But anyways, this is actually what Nadal was pointing him out when he went 'coach mode' during the Kyrgios match. Hopefully this intense warmup will help him reach Shangai in a better form.
I thought it may have been a tactical decision/ confidence issue more than anything. He lost quite a few points from a winning position where he put Kyrgios on the defensive, but didn't follow up weakish replies. A good example is the point at 3-4* 40-40 (2) first set where he hit a good FH dtl that Kyrgios could only slice back. Instead of pressing his advantage Roger hit that weak mid-court shot right back to Kyrgios FH side which allowed Kyrgios to take control of the point.
He definitely looked much improved compared to NY. He hit his TS BH (very beautiful winners from that side vs. Kyrgios) and returned pretty well. So not everything is lost.