Possible worst half of draw in years

#1
With Nadal's withdrawal from Miami, you begin to see what might be the easiest draw for a player in months, if not years.

SF: Zverev
QF: Thiem
R16: Isner
R32: Cecchinato
R64: Djere/Pella
R96: Londero

With Zverev as a #2 seed and Thiem as #3/#4, it's a distinct possibility that one side of the draw may see a Djokovic/Federer semifinal and the other could see Zverev/Thiem.
 
#3
With Nadal's withdrawal from Miami, you begin to see what might be the easiest draw for a player in months, if not years.

SF: Zverev
QF: Thiem
R16: Isner
R32: Cecchinato
R64: Djere/Pella
R96: Londero

With Zverev as a #2 seed and Thiem as #3/#4, it's a distinct possibility that one side of the draw may see a Djokovic/Federer semifinal and the other could see Zverev/Thiem.
Zverev is not that bad in non-Grand-Slams. But I agree that from R96-QF it is awful easy.
 
#9
With Nadal's withdrawal from Miami, you begin to see what might be the easiest draw for a player in months, if not years.

SF: Zverev
QF: Thiem
R16: Isner
R32: Cecchinato
R64: Djere/Pella
R96: Londero

With Zverev as a #2 seed and Thiem as #3/#4, it's a distinct possibility that one side of the draw may see a Djokovic/Federer semifinal and the other could see Zverev/Thiem.
WTF is that count ? Where are the 1/8 and what is R96 ?
 
#12
Let us hope Fed and Djoker are in opposite half and make it to finals unscathed .

Would like Kyrgios to make it to later rounds and Zverev to suddenly catch fire and make it to SF
 
#15
Fairly simple: An eighth-final is a round with 8 matches, which on this forum is typically called the "R16" or "Round of 16" because that's the number of people in it.

Similarly, R96 is the round of 96 players, which is a R128 where 32 of them have received a bye, since Miami and IW have 96-player draws.

Capiche?
:laughing:
 
#17
With Nadal's withdrawal from Miami, you begin to see what might be the easiest draw for a player in months, if not years.

SF: Zverev
QF: Thiem
R16: Isner
R32: Cecchinato
R64: Djere/Pella
R96: Londero

With Zverev as a #2 seed and Thiem as #3/#4, it's a distinct possibility that one side of the draw may see a Djokovic/Federer semifinal and the other could see Zverev/Thiem.
Nadal will get another powder puff draw to challenge this possibly at US Open this year.
 
#19
With Nadal's withdrawal from Miami, you begin to see what might be the easiest draw for a player in months, if not years.

SF: Zverev
QF: Thiem
R16: Isner
R32: Cecchinato
R64: Djere/Pella
R96: Londero

With Zverev as a #2 seed and Thiem as #3/#4, it's a distinct possibility that one side of the draw may see a Djokovic/Federer semifinal and the other could see Zverev/Thiem.
Hmm, and how is this different from the Federer average draws in the past few years.
 
#22
Hmm, and how is this different from the Federer average draws in the past few years.
I'm not making a statement on who's getting what draw, and everyone knows a pre-tournament draw will always get weaker as seeds get upset. You can't get a stronger draw from a weaker one. Naturally, the strongest draw pre-tournament can easily become weak if all the seeds lose R1. This is just a draw that's weak before the tournament.

If you want to make a comparison to Fed's draws recently, go ahead, but I'll mention Shanghai for example.

R32: Medvedev
R16: Raonic
QF: Nishikori
SF: JMDP
F: Djokovic

That's fairly strong in my opinion.
 
#23
Paella defeated Cilic at Wimbledon. Thus, that is an argument against grass as well.
One victory doesn't change his overall record. Pella career stats:
Hard 38.9% (28-44)
Clay 55.2% (48-39)
Grass 36.4% (4-7)

But even if you consider him a soft surface player, OPs hypothetical is still an attack on surface diversity. If Rankings are based on overall record, you can always fill up a HC draw with clay specialists, or vice versa. So either you decide there should be separate rankings for the surfaces, or you drop the "weak draw" stuff.
 
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