I'm more discussing the competition rather than what he will do.
Well....Youzhny lost 250 points off the computer for his opening-round loss in Rotterdam, while David gained 175. He's 10 points off Gasquet's total, and as you say, with a first-round win, David will surpass him.
With David, right now, my only concern is his ability to recover from last week. He didn't exactly take the easy road to the title, you know. If he's too tired to play Acapulco, then he won't make it out of the early rounds. But we can only hope for the best.
Now, with regard to his competition....let me take some time to review their 07 results at this time last year. But again....David has huge opportunities in the spring season.