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All set for Wimbledon

With the seeds now decided and just only the draw still to come, all is set for Wimbledon, the third grand slam of the year which starts next week.

The men's seedings are based on the current world rankings, but are then slightly adjusted to take into account grass-court performances in the last two years and that has seen Lleyton Hewitt seeded 16 in front of Juan Carlos Ferrero for example who is ranked higher than him.

I actually think there is no need to adjust the world rankings because it disadvantages players who do well on clay and improve their ranking but then that ranking does not help them when it comes to Wimbledon if they have had a poor grass performance in the two years prior.

On the men's side the hot favourite is as always Roger Federer and I think he will be trying to get his fifth title at the All England club. One interesting thing is that Federer has not played in any warm up tournaments in the run up to this year's Wimbledon and that will mean he will be well rested.

Andy Roddick and last year's finalist Rafael Nadal are possibly's Federer's closest challengers and with Roddick seeded third he can only meet him in the semis.

On the women's side, its hard to see beyond Justine Henin. She has been in good form since winning the French Open and she has now reached the semi-finals of the Eastbourne International tournament. It will be interesting to see what happens should Henin meet last year's Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo at Eastbourne assuming they both reach that final.

I can see Henin' closest challengers as being Maria Sharapova, Mauresmo and possibly Serena Williams. Beyond those three I cannot anyone even taking a set off her.

Its good to see that Wayne Arthurs qualified for the main draw at Wimbledon as he is set to retire after the tournament.

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