Roger Federer has been seeded ahead of great rival Rafael Nadal for his 21st appearance at Wimbledon.
Wimbledon is unique among the grand slams in having a formula to calculate seedings giving weight to grass-court performances, and Federer will be the No 2 seed and Nadal No 3 in a reversal of their world ranking positions.
That means Nadal, who was critical of the system in an interview with Spanish TV on Tuesday, is guaranteed to be in the same half of the draw as either Federer or top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic.
“Wimbledon is the only tournament of the year that doesn’t follow the ranking,” the 33-year-old Nadal told #Vamos on Tuesday.
“It’s their choice. It is better to be second than third but if they consider that I have to be third I will accept.
“I don’t think it’s a good thing that Wimbledon is the only one with its own seeding formula. If everyone did it, it would be appropriate and correct.’
Nadal is suffering demotion because although he made the last four 12 months ago, he had not gone beyond the fourth round in the previous five years. — Dailymail.