Would Nole really rather draw Thiem in his half?
What are you suggesting will happen at USO?OP, you are looking at the problem from the wrong angle: you are asking the wrong question.
The valid problem as far as the tennis authorities are concerned is: who are the main threats to the most desired final, and in what order, so that we can make their draw most difficult?
At RG the clear answer was Thiem, the desired final was Nadal-Djokovic and subsequently Thiem was "awarded" the hellish draw that he had. The unfortunate effect form Thiem eliminating Djokovic was that he was absolutely gassed in the final, but by then the tournament has cashed in and it was still the second best scenario.