Rafael Nadal vs David Ferrer in 2013 Roland Garros Final. Nadal won the trophy with Ferrer's demolition, Ferrer still won the No. 4 ranking. That's how the ATP Ranking system works, where players have to defend the points they won last year.
Nadal seeded fifth at Wimbledon creates problems both for him and for one of the top four guys. Plainly, it meant that, he'll be facing one of the top four seeds in the Wimby Quarters (if no upset is caused). And putting an end to the speculation, today's draw announced that 'not so lucky' player as....Roger Federer, the defending champion!
At least, the British fans would have heaved a sigh of relief but not for long as the winner of this Quarter Final can meet Murray in the semifinals.
As per the Draw, the potential Quarter Finals at Wimbledon'13 will look like:
- Novak Djokovic (1) vs Tomas Berdych
- David Ferrer (4) vs Juan Martin Del Potro
- Roger Federer (3) vs Rafael Nadal
- Andy Murray (2) vs Jo Wilfried Tsonga
So, clearly Novak Djokovic has a GREAT advantage. As he sits comfortably in the top half of the draw, all the other three contenders share the bottom half. It also means, Djokovic needs to defeat ONLY one out of Nadal, Federer or Murray on his way to win the title. Jackpot....isn't it!
On the contrary, the toughest way to negotiate is for both Federer and Nadal. Unfortunately, for any tournament and fans, only one of them is going to reach the last four stage. Also, if one of them has to win a title, he'll have to potentially defeat the other, Murray and Djokovic in three consecutive matches. That's hell of a task for anybody.
Again, all this is considering there are no upsets on the way and the seeds hold. Still, the draw is called 'lucky' and proves to be so for some and the opposite for some. Novak Djokovic will be the happiest man out of this draw, Murray quite ok and neutral with it....but Federer and Nadal facing in the Quarter Finals of a Slam....well, its 2013 - how much has changed in five years, when they played that epic final.
But life isn't fair always! So, if one of them wants to win this title, he has to do it the hard way. And who better than the two of them, 29 GS Singles titles between them, a great rivalry to beckon, one owns the other in head to head, the other practically owns Wimbledon....fighting it out one more time! Though it is a bit early in the tournament, it's still the clash of the champions; let's relish till it lasts....!
Happy Watching :)