Novak and Maria are No 1 seeds

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DEFENDING champion Novak Djokovic and 2004 winner Maria Sharapova are the top seeds for this year’s Wimbledon Championships.

Both players will top the pile at the All England Club for the first time in their careers, with Djokovic having guaranteed the number one ranking by reaching the final 12 months ago.

Sharapova won the title as a 17-year-old eight years ago but her career has been disrupted by injury and Wimbledon will be her first tournament as world number one for four years after she won the French Open earlier this month.

In the men’s draw Rafael Nadal, fresh from winning a record seventh French Open title is second seed, six-time champion Roger Federer is third, one place ahead of British number one Andy Murray.