Indeed, he's sending the signal that "I'm doing everything to defend my No.1 ranking".
Sure looks like that!
Which is weird for now, as the season has only just started - Stockholm is WAY away from now, there's first Dubai/IW/Miami AND the whole clay court season coming up - why not wait and see how he'll be doing there
first before signing up to an optional in October?
As much as I like him to play more optionals, it sure sounds like there's a bit of panicking going on in the Fed camp. Hope I'm wrong about this, of course.
Perhaps the Stockholm TD offered him a very nice pay cheque indeed.