Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Seeds of discontent


Not that the All-England Club has to run anything by me, but if it was to have asked my opinion, I would have definitely done the seeding differently on the men's side than it did.

Wimbledon is the only Slam that seeds players based on their past records at the tournament and their grass-court ability. That being said, the organizers made a MAJOR screw-up as far as I'm concerned: How do you hold to the rankings among the top seven players and seed Nikolay Davydenko and David Ferrer above Andy Roddick and David Nalbandian? Davydenko and Ferrer have absolutely no grass-court credentials between the two of them, while Roddick and Nalbandian have both made it to the finals at Wimbledon, and made multiple semis and quarters there. Plus, Roddick has four Queen's Club titles! What else do you want?

Those couple of spots make a huge difference: Now, more than likely for the quarterfinals, Roddick will probably be drawn to face Novak Djokovic, while Nalbandian will be expected to square off against Rafael Nadal. At this point, both of the higher seeds would probably be the favorite. If Roddick and Nalbandian would have been seeded four and five, respectively, then those two would have been likely drawn against each other in the quarters, and the winner of that would have been a deserved semifinalist.

If Marcos Baghdatis can be moved up 15 spots from his ranking of 25, then the All-England Club doing this with Roddick and Nalbandian is a huge mistake. If Davydenko is drawn against a big-serving qualifier in the first round, I guarantee he loses. He just doesn't like to play on grass. Ferrer, I'm a little bit more optimistic about: I mean he's at least playing a warm-up tournament this week! But those two are not legit contenders for the Wimbledon title; Roddick and Nalbandian are.

I was going to let the club slide on the women's seedings, but they messed that up, too. OK, it would be hard to have the number-one player in the world not at the top spot, but Jelena Jankovic at two over Maria Sharapova, and Svetlana Kuznetsova and Elena Dementieva over Serena Williams and Venus Williams? Come on! That's insane!

The All-England Club should either do away with the tradition or put me on the seeding committee!

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