• Why is Federer playing Safin in the 3rd round?

    I could understand this if Wimbledon properly seeded their tournament, but why is #1 playing #26 in the round of 32? Federer should be seeded to play #32, not a higher seed. Nadal has an easier tournament at #2, based entirely on objective rankings. A properly seeded tournament has the #1 playing #32, #16, #8, #4 and #2, if those seeds win as... show more
    I could understand this if Wimbledon properly seeded their tournament, but why is #1 playing #26 in the round of 32? Federer should be seeded to play #32, not a higher seed. Nadal has an easier tournament at #2, based entirely on objective rankings. A properly seeded tournament has the #1 playing #32, #16, #8, #4 and #2, if those seeds win as expected. He would play lower seeds than those if those seeds were upset. This should be his most difficult scenario based on no upsets. Federer is seeded to play #26 (6 places above what he should play), #13 (3 seeds above), #5 (3 seeds above), #3 (seeds above) and #2. Nadal is seeded to play #28, #14, #7, #4 and #1. In other words, Nadal has a lower seed in EVERY round until the final. He should play #31, #15, #7, #3 and #1 in a properly seeded tournament. As a result, Federer will have to play Roddick and Nadal, instead of playing #3 Roddick in the semis, will only have to play the #4 seed.
    3 answers · Tennis · 1 decade ago