Sod's law he'd be in Rafa's half but I agree good to avoid delpo and birdy in quarters. Do we know if any serious threats in the path to Rafa?
I forgot about Berd being the 4th seed so Andy couldn't have faced him in the quarters anyway - he and Gasquet aren't going to be too happy about facing each other in the 3rd consecutive Masters tournament though!
I'm not surprised about Andy and Rafa facing each other in the semis - although it's supposed to be random, I bet the organisers want a Rafa/Novak final.
I don't know anything else about Rafa's draw apart from that he might face Verdasco in his first match (if he gets past Matosevic). Though given Verdasco's terrible form at the moment, I doubt whether he'll threaten Rafa much!