True, but he definitely should be ashamed of himself really. He should be embarrassed. Especially since he dominated the first set, that shows me that he obviously has lost the ability to actually win matches. He can't cross the finish line, and as we saw in the third set, he had his chances, and then crumbled. His mental game seems to have reverted right back to the weakness it was, probably because of Matosevic, among a few other things. I just can't believe he's been struggling so badly at his favorite time of the year, every year he does great at this time.
He can still make the AO MD, but he needs to win next week, and then hope for a few withdrawals, and some guys to slip from their rankings. He seems to perform well generally in major Qs, but this end of the season run is definitely going to damage him for an extended period, and he has a lot to defend. Hopefully Kei or Robert win this event now.
Yeah I hope he wins but I just don't see it unless he gets a very favorable draw. He also has the USTA wildcard tourney in his hometown of Atlanta to get directly in so its not over even with a poor performance next week.