Novak Djokovic backs Rafael Nadal’s complaint over Wimbledon seeding
Defending Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic has admitted he is surprised by the prospect of Rafael Nadal being named as the No.3 seed for next week’s tournament at the All England Club.
Despite being positioned at No.2 in the current ATP rankings, two-time Wimbledon champion Nadal is expected to be ranked below third ranked Roger Federer for the third Grand Slam of the year, with performances on grass courts taken into account as the order if formulated.
Djokovic is certain to be named as No.1 seed, but he admits the demotion of 18-time Grand Slam champion Nadal is harsh.
“They do it differently to everyone else and you have to respect that, although it is a little bit surprising,” said Djokovic, speaking at The Boodles exhibition event at Stoke Park.
“Roger Federer is the greatest of all-time on grass courts and he has won more Wimbledon titles than anyone else in history, but the guy he is being moved ahead of in the seeings is Rafael Nadal.
“For that reason, it is surprising a little bit, but it is what it is.”
Djokovic appeared to be in prime form as he beat world No.35 Cristian Garin at The Boodles, with his thoughts already turning to the defence of his Wimbledon title next week.
“Winning Grand Slams is the biggest priority at this stage of my career,” he stated. “I’m in a very privileged position to be No.1 in the world and it is a role that comes with a lot of pressure. I’m trying to deal with it in the best way I can.
Rafael Nadal blasts Wimbledon over ‘disrespectful’ seeding process that favours Roger Federer.https://t.co/z80X5i0uZl
— Tennis365 (@T365Official) June 25, 2019
“I’ve been in this position many times in my career now and I experience of dealing with it, but it is still not so easy.
“Winning Wimbledon last year was a huge turning point in my career last year. I was coming off the back of elbow surgery and had dropped out of the top 20 in the rankings.
“That tournament a year ago saw a huge shift in terms of the quality of tennis and the standards I was setting. Now I look forward to returning to the sacred Centre Court at Wimbledon.”
Djokovic is back in action for a second match at The Boodles on Wednesday, when he will take on Denis Shapovalov and you can watch the action here.
More from Tennis365:
Andy Murray fails to back up epic Antwerp win as he bows out in second round to Diego Schwartzman
The Scot was unable to take advantage of an early lead.
WATCH: Emma Raducanu ‘very excited’ about Upper Austria Ladies Linz as she releases new video
The 18-year-old pulled out of this week’s VTB Kremlin Cup in Moscow.
WATCH: Serena Williams and Venus Williams joined by Will Smith as they reveal new King Richard trailer, and song by Beyonce
Grab the popcorn for the new King Richard trailer.
Andy Murray not a fan of changes to Wimbledon mixed doubles schedule as he suggests further tweaks
Andy Murray believes changes will have a knock on-effect on quality of the field.
Flavia Pennetta on Emma Raducanu winning US Open as a qualifier: ‘In my day it would never have happened’
“In my opinion it is not good for tennis,” says Flavia Pennetta.
Cameron Norrie on Emma Raducanu’s ‘utterly incredible’ US Open win: ‘It will inspire the next generation’
“It’s huge for British tennis,” says Cameron Norrie.
Officials at odds over whether or not rules should be tweaked to allow Novak Djokovic to compete at Australian Open
Should rules change to allow Novak Djokovic to compete?
‘That’s why I play this game,’ says Frances Tiafoe as he also salutes ‘true inspiration’ Andy Murray
Frances Tiafoe is “still hurting” after Antwerp clash, but he took time out to pay tribute to Andy Murray.
Andrey Rublev set for vaccine U-turn after officials confirm players need to be vaccinated for Australian Open
“I’ll get vaccinated,” says Andrey Rublev.
Cameron Norrie reveals his parents were walking the dogs during Indian Wells final, but ‘were in tears’ after win
Cameron Norrie on his nervous parents and reaping the benefits.