Wimbledon 2014: Andy Murray seeded third for Wimbledon defence as Novak Djokovic takes the top ranking

Murray is seeded behind Djokovic and Rafael Nadal but slots in ahead of seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer

Defending champion Andy Murray will be the number three seed at Wimbledon, it was announced on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old Scot returns to the All England Club having become a first male British winner since 1936 when he beat Novak Djokovic.

Under the Wimbledon weighting for grass-court tournaments, it is the Serbian world number one, winner three years ago, who takes top ranking at the 2014 Championships.

French Open champion Rafael Nadal - Wimbledon winner in 2008 and 2010 - is seeded second, with Roger Federer, who will be out to claim an eighth singles title at SW19, fourth.

The women's seedings directly follow world rankings and so American Serena Williams, the five-time Wimbledon champion, is number one.

China's Li Na is second, with Simona Halep of Romainia third and Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska fourth.

2014 French Open winner Maria Sharapova, champion at Wimbledon 10 years ago as a teenager, is seeded five.

Murray continued his return from back surgery with a run to the semi-finals of the French Open, where he was comprehensively beaten by Nadal.

The Spaniard will again be in the same half of the Wimbledon draw, which takes place on Friday, as the British number one should they both progress to the latter stages.

The Scot - now working with former women's number one Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach - was then unable to defend his Aegon Championships title at Queen's last week, losing to Radek Stepanek in the third round.

Murray is scheduled to play an exhibition match at IMG's BNP Paribas Tennis Classic at the Hurlingham Club on Thursday, before fine-tuning preparations back at his Wimbledon base.

Former Wimbledon runner-up Mark Philippoussis, meanwhile, feels the man who beat him in the 2003 final on Centre Court should not underestimated as Federer aims to eclipse Pete Sampras' post-open-era record of singles' titles.

The Australian told Press Association Sport: "I am feeling Federer for Wimbledon this year.

"I believe he has one more Grand Slam in him, and his best chance is at Wimbledon.

"Working with (new coach) Stefan Edberg leading up to this, Roger has been more attacking and if plays again like (when making the semi-finals) at the Australian Open, then I am calling him to win this one."