But having read the speculation, I would think you'd know why people are saying that he'd tanked. They must have some justification for that speculation, right?
(Edit: And actually, you voted "It Was a Strategic Tank" so apparently you do think he tanked)
i can think of one or two and thats the point of this discussion.
for instance, Fed knows he is not playing his very best tennis right now so why get decimated by Djokovic back to back. it would not be good for his confidence and it may just further accelerate Djokovic`s climb to the top.
Fed knew that since Nadal lost, his lead over him was back up 900+ points so his #1 rank would be safe for now. as it is, the Swiss press has been beating up on him.
he can say--as he has been saying--that he is still #1. he could regroup in time and find his game again and do well on clay and at Wimbledon. the man is not finished yet but probably did not want to hand Djokovic another easy victory. that would have signaled in many people`s mind--as well as his mind--that he is no longer the top dog.
no he can just say that Fish played superb. Fish was top 20 a while back and he did gun down Davydenko and Hewitt here.
he increased his lead. he will gain points again in Miami and he will take his chances at Wimby and at the U.S. Open.
it may have been a very smart move.