Wow, can't believe it that there are actually people around who think Roger is 'faking' his back injury!!! I guess they all missed his match at the TMC against Murray... and those who know just a little bit about these kind of injuries know that they are most often of the lingering kind. It's not a matter of 'two months rest, and BOOM!, injury-be-gone!
Besides that - this isn't the first time Roger has suffered back pains. Read René Stauffer's book on that, it's been an ongoing trouble throughout his career, even when he was a lot younger.
I don't believe Roger is the faking type but this current withdrawal is probably a result of a combination of issues he's probably facing with his tennis at the moment, and one of the main one's besides his back issue is bearing with his most difficult loss to date. Mentally he must be very drained and he needs a little breather to think over things and come up with a tackling plan. Hopefully that is the case whereby he arrives stronger and fitter than ever.
I agree with you. Of course his back injury is genuine, but I can well imagine him needing a break because of the severe disappointment at the AO as well.
Fact is, the body and the mind aren't two entirely separate entities. Having to deal with a disappointment can well make a lingering injury appear to the surface again... sad-but-true.
Whatever, I hope this break will do well to him, in both his physical and his mental state of being.
Everybody already knew that Nadal has his number and that Roger isn't very confident against Nadal.. And Roger is an emotional person, and while I wish he hadn't cried, to call him "pathetic" for being unable to control his feelings, for being who he always has been, isn't all that fair...
An often overlooked fact. He might well be one of the most emotional and sensitive players on the entire tour. Only nitwits (media pundits) and haters (MTF GM) could be surprised at his floodgate of tears at the AO after such a terrible disappointment.
I agree.. While Roger might have considered other factors along with his back injury, to say that him wanting to make sure that his back is completely recovered is a lie isn't called for.. He's 27, he wants to be completely fit after a bad time last year, and is it completely inconceivable that he just wants to take precaution against risking further damage?
Well said. If he indeed wants to continue playing till he's 35 years of age (I hope he does, of course!), he'll have to be more careful with his bod right now than was the case in the past. So, whatever's the reason for this break, just his back problem or a combination of things, it's the wise thing for him to do.