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Djokovic, Murray seeded 1st and 2nd at Wimbledon

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LONDON — Novak Djokovic cannot face Andy Murray until the final at Wimbledon after they were seeded first and second, respectively, on Wednesday for the third tennis Grand Slam of the year.

It means Djokovic and Murray will be in separate halves of the draw when it is made on Friday.

Seedings were based on the current world rankings but rearranged to reflect players’ grass-court achievements.

Richard Gasquet, the 10th-ranked player of France and a two-time Wimbledon semifinalist, is No. 7 and 13th-ranked Marin Cilic, a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon the past two years, is No. 9.

The women’s seedings follow the WTA rankings, with six-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams at No. 1 and Garbine Muguruza at No. 2, followed by Agnieszka Radwanska, Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep.

Murray has lost 13 of his last 15 matches against Djokovic, including at the Australian and French Open finals this year, but he has won their last two meetings on grass.

Seventeen-time major champion Roger Federer is seeded third, immediately ahead of Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka. Kei Nishikori of Japan is No. 5, while Milos Raonic, who has hired John McEnroe as coach, is sixth.

Play starts Monday.

Top-seeded John Isner wins 3rd Hall of Fame title

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NEWPORT, R.I. — Top-seeded John Isner beat Australian qualifier Matthew Ebden 6-3, 7-6 (4) on Sunday for his third Hall of Fame Open title.

The hard-serving American also won the grass-court event in 2011 and 2012. He has 11th career titles, all at the ATP World Tour 250 level.

“It’s hard to win a tournament,” Isner said. “It’s no small feat to come out here and be the last man standing. I’m very happy about that. It’s been two years since I won a tournament, so I had that weighing on my mind.”

Isner became the second player to win an ATP title without facing a break point since records began in 1991. Tommy Haas also accomplished the feat in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2007.

“I’m very happy with how I played all week,” Isner said. “It was a perfect week and I couldn’t ask for anything better.”

Ebden was playing his first tour-level final.

“It’s a lot of reward for a lot of hard work, a lot of years of sacrifice,” Ebden said. “It’s disappointing, but at the same time I have to be happy with my week.”

Roddick, Clijsters among Tennis Hall of Fame inductees

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NEWPORT, R.I. — Andy Roddick says jokingly he can now keep Roger Federer from a unanimous selection for the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

As a new inductee, Roddick gets to vote on future candidates. He jested ahead of his enshrinement on Saturday that he’ll use it to get back at Federer, who stood in his way during at least four Grand Slam finals.

Roddick joins inductees Kim Clijsters, six-time Paralympic medalist Monique Kalkman and journalist and historian Steve Flink. Tennis instructor and innovator Vic Braden was to be inducted posthumously.

Roddick won one Grand Slam and lost to Federer in the finals four times. He says he doesn’t ask himself what would have happened if he hadn’t come along at the same time of perhaps the greatest player.

He says the first text he got when he woke up Saturday was from Federer. Says Roddick: “He makes it extremely hard not to like him as a person.”