Changes in seeding

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  1. dje31

    dje31 Semi-Pro

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    Has there been a change in the way seeds play each other? Have I just not noticed?

    The way it used to be, in the semis, #1 plays #4, and #2 plays #3, assuming everyone makes it through. That way, the ideal would be for #1 & #2 in the finals.

    Yet in the finals of the Sony today, #2 seed Murray played #3 seed Ferrer? That wouldn't / shouldn't have happened, at least in the past.

    When, why, and how did they change seeding?
     
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  2. bluetrain4

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    Tennis has never used strict 1vs4, 2vs3 seeding. Or, as another example, 1vs.16, 2vs15. 3vs14, etc.

    1 and 2 are always, obviously, on opposite halfs, and it is left to the draw to determine where 3 and 4 end up.

    Back in the day of 16 seed at Slams, Once 1-4 were assigned their quarters, they were slated to play 5-8, and the matchups were determined by the draw. So, 1 could play 5 in the Qfs, rather than the traditional 1 vs 8. Round of 16, 1 could play 9, instead of 16.

    It's been reigned in a little - in the 4th Rnd, 1-4 is now slated to play 13-16, and 5-8 is slated to play 9-12. So, there's still room for a non-strict matchup, but less than before.
     
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  3. dje31

    dje31 Semi-Pro

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    Thanks for the insight. Though when I took tennis as a PE elective in college, ~1984, it was pretty much set, at least for 16 seeds. The written final was actually a bracket: fill in the seeds.

    I know, that's over half a lifetime ago, at least for me.
     
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  4. The Meat

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    Tournaments decide who they think will generate the most money in the semi's battling against each other, or the infamous case of Federer vs Nadal at every final. Regardless of 1vs2, 1vs3.
     
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