He's better than last year, and so was his AO. He reached QF in 2011 because of a ridiculously easy draw and then got routed by Federer, he played much worse than vs Chardy in pretty much all of his matches in AO 2011. AO 2012, he at least played great in the first two rounds and even if he had an off day vs Chardy a loss to an on-fire Chardy is far from horrible. Watching the matches and not just looking at the scoreboard, Delpo's 2013 AO was far more encouraging than 2012, where he basically limped his way through very weak opponents until inevitably getting demolished by a Federer that didn't even need to play well.
Say what? He was awful, and Chardy didn't even have to do much at all to beat him. He was watching delPo's errors flying off his racquet more than actually bashing his way to victory. Almost choked as well, but thankfully for him he was gifted that 4-3* game in the 5th. And it's not like his draw was 'more difficult' this year. Mannarino who is now declining so badly (compared to last year), and Becker who has been washed up for quite some time now. Hell, even Chardy is easy, but look what happened. It's a terrible loss and you know it. But how it'll affect his confidence, remains to be seen. I'm not so sure he can bounce back that fast, hence IMO I don't believe he has a chance at Rotterdam. We'll just wait and see I suppose.