Rafael Nadal may be the No. 1 player in the world, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be the No. 1 seed at Wimbledon. The All England Club doesn’t merely adhere to the ATP Tour rankings to determine the 32 seeds. Instead, Wimbledon uses a formula — which is applied only for the men — that rewards players for their grass-court achievements.
- Djokovic set to be top seed at Wimbledon (via The Tennis Space)
So here’s what will happen. Novak Djokovic will be elevated to No 1 seed above Nadal and Andy Murray, the defending champion, will be moved up to No. 3 thanks to his victory last year and reaching the final the year before. Roger Federer will be No 4 and then the next four spots will be Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer and Milos Raonic.
- Brown dethrones the tennis king (via Gerry Weber Open)
“I can’t really talk about how I played because I just didn’t play at all,” he said. He’s going to take a break from tennis for a few days. “This game’s done nothing for my Wimbledon preparations,” he added.
- Nadal Upset By ‘Dangerous’ Brown In Halle (via ATP World Tour)
“And at the same time, as I said yesterday, the transition from clay to grass is difficult, especially when you arrive a little bit tired and not at 100 per cent. But I tried my best.”
- Who’s the Clay Goat? (via tennis.com)
The only thing that Evert’s later years tells us is this: Decline happens to the best, and it will happen to Nadal someday as well. Maybe that’s why Chrissie, in her tweet this week, told Rafa to enjoy his big win, with three exclamation points. She knows that, even for clay-goats, utter dominance doesn’t last forever.
- Tennis world still awaiting follow up to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s classic 2008 final (via The Indenpendent)
Make no mistake, Federer and Nadal are each well capable of making amends in title-winning fashion this year at Wimbledon. Nadal is fresh off winning the French Open for a ninth time.
- Is Rafael Nadal the best because Roger Federer comes from a weak era? The debate rages (via Oregon Live)
The most salient point in the Roger-or-Rafa debate might come from Peter123, who writes that “Federer had non-prime Nadal 2005-2007, and Nadal also had non-prime Federer 2008 or 2010 whichever onwards, so that evens out.”