Tennis is a numbers video game and also Rafael Nadal states figures do not exist.
After the 13-time Roland Garros champ defeated Aussie Alexei Popyrin today to elevate his French Open document to 101-2, Nadal was asked his ideas on the competition seedings.
If ever before there was a time for a Conquest to differ the ATP positions and also use surface area stamina to seedings definitely it was this springtime in Paris, right? Besides, Nadal rejected globe No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the 2020 last to win his 13th Roland Garros title without going down a collection, possesses a 126-2 document in best-of-five-set clay suits and also extended his French Open winning touch to 29 suits today.
Certainly, Nadal should have been seeded greater than second-ranked Daniil Medvedev, that was winless in 4 previous Paris looks prior to defeating Alexander Bublik in his opener, right?
Incorrect, states the third-seeded Spaniard.
“That’s how the ranking works. I mean, there is no one sport that is more fair than tennis on that,” Nadal claimed. “There is a ranking. The seededs are made with the ranking that you had during the last year, during a year. So that’s how it is.
” I suggest, you require to discover a means to do it reasonable, and also most likely that’s an excellent way to prevent any kind of conversation or– you understand, that’s it, no? Fair sufficient, I am the 3rd, Medvedev is the 2nd, Novak is the very first. Not a problem keeping that.”
While Nadal has no issues, the seedings clearly impact the draw as Nadal and rival Djokovic are on course for a semifinal clash rather than squaring off in the final with a historic Slam title on the line.
Given the Slams have the authority to deviate from the rankings if they choose, should Roland Garros have elevated the king of clay to the second seed to prevent the Big 3 winding up in the same top half of the draw?
Nadal said it’s all about match play now.
” I am right here to attempt my finest, and also when I am the 3rd, you understand that you’re gon na have the opportunity to be in the very same draw, component of the draw than the No. 1 or the No. 2,” Nadal said. ” So this time around was with the component of the attracts of the No. 1. Yet still continue to be a great deal for me to encounter that suit, semifinals.
“I just won my first match, something that I’m happy with and I’m focused on try to go for the second one. That’s it.”
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