Madrid draw

Blow, baby, blow

(AP Photo/Paul White)

The Madrid Men’s singles draw is up! Seeds in Rafa’s quarter include Verdasco, Cilic, and Ferrer. Djokovic, Simon, Stepanek and Tsonga are in his half. The other side of the draw includes Federer, Murray, Del Potro, Roddick, Wawrinka, Robredo, Davydenko and Blake.

13 Responses

  1. johanne says:

    I think this is really decent draw for Rafa. Not bad at all. Although, he did get a bunch of Spaniards in his quarter.

    My lone prediction at the moment: Davy v. Fed in the quarters.

    PS – You’re so on top of things, miri! Thanks!

  2. dutchgirl says:

    I can’t open the draw in any way I’ve tried and keep getting these messages like ‘page not found’. Can anyone tell what I’m doing wrong?

  3. dutchgirl says:

    Ok, I’ve already found the draw at the ATP site, but my question in general remains, because there are images on the Madrid site that I don’t get to see either. Or does this have to do with the so called fancy design?

    • miri says:

      I have no idea – their site is just wacky. I’ll update the link to the one on the ATP site when I get home from work tonight.

  4. Nada H. T says:

    Thank you miri for keeping us informed all the time

    umm i could not see the draw either but according to what

    we’ve seen so far this year I guess it would be

    Nadal vs. Djokovic at the final << I know it’s early to guess

    but it’s easier than guessing about QF or SF :p

    P.S. Nice pic. of RAFA ;)

  5. faecoleman says:

    I think its quite a tough draw, with the altitude an all, strong servers like Djokovic or Verdasco could prove tougher hear, presuming the courts are fast clay courts, I have yet to hear how the courts are playing. But I wouldn’t call it an easy draw anyway, some tough matches in there, Ferrer, Stepanek are both tricky players, stepanek is particularly aggravating for me with his silly worm dance. Uhh creature!!! Lets hope Rafa copes alright with conditions and has a good tourney, with Rg coming up he doesn’t need a tough time, all ya here is “How to beat rafa on clay?” bla bla bla, pressure, pressure, pressure, annoying commentators, they just relish in it don’t they, go Rafa, make us

  6. patzin says:

    Thanks for the draw – I thought it would be published tomorrow. You are quick! thanks for all your hard work.

  7. tiemyshoe says:

    I know I will come to eat my words, but oh well: I find Madrid to be a no-stress zone. If Rafa wins, it’d be amazing, the only time he’s managed to completely sweep the clay events before RG. But if he loses … eh. More practice/rest time. So it’s a win-win.

    Out of his half, there’s also no one I would be exceptionally devastated to see him lose to, either. I’m a little in love with his all-Latin quarter – FeLo, Monaco, Verdasco, Ferru, and Almagro, oh my! It kind of sucks for them that they’re all squashed into Rafa’s quarter.

    • miri says:

      I’m with you – either way, it’s a wash. A prettier wash with a win, but still a wash.

      BTW, I’m FINALLY home from work and was able to update the draw link to the one the on the ATP site.

    • niki says:

      Agreed. I will even admit that a tiny little superstitious part of me sort of hopes he loses in Madrid – only because it just seems statistically near impossible not to lose at some point and it removes some of the pressure of not having lost for X games at RG. Obviously it would be best if he continued his win streak straight through to winning RG…but it makes me nervous.

      • dutchgirl says:

        Same here, those are exactly my thoughts! I keep thinking he’ll have to lose some time, and it better be Madrid than RG. Hey, ofcourse it would even be better if he wins all… I share your nerves anyway, Niki.

  8. nic says:

    Tis a shame Nole is in his half, which means no opportunity for them to meet up in the final. Would have liked the idea of a possible Djoko Rafa final. Now it’s either Murray or Fed that the press will be on about. Anyway, look at me, thinking so far ahead to the final. I just hope the best works out for Rafa. Totally in agreement with you guys, if Rafa doesn’t do well here it’s not the end of the world, better the rest for RG. And he’d still have done his part for a ‘home’ tournament. But if he can win, that would be absolutely awesome too.

  9. AnaR says:

    nic, he can win.. sure. He was a little boring for not to play but now today (Wednesday 14) he has just played its first match (against Melzer) and we have all seen that Rafa is perfectly to win. And the whole world knows that he does not like to lose ever. If he can win he will win..