Ouch. As Jimnik mentioned a few pages back, JCF seems to underestimate players he hasn't previously met. Happened with De Bakker last week and once again yesterday. He seems to go out there with the mentality of seeing how the first few games go and then developing a game plan. Found himself down 6-0 2-0 after 20-25mins so i hope he realises he needs to do his homewrok next time!
Tommy could've warned him about Giraldo, since he took a similar beating in the AO earlier this year.
Hope JC rests this week and next. He's already played a lot of tournaments this year and to me doesn't look as fresh as he did during the SA swing. Even in MC, where he reached the QFs, he didn't seem to be as aggressive or moving as well.
I agree that these past few weeks JC didn't look as fresh as in February. ...Reaching three finals in a row must take its toll. Even Rafa skipped Barca this year. And JC had to travel to US right after Acapulco, so he didn't have much rest before the European clay court season. And he's no longer in his 20s! He may be physically fine but maybe he's mentally tired... then you tend to lose focus and quickly run out of ideas although we all know he has so much resources especially on clay.
Yesterday I thought maybe he should play another tournament before Madrid but now I think he'd better take a good rest and recharge himself at Equlite.
Anyway, if he bounces back and does well at Madrid, and more importantly RG, these 2 losses won't seem so bad at all.