Wednesday, November 18, 2009

ATP WTF - The Draws

by Savannah

The rumors turned out to be true and Andy Roddick, a fixture at the ATP Finals for the last seven years, has withdrawn due to injury. Here are the singles and doubles draws for the tournament.

Singles Draw

Group A

Roger Federer (SUI)
Andy Murray (GBR)
Juan Martin del Potro (ARG)
Fernando Verdasco (ESP)

Group B

Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Novak Djokovic (SRB)
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)
Robin Soderling (SWE)

Doubles Draw

Group A

Daniel Nestor-Nenad Zimonjic
Mahesh Bhupathi-Mark Knowles
Frantisek Cermak-Michal Mertinak
Mariusz Fyrstenberg-Marcin Matkowski

Group B

Bob Bryan-Mike Bryan
Lukas Dlouhy-Leander Paes
Lukasz Kubot-Oliver Marach
Max Mirnyi-Andy Ram

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will be the first alternate.


rabbit said...

If Federer had Djokovic, Davydenko and Soderling on his side, wouldn't the claim have been that the draw was fixed? If so, why isn't it fixed now?

Savannah said...

I dunno Rabbit. Each group has a newbie. Verdasco is said to have a foot injury. Soderling is said to have something wrong with his arm (shoulder?)

Both Alpha dogs have had trouble with the other players in their sections including the newbies.

The only difference would be if Andy Roddick had played. Would he have been in The A group and Verdasco in the B group?

I've seen lots of talk about Murray having a "brutal" draw which surprises me though. How do you feel about that?

Helen W said...

I don't see your logic rabbit. Djokovic seems to me like the biggest threat to win this tournament, the way he has been playing. OTOH, Murray is coming off an injury, Verdasco has a foot injury for which he has been putting off required surgery, and delPo has been injured as well. So just why is it that you feel the draws are so unequal?

rabbit said...

Helen_W, I never said that I felt the draws were unequal. What I was saying was that had Davydenko and Soderling fallen on Federer's side, I think there would definitely be claims that the drawing was engineered, because of Federer's record against them. (Djokovic on Federer's side would also have provoked such claims before Basel, I think.) But of course, we'll never know what would have been claimed. It was just my perception.

Personally, I agree with Savannah, that there are very problematic matchups for both of the top seeds on the two sides.

Helen W said...

rabbit says:

I never said that I felt the draws were unequal.

To me your question definitely implied that that was your opinion. Sorry if I misinterpreted what you were trying to say. I confess it still isn't very clear to me but that's just me.