Murray third seed in SW19

  • Last Updated: June 9 2014, 12:52 BST

Andy Murray is back in the world's top five - and will now be seeded third at Wimbledon.

Andy Murray: Will be seeded third for Wimbledon
Andy Murray: Will be seeded third for Wimbledon

Britain's reigning Wimbledon champion climbs from eighth to fifth after his run to the semi-finals of the French Open.

However, despite still being outside the top four, Murray is already guaranteed a top-four seeding for Wimbledon.

No matter what happens at this week’s tournaments, the defending champion will be seeded third for his title defence.

The seeds are determined by a formula which adds the weight of grasscourt form of the last two years to the rankings and Murray’s triumph in SW19 last season ensures he will not face the potential scenario of meeting Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals.

As a result of his final victory over Djokovic, Nadal stays in top spot in the world rankings with the Serb second. The gap has been cut to just 170 points - 2,000 are available to the winner at Wimbledon - but Nadal has few to defend in SW19 following last year's first-round loss.

That defeat to Steve Darcis is the main reason why Nadal will be seeded second, behind Djokovic, at Wimbledon.

Stanislas Wawrinka and Roger Federer stay third and fourth in the rankings respectively. However, for Wimbledon Federer will be seeded fourth, while Wawrinka’s poor recent results on grass mean the Australian Open champion will be seeded only fifth.

The official seeding announcement will be made next Wednesday, June 18.

Tomas Berdych slips to sixth, while David Ferrer falls two places to seventh in the ranking list which was published on Monday.

Juan Martin Del Potro, Milos Raonic and Ernests Gulbis - who hits a career-high following his run to the last four in Paris - complete the top 10.