AO - he did lose a round earlier and has obviously lost a load of points due to this.
Not quite, he lost both in 4th round, 2007 and 2008, against Robredo (2007) and Tsonga (2008), but he played worse against Robredo.
So his form this year whilst not great isn't the end of the world because he is never this great at this time of year.
I think it is a fair observation and I noticed that, too. It probably has to do with the fact that there is so often something wrong during the preparatory season. He never played well in IW and Miami, either.
Unless DC has not taken everything out of him like in 2006 and 2008, he normally seems to come out of hibernation in Monte Carlo. And I hope it will be like that this year again, as I am going.