Originally Posted by 813wilson
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?
If Fed is #2 he's got a 50% shot of drawing Murray as his SF; as #3 he has a 0% chance of that occuring - that's the difference. As #3 he must play both Djoker and Nadal unless one/both are upset before they reach him.