Originally Posted by Dirk
Sjengster call me arrogant but I think the only bad clay event Roger will have is Carlo given as I don't see him having time to prepare for it. RG might be another bad event but I am hopeful about a good result there this year. So I think he could widen his lead over Safin more.
Yes. Last year, Fed didn't even play in Monte Carlo due to fatigue and injury, so should he participate this year, he only stands to gain points regardless of the result. He lost in the second round (I think) in Rome and in the third round in FO last year, so hopefully he'll be able to better those results this year.
As for Fed not having enough time to prepare for Monte Carlo, I absolutely agree with you, Dirk, that he perhaps won't go deep into the tournament, but remember, last year literally a day or two after Wimbledon, he went to play in Gstaad on clay and won it. True that he will be facing players of much much higher caliber, but this time he actually has several days to rest. It will be so interesting to see what happens there.