Friday, 20 June 2008

The draw is out...

... and the answer to the question we’ve all been waiting for is that the Men's No 3 seed is in the same half of the draw as the No 1 seed. So it’s Federer not Nadal who faces a potential showdown with Djokovic in the semis.

Murray, Roddick, Blake, Davydenko and Gasquet are all in Nadal’s half . So there’s the prospect of Nadal v Murray in the quarters. But before that Nadal will have to overcome the winner of Gulbis v Isner in the second round. And Murray will need to get past Santoro, Malisse, and Gasquet.

Federer has Hrbaty, Soderling, Nishikori or Monfils in the 3rd and potentially Hewitt in the 4th, probably Ferrer in the QF.

Djokovic faces either Nalbandian or Baghdatis in the fourth.

In the Ladies Ivanovic has (on paper) an easy run to the semi’s where she should meet either Serena or Kuznetsova. The William sisters are kept apart. Serena is drawn to face Mauresmo in the third round. Number two seed Jankovic has a tougher draw with Venus, Maria, Safina, Dementieva in her half.

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freakyfrites said...

Hey there!

It's so fun when the draw comes out and we can speculate.

I'm thinking Llodra or Kohlshreiber might get past Ferrer in Roger's section.

I'm looking out for Wawrinka in Djokovic's section, but obviously, it would be a long shot for him to beat Nole.

What do you think of Roddick drawing Tipsarevic in the second round? Could be tough.

Do you think Youzhny has a chance against Rafa? (A chance meaning that he could take a set off him?)

Should be exciting!

Steve said...

Thanks for the comment.

Yes, I've always loved picking through the draw. Reminds me of being a kid and working through the pullout wall charts from the Sunday newspaper.

On paper there are some great matches coming up over the next two weeks.

Hard to see Youzhny beating Nadal but he has the psychological advantage of having handed out a bagel and breadstick to Rafa in India earlier in the year.

Even so, I still think it's another Roger and Rafa final.

Enjoy the tennis!