Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Higher French Open seeding for Nadal unnecessary - Federer

Rafa Nadal's seeding at the French Open is irrelevant as the Spaniard's prowess on clay means he will always be dangerous, his great rival Roger Federer said on Sunday.

Roland Garros committee member Guy Forget had suggested Nadal, who has slipped to fifth in the rankings after a lengthy injury layoff, should be seeded higher to avoid a potential quarterfinal meeting with world number one Novak Djokovic.

That was rejected by tournament director Gilbert Ysern, who said the move would not have been welcomed.             
Spain's Rafael Nadal hits a return to compatriot Nicolas Almagro during their men's singles final matchof the Barcelona Open tennis tournament in Barcelona, April 28, 2013.
Federer, the only other player to win the Roland Garros title since Nadal's first triumph in 2005,told a news conference at the Madrid Open on Sunday that while Nadal definitely deserved ahigher seeding it would not make much difference in the end.

"He's been so successful there in the last eight, nine years that everybody knows that he deserves it," Federer said.

"But it's not like he's ranked 80 in the world and he's going to bump into the seeds or bump intothe top four or something like that.

"Is it really going to make a huge difference if he's five or one? Not a whole lot.

"Rafa obviously has a great chance because of the great player he is on clay.

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

At an earlier news conference, Nadal, who returned in February after seven months out with aknee injury, said he didn't think he should be a awarded higher seeding because of hisphenomenal clay record.

"The players that are in front of me are there because they have been playing better than me,"he said.

"Well, in fact they have played. I haven't played and I haven't trained either.

"Good for them for not being injured. The problem is mine."

                        Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates his victory over Radek Stepanek of Czech Republic at the Madrid Masters

Federer, 31, made a winning return in Madrid by beating Radek Stepanek 6-3 6-3 after taking time out following his defeat to Nadal in the quarterfinals of the Indian Wells Masters in March.

He said it hard been hard to watch his rivals racking up titles in his absence and that he was"extremely excited" to be back on the Tour.

"Obviously you're working hard but there is no glory really in working on a practice court with nobody watching you play.

"What we play for at the end of the day is playing in front of fans and being part of the show and achieving things in your career you always dreamed about.

"For that, I need to work hard as well. I need to get away from it all, so that when I do comeback I'm excited and motivated. That's what I feel right now, and that then can carry you a long way.

"For me, it was important to take a bit of a rest. Not too long, just enough so I'm really sort of tough to beat in the next few months."


  1. i smell beef

  2. Buh wats federer's own cosign.. e now put anoda persons mata for head

  3. nadal is being sarcastic.. i can sense the anger in his voice

  4. I dnt its fair for Nadal 2 get a higher ranking, it will mean they v 2 bounce one of the Top-4 which will most likeli be Ferrer who has been the most hardworking player in the past 1 year on tour.

  5. i tink this is unfair

  6. well i agree wt the authorities... Nadal has 910 points to fight for b4 the french open, if he wins here in Madrid and becomes no4, thats gud news for tennis.. buh if he ends up as no5 and ceteris paribus he ends up meeting novak @ the quarters of french open then C'EST LA VIE!