Originally Posted by BaselineSmash
Henman has been going the way of Alex Corretja since the US Open, in that he doesn't really seem to care whether he loses a set 6-1 or 7-6. He even said that he wasn't too concerned about getting to the Masters or not.
That said, he could just be playing it safe with his shoulder. And out of the four slams, RG seems to favour him most, bizarrely, provided many of the top claycourters are injured as they were this season.
Rusedski has had a decent end to the year, and he'll be in the year-end top 50 in 2005 if he's as motivated as he claims to be. As for breaking the top 20, there's no harm in being delusionally unrealistic I reckon...
Not being bothered about the masters was mainly an attempt to relieve pressure and avoid suffering his patented choke at the last moment, I suspect. This is what he said after his place was confirmed, according to the Times.
"Paul (Annacone, his coach) said I have had a great year regardless of making it to Houston, but deep down I thought, ‘Bugger it, I want to qualify this time.’ ”
I do think his form has gone down pretty significantly since RG, though. The US Open was a bright spot, but even there he got through on guts rather than particularly good tennis, and other than that it's been all rather mediocre.
For Greg, Top 20 seems to me a reasonable target to aim at, though it'll be tough to achieve. Top 10 isn't going to happen.