Wimbledon 2019 seedings: Rafael Nadal is third behind Roger Federer & Novak Djokovic

Wimbledon 2019 seedings: Rafael Nadal is third behind Roger Federer & Novak Djokovic

The world-famous grass-court tournament gets underway at the All-England Club on Monday, with Nadal set to suffer from the unique approach to the seedings taken by Wimbledon tournament organizers.

Federer and top seed Novak Djokovic will be at opposite ends of the Wimbledon draw, separated until the final, but Nadal is guaranteed to have either Federer or Djokovic in his half, and could meet them in the semis.

"Whatever it is, whether I'm number two or number three I'll have to play at my best".

'I don't think it's a good thing that Wimbledon is the only one with its own seeding formula. It is better to be second than third, but if they consider that I have to be third I will accept.

Nadal, meanwhile, exited Wimbledon at the fourth-round stage in 2017, while he has not taken part in any major ATP grass tournaments the past two years going into the Slam - he withdrew from Queen's in 2018 before the tournament started.

Nadal lost a semi-final epic to Djokovic a year ago but in his previous five appearances he never got past round four.

"It's their rules and you have to respect it although it's a little bit surprising to be honest", the Serb told Reuters after playing at the Boodles exhibition event on Tuesday.

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Wimbledon top seed Djokovic said he could understand Nadal's frustration.

"I mean Roger is the greatest of all time".

Nadal could have had a clear run to the Wimbledon final if he was second seed and the draw was kind.

The women's seedings are not determined by the same formula as the men's event, and they show no deviation from the world rankings, with Australia's French Open victor Ashleigh Barty at number one, followed by Japan's Naomi Osaka, Czech Karolina Pliskova and Dutch player Kiki Bertens.

Last year, seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena was ranked 183rd when placed as 25th seed at Wimbledon following her return to the Tour following the birth of her first child.

South African Kevin Anderson, runner-up to Djokovic last season, is fourth seed despite falling to eighth in the ATP rankings as Wimbledon used its special formula once again.