mallorca, who defeated Federer in the French Open semi-finals en route to his triumph in Paris a fortnight ago, missed Wimbledon due to injury last year. Made his debut in 2003, reaching the third round.

5 MARAT SAFIN
Russia
The popular but enigmatic Australian Open champion is convinced that he cannot play well on grass, but has the skill and power to prove himself wrong. A quarter-finalist in 2001.

6 TIM HENMAN
Britain
If there was only Henman Hill to climb, he would be a winner, but the nation's leading player is usually faced with a mountain of expectation. There may be less now that he has turned 30. Will do well to reach semi-finals for a fifth time.

8 NIKOLAI DAVYDENKO
Russia
Has not progressed beyond the first round in three appearances. Lost to Roddick in the Australian Open quarter-finals. Reached the French Open semi-finals.

9 SEBASTIEN GROSJEAN

France
Projected to meet Henman in the fourth round and beat him in the quarter-finals in 2003. Reached the last four again last year, losing to Federer.
* The seventh seed, Guillermo Canas, has withdrawn.

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