I always expect him to go far in those German events in particular, but he always does so badly in Stuttgart...
He blogs for tennisnet.com:
He says he feels well prepared.
His Stuttgart record is really poor, he has never been able to win two matches in a row there. No idea why, since he actually likes the event a lot.
His goal this year is to reach the QF at least. He has a bad h2h against Gaël if they play each other, but with the crowd on his side and Gaël coming from DC, he thinks he'd have a good chance this time.
He likes playing in Germany, there is more pressure, but each win feels twice as great then. He's also happy to have a few more events on clay because the hc season will be long enough.
Fed invited him to practice with him, he feels honoured and thinks it should help him a lot.