The draw is finally out and you will see that Roger has young up-and-coming star Milos Raonic in his eighth of the draw. That could potentially be a tough round of 16 match for Roger. Raonic will play Mardy Fish in the second round but he will feel good about his chances having recently beaten him in the semi-finals of Memphis. There is probably two unseeded players I didn’t wana see in Roger’s eighth of the draw and that was Del Potro and Raonic. They have both won titles of late and is still getting better with every match. They are two very dangerous dark horses who can do some serious damage in the draw. This will be Raonic’s first Masters Series event since he has become a prominent player on tour, but he has been so impressive that I would have to classify this as a tough draw for Roger.
Getting back to the first round, Roger will face the winner of Nishikori and Andreev. That is already pretty tough but Roger shouldn’t have any rust this time after having played Dubai. Then it looks like Roger will face the winner of Petzschner and Chela. Then it is possible that he could face Raonic in the round of 16, but only if he gets past Fish and Garcia-Lopez. That could potentially be a blockbuster encounter. Raonic has shown that he is fearless and with his huge serve he is a threat to anyone in the draw. But Roger needs to get past him if he is to improve much on last year’s result. Should Roger make the quarters, he will probably face Berdych, Wawrinka, or Cilic. Berdych will be another tough match for him. And if that is not enough then Roger has Djokovic in his half of the draw.
You can see that it is not the easiest of draws, but Roger should be ready after Dubai and I would like to see him make at least semis here. He may well face Djokovic again and it is hard to see him beat Djokovic now. So it is hard to see Roger pass the semi-finals here, but you never know. We can only hope for the best.