Nadal had not made it past the fourth round of Wimbledon in his five previous appearances before losing in the semi-finals to Djokovic last year
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World number two Rafael Nadal has been seeded third for Wimbledon this year behind top-ranked Novak Djokovic and world number three Roger Federer.

It means the Spaniard, rather than eight-time winner Federer, is likely to be in the same half of the draw as Djokovic and thus in line to face the defending champion in the semi-finals.

The women’s seedings reflect the world rankings, so Serena Williams is 11th and Britain’s Johanna Konta 19th.

The 2019 championships begin on Monday.

Wimbledon seeding is different from the other Grand Slams in that it does not always follow world rankings and is affected by grass-court performances.

Nadal said it “doesn’t seem right” when asked about his likely seeding behind Federer.

Last year’s finalist and world number eight Kevin Anderson is seeded fourth, and John Isner moves up to ninth after his run to the 2018 semi-finals.

Anderson’s elevation to fourth seed means Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas all drop down one position in the seedings compared to their world ranking.

Britain’s Kyle Edmund, the world number 31, is the 30th seed while British duo Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski are seeded 10th in the men’s doubles.

French Open champion Ashleigh Barty tops the ladies’ seedings for the first time at a grand slam, with Naomi Osaka second and defending champion Angelique Kerber fifth.

The women’s seedings follow the WTA ranking list but changes can be made for a ‘balanced draw’, which is the reason seven-time champion Serena Williams – ranked 183rd before last year’s championship – was seeded 25th in 2018.

BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller – Analysis

It does not seem logical at first glance that men and women are seeded differently, but this is a result of separate agreements with the ATP and WTA Tours.

Employing a special formula has merit when you consider the short nature of the grass-court season, and the fact some players really struggle to live up to their ranking at Wimbledon.

But it can also throw up some interesting scenarios, such as Kevin Anderson’s promotion to number four.

Last year’s runner-up has the pedigree of a fourth seed, but has only been able to play two matches in three months owing to an elbow injury.

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