I'm not sure that I'm reading what Horacio is saying correctly.
He's says that it is dangerous for Nico to play challengers. But I think he is saying that because he thinks that Nico isn't going to play there to try to win the entire tournament. That he's just going to win a couple of matches and not putting his entire effort into it.
Maybe if Nico were going into the challengers with a different attitude, Horacio would be for it?
Is that right?
If Nico is only going to just get a couple matches in, then I agree with Horacio. He should go to win the entire thing.
I posted this on the Chilean thread to see if anyone can help clarify what Horacio is saying.
I think that challengers would be good for Nico. A lot of his problems over the last couple of years has been his tournament selection. Very poorly done. So now he's in the pickle that he's in right now.
He has absolutely no choice right now but to play in easier ATP tournaments and challengers in order to win matches, get his confidence back, learn how to win again, gets points, and move back up the ladder.
If he does anything other than that...he's loco.
He's been there, done that, in the Fall in Europe, and it was a miserably bad decision.
Right now he's talking about going to Sunrise then Napoli. He should stick with that.
I hope he doesn't listen to Horacio if Horacio is just merely saying - don't play challengers. If he goes to Europe and tries to get into the Masters Series events there through qualifying, that is THE WORSE possible thing he can do. He'll lose over and over again, and his ranking will continue to drop like the Titanic.