Not playing Rome his ranking was not enough high but anyway he had withdraw thursday. I tought it was justa little strain in the ankle but it's long. Next tournament could be RG qualies if they don't give him a WC.
Ranking is awful it was a bad draw for a first round. His confidence is so low atm that he can't expect too much. During the summer the draws of ATP events will be weak due to OG maybe he should try some qualies to gain confidence and points.
He needs to battle and come back stronger. Imagine that Metz 2008 is his only semi-final in ATP. Tennis maturity is around 27/28 nowadays but I was expecting much when he reach higher rank last year.