The Ultimate ATP Tournament: The Draw

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The Ultimate ATP Tournament: The Draw

As you may know, I have set up a tournament pitting the best tennis players of the Open Era against each other.

You may refer back to these two articles if you don't have a clue what I am talking about.

First, The 25 Greatest Male Tennis Players of the Open Era, which outlines the 25 best players since 1968.

Second, The Ultimate ATP Tournament: Introduction is a guide to how the tournament will work. It is a short piece that I just basically regurgitate a bunch of thoughts.

So anyway, on to what you viewed this article for. The main draw in it is entirety.

First Quarter

  1. No. 1 Rod Laver (AUS) will have a first round bye and take on the winner of Match No. 2.
  2. Marat Safin (RUS) vs. Pat Cash (AUS)
  3. Jim Courier (USA) vs. Nikolai Davydenko (RUS)
  4. Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) vs. No. 16 John Newcombe (AUS)
  5. No. 9 Ken Rosewall (AUS) vs. Roscoe Tanner (USA)
  6. Vijay Amritraj (IND) vs. Andy Roddick (USA)
  7. Thomas Enqvist (SWE) vs. Patrick Rafter (AUS)
  8. No. 8 Ivan Lendl (CZE) will have a first round bye and take on the winner of Match No. 7.

Analysis

Rod Laver is the big dog in a quarter filled with many players who have never competed against each other. Roscoe Tanner and Ken Rosewall played seven times, all towards the end of Rosewall's career. Tanner won five of those.

Patrick Rafter and Thomas Enqvist also met a decent few times in their careers. Despite Enqvist finishing with more career titles, he could never find many answers for Rafter, losing six of eight to the Aussie.

Andy Roddick and Vijay Amritraj figures to be a power tour du force.

Second Quarter

  1. No. 5 Andre Agassi (USA) will have a first round bye and take on the winner of Match No. 2.
  2. Stan Smith (USA) vs. Johan Kriek (RSA)
  3. Michael Chang (USA) vs. Harold Solomon (USA)
  4. Brad Gilbert (USA) vs. No. 12 Boris Becker (GER)
  5. No. 13 Guillermo Vilas (ARG) vs. Marcelo Rios (CHI)
  6. Thomas Muster (AUT) vs. Eddie Dibbs (USA)
  7. Yannick Noah (FRA) vs. Sergi Bruguera (ESP)
  8. No. 4 Pete Sampras (USA) will have a first round bye and take on the winner of Match No. 7.

Analysis

A potential Agassi vs. Sampras match looms off in the distance, but there are several great matches in the first round. Brad Gilbert and Boris Becker are the highlight, as the two met 10 times, Becker winning six of them.

Stan Smith and Johan Kriek also met three times in their careers, but it was towards the end of Smith's.

Two heavy swinging lefties, Vilas and Rios are intriguing. Both are tremendous clay court players.

Third Quarter

  1. No. 3 Roger Federer (SUI) will have a first round bye and take on the winner of Match No. 2.
  2. Goran Ivanisevic (CRO) vs. Richard Krajicek (NED)
  3. Gustavo Kuerten (BRA) vs. Carlos Moya (ESP)
  4. Wojtek Fibak (POL) vs. No. 14 Stefan Edberg (SWE)
  5. No. 11 Mats Wilander (SWE) vs. Raul Ramirez (MEX)
  6. Yevgeny Kafelnikov (RUS) vs. Jose Luis Clerc (ARG)
  7. Jan Kodes (CZE) vs. Andres Gomez (ECU)
  8. No. 6 John McEnroe (USA) will have a first round bye and take on the winner of Match No. 7.

Analysis

This section is loaded with players who have seen each other, headlined by Ivanisevic and Krajicek. The big Croatian dominated with nine victories over Krajicek.

Kuerten and Moya sure have some history too. They didn't meet up as much as Ivanisevic and Krajicek. But when they did, there was always something entertaining.

Now you get to imagine a McEnroe versus Federer quarterfinal match.

Fourth Quarter

  1. No. 7 Jimmy Connors (USA) will have a first round bye and take on the winner of Match No. 2.
  2. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) vs. Brian Gottfried (USA)
  3. Manuel Orantes (ESP) vs. Vitas Gerulaitis (USA)
  4. Andy Murray (GBR) vs. No. 10 Rafael Nadal (ESP)
  5. No. 15 Arthur Ashe (USA) vs. Adriano Panatta (ITA)
  6. Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. Ilie Nastase (ROM)
  7. Tom Okker (NED) vs. Michael Stich (GER)
  8. No. 2 Bjorn Borg (SWE) will have a first round bye and take on the winner of Match No. 7.

Analysis

If you thought it couldn't get much better, devour a first round match between Nadal and Murray.

Arthur Ashe was a very successful player, but he took that to a whole new level when playing Adriano Panatta. The American abused him for six wins in seven meetings.

Manuel Orantes and Vitas Gerulaitis have also met, but only three times. Orantes won two.

So there you have it. The complete draw. Please comment at will with picks, predictions, insight, or just food for thought. Enjoy!

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