LONDON – Rafael Nadal breathed a sigh of relief Friday after he was slated to meet eight-time champion Roger Federer in the Wimbledon semi-finals.
Nadal's fears that he would be drawn in top-seeded favourite and defending champion Novak Djokovic's half of the draw - and face him in the semis - proved unfounded despite Wimbledon promoting Federer above him in the seedings.
The Spaniard, seeded third behind Federer, had complained earlier this week that Wimbledon's unique formula for seeding that combines ranking points with form in grass-court competitions was disrespectful.
World number one Djokovic will in theory face South African fourth seed and last year's beaten finalist Kevin Anderson - who was promoted from eighth in the world - in the last four.
Nadal, who comes in on the back of his 18th Grand Slam singles title after winning his 12th French Open which included beating Federer in the semi-finals, will do well to reach the last four as he has a tough looking draw.