Originally Posted by J'torian
Well, here in the U.S., plenty of the Top 10, Top 20 players such as Nalbandian, Robredo, Davydenko, etc. aren't shown on TV to begin with. One has to wait till the quarterfinal/semifinal stages are reached if one wants to see them on TV. So unless the journeyman was American, I doubt that the round-robin format would increase his chances of being shown on U.S. TV even if he was playing a top player.
Nor would I watch tennis on a regular basis if a top player or "star" player was featured on TV in every match. Top players are few in number, and the big celebrities/crowd-getters are even fewer, and if they were all I saw on TV, that would be quite uninteresting.
Whether RRs are used or not, won't change the fact that only the big names are broadcast. So you can stop watching tennis as it is.
In the RR system, Fed will have 2 journeyman in his group, which are guaranteed to get coverage. Whereas in knock-out competition, he would face a higher ranked opponent as early as the next round.
Should 2 players proceed from each RR, then Fed will logically play the lesser-ranked player who succeeded in an opposing group.
Now take into account that every seed will have his share of 3-journeyman, and you've got a whole lot of nomadic tennis (which, although crap, pleases a lot of fuck ups).