Wimbledon: Nadal not amused about possible downgrade


The Spaniard was critical of the Wimbledon's seedings formula this week, saying "it's not a good thing" that the grasscourt event is the only one of the four Grand Slams that does not stick rigidly to ATP rankings for seedings.

Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts as he raises the Mousquetaires Cup (The Musketeers) at the end of the men's singles final match against Austria's Dominic Thiem on day fifteen of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 9, 2019.

Wimbledon will announce the seedings on Wednesday when it is likely world number two Nadal could find himself seeded third behind defending champion Novak Djokovic and eight-time champion Roger Federer, who is now third in the world rankings. Former U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe and former player and coach Brad Gilbert tweeted that they thought Nadal should have been seeded No. 2.

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.

Federer and top seed Novak Djokovic will be at opposite ends of the Wimbledon draw, separated until the final, but Nadal is guaranteed to have either Federer or Djokovic in his half, and could meet them in the semis.

That means that Nadal, a clay-court master who won Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010, would face Djokovic, to whom he lost in a five-set semifinal at Wimbledon previous year.

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Rafael Nadal had revealed the announcement early and Wimbledon confirmed the Spaniard will be seeded behind Roger Federer this year.

"The only thing that doesn't seem right to me is that it's just Wimbledon that does it". Each player vaulted two spots from their ATP tour rankings. But it could - it makes it where potentially he'd have to - he'd still potentially have to play two of them.

World number one Djokovic admitted he was surprised by Federer's high ranking, stating: "It's their rules and you have to respect it although it's a little bit surprising to be honest".

The Wimbledon Championpships begins on July 1 and will finish with the 2019 men's final on July 14.

"He's won the most Wimbledon titles of any player in history and if anyone deserves it it's him".

Last year's losing finalist Kevin Anderson, now ranked eight in the world, is the fourth seed ahead of Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev. "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".