Well, really at this point David doesn't have anything to lose - last year he crashed out 1st round the last four weeks of the season. So even if he loses 2nd round (he'll receive a bye 1st round unless Safin and/or Fed makes a recovery in time to play) in Paris it will actually improve his entry ranking points.
Also, he started off the beginning of this year really crappy so he still has a shot of cracking into the Top 10 before the Latin American clay court swing.
Anyone see the match? Was it David's lack of play on carpet or something else?