In 2004 I don't think he played much at all between the U.S. Open and the TMC and in 2005 he just played Bangkok before the TMC.
Um, he was injured during that period in both '04 and '05. That's why he didn't play.
This is what he said prior to the start of the tournament in Tokyo:
It's been a fantastic year and I don't want to break a fantastic year by not being professional," he said. "Motivation is not a problem."
"I'm only halfway through my career and I have a lot of tennis left," the 25-year-old said. "My motivation has always been to win grand slams and be number one. "All of a sudden to lose my motivation while I'm at the top is not something that makes sense."