Wimbledon 2019: Roger Federer seeded 2nd, ahead of Rafael Nadal

first_img Next Reuters LondonJune 26, 2019UPDATED: June 26, 2019 22:39 IST Wimbledon 2019: Roger Federer, World No. 3, has been seeded 2nd (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFormer champion Roger Federer was confirmed as the 2nd seed on WednesdayRafael Nadal seeded 3rd behind Federer and Novak DjokovicNadal was critical of Wimbledon’s seeding formula this weekEight-time champion Roger Federer was confirmed as the second seed for Wimbledon on Wednesday, bumping Rafael Nadal down to third despite being ranked below the Spaniard.Defending champion Novak Djokovic tops the draw while new world number one Ash Barty is top seed in the women’s singles.South African Kevin Anderson, runner-up to Djokovic last season, is fourth seed despite falling to eighth in the ATP rankings as Wimbledon used its special formula once again.Twice Wimbledon champion Nadal will be seeded three, meaning he is likely to have to beat both Federer and Djokovic to claim his first title at the All England Club since 2010.The Spaniard was critical of the Wimbledon’s seedings formula this week, saying “it’s not a good thing” that the grasscourt event is the only one of the four Grand Slams that does not stick rigidly to ATP rankings for seedings.Wimbledon uses form over the past 24 months on grass to tweak the positions of the top 32 players in the men’s draw.While the women’s seedings are in line with the WTA rankings, Wimbledon reserves the right to change the order to create “a balanced draw”.Anderson’s promotion is bad news for French Open runner-up and world number four Dominic Thiem who drops to fifth seed and could play Djokovic, Federer or Nadal in the last eight.Former runner-up Marin Cilic moved up from a world ranking of 18 to the 13th seeded spot.Seven-time champion Serena Williams is seeded 11th as per her WTA ranking. Last year the American was bumped up to 25th seed despite being ranked 183rd after returning to the Tour following the birth of her daughter.advertisementAlso Read | Boris Becker to auction trophies, souvenirs to pay debtAlso Read | Ashleigh Barty dethrones Naomi Osaka to become World No. 1Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Wimbledon 2019Follow Roger FedererFollow Rafael NadalFollow ASleigh BartyFollow Novak DjokovicFollow Wimbledon seedings Wimbledon 2019: Roger Federer seeded 2nd, ahead of Rafael NadalDefending champion Novak Djokovic is the top seed at Wimbledon 2019, starting July 1. Ash Barty is the top seed in women’s singles. advertisementlast_img