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Nadal not happy with Wimbledon seeding system - 'It doesn't seem right'

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 26 Jun 2019
  • Nadal has slammed Wimbledon for their unique seeding system
  • The Spaniard is set to be seeded No. 3 for The Championships despite being ranked No. 2
Rafael Nadal (PA Images)

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal has voiced his displeasure at Wimbledon, with the Spaniard set to be placed as the No. 3 seed behind Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer as The Championships get underway next week.

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Unlike the other three majors, Wimbledon uses its own formula to decide the 32 seeds in the men’s singles, combining current ranking points with form in recent grass-court tournaments.

As a result, Nadal - who rarely plays a warm-up event on grass and has only been past the fourth round once at Wimbledon since finishing runner-up in 2011 - is set to be pushed back to the No. 3 seed in favour of Federer, despite being ranked ahead of the Swiss in the official ATP rankings. World No. 1 and defending champion Djokovic is the top seed.

Speaking to Spanish TV channel Movistar, Nadal said he doesn’t like how Wimbledon determines their seeds.

“Wimbledon is the only tournament of the year that does it like this,” Nadal said. “Obviously it would be better to be two than three but if they think I have to be three I will accept three and fight to win the matches I have to win.
“Having said that, the only thing that doesn’t seem right about this issue is that it is only Wimbledon that does it. If they all did it, it would seem more correct.
“It’s not only about my particular case. There have been many occasions when players have played well all year on all surfaces but Wimbledon does not respect the ranking they have earned. And for this reason they get more complicated draws.”

Nadal hasn’t played since winning his 18th Grand Slam title at Roland Garros earlier this month, where he beat Federer in straight sets in the semi-finals before conquering Dominic Thiem in the final for the second straight year.

Federer and Djokovic will be at opposite ends of the Wimbledon draw as the top two seeds, meaning Nadal is guaranteed to have one of them in his half and could face them in the semi-finals. Nadal made his first Wimbledon semi-final since 2011 last year and lost a gruelling five-setter to Djokovic.

“For me personally, it means if I am three, to get to the final, Djokovic or Federer will be in my half,” Nadal added.
“But that can only happen in the semi-finals and to get there I have to win five matches. Today I’m far away.”

An unlikely triumph at the All England Club would propel Nadal to 19 slams and just one behind Federer’s all-time men’s record.


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Nadal not happy with Wimbledon seeding system - "It doesn't seem right"

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal has voiced his displeasure at Wimbledon, with the Spaniard set to be placed as the No. 3 seed behind Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer as The Championships get underway next week.

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