Djokovic has done well to keep his time on the court to the bare minimum, for his tomato can matches. Everyone among the top five contenders have achieved that too, except Nadal and Nalbandian.
Djokovic is looking at Sam Querrey next, followed by possibly Hewitt, Nalbandian, Federer and Nadal. That’s going through three legitimate title contenders. He desperately needs to conserve as much energy as possible, since it is guaranteed to become an issue, as he gets deeper in the draw.
He is currently second to only Federer, to clock the least amount of time on court, of the top five jokers.
Federer is looking at Tipsytury, followed by Berdych, Gonzalez, Djokovic and Nadal. Berdych is the only one, as a minor irritant before the big dogs show up. Federer is likely to be a lot fresher before he gets Djokovic, and that could prove to be a determining factor other than this small thing Federer is on – truck with a wrecking ball.
Djokovic would love to have the equation reversed, since Federer is the incumbent, and if anyone needs any help, he feels it’s him.
Conversely, Federer needs to get through Djokovic’s match, not only with a win, but with ample fuel to face the determined Nadal. Knowing that a loss to Djokovic, could result in dropping of the No. 1 rank in January, if Nadal wins the title, will only add to the complexities and pressure.
But Federer should be more than pleased with what he has achieved so far, under the circumstances. He could not have scripted a better start. But he had a similar run at last year’s Roland Garros, giving hope a huge shot in the arm. That was brought down by Nadal, and Federer was clearly devastated. That was just to win the FO.
Now, he has too much on his plate, compared to that ‘minor’ goal. Clearly, Roddick is least of his worries, irrespective of what he does. Federer would love to see Roddick take out Nadal in the semis, and Nalbandian take out Djokovic. Although Nalbandian has a better H2H against Federer, Djokovic is the one with better weaponry, not to mention youth.
Nadal is hoping for Djokovic to take Federer out in the semis, to give him a shot at the top rank. Mentally, he is more upto handling Djokovic than Federer on hard court.
Will any of them get their wish, or is it going to be same old, same old?