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Hewitt seeded seventh for Wimbledon

By Paul Mulvey 17/06/2004 05:14:19 AM Comments (0)

Lleyton Hewitt has been seeded seventh for the Wimbledon championships while defending champion and world No.1 Roger Federer was ranked the top seed.

Hewitt's out-of-form fellow Australian Mark Philippoussis was named the 11th seed despite slipping to a world ranking of 19 after eight first-round losses this year.

While every other tournament takes its seeds straight off world rankings, the All England Club always takes grass court form into account for Wimbledon, giving world No.10 Hewitt and Philippoussis their elevated seedings.

Hewitt won the title in 2002 while Philippoussis reached last year's final.

US Open champion and world No.2 Andy Roddick is the second seed, while Argentinian pair Guillermo Coria and David Nalbandian, whom Hewitt beat in the 2002 final, are third and fourth.

Local favourite and world No.6 Tim Henman has been seeded fifth, with Spanish clay court specialist and former world No.1 Juan Carlos Ferrero at six.

"I don't think it really matters," Hewitt said last week about the seedings.

"You've got to win seven matches to win it and I'm prepared to play whoever I get given.

"Seedings at Wimbledon is probably the toughest decision I think out of the four majors.

"I don't know how the whole system works so what number I'm seeded, I'm seeded and I can't do much about it."

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