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Can you design the Draw From Hell for each Grand Slam? What about your Ultimate Cakewalk draw? Which players would you dread seeing in the first, second, third, fourth, QFs, SFs and F? Which players are so ineffectual, you might as well pencil in a W before you even step on court?

You can design draws specific to one player or just draws in general.


Based on this week's ATP rankings:

Points Week Change
1 Djokovic, Novak (SRB)
2 Nadal, Rafael (ESP)
3 Federer, Roger (SUI)
4 Murray, Andy (GBR)
5 Ferrer, David (ESP) 4,595
6 Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried (FRA)
7 Berdych, Tomas (CZE)
8 Fish, Mardy (USA) 2,915
9 Tipsarevic, Janko (SRB) 2,770
10 Del Potro, Juan Martin (ARG)
11 Almagro, Nicolas (ESP)
12 Simon, Gilles (FRA)
13 Isner, John (USA)
14 Monfils, Gael (FRA)
15 Gasquet, Richard (FRA
16 Lopez, Feliciano (ESP)
17 Nishikori, Kei (JPN)
18 Dolgopolov, Alexandr (UKR)
19 Mayer, Florian (GER)
20 Monaco, Juan (ARG)
21 Cilic, Marin (CRO)
22 Troicki, Viktor (SRB)
23 Granollers, Marcel (ESP)
24 Soderling, Robin (SWE)
25 Verdasco, Fernando (ESP)
26 Wawrinka, Stanislas (SUI)
27 Roddick, Andy (USA)
28 Stepanek, Radek (CZE)
29 Benneteau, Julien (FRA)
30 Kohlschreiber, Philipp (GER)
31 Chela, Juan Ignacio (ARG)
32 Youzhny, Mikhail (RUS)
33 Bogomolov Jr., Alex (RUS)
34 Bellucci, Thomaz (BRA)
35 Raonic, Milos (CAN)
36 Anderson, Kevin (RSA)
37 Tomic, Bernard (AUS)
38 Melzer, Jurgen (AUT)
39 Karlovic, Ivo (CRO)
40 Davydenko, Nikolay (RUS)
41 Young, Donald (USA)
42 Ljubicic, Ivan (CRO)
43 Berlocq, Carlos (ARG)
44 Seppi, Andreas (ITA)
45 Nieminen, Jarkko (FIN)
46 Baghdatis, Marcos (CYP)
47 Ferrero, Juan Carlos (ESP)
48 Andujar, Pablo (ESP)
49 Istomin, Denis (UZB)
50 Llodra, Michael (FRA)
51 Rochus, Olivier (BEL)
52 Montanes, Albert (ESP)
53 Fognini, Fabio (ITA)
54 Kubot, Lukasz (POL)
55 Haase, Robin (NED)
56 Volandri, Filippo (ITA)
57 Petzschner, Philipp (GER)
58 Dodig, Ivan (CRO)
59 Ramos, Albert (ESP)
60 Falla, Alejandro (COL)
61 Blake, James (USA)
62 Kukushkin, Mikhail (KAZ)
63 Tursunov, Dmitry (RUS)
64 Lu, Yen-Hsun (TPE)
65 Chardy, Jeremy (FRA)
66 Darcis, Steve (BEL)
67 Giraldo, Santiago (COL)
68 Stakhovsky, Sergiy (UKR)
69 Muller, Gilles (LUX)
70 Gulbis, Ernests (LAT)
71 Starace, Potito (ITA)
72 Stebe, Cedrik-Marcel (GER)
73 Harrison, Ryan (USA)
74 Sela, Dudi (ISR)
75 Malisse, Xavier (BEL)
76 Mayer, Leonardo (ARG)
77 Lacko, Lukas (SVK)
79 Rosol, Lukas (CZE)
80 Machado, Rui (POR)
81 Kunitsyn, Igor (RUS)
82 Soeda, Go (JPN)
83 Dimitrov, Grigor (BUL)
84 Mahut, Nicolas (FRA)
85 Nalbandian, David (ARG)
86 Ebden, Matthew (AUS)
87 Cipolla, Flavio (ITA)
88 Gil, Frederico (POR)
89 Kamke, Tobias (GER)
90 Riba, Pere (ESP)
91 Garcia-Lopez, Guillermo (ESP)
92 Bachinger, Matthias (GER)
93 Hanescu, Victor (ROU)
94 Beck, Karol (SVK)
95 Roger-Vasselin, Edouard (FRA)
96 Beck, Andreas (GER)
97 Souza, Joao (BRA)
98 Paire, Benoit (FRA)
99 Querrey, Sam (USA)
100 Gimeno-Traver, Daniel
 

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Discussion Starter #2 (Edited)
I'll start: Tsonga Roland Garros

Round 1: Nalbandian
Round 2: Davydenko
Round 3: Verdasco
Round 4: Simon
QF: Federer
SF Djokovic:
F: Nadal
 

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Pere-Riba

Round 1: Raonic
Round 2: Federer
Round 3: Tipsarevic
Round 4: Del Potro
QF: NAdal
SF Djokovic
F: Leonardo Mayer
 

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R1: Roddick
R2: WC
R3: Qualifier
R4: Walkover
R5: Qualifier
R6: WC
R7: Murray
 

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Nightmare Draw for Djokovic at the French Open but I would watch all of these matches:

1R Ivo Karlovic
2R Milos Raonic
3R Andy Roddick
4R Juan Martin Del Potro
QF Tomas Berdych
SF Roger Federer
F Rafael Nadal

Cakewalk Draw for Djokovic at the French Open:

1R Ernest Gulbis
2R Robin Haase
3R Janko Tipsarevic
4R Richard Gasquet
QF Gael Monfils
SF Andy Murray
F Roger Federer

However, the ultimate cakewalk draw will involve Nadal, Federer and Murray all getting eliminated before the Semis plus some retirements and WOs. The Nightmare draw is only a nightmare if the first three opponents are serving lights out however 90% of the time they'll run off the rails.

Nightmare Draw for Rafael Nadal at the USO

1R David Nalbandian
2R Ivan Ljubicic
3R John Isner
4R Juan Martin Del Potro
QF Jo Wilfred Tsonga
SF Andy Murray
F Novak Djokovic

The first four have played Nadal really hard in the past so, in form, one might beat him or wear him out enough for a loss in the next round. The last two/three matches are pretty standard – can't really deviate much with the current rankings.
 

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This sounds like fun. But I have to get some sleep for work :eek: I'll come up with some nightmarish stuff in my dreams :zzz:
 

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Good choices. I think Nadal's nightmare draw at the USO would involve Nalbandian and Davydenko in the first two rounds. Nalby first and then Davy second. QF, it depends on which Tsonga came to play. Given the current rankings he can't play Isner in the 3rd, he'd have to play him in the 4th round. It's also a choice between Del Po and Tsonga since Del Po got up to #10 in the rankings. :(

I think the worst opponents in the first 3rd rounds of a Slam would be Davydenko and Nalbandian with Ernests Gulbis and Ivo Karlovic as distant thirds. Gulbis, when his mind is in it, is one of the worst opponents in the first three rounds for any guy to meet on any surface.
 

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Nightmare draw for Nadal

1R Olivetti
2R Davydenko
3R Isner
4R Juan Martin Del Potro
QF Jo Wilfred Tsonga
SF Andy Murray
F Novak Djokovic
 

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Nightmare Draw for Djokovic at the French Open but I would watch all of these matches:

F Rafael Nadal

Cakewalk Draw for Djokovic at the French Open:

F Roger Federer

:rolls: This is definitely the other way round.
 

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Djokovic's Hellish Draw for the US Open

R1:Davydenko
R2: Karlovic
R3:Nalbandian
R4: Isner
QF: Del Potro.. No wait, Tsonga. Better H2H.
SF: Murray
F: Federer
 

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Djokovic's Nightmare Wimby draw

R1: Hewitt
R2: Tomic
R3: Roddick
R4: Isner
QF: Tsonga
SF: Federer
F: Nadal

Murray's Nightmare USO draw

R1: Young
R2: Bogomolov
R3: Wawrinka
R4: Isner/Cilic
QF: Fish
SF: Djokovic
F: Nadal
 

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love that playstation's begun to pop up in nightmare draws. when he plays like this, he's a real joy to watch. hopefully the injury isn't too serious.
as for roddick, honestly, doesn't his current form belong in the cakewalk category?
 

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Ivo,Isner,Milos are players that should be appeared in most of the hellish draws.:eek:
 

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Topic should be like guess which player can't survive this draw. Easy one

R128 Baghdatis or Falla
R64 Soderling
R32 Simon
R16 Del Potro or Isner
QF Berdych
SF Djokovic
F Nadal

1$ makes 1000$
 

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Topic should be like guess which player can't survive this draw. Easy one

R128 Baghdatis or Falla
R64 Soderling
R32 Simon
R16 Del Potro or Isner
QF Berdych
SF Djokovic
F Nadal

1$ makes 1000$
Tiny quibble here: I think Del Po being top 10 means that it's a toss up between him and Berdych for the QF. I think Isner is a go for R16 but I think it'd have to be a choice between him and Simon.

But overall a hellish draw, just the same.
 

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Tiny quibble here: I think Del Po being top 10 means that it's a toss up between him and Berdych for the QF. I think Isner is a go for R16 but I think it'd have to be a choice between him and Simon.

But overall a hellish draw, just the same.
del Potro is going to get injured again till next slam if he keeps playin every week that's why Isner and Simon will be out of top16 soon. Soderling out of top32 too.
 

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imo for djoker it would be easier to have nadal as his opponent in the final. fed is a bigger threat for him than nadal.
last match in FINAL(Dubai) was as easy as it can be for Djokovic. Don't expect from djoker to give 100% just before expected marathon against Rafa, no matter who is opponent in semi. After these marathon against Rafa , they both need the rest a week at least LOL not a day.

So you all have failed. Worst draw for Djoker is Rafa in Slam semi. After that match he would be slaughtered even by Troicki in possible final LOL
 

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Dubai was not best of 5 and the last one they played he had two match points that he Houdini'd his way out of. I think GS are different categories from MS and 500 series.

bouncer7 we haven't failed, we just know how GS draws work. He can't draw Nadal in a slam semi because of how draws usually put the number one and two on opposite halves of the draw. Unless Nadal or Nole go down in rankings (doesn't seem likely) the soonest they can meet is in the Final.

As for Del Po, I don't think he's going to get injured and Isner and Simon don't look like they're going anywhere.
 
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