I was coming on to mention Andy's draw for Paris, but I've clearly missed the boat lol.
I don't think it's too bad for Andy, certainly in comparison to some of the draws he's had this year.
Getting a bye, and therefore going in to the second round 'cold' could be dodgy, but Andy's a pro and can handle it. He's done it often enough.
I suppose Cilic could present a challenge, but how much is he going to relish taking on Andy so soon after the USO, assuming it happens? If ever a player sent out a message to an oppenent, Andy did that day, basically saying 'you can have a match virtually in your pocket and you still won't win'.
Tipsy could be interesting. I can't remember the last time I saw him play Andy, unless my brain is on the blink again - it could be
I must admit, I'd love another clash with Smugfed. He's dangerous, and I'd never count my chickens, but it feels like Andy's got him by the unmentionables now, more psychologically than anything. Indoors presents another challenge, of course, but we'll see.
I'd love Andy to win Paris, but equally I think the priority is the WTF, which I think is right, given what Andy has done this year.
Some would say Andy has had a poor year in the Masters, but it seems clear to me that his priority has been getting his first slam. Given a choice this year between the chance of winning a Masters or two, because Andy has reached two(?) Masters finals, and the Olympics and the USO, I know what I'm more pleased about Andy achieving. I think next year Andy will be more free to go for every tournament he plays, and will organise his schedule to get the most out of himself across the board.