i dont really think a person with a record smth like 2-20 in his last matches is thinking of tanking just to get into some next tournament quallies
imo people are overappreciating the tank factor a lot while it happens rarely
greul didnt tank to fischer either despite he was in the barcelona quallies.
pella didn't tank despite he was in quallies
garcia lopez is in the bucharest main draw btw for all you tank theory fans, so no, he doesn't have to lose today
In principle, of course, I agree with you. However, sometimes it's happened
For instance, it's suspicious when players demonstrate very different efforts/attitude in two adjacent matches... Of course, it's difficult or impossible to establish in most cases, but sometimes player writes in Twitter/Facebook etc that he has airplane ticket in a pocket to play at the next event as Stakhovsky did after tanking (or playing with not 100% efforts if you wish) SF in Cherbourg... Though, even in such cases it may be only excuse for funs sometimes
It's eternal topic