On a slightly different note, I'm not that optimistic about Roger's chances of regaining the #1 rank, especially as Rafa picked up 1000 points in London. The good thing from this tournament is that he has put a bit of distance (+1100points) on Djokovic, which might ease the pressure a little during the Australian Open. I reckon Fed will have to win 2 slams next year to return to number 1. Preferably AO and Wimby...the USO is more of a last resort as the points swing could go either way there with his performances in Canada and Cincy this year. But winning 2 slams especially in this era is a tough ask.
So yeah, I agree with you. If he gets 2500+ points from the AO, Indian Wells and Miami, then I really hope he will consider asking for a wildcard to Monte Carlo so he can rake in some more points before going into the clay and grass season where one hopes he can improve a fair bit from last year. If it becomes clear, however, that the #1 ranking position is out of reach (say if Fed lost before the semis in Melbourne and Rafa reached the finals) then I doubt he will change his schedule.
Well post Wimbledon he is about 1500 up on Rafa right? He needs to defend AO really, and could do with Nadal falling as early as possible
It's possible, but It'l be dependant on Rafa not sweeping the clay I feel.