Federer: Nadal can win French Open regardless of seed

by: Matt Cronin May 06, 2013

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Roger Federer said he doesn’t think it matters where seven-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal is seeded at Roland Garros. A French Open committee decided last week that it would not bump up Nadal’s seeding. The Spaniard is currently ranked No. 5.

“There was an announcement that he was not going to get the seeding right to the top 2. We all know he would deserve it,” Federer told reporters in Madrid.

“I mean, he’s been so successful there in the last eight, nine years there that everybody knows that he deserves it. It’s not like he’s ranked 80 in the world, I don’t think. He needs a bump into the seeds or a bump in the top four or something like that. He’s already ranked No. 5. I think, ‘Is it really going to make a huge difference if he’s 5 or 1?’ Not a whole lot, I don’t think, at the end of the tournament. If I were to play him in the quarters or in the semis or any other player, it’s not the finals yet. So the best is going to win. Rafa obviously has a great chance because of the great player he is on clay.”

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