Good stuff blue swan.
I have said this before and will say again. Fit Dave is federer's greatest rival at the AO. I can't see anyone else beating an inform federer. David is now 9? So he could run into him at the 16 stage.
It would be a huge pity for federer if nadal became #1 for like a week.
Nope, 9-12 meet 5-8 in the round of 16, it wouldn't be until at least the quarters. With their history in Slams though, that's probably exactly what will happen.... I still remember my disbelief at the 2004 AO draw as every single nemesis emerged in Federer's quarter. Mind you, that had a very happy result in the end.