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Federer's advice to Nadal following Wimbledon seeding drama - 'Move on and deal with it'

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 30 Jun 2019
  • Federer calls on Nadal to 'move on' from the Wimbledon seeding drama
  • World No. 2 Nadal was dropped to the third seed in favour of Federer due to recent grass-court performances
Roger Federer (PA Images)

Roger Federer has urged Rafael Nadal to ‘move on’ from the Wimbledon seeding controversy that has seen the eight-time Wimbledon champion elevated ahead of the Spaniard to No. 2 despite being ranked one place below him.

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Nadal didn’t mince his words last week when asked about Wimbledon’s unique mathematical formula that takes previous grass-court performances into consideration to determine their seeding system, saying ‘it doesn’t seem right’.

Sure enough, Federer was officially bumped up to No. 2 when the Wimbledon seeds were officially announced on Wednesday, leaving Nadal to drop to No. 3.

Rafael Nadal (PA Images)
Nadal was drawn into the same half of the draw as Federer on Friday and could have to face nemesis Nick Kyrgios in the second round - and the two-time Wimbledon champion wasn’t backing down from his stance regarding the seeding system during his pre-tournament press conference on Saturday.

"I respect the Wimbledon rules," Nadal said. “If I believe that is fair or not, that's another story. I really personally believe [it] is not. But I really respect the tournament so much. I really respect the history of this event. I really understand that they see the sport from another perspective. They want to do it by their own rules."

Nadal is 8-2 on grass over the last two years and hasn’t made a final on the surface in four years, while Federer has a 26-2 record in the same time span, winning Wimbledon in 2017, Stuttgart in 2018 and Halle a couple of weeks ago.

Wimbledon is the only slam that changes seeding positions from current rankings - but only for the men - and Federer says the players, including Nadal, just have to ‘deal with it.’

"The system is the way it is," Federer said on Saturday. "It used to be different. ... There's not much we the players can add to the story, other than we just deal with it.
"We knew that the system was in place. I guess the system is, you know, it rewards you for playing a lot on the grass, well on grass. I guess I benefited from that. That was not part of my plan the last few years. Just happens that this year I get bumped up. Kevin Anderson [last year’s finalist who climbed from No. 8 to No. 4] got bumped up.
"At the end of the day, if you want to win the tournament, you got to go through all the players that are in front of you. And now that the draw is out, we move on."

Meanwhile, World No. 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic appeared to support Nadal earlier in the week.

"It's their rules, and you have to respect it, " Djokovic said. "It's a little bit surprising, to be honest."


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Federer's advice to Nadal following Wimbledon seeding drama - 'Move on and deal with it'

Roger Federer has urged Rafael Nadal to ‘move on’ from the Wimbledon seeding controversy that has seen the eight-time Wimbledon champion elevated ahead of the Spaniard to No. 2 despite being ranked one place below him.

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