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Maria Sharapova finds decision to pick Rafael Nadal as sixth seed in French Open 2015 ‘disrespectful’

Paris, May 23: Maria Sharapova slammed the “disrespectful” decision on Friday to pick nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal as the sixth seed despite his domination of the event, a media report said on Saturday. Nadal will kick off his defending campaign at Roland Garros as the sixth seed after having slipped to the seventh in the ATP world rankings. The 28-year-old Spaniard could thus face top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals, the toughest draw he has faced since becoming the “King of Clay,” Xinhua news agency reported.“Everyone expects so much of Rafa at this time of the year. An individual loses a few matches, someone who’s won this event, what is it nine times, I believe? To put so many question marks, I almost think it’s a little bit disrespectful,” the women’s singles second seed Sharapova told a press conference.“He’s an incredible champion, …and his will and motivation to keep doing it and to keep proving to himself that he can do it again is pretty remarkable,” said the Russian. “It’s actually been a little bit sad, because if I was in his shoes I’d be a pretty accomplished and satisfied player.”
“Here he is just grinding away and proving everyone wrong. I think that’s pretty respectful,” she added.