Originally Posted by Just like heaven
I don't know but I think it should be easier than in 2009. He didn't take a long break then, but he didn't have too much time to practice either, then he had the stomach problems at the US Open. Now he'll come back at the beginning of the season and if he starts practicing this week, as planned, he'll have plenty of time to get in shape.
He also said he wants to feel 100% ready before stepping on court. Playing exhibition matches at the beginning should also be helpful.
Winning AO seems a bit too much, but I wish people would stop acting like he's a hard court mug.
Getting in shape isn't the issue, getting the matches under your belt is.. Not sure how you can say 2009 would ultimately be harder.. He had zero confidence against top players from August 2009 to April 2010... He had an extremely poor and obscure stat for his standards against top 10 players in that stretch. I mean he lost to Ljubicic and Roddick in IW/Miami after being up a set in each match, he lost to Davydenko after being up a set and serving for a match twice (?) if I remember correctly, he lost to Djokovic, Davydenko and Del Potro 3 times in a row each. If he struggled that bad, I sincerely doubt it will be easier for him this time around when he has ONLY gotten older and arguably slower.