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Men's Draw, Paris

Americans caught in the crosshairs, except Isner


May 25, 2012 | 01:36 PM

Big Picture (who's in what quarter, half):

- FED and JOKER in same half

Fed in quarter with Berdych

- Fed's bracket is lite (Roddick; Lopez)

- Berdych has Del Potro, Anderson in his bracket

Joker in quarter with Tsonga

- Joker's bracket is also lite (Melzer, Verdasco)



- RAFA and MURRAY Half

Rafa in quarter with Tisparevic, Almagro

- Rafa'sbracket has Raonic, Monaco

Murray in quarter with Ferrer

- Ferrer has Isner in his bracket

- Murray has Dolgopolov and Tomic in his bracket

Interesting Early Matches

- Harrison v Simon (to play winner of BRIAN BAKER v Malisse, In Tsonga's bracket)

- Roddick v Mahut (Mahut may be asking why he has drawn a huge American server 3 years in a row)

- Querrey v Tipsarevic

Overview of Men's Draw Biggest Winners: From Heavytopspin.com by Jeff Sackmann

Of the seeded players, the biggest winner of the draw was John Isner. (This is a case where life might be fair--this is the guy who drew Nadal in last year's first round.) Isner's expected prize money increased from $71,400 to $92,200, nearly a 30% jump. Until he faces David Ferrer in the round of 16, there's little standing in his way--and even Ferrer pales in comparison to some of the other top eight players who Isner could have drawn.

The other big winner is Richard Gasquet, whose expected prize money increased from $102,600 to $125,700. While he is seeded outside of the top 16, his probable third-round opponent is the #16 seed Alexander Dolgopolov. Numerically, anyway, you can't get any luckier than that.

ATP Roland Garros


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