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Does Rafael Nadal deserve a seeding boost at the French Open?

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Seven time winner and defending champion at Roland Garros Rafael Nadal will enter the French Open seeded fifth according French open cheif to Gilbert Ysern. 

Ysern told L’Equipe that the French Open committee met over the issue and said: "What was supposed to be a strong symbol, a tribute, was seen as messy business." 

Ysern also said that Nadal never applied for a seeding upgrade formally.

Going by all rules and regulations, the decision to stick to the present system seems fair enough. Injuries are part of the game that one has to take care of. Nadal’s gameplay comes at that cost. As unfortunate as it may seem, he is the World No. 5 and will remain so for quite some time if Ferrer continues to play good tennis.

The actual loss will be of the tournament and the remaining three of the big four, as they now stand a 25% chance of meeting the Spaniard in the Quarter-finals. 

Matches like Djokovic vs. Nadal should come in the semi-finals at the earliest if one has to logically weight the gravity as well as forms of opponents concerned. 

Roger Federer recently stated that the seeding will make little difference. He told reporters: "It’s not like he's ranked 80 in the world and he's going to bump into the seeds or bump into the 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.”

Thus logically speaking, it was not just a question of protecting Rafael Nadal at the French Open. It was the question of honouring the man who has won it so many times and has also been in good form, and of protecting the top three seeds as well. 

The debate is over now with the decision and tennis fans are eagerly awaiting the French open draws to be out. Whether it will be Ferrer or Andy Murray or Federer or the least preferred of all, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic up against Nadal in quarter-finals, only the 24th May will tell.


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