Can't we have this masterpiece of a matchup at USO FOR ONCE!!
They'd been in the same half numerous times.
But evidently the organizers have given up on this duel, so they cleverly made sure Novak gets a very tough draw, allowing RF to not have Novak in the semis, the "hopefully" RF beats Rafa in the finale, and the US tennis Establishment is finally happy. Besides, they figure RF might be more effective vs Novak before the finale.
The draw is rigged, zero doubts about it.
Several problems here.I think Medvedev and Stan don't even take a set to Djokovic, if they can reach him. Querrey won't trouble him neither, and Fed, I easily see him losing before the semis, and if not, I see him getting crushed by Djokovic. Stan was not so well last weeks, Medvedev I believe is gonna be tired and not able to be a real threat in bo5.
I see Djokovic getting to the final with 0 or 1 set lost. To face an opponent (probably Nadal) who will need upsets to reach the final in the same not too tiring conditions (which are very likely, Verdasco/Cilic/Isner/Thiem are probably not what they were right now, and Kyrgios would have to reach his first GS semi).
My prediction is Novak will have a USO that is very similar as last year's.
My way of thinking rigged draws is : the goal is to have exciting match-ups for TV and a lot to talk about (look at the hype before RG and Wimb semis), so I thought it would be 100% sure Fedal would face in the semis. USO never had this match and it would be a terrible failure for them if it never happens. I don't believe rigged draws are supposed to help a player to win instead of an other, but only to create those matches.
I actually don't believe anymore that the draws are rigged, because of this draw. We couldn't disagree more