Well, if Tsonga wanted an extra day's rest, maybe they should have moved him instead of the whole draw -- maybe he would have liked to play Federer instead of whomever he got? Works for me.
I read the same thing about always putting last year's winner up first, but certainly that is nowhere on the AO site, and this question has come up quite often, so you'd think that if that really were the reason, they would say so publicly.
My guess is that, once again, the Tennis Establishment was hunting for ways and means of giving Roger every possible advantage. They certainly gave him a nice, comfy draw. And they certainly helped him out at the last US Open, and at Wimby 2007. Last year, Djokovic was regarded as the main threat, so of course most of the time he was on Rafa's side of the draw. This year the main threat is Andy Murray, so it is no surprise that Murray ended up on Rafa's side. I know, I know, it's all random.
Now if they could just find someone -- anyone -- who could beat Rafa on clay at RG, they'd be in heaven.
I, for one, fervently hope these machinations come to nought; that Rafa somehow recovers in the short time allotted him, and takes his first hard-court slam.
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