Melbourne: Defending champions and world No. 1 ranked Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams top the Australian Open seedings lists, which follow rankings ahead of the first Grand Slam tournament of 2016.
 
Four-time finalist Andy Murray was seeded No. 2, 17-time major winner Roger Federer was No. 3 and 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka was No. 4, one higher than Rafael Nadal, according to Xinhua news agency.
 
On the women’s side, Simona Halep was No. 2, Garbine Muguruza was No. 3, Agieszka Radwanska was No. 4 and Maria Sharapova, the 2008 champion and finalist last year, was No. 5. 
 
Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka moved back into the top 16 with her victory at the Brisbane International last week, her first title since 2013.
 
She finished last season at No. 22 but moved up the rankings with her title run in the Australian Open warmup tournament and was seeded No. 14 at Melbourne Park, meaning she avoids early-round encounters with the top-ranked players. 
 
A win over 2014 U.S. Open runner-up Kei Nishikori and a run to the semifinals at the Brisbane International lifted Australia’s Bernard Tomic to a No. 16 seeding in the men’s draw. 
 
The Australian Open draw will take place on Friday. 
 
Following are the seeding lists. 
 
Men’s 
 
1. Novak Djokovic, Serbia 
 
2. Andy Murray, Britain 
 
3. Roger Federer, Switzerland 
 
4. Stan Wawrinka, Switzerland 
 
5. Rafael Nadal, Spain 
 
6. Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic 
 
7. Kei Nishikori, Japan 
 
8. David Ferrer, Spain 
 
9. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France 
 
10. John Isner, United States 
 
11. Kevin Anderson, South Africa 
 
12. Marin Cilic, Croatia 
 
13. Milos Raonic, Canada 
 
14. Gilles Simon, France 
 
15. David Goffin, Belgium 
 
16. Bernard Tomic, Australia 
 
17. Benoit Paire, France 
 
18. Feliciano Lopez, Spain 
 
19. Dominic Thiem, Austria 
 
20. Fabio Fognini, Italy 
 
21. Viktor Troicki, Serbia 
 
22. Ivo Karlovic, Croatia 
 
23. Gael Monfils, France 
 
24. Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain 
 
25. Jack Sock, United States 
 
26. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Spain 
 
27. Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria 
 
28. Andreas Seppi, Italy 
 
29. Nick Kyrgios, Australia 
 
30. Jeremy Chardy, France 
 
31. Steve Johnson, United States 
 
32. Joao Sousa, Portugal 
 
Women’s 
 
1. Serena Williams, United States 
 
2. Simona Halep, Romania 
 
3. Garbine Muguruza, Spain 
 
4. Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland 
 
5. Maria Sharapova, Russia 
 
6. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic 
 
7. Angelique Kerber, Germany 
 
8. Venus Williams, United States 
 
9. Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic 
 
10. Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain 
 
11. Timea Bacsinszky, Switzerland 
 
12. Belinda Bencic, Switzerland 
 
13. Roberta Vinci, Italy 
 
14. Victoria Azarenka, Belarus 
 
15. Madison Keys, United States 
 
16. Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark 
 
17. Sara Errani, Italy 
 
18. Elina Svitolina, Ukraine 
 
19. Jelena Jankovic, Serbia 
 
20. Ana Ivanovic, Serbia 
 
21. Ekaterina Makarova, Russia 
 
22. Andrea Petkovic, Germany 
 
23. Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia 
 
24. Sloane Stephens, United States 
 
25. Samantha Stosur, Australia 
 
26. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia 
 
27. Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, Slovakia 
 
28. Kristina Mladenovic, France 
 
29. Irina-Camelia Begu, Romania 
 
30. Sabine Lisicki, Germany 
 
31. Lesia Tsurenko, Ukraine 
 
32. Caroline Garcia, France