Indian Wells Men’s Preview: Can Anyone Stop Djokovic From Another “Desert Double”? I Don’t Think So!
by Sean Randall | March 6th, 2013, 12:03 am
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We label Rafael Nadal the King of Clay, but are we that far off from calling Novak Djokovic the King of Hardcourts? Consider Djokovic has won four of the last five hardcourt majors losing only to Andy Murray in a five set thriller at the US Open last fall. And with a current 18-match win streak in his sails, which includes a Dubai win in the other desert last weekend, Djokovic enters the first Tennis Masters event of 2013 as the heavy favorite. It also doesn’t hurt that Djokovic has won Indian Wells twice and he’s reached the semis there the last three years.

If that’s not enough, the draw also came out in the Serb’s favor. Djokovic’s third round seed could be Grigor Dimitrov who doesn’t seem worthy of a giant-killer role just yet. Then he’s likely to be paired with the underachieving Sam Querrey in the fourth round before JW Tsonga, Marin Cilic or Milos Raonic in the quarters. In a tough section, I’ll take Tsonga for now beating Raonic. The Frenchman, though, could face a nervy test against former finalist Mardy Fish who’s making his return after coping with heart issues last the five months.

In the second quarter, US Open champ Andy Murray is back on American soil but his footing in the desert hasn’t been great. The Scot has lost his last three matches at Indian Wells dropping the opening round the last two years. But with Martin Klizan as his third round seed, then either the struggling Alexandr Dologpolov or the fragile Kei Nishikori, it’s hard to see him losing early – Nishikori, though, could certainly be a test. Awaiting Murray in the quarters I think, I hope, should be Juan Martin Del Potro. Delpo has a testy draw early with either Nikolay Davydenko or Paul-Henri Mathieu, then Jeremy Chardy followed by Nico Almagro (or Tommy Haas). But I like Del Potro, just not enough to beat Murray in that quarter.

In the bottom half, the third section is by far the weakest with Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer, Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon. David Nalbandian, Bernard Tomic and Kevin Anderson are also lurking, but I think based on his play in Dubai and really the last six months that Mr. Berdych is the guy here. Desert conditions, light air, power game and confident play of late should help him make the last four.

So through three quarters I have yet to mention either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal, and that can mean only two things. Either they aren’t playing or they are and they were placed in the same section! Well, the latter happened and for the first time in a long time Roger and Rafa could meet in the quarters, and I think they will (double checking they’ve never played a quarterfinal!). Both guys do have semi-tricky draws. Rafa could play Mikhail Youzhny in the third, then possibly Janko Tipsarevic in the fourth. Federer is likely to meet Juliean Benneteau in his third rounder – the Frenchman just beat Roger a few weeks ago in Rotterdam – and then play the dangerous John Inser in a fourth round rematch of their final a year ago. But I think we get the match and the result is the same as last year’s semi when the two last played and Federer won. Playing his first event on hardcourts in almost a year, I just don’t think Nadal will be at the level to beat the big names on this surface. Come US Open time maybe both psychologically and physically he’ll be back, but not yet.

So my semifinals right now look like Djokovic-Murray, Berdych-Federer. In the final I think it’s Djokovic over Federer and for the second time in three years Novak wins the “Desert Doubles” (both Dubai then Indian Wells). Until somebody really beats the guy on hardcourts, he’s the best we got right now.

As for other things I’ll be looking at is the progress of some of the younger guys. Raonic has a decent draw with Cilic, Tsonga and Ferrer in his path. He can finally make some real noise. And I want to see more from this Jerzy Janowicz fellow. In the last Masters it was the Pole shocking the world reaching the final in Paris. Well, we are still on hardcourts, let’s see what you can do.

And of course there’s Rafa. I watched the exo last night and there’s not much to take away from it except Rafa’s wallet got a lot fatter. But after missing so much time and the way he’s so cautious with his knee right now, I can’t see a big run from him on these hardcourts this month. Nadal circa 2011 would likely rip through this draw, but not version 2013. I don’t think, but maybe he can play his way into belief.

Back to Novak. On a hardcourt, even though he’s not in full flight, someone is still going to have to play at their very best to have any chance. Murray? Maybe, but he hasn’t played well at IW of late and he hasn’t played at all since losing to Novak in Australia 40 days ago, so there’ll be some rust there. Federer, Nadal or Berdych in the final? Perhaps if Federer can find that “A” game but that’s a real stretch. So Djokovic it is….

Men’s matches begin on Thursday. Tennis Channel kicks off on Friday and the seeds hit the courts on Saturday.


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84 Comments for Indian Wells Men’s Preview: Can Anyone Stop Djokovic From Another “Desert Double”? I Don’t Think So!

skeezer Says:

“Indian Wells Men’s Preview: Can Anyone Stop Djokovic From Another “Desert Double”? I Don’t Think So! ”

Same here!


jane Says:

“they’ve never played a quarterfinal!” – Interesting: looking forward to it this time, as I don’t know what to expect. Rafa might be a bit rusty, and yet he looked really strong the bits I’ve seen of him lately, and Roger seems to be less consistent, but yet he beat Rafa quite handily at IW last year.


nadalista Says:

My fellow Rafa Kool Aid Drinker, Tignor, has Rafa getting to the finals:

http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2013/03/gangs-all-here/46699/#.UTbfVVdX62s

Vamos!!

Except, someone must have spiked my kool-aid with water because I have him losing to Berdych in the semis, which would still be good progress in my estimation.


Steve 27 Says:

Djokovic or Murray is gonna be the champion. The rest has no chance.


Michael Says:

If there is one player who can stop Novak’s juggernaut, it could be Andy. But for that, Andy has to reach the finals to post a challenge. Right now, Novak is the best on hard courts and there is no stopping him. I do not think Roger and Nadal can pose him any challenge. May be Roger at his best can give Novak a run for his money, but these days Roger is pretty inconsistent and has many bad days. So, it would be Novak all the way and thereby cementing his No.1 position further. He is poised for greatness.


mat4 Says:

I don’t know, but there is a mental switch I don’t manage to make: for me, Novak is still the best number 3 there ever was, and I found it difficult to see him as the favourite.

I think that Murray has also switched to a graphene racquet and that he will surprise us, Tsonga should also play quite well, Raonic is there too, and he won recently the San Jose tournament… So, it won’t be straightforward, far from it.

On the other side, I watched Federer carefully in the last two tournaments, and he played lighthearted tennis in Rotterdam and Dubai, conserving energy; it was all first strike tennis, with a lot of risks, and I had the impression that he was conserving his body and his energy for things to come.

I expect him to play better, be more patient. Perhaps he will even change his court positioning on the return, make a step further from the baseline, which could be very important.

Rafa played very well in the final of Acapulco, and I’ve seen patches of the msg exho and he looked good.

Berdych is in full progression, and his return stats are amazing. On a good day, he can blow anybody from the court.

So, very difficult to have a real favourite. I would be happy if Novak continued to improve his handling of the new racquet, and he needs to be more focused than in Dubai, where he often took his foot from the gas pedal in the second set.


Giles Says:

Does anybody know how the qualifying draws are worked out? How do they work out which players are automatically in the main draw and which players have to qualify to be in the main draw?


nadalista Says:

A couple of “safe” websites for Rafans to take a peak at should they feel the need to immerse themselves in the funny side of the Rafa fan community:

http://www.wooffiesrafaramblings.com/

http://queridorafa.wordpress.com/

Vamos!!


Giles Says:

^^ I have been following those websites for quite a while. I must say queridorafa is absolutely hilarious at times. She is very clever and gifted!


nadalista Says:

^^^Agree, queridorafa hits the spot. I like wooffie’s for the archives, has very good articles and links to other Rafan communities. I try not to read queridorafa on the tube for fear of getting funny looks from the other commuters……..


jane Says:

mat4, I think like you; the field seems more open. Murray could surprise us; perhaps he has been working on things these last couple months and is ready to launch an attack. And Rafa’s game looks different too. Fed may surprise, as always. Berd, Delpo – both have been playing well. There are lots of contenders and dark horses in the field. Exciting.


skeezer Says:

@nadalista

Lol 1:33am post ;)

—–

Mat4 nice preview


rafaeli Says:

Sean, do you always have your tongue in your cheek………..you really believe that Tipsa and Youzhny are tricky for Rafa?


mat4 Says:

@jane:

Did you see the post about Novak on the Changeover? Very instructive. Juan José wrote some excellent articles about Novak.


skeezer Says:

Actually, Harrison vs Rafa I want to watch. Me thinks Rafa will win, but Harrison may play him tough,,,,


mat4 Says:

@skeez:

I am not optimistic about Harrison’s future. He has an excellent serve and he is very combative on court. But he hasn’t really improved since I’ve first seen him. I almost think he played better a year ago than now.

When I am at it, I think that Tipsy’s wife deserved the title of coach of the year in 2011 or 2012. Since she handles her man, he has dramatically improved his game, his ranking, and especially his earnings…


Kimberly Says:

I think Sean’s analysis is pretty spot on but somehow Rafa ended up in the final of my draw challenge. But his first tourney on HC in a year that seems pretty unrealistic.


jane Says:

Thanks mat4; I saw the link but haven’t read it yet. Kind of swamped but have it bookmarked!


Sean Randall Says:

rafaeli,in response I decided to write a new post.

http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2013-03-06/11781.php


The fighter Says:

thanks @Nadalista

U made my day!


Ben Pronin Says:

^Thanks for the link! Funny stuff about Shanghai.


nadalista Says:

^^^Read the readers’ posts at the bottom of the blog, I found those quite funny and informative too.


Gordo Says:

Giles,

IW allows for 12 Qualifying spots out of the draw of 56 (a drawsheet of 64 with the top 8 seeds getting first round byes).
There are also 5 wildcards. 56 less 17 = 39 players who get slotted in according to their ranking. Anyone lower tha the 39th highest ranked player available to play has to qualify.

The same process applies to the 48 drawsheet for the qualifiers; there are 5 wild cards but no byes. Gulbis, ranked 67 is the top seed for the qualifiers, where Mathieu, ranked 66 made the main draw.

Hope that helps.


Gordo Says:

Steve 27 Says:
Djokovic or Murray is gonna be the champion. The rest has no chance.

March 6th, 2013 at 2:51 am

Er, actually Stevie – you, myself and Sean have no chance. If you are in the drawsheet you have a chance. It might be slim, but it is still a chance. President Obama and Lance Armstrong? They don’t have a chance. Guys in the draw? They do. Otherwise, why play the tournament?


Polo Says:

I know it and I’m prepared for it but I still feel sad that Federer is not going to win Indian Wells.


the DA Says:

Just saw that the bottom half of the men’s draw goes first tomorrow, which means Rafa/Fed on Saturday and Nole/Andy on Sunday.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

IF Ferrer takes out Berdych, which there’s a very good chance of, Fed will have one tough match to get to the finals. Last year, he demolished Rafa here. This year, Rafa’s still on the comeback trail. I like Fed’s chances to make the finals.


Humble Rafa Says:

Wouldn’t be funny if your Humble Highness comes out on a crutch, and beats a certain someone. There will be a funeral on this blog.


jane Says:

mat4, just read that article: was pleased by this part ;), actually didn’t know these stats except the 18 match thing.

“Djokovic is the first man in history to make six straight hard court Slam finals (winning four of them), dating back to the 2010 US Open final. The previous record was held by Roger Federer, who made (and won) five straight hard court Slam finals between the 2005 US Open and the 2007 US Open. Interestingly enough, that Federer streak was stopped by Djokovic himself, who straight-setted the Swiss in the 2008 Australian Open semifinals.

- Djokovic is now on an 18-match winning streak. Seventeen of those wins have come on hard courts.

- Starting with Miami last year, Djokovic has amassed a 48-3 record on hard courts (indoor and outdoor), which results in an absolutely insane winning percentage of 94.1.”


skeezer Says:

HR
Your act is old already. Try the Bocce ball forums.


Alok Says:

Humble Rafa Says:
Wouldn’t be funny if your Humble Highness comes out on a crutch, and beats a certain someone. There will be a funeral on this blog.

March 6th, 2013 at 11:22 pm

If his Humble Highness is on crutches, the tournament doctor would disallow him from playing. So that’s one funny joke blown to pieces.

Was there a “funeral” in 2012 for his Humble Highness, when he was in perfect health and got dismantled at IW? No. So why would there be one for that certain someone who’s not been playing well and is 32 years old. 32-25 says it all, back pain and family. Which other player will be able to do this at 32? I doubt if there will be any. Fed has got the best of both worlds. A good personal/family life and a very solid top 4 ranking at the present time. Rio 2016.

I saw Fed on TC in a partial interview for just a couple of few minutes. He says he’s motivated to change the thinking of most analysts, etc.,to be wrong, that a guy over 30 cannot be in the top 4 and win tournaments, especially a GS.

That’s enough motivation for Roger to go out there and maintain his top 4 ranking. He’s also stated in a recent article that he’s aware that the young guys are in their prime, and he’ll lose moreoften to to them, but it’s not going to stop him from competing at a high level. Good for you Roger! Rio 2016. Maybe it’s the reason he played the SA exhos this year to check out the crowd support. He’s got it from Pele, Maradonna and JMDP, who wants to be like Fed, in his 2009 USO winner’s speech.


Alok Says:

Tennis Vagabond Says:
IF Ferrer takes out Berdych, which there’s a very good chance of, Fed will have one tough match to get to the finals. Last year, he demolished Rafa here. This year, Rafa’s still on the comeback trail. I like Fed’s chances to make the finals.”

Ferrer has not been playing very well this year, and I think Fed will put him away easily. It’s T-Berd that’s the problem for Fed, and Daveed would do Fed a favor by beating Berd.

Is Nadal still in comeback mode? He’s played 4 matches and has won two titles. I felt nadal was holding back at his exho with JMDP to give the impression that he’s still not ready for HC.


courbon Says:

@ Mat4;Its very easy to switch-just repeat this every day for a month and you’ll be OK:
Novak has 6a Six Slams….Novak has a Six Slams….Novak has a Six Slams….


jane Says:

Nole and Andy shot a Head commercial together; Nole posted some great pictures – here’s one:

https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/5622_528822580503931_655387803_n.jpg


Giles Says:

Gordon. Thanks very much for your explanation.
So for example, Ryan Harrison who is ranked 75 will have had to qualify for the main draw?


rafaeli Says:

So if Rafa is the King of Clay and you say Djokovic is the King of Hard Court, what makes Roger the GOAT?


Giles Says:

https://mobile.twitter.com/BNPPARIBASOPEN/status/309443889717202944/photo/1
Practice court is packed. Why? Rafa is hitting! #VamosChamp


mat4 Says:

@courbon:

I’ll do what you advised me: Nole has 18 slams, Nole has 18 slams, Nole has 18 slams..


Giles Says:

My post 3.08 to Gordo not Gordon


Tennislover Says:

Just a tiny correction about the draw at Indian Wells. It is a draw sheet of 128 players with the 32 seeds getting a first round bye, making it a 96 player event with 79 direct entries, 12 qualifiers and 5 wild cards. Ditto for Miami. These are the the only two Masters events having such a large number of players. I wish they were like the normal masters events. The tour could save at least one week and utilize it for spacing where it is needed more on the ATP calender. Dragging these two events over four weeks is a wasteful luxury that should be avoided imho.


Tennislover Says:

mat4 – It seems Djoko is way more comfortable with his top dog status than you are. I think he is dealing with it very well and there is a sense of real authority about him in a way which Rafa somehow did not exude when he was the top player. Things could not be better for Djoko fans.

By the way I am sorry to you, and MMT if he is around, for having left our last discussion rather abruptly. There was a medical emergency in the family and I have been submerged in work for some time now. I hope neither of you took any offense.


the DA Says:

@Jane – I saw that. Here’s another:

https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/295542_528822633837259_1644355021_n.jpg

Looks like they’re having fun (for now). Also saw a nice pic of Rafa stopping practice to surprise Roger and say hello.


Wog boy Says:

^^Is Andy measuring what I think he is measuring?


alison Says:

^Whos the other player^?


mat4 Says:

@TL:

In the thread “Poll: Federer…” I asked myself if you are the same poster as TennisFanSince76, since he, too, wrote insightful posts with a lot of sense and tennis knowledge. You don’t have to answer, just curious.

Then, I really understand what medical problems are: my father is very ill for years now. But I believe many of us missed your presence.

BTW, I notice that Conty is in the xfans contest. So she perhaps reads those threads although she doesn’t post.


mat4 Says:

@WB, alison:

Do I think what you think?


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

And what would that be?


mat4 Says:

^ The reach of the new racquet?


alison Says:

Mat4 yeah exactly,cant help thinking what a great idea it would be for a caption cometition,once a month it would be fun to do this on tennis x,put up a picture and the best caption wins the competition simple as that,what do you think?and more to the point what do the tennis x staff think?come on how about it eh?


alison Says:

Is that Grigor Dimitrov with Nole and Andy in that picture?


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

He might be checking if “it” is radioactive?

alison,

To meaty for Dimitrov.


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

He might be checking if “it” is radioactive?

alison,

Too meaty for Dimitrov.


Wog boy Says:

Sorry, “too” is difference between two posts.


alison Says:

Wogboy checking if its radioactive?now that would make a great caption.


the DA Says:

Another pic of the notoriously grumpy Andy during practice:

http://twitpic.com/c96lfn

That one’s for you Margot ;)


alison Says:

Nice picture go Andy,go get that title;-)


Margot Says:

@ the DA
Oooh, Prepare, Attack, Destroy…sigh, way to go Andy. BTW my banner says “Shhh, Olympic Gold Medalist at Work.” Alas no room at all for boring old “Focus”……;)
mat4 is always claiming our boy is a “fatty,” Phui, what cheek… but to me, in the pics from IW, he looks as lean as a whip…


mat4 Says:

@Margot:

Disclaimer! Not true! I even had to check on Google translate to learn what “fatty” means.

He’s just too heavy…


Giles Says:

I thought Andy was on a gluten free diet. He certainly seems to have filled out!


jane Says:

Great pics DA – thanks!

Can’t wait for IW. It’s the first time we’ll have the “big four” and most (all?) of the other top ten players in an event together since Wimbledon, nearly a year, wow.


jane Says:

also sar, skeezer and conty have all brought great live reports to us from that event; I’d love to go some year, as it’s not that far, but the timing is bad.

Are any posters from here going this year?


skeezer Says:

^jane

cannot go this year. But as you can see from the pics of the players practicing it is a fan fest for up close watching and interacting. The weather is usually outstanding, and the grounds are nice and fun. Hope to go next year,,,


racquet Says:

Nice pics. Is it really time to see the top guys all together at Indian Wells again? It has felt like the longest time. Bring it on!


Humble Rafa Says:

Mouthwatering opportunities for your Humble Highness..only if I can stay injury free.


RZ Says:

Wow, Laura Robson had a huge meltdown in her 1st round match and lost after leading a set and 4-1 up. I had hoped to watch her live this weekend too. Oh well…


RZ Says:

^ Not a tantrum type meltdown, more like a choke-job.


Gordo Says:

Giles – Harrison lost in the first round of Delray Beach where he was defending points, so he dropped in the rankings. These guys are so bunched closely together in the 70-100 slots that a deep run in a ATP250 Tourney can jump one 10-20 spots.

It is not this week’s standings thst are used; it was the standings from a week ago, before Harrison dropped s few spots. He did not have to qualify, but if the tournament were held next week he would.


Sidney Says:

Kimberly,

Just joined the Indian Wells draw challenge, and what do you know…

I have Nole winning Indian Wells, beating Rafa in the final.

This is Rafa’s first hard-court event in a long time, but I like his chances versus anybody in the bottom half of the draw.

And if he meets Andy in the final, Rafa would most likely win the title.


jane Says:

Hewitt beat Rosol, Nalbandian is through, Tomic beat Bellucci, Goffin beat Troicki, and -at the moment- Gulbis is beating F-Lo.


skeezer Says:

Thanks jane. Wow, Brands beats Baggy? And a donut in the first set to boot? Whoas.


nadalista Says:

ITF Anti doping testing summary for 2012:

http://www.itftennis.com/media/141081/141081.pdf

Top 5 ATP Summary:

Name IC OOC
Novak Djokovic 7+ 1-3
Roger Federer 4-6 1-3
Andrew Murray 7+ 1-3
David Ferrer 7+ 4-6
Rafael Nadal 1-3 7+

IC=In Competition
OOC=Out Of Competition

From the above, I would say: Ferrer is the most tested, combining both IC and OOC. Rafa’s low IC stat is explained by his 7 month absence from the Tour, however, he was the most tested OOC. Of the 4 who played the full season, Federer had the least IC competition tests.

What is truly disturbing are the gaps in the OOC column for MOST of the players, both WTA and ATP.


Giles Says:

Gordo. Thanks for that. So, what are the calculations for a grand slam? Sorry, am just trying to get the hang of this.


Giles Says:

Well done Hewitt beating Rasshole!


Tennislover Says:

mat4 – No, I am not tennisfansince76. I am a bit less experienced than him. Thanks for the kind words anyway although, knowing your sense of humor, I will take them with a bag of salt. Ha ha! Not that I have any illusions about myself. I don’t think I have ever been a very frequent poster here and, therefore, its highly unlikely that anyone would miss me much. Your contribution to this blog is immeasurably greater and I am sure most of us here are much the better for it. Your passion for the game and the way you mention and discuss different viewpoints, keeping a very open mind, is quite commendable. I can not believe how many different internet sources you are able to keep in touch with in order to provide greater and more varied insight into different aspects of the game. I am not able to even visit one blog regularly these days. I tend to avoid posting much and I am certainly forced to avoid interacting because I don’t want to offend anyone by leaving a conversation abruptly due to paucity of time. I am sure I have missed many of your insightful and informative posts. As for conty/carlo/contador, she is missed too although I believe she did post a few times after the AO. I hope she starts posting regularly again as she is one of the nicest posters here.

BTW, I have seen a few posts off and on from another “tennislover” on this blog. This is something I feel very uncomfortable with. I hope he/she has not posted anything objectionable in my absence although his/her posts seemed alright whenever I have seen those. I don’t want any misunderstanding or confusion and I request him/her, if s/he is reading this, to kindly modify his/her nick slightly.


jane Says:

Lovely comments from Nole on Women’s Day:

Novak Djokovic
I admire ladies for so many reasons: my mother was so passionate and supportive through all my life; my Jelena gives me strength and love through all the challenges I face every day. I have sisters and aunts, friends and associates – all the great and creative ladies!
On this day I would like to say THANK YOU all. Thank you ladies all over the world for your courage, for your initiative, for your warm and kind smiles, for your great ideas in business, but also for your contribution in developing of the civil society. This world is beautiful because of this synergy we create as independent and equal human beings!

And at the end – all my support to this year’s UN theme for March 8th – A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.


alison Says:

Jane yeah nice words from Novak,of topic for a minute no bracket challenge this time?


jane Says:

Just too swamped alison; maybe I’ll peek in during the tournament, and say hello, or see who’s cleaning up. :)


alison Says:

Jane yeah i know the feeling,shame that real life has to get in the way of our love of the beautiful game sometimes.


courbon Says:

@Mat 4:I just seen your posts-Nole has 18 slams…that was funny.Sorry for not getting in conversation last couple of days and next 3-4 days , because I’m working like a donkey…Speak to you soon.


mat4 Says:

@TL:

I have the luck to work mostly at home, on my computer. It is a lot of work (there is always too much work, and the fee is always too low) but it allows me to check from time to time on this blog.

I read only a few blogs: mostly The Changeover and Essential Tennis. Sometimes, I spend an hour or two searching for good blogs, especially when a watch a GS. But, most of the time, I rewatch the few matches I liked, rewind the same sequences, compare with previous matches, especially when I am tired and can’t attentively read or write any more.

BTW, when I joke, I write two .. at the end of my sentence. So no salt needed.


Steve 27 Says:

Guys in the draw? They do. Otherwise, why play the tournament? Cash and points , Gordito.

why women are paid less than men for the same job with the same skills (if not better) only by gender?
Happy day to all women in the world and especially for writing in this blog, even if they are fans of another tennis player different from mine.


Gordo Says:

Giles, for a GS it is exactly the same, only with no byes and one extra round.

So there are 128 players in the singles draw, with 16 of thos being qualifyers and then there are a handful of wild cards which are given out to players at the discretion of the tournament organizers. These usually wind up being given to lower ranked players from the country where the tournament is being held, but sometimes they are given to a high profile player who is too far down the rankings to automatically qualify and giving them a wild card has them avoid the three match qualifying tournament. For example, Kim Clijsters received a wild card at the US Open.

Now the draw is based on the rankings two weeks prior to the first day of play. So 128 less 16 less 8 = the top 104 players are eligible. For each player who is ill, injured, suspended or otherwise unable to play then ranked players 105 and lower are approached (in order) until the 104 spots are filled. The next top ranked players will be seeded in the qualifying tournament, which takes place the 5 days prior to the main draw’s first round of play.


Sidney Says:

For those who commented about Roger’s luck (or lack thereof) in the IW draw, it just got a bit easier with big-serving Isner losing to Hewitt in 3 sets.

Only Wawrinka remains in his section who could provide token resistance.

Roger should easily get to the QF’s now. This will boost his chances of retaining his No. 2 ranking after IW.

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