Rafael Nadal is ranked second in the latest ATP rankings, but he will likely to be the fourth seed at the Wimbledon due to seeding formula. With his win in Halle, Roger Federer has moved ahead of Rafa into third place in the seedings.
The significance of the seeding shift means that Rafa will avoid any potential meeting with Federer until the final, while he will only have to face one of Andy Murray or Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.
Wimbledon Men’s Singles top 8 seeds:
Unlike the other three Slams, Wimbledon is not bound to follow the ATP rankings when it comes to seeding its own tournament by virtue of its status as a private club.
Since 2001, the All England Club has applied a seeding formula that takes into account a player’s historical success on grass.
The formula is:
– Take the Emirates ATP Ranking points at 26 June 2017
– Add 100% of the points earned for all grass court tournaments in the past 12 months
– Add 75% of the points earned for the best grass court tournament in the 12 months before that