After 3 of 12 - how is Round Robin for you?
We had Adelaide, using 32RR-H, as did Delray Beach, and Viña Del Mar used 24RR.
3 tournaments into the "grand experiment", what do people make of it so far?
Personally, I don't much like it, but I'm less irritated by it than I thought I would be. The inconsistencies bug me and the obvious potential for players to tank when they've done enough to qualify (or "lose motivation" as we must put it). It seems like a needlessly complicated way to cull 24 players from a 32 man draw, in the case of 32RR-H, and an only slightly easier way to cull 16 players from a 24RR draw.
Having said all that, I think I can put up with it, if it ends up sticking around permanently at some tournaments. It seems to make very little difference in the grand scheme of things, so far - the players who go through to the QFs are, generally speaking, the players who you'd expect to had they played a traditional knock-out draw. Seeds who haven't progressed have usually done so losing both RR matches, so have failed to take advantage of the extra chance to hang around. Most groups have been decided by 2 wins, rather than 1 win for all 3 and going to set % and h2h.
So if it ends up here to stay, I can live with it, even if it leaves a bit of nasty taste in my mouth at times.
I still can't see how this is supposed to help the casual fan, though. It's more confusing and, okay, the stars are guaranted two matches, but I've really yet to see a case where fans would have lost out if it had been traditional knock-out format.
Last edited by scoobs; 02-07-2007 at 03:57 PM.