Published: Thu, July 04, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Nadal criticises Wimbledon seeding system

Nadal criticises Wimbledon seeding system

Joining Djokovic, Federer and Nadal as the top-four seeds for Wimbledon is Kevin Anderson, who was the losing finalist at last year's tournament.

Roger Federer has been seeded above Rafael Nadal for the 2019 Wimbledon Championships despite being below his old rival in the current world rankings.

The 133rd edition of the third and biggest Grand Slam tournament in the world at Wimbledon is just around the corner, with the organizers announcing the seeds in both men's and women's singles draws.

Wimbledon formulates its men's singles seedings based on world rankings and grass-court results over the last two years, and on the latter basis Federer has a better record than the Spaniard.

"I don't think it is a good thing that Wimbledon is the only one with its own seeding formula", he told Spanish TV station Vamos.

Nadal has criticised the formula used at Wimbledon, saying "they do not respect the status some players have earned throughout the season".

"I was in the top 100, I had no problem qualifying for Wimbledon and I played against Roger who was a junior and a wild card", Novak told AFP.

In the second group (they can't meet the players from the top before the fourth round), John Isner, Karen Khachanov, Daniil Medvedev, Fabio Fognini, Marin Cilic, Borna Coric, Milos Raonic and Gael Monfils are among the dark horses ready to take advantage of possible upsets of the main favorites.

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Nadal said it "doesn't seem right" when asked about his likely seeding behind eight-time champion Federer for the championships, which begin on Monday.

"It has not only happened to me, it has happened to other players".

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

"Roger is the greatest of all time and has won the most Wimbledon titles of any player in history and if any player deserves it it's him".

Defending champion Angelique Kerber is seeded fifth, while Serena Williams, who won the last of her seven Wimbledon titles in 2016, is ranked 11th.

Federer won Wimbledon back in 2017, and the formula means that has been taken into account on top of his run to the quarter-finals a year ago.

According to Djokovic in a report by Evening Standard, "The seeding is a little bit surprising".

Federer got a major boost as he got seeded second in the prestigious grass court tournament despite been ranked lower than Nadal. "But at the same time it's Nadal that he's taking over as second seed so it is surprising but it is what it is".

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