Djokovic has sympathy for Nadal over Wimbledon seedings gripe

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Djokovic has sympathy for Nadal over Wimbledon seedings gripe

Novak Djokovic called it “surprising” to seed Roger Federer ahead of world number two Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon.


Djokovic has sympathy for Nadal over Wimbledon seedings gripe

SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (JUNE 25, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) TENNIS PLAYER NOVAK DJOKOVIC, SAYING: "Yes, they do.

I mean, that's their rules and we've got to respect it, although it's a little bit surprising to be honest.

Even though it's Roger (Federer), I mean Roger is you know the greatest of all time and of course he's won the most Wimbledon titles of any player in the history and if anyone deserves it it's him.

But at the same time, you know, it's (Rafael) Nadal that he's kind of taking over the second seed (from).

So, it is it is a surprising to be honest a little bit.

But, you know, it is what it is." STORY: Spaniard Rafael Nadal received support from Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic on Tuesday (June 25) after criticising the unique seedings formula used by the grasscourt Grand Slam which gets underway at the All England Club on Monday (July 1).

Nadal looks set to fall victim to the formula which tweaks the seedings based on previous form on grass, with the 33-year-old expected to be seeded third behind top-ranked Djokovic and Roger Federer despite being world number two.

Wimbledon, which will announce the seedings on Wednesday (June 26), is the only one of the four Grand Slam tournaments not to stick rigidly to the ATP and WTA rankings.

"Yes, they do.

I mean, that's their rules and we've got to respect it, although it's a little bit surprising to be honest.

Even though it's Roger (Federer), I mean Roger is you know the greatest of all time and of course he's won the most Wimbledon titles of any player in the history and if anyone deserves it it's him.

But at the same time, you know, it's (Rafael) Nadal that he's kind of taking over the second seed (from).

So, it is it is a surprising to be honest a little bit.

But, you know, it is what it is," Djokovic said on the sidelines of the The Boodles exhibition event.

With Nadal, seeking a first Wimbledon title for nine years, seeded three it would mean he would most probably have to beat eight-time champion Roger Federer and four-time winner Djokovic to get his hands on the trophy for a third time.

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