Wimbledon 2013 Draw: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal Were Snubbed by Low Seedings

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIJune 20, 2013

LONDON - JULY 06:  Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerland pose for pictures with after Nadal won in five sets in the final on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 6, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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The first 20 players in the men's draw have been announced for Wimbledon 2013, and two legends in Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal had surprisingly low seedings.

Novak Djokovic, as expected, headlined at No. 1. However, Federer—arguably the greatest player of all time and undoubtedly the most prolific on the grass surface—came in as a No. 3 seed, while Nadal was fifth, according to James Riach of The Guardian.

Ahead of Federer at No. 2 was Andy Murray, and ahead of Nadal was David Ferrer in fourth position.

It's remarkable to say the least and definitely a snub to two of the best tennis players the sport has ever seen, who have also happened to provide some of the best matches in history.

One of those came at the 2008 Wimbledon final, where darkness set in as Federer and Nadal endlessly battled for hours before the Spaniard emerged victorious by a count of 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (8), 9-7.

The world No. 2, Murray, didn't play in the French Open due to a back injury, and though he won a singles title in his return at the AEGON Championships in London, he has no business being ranked ahead of Federer, much less Nadal.

No one has ever won more Wimbledon championships than Federer, who has seven top prizes at the All England Club to his credit—including last year's triumph over Murray.

Few would argue that Novak Djokovic is not deserving of the top seed, but Federer should not be listed at No. 3. After a disappointing exit in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros, Federer bounced back on his preferred surface in a big way at the Gerry Weber Open in Germany.

He beat veteran Tommy Haas in the semifinals—the man who beat Federer in the final the prior year—and closed out his first title of 2013 with a three-set win over  Mikhail Youzhny.

Murray's resume doesn't compare favorably to Nadal's by any stretch. In eight appearances, Nadal is a five-time finalist and two-time winner, while Murray only reached his first final in last year's event.

That isn't to knock Murray's accomplishments, because let's face it: He's playing in an era alongside three of the best tennis has ever seen. But he doesn't warrant placement ahead of Nadal—especially since the "King of Clay" just recorded his eighth triumph at the French Open.

The top five seeds are in order of their current ATP ranking, but it's as if the powers that be simply glanced at that as a reference and constructed the first part of the draw purely on that basis.

David Ferrer got thrashed by Nadal in the French Open final: 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. There is absolutely no way that someone Nadal just dominated so thoroughly should be placed ahead of him.

Brad Gilbert, the former coach of Murray, couldn't resist chiming in on the debacle via Twitter:

It remains to be seen what kind of effect this has on the complete draw, but there is a chance that Murray will have to face Djokovic, Federer and Nadal in the tournament.

Considering the magnificent competitors Nadal and Federer are, this should only drive them to prove they are far from finished and perhaps meet again for yet another epic showdown in SW19.

Note: Recent tournament history and rankings are courtesy of ATPWorldTour.com.