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Roger Federer says Rafael Nadal deserves higher seed at French Open

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Roger Federer debuted a new kit in his first match since mid-March on Tuesday. (Andres Kudacki/AP)

The French Open won’t be bumping Rafael Nadal’s seed. Roger Federer doesn’t necessarily agree with that, but he’s happy the decision was set three weeks ahead of Roland Garros.

“We all know he would deserve it,” said Federer, who beat Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-3 to make the third round in Madrid on Tuesday. “I mean, he’s been so successful there in the last eight, nine years that everybody knows that he deserves it.”

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The French Open announced last week that it would not reseed Nadal, who is currently ranked fifth, even though he has won the tournament seven times in the last eight years. Reseeding Nadal into the top two or four would have allowed him to avoid a meeting against Novak Djokovic, Federer or Andy Murray in the quarterfinals.

“Is it really going to make a huge difference if he’s five or one?” Federer said. “Not a whole lot, I don’t think, at the end of the tournament. If I were to play him in the quarters or in the semis or any other player, it’s not the finals yet. So the best is going to win. Rafa obviously has a great chance because of the great player he is on clay.”

Nadal can still earn a top four seed depending on his (and David Ferrer’s) results over the next two weeks, in Madrid and Rome. Nadal could pass Ferrer for the No. 4 spot in the rankings, but he cannot reach the top three.

“I’m happy that they took a decision regardless of which one was the right one, just to go with something,” Federer said. “Now there is peace and quiet around it again.”

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  • Published On May 07, 2013
  • 5 comments
    Ali Akhtar
    Ali Akhtar

    Common sense says, yes, Nadal "deserves" a higher seed.  But each tournament is free to write its own rules.  Wimbledon is free to re-seed based on grass results, and the French is free to strictly follow the ATP rankings.  We know it has led to absurd results in the past (see, e.g., 1990, when Edberg and Becker were the two top seeds and both got bounced in the first round).

     

    It will be a crying shame if we have to see Nadal vs. Djokovic in the QF's or SF's.  It "deserves" to be the title match.  But oh well.  Them's the breaks.

    arunachalam017
    arunachalam017

    roger & nadal in their comments in every tennis events express in matured ways realising their high status acquired thro all these years' of toiling.

    dj13e29
    dj13e29

    Roger is wrong. This is pro sports. No one "deserves" anything. If Rafa "deserved" to be the #1 or #2 seed, then that is where he would be. Honestly, his seed doesn't matter anyway. He could win the FO as a WC.

    msrn
    msrn

     @dj13e29 52-1 is undeserving?  Yeah & Novak in 2011 was nothing special.  V & S Williams were undeserving of a five rank bump in their seedings at RG'04, it didn't stop the French from bumping them up!  Evidently favouritism's meaning changed within a decade.

    shelley
    shelley

     @dj13e29 Of course he can win the FO as a WC...or as the fifth seed and I'm confident he will. What I'm waiting for is the whining from fans of Djokovic or Federer when their guy is knocked out early and leaves with only 360 points.