Originally Posted by duarte_a
Hadn't thought of that yet. Totally agree. If this were to happen and Roger got murray in his half he could reach some clay tournaments finals more easily.
if he stays in top-2 he still has the same chance of getting Murray in semi,
the difference is rather that he might get Djokovic in semi instead of Nadal, and on clay it's still presumably better for Fed (for Indian Wells it's still rather likely that Fed is seeded 2 and can avoid Djokovic in the semi)
... but it's also very possible that Ferrer is seeded 4 instead of Nadal for clay season and that would not be a great context for Fed
Originally Posted by Litotes
Well, Murray has 1880 points to defend prior to the clay season and Fed 2765 points. He's 2265 points ahead currently. If Murray passes him it will be because he plays well, not because Fed skips two tournaments.
yes after Miami so far Fed has 7515 points, Murray 6120,
but after Madrid it's tighter : 6515 to 5850,
and after Roland-Garros they're tied.
But slow hardcourts are theoretically better for Murray than for Federer.