Andy Murray seeded third for Wimbledon title defence

Britain's Andy Murray reacts after beating France's Paul-Henri Mathieu during their second round match on day three of the ATP Aegon Championships tennis tournament at The Queen's Club in west London, on June 11, 2014
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Andy Murray will defend his Wimbledon title as the third seed for the Grand Slam next week.

Andy Murray will defend his Wimbledon title as the third seed in the men's draw at the All England Club next week.

The Scotsman, who is ranked fifth in the world, is placed behind top seed Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, who won a record ninth French Open title earlier this month.

Murray, who became the first Brit in 77 years to win the Wimbledon title last summer, cannot face Djokovic, Nadal or Roger Federer, who is seeded fourth for the competition, before the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, on the women's side, Serena Williams has been announced as top seed for the Grand Slam, ahead of Li Na, Simona Halep, Agnieszka Radwanska and Maria Sharapova.

Agnieszka Radwanska celebrates victory over Caroline Garcia in their quarter final Madrid Masters match on May 9, 2014
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1Scotland flag Andy Murray7,750
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,555
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,155
7Alexander Zverev4,470
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,285
10Canada Milos Raonic3,230
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,770
13Belgium David Goffin2,560
14Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,390
16United States Jack Sock2,335
17Pablo Carreno Busta2,305
18Lucas Pouille2,220
19United States John Isner2,110
20United States Sam Querrey2,060