In David Ferrer’s quarter of the draw, Juan Martin del Potro, seeded eighth, sits in the bottom half of the quarter—meaning that if the seeding holds, the two men will meet in the quarterfinals.
But before either man gets there, each has some serious work to do. Ferrer could meet German Phillipp Kohlschreiber in the second round after dispatching Vasek Pospisil of Canada.
Kohlschreiber, who advanced to the quarterfinals at the 2012 Wimbledon championships, plays better on grass than any other surface. The German could present real problems to the No. 4 seed.
In the second round, if Ferrer survives Kohlschreiber, the Spaniard might expect to see Bernard Tomic—should the Australian locate his missing game.
Or, the No. 4 seed might face traditionally difficult Radek Stepanek, Nicolas Davydenko or even ever-improving Kei Nishikori of Japan, seeded No. 15 at the Olympics. Any of these men are capable of winning their way into the third round.
For del Potro, the Argentine’s path through the draw seems considerably easier until (perhaps) meeting Gilles Simon, seeded twelfth, in the third round.
This quarter, overall, cries out for an early-round upset dismissing Ferrer prior to the quarterfinals.
Quarterfinal winner: Juan Martin del Potro