Originally Posted by bluetrain4
I'd agree, generally. He now gets his own quarter of the draw and can avoid playing Fed, Murray, or Djoker until the SFs - basically he has a much, much better chance at making Slam SFs, which he promptly took advantage of at the AO (with thanks to Almagro).
And the USO.
Nothing has really changed much for Murray - he went through Nole and Roger to win the OG and would have had to do the same at the USO had Roger made semis. Had he won the AO, he would also have gone through Roger and Nole.
I'm struggling to see why Rafa's absence has had much bearing on Murray's OG and USO wins.