Del Potro is currently largely overestimeated. I am happy that he avoided Raonic or Tomic, both have momentum right now. And he avoided other huge servers like Karlovic, Anderson, Isner, who all can just frustrate you with your serve on a given day, + Dolgopolov who is one of the most unpredictable guys on tour. And I think it also fine not to meet a qualifier to begin with, some of them can be quite tough in the first round.
Youzhny is certainly a serious opponent, but Richard played him often enough to know what to expect, same for Seppi. And as I said yesterday, I am suspicious about so-called easy draws. Better to be up there right from the start.
Exactly - agree with everything - Delpo is not in great form now, Dolgo can be a nightmare to play if hot. Youzhny is tough but has he even played a warm up tournament? if so he hadn't done very well and he has the potential to really stick it up on the court occassionally.
We've all seen good draw/bad draw makes little difference to Richard, if he plays well he can beat many players and if he doesn't he could loose to ANYONE, it's up to RIchard.
Time to step it up and play like a top 10 player if he hopes to be one.