Friday, June 27, 2008

Tennis draws

After a frustrating French open men's final, Wimbledon has really come alive. The match between Ivanovic and Dechy was nail biting with a net ball preventing an upset of the French open champion. Djokovic who was in the semifinal draw of Federer had a very poor game against the unpredictable Safin. Roddick lost a chance to meet Nadal in the semi final with a loss against Tipsarevich. The troubled Davydenko had an early first round exit.

The top four men's seeding in order are Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Davydenko. Though it no longer matters, I wondered why Federer was pitched to play against Djokovic in the semi final and not Davydenko. Here is what I found out about the rules for constituting a draw. The top two seeds constitute two different halves. The next two seeds are placed in different halves chosen randomly constituting a quarter. The next four seeds are placed in different quarters chosen randomly and so on.