Rafael Nadal Says Wimbledon Seeding System Disrespects World Rankings

Carrie Guzman
June 26, 2019

"Wimbledon is the only tournament of the year that doesn't follow the ranking", Nadal told Spanish TV station #Vamos on Tuesday.

Nadal reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon a year ago, losing a five-set epic to eventual champion Djokovic.

World No 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic is the top seed on the men's side, followed by eight-time champion and world No 3 Roger Federer.

"I don't think it's a good thing that Wimbledon is the only one with its own seeding formula".

And while insisting players must respect Wimbledon's seeding process, Djokovic sympathised with Nadal, who earlier on Tuesday branded his potential seeding as "disrespectful".

Unlike the three other Grand Slam tournaments, Wimbledon does not stick rigidly to the ATP and WTA rankings, meaning players can be bumped up the order to reflect their previous form on the grass. I will accept being three if they see it that way and I will fight to try to win my matches.

Seeding third will leave Nadal in the same half of the draw as Djokovic, who beat him over five sets in last year's semi-final en route to lifting the trophy.

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Nadal reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon past year, losing a five-set epic to Novak Djokovic, his best performance since losing in the 2011 final.

Wimbledon top seed Djokovic said he could understand Nadal's frustration, even taking Federer's standing into account.

"It's their rules and you have to respect it although it's a little bit surprising, to be honest", he told Reuters.

"I mean Roger is the greatest of all time".

"The only thing that doesn't seem right to me is that it's just Wimbledon that does it".

The women's seedings are the same as the rankings, with French Open champion Ashleigh Barty top of the pile for the first time at a Grand Slam ahead of Naomi Osaka.

Spaniard Rafael Nadal has criticised Wimbledon's unique seedings formula, which could hinder his chances of a third title when the tournament starts on Monday.

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