Originally Posted by Polvorin
I don't understand Federer skipping a Master's event. Why wouldn't he be trying to give himself the best possible chance take the #2 ranking and thus avoid playing Rafa and Novak in the same tournament? From a strategic standpoint I just don't get it.
I know he's said it is to best prep for the French.
But I've got a question.
How does his achieving the #2 ranking make him avoid playing Rafa and Novak? I know he could be on the other side of the draw at some tournaments, but that is not guaranteed, is it? If he's 2 and Rafa were 3, wouldn't the same thing occur?