Federer seeded above Nadal for Wimbledon

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WIMBLEDON, England (AP) Eight-time champion Roger Federer was seeded No. 2 for Wimbledon, one spot ahead of Rafael Nadal, reversing their positions in the ATP rankings and creating a debate about whether the All England Club's seeding system should be changed.

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic, the defending champion, was seeded No. 1 on Wednesday at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament, where recent results on the surface are used to help determine seedings. The other majors do not do that.

Nadal told a Spanish TV station that he doesn't think it makes sense that Wimbledon is the only tournament that uses its own seeding system. Former U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe and former player and coach Brad Gilbert tweeted that they thought Nadal should have been seeded No. 2.

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2019 ATP Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 N. Djokovic 12,415
2 R. Nadal 7,945
3 R. Federer 6,620
4 D. Thiem 4,595
5 A. Zverev 4,405
6 S. Tsitsipas 4,215
7 K. Nishikori 4,040
8 K. Anderson 3,610
9 K. Khachanov 2,980
10 F. Fognini 2,785
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2019 WTA Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 A. Barty 6,540
2 N. Osaka 6,377
3 K. Pliskova 5,685
4 K. Bertens 5,425
5 A. Kerber 4,685
6 P. Kvitova 4,555
7 S. Halep 3,963
8 E. Svitolina 3,868
9 S. Stephens 3,682
10 A. Sabalenka 3,565
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