That's what McEnroe and his fellow commentator thought. That also seems to be the popular notion. For instance, all betting sites are now tipping Nadal to win the title. But I beg to differ. I think Nadal would have had a huge edge over Fed if they met in the final. Even if he wins against Murray (HUGE "if"), he is less likely to win the title than if he played Fed. IMHO.
Well I guess it's because Roger was defending champion. But I agree, considering their h2h, Rafa would be favored against Roger, I think.. I'd pick him over Roger.
Now....IF Rafa beats Murray, then he'd be up against...either Birdie or Nole, right? Hmmm...
Yeah, I think Rafa's road is more difficult actually now that Roger is out.