Am I the only one who thinks that this draw isn't too bad (well at least until the potential quarters)?
R1: Davydenko - way, way, way past his best and hasn't had a great year.
R2: Karlovic - ain't nothin' but a serve and again hasn't had a brilliant year.
R3: Anderson - dangerous floater but won't cause any difficulty to a top player. Could potentially take a set off Murray but that's about it. If Murray ends up playing Marcos Bagdhatis at this stage then it'll be a straight sets win for Murray. Bagdhatis is a bum.
R4: Cilic or Raonic (or Gasquet no?) - difficult against any of those but doable. Raonic is very much the up and comer of the mens tour but I would hazard a guess that the grass won't suit his style of play (he looks better on the faster surfaces). Cilic has the potential to be a great player no doubt about it but so far he hasn't exactly realised his potential and how much will the debacle of Queens weigh on his mind? As for Richard Gasquet sorry but hahahahahahaha the poor guy is shot in the head when it come to the mental side of the game. People complain that Murray doesn't have it together upstairs but Gasquet is a Psychologists dream!
QF: Ferrer, Del Potro - I would say if he come up against Ferrer Murray has big, big problems. It'll be a long, hard and difficult match. However, on the grass I think it'll certainly be a lot closer than the match in Paris and I expect Murray to come through in about 5 sets. He'll beat Delpo on the grass. So far Delpo isn't anywhere near the player he was (and was he even that good anyway? Hard to tell) and despite protestations that he's a contender at the slams so far I've not witnessed anything that backs up the journalistic hyperbole.
SF: Nadal - eek lol. After the implosion last year against Nadal Murray will have a lot to think about if he makes it this far. Still he's beaten Nadal in a semifinal before at the US and Nadal lost against Kohlschreiber on the grass recently so maybe hasn't had the build up he might have wanted (although that probably has more to do with coming down after his 20 millionth French win). Winnable but again it'll be a difficult match. I would rather watch a Murray / Nadal semi final than a Nadal / Ferrer or Nadal / Delpo semi final because at least then it'll be a decent match and (hopefully) not a walkover.
F: Djokovic - A Murray / Djokovic final would be amazing and winnable for either. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
You know, I quite agree with you Little Laroo. The biggest obstacle for Andy is the beginning and playing his way in, but if he works up a head of steam then I think he'd make the semis against Nadal. Previously against Ferrer at the FO he was thwarted by the rain break just after he had gained control, of course Daveeed came straight back out of the blocks and got his win, far less likely he'll manage that on grass. Raonic does look dangerous (-ly boring that is) but now Andy's had a sighter I would expect that to be a keenly contested battle. And then, if only Nadal. There is some evidence to me anyway that Andy's forehand hand has grown, going through the court with an extra visciousness, you just need it to do that occasionally and it throw the opponent off, so that's good. The biggest shot of all that all matches rest on, particularly as they become tougher, is of course, his serve. If I was Andy I'd spend the rest of the week working on my serve, 1st one in gives such a boost. One that we could all do with!