Wildey wrote:im sure they look at the draw But title contenders shouldn't give a stuff who they will face in the last 16, Quarter Final or Final its all about Winning.
See your point, but lets be truthful, there is going to be some kind of wavering eye at certain areas of the draw. Truthfully, if your Seeded 16th and (though granted more than a little unlikely) Ronnie finishes Saturday morning 8-1 behind then you're bound to have some sort of glance
That's as far fetched as it goes and I know that but the premise is going to be the same. Take the 16 seeds as they currently are is the way they end up. Allen obviously will have it in mind that SHOULD he win his first round match then there is a chance that he'll likely be meeting Robertson in the last 16. Suddenly, Robertson gets beat and he'd be forgiven for giving the quarter-finals the odd glance.
Take the top half of the 2000 Championship as an example. Before play began a Semi-Final between Hendry and O'Sullivan was widely expected that few gave glances to the other 14 in the top half. By Monday both are out and people are talking up unlikely candidates who suddenly turn their eye to the prize.