Good win indeed. Why didn't he play for so long?
Last match was AO qualis, that's a month ago. Was he waiting for clay court challengers?
Not sure - but it follows his pattern last year - he barely played in the first 5 months, and then had a very heavy second half of the season. I was a little surprised he didn't have a look at the South American events and challengers at this point in the season. The nice thing for him is, he reall has nothing to defend until the summer. If he can get one or two semi final appearances or better in challengers in the next 2-3 months, he could be pushing the top 150 by the time we reach Roland Garros.
Maybe he treats January as his off season - he played until pretty late in 2010 - until the middle of December.....
Anyway, he's on the list for Tangiers next week (pretty much the same list as this week, so a good draw, and could be another little boost for him), but then nothing else that I can see. It'll be interesting to see if he sticks to challengers for now, or if he moves up to full ATP qualies as we enter the European clay court swing in a month or so. I'm guessing he'd have a decent chance of getting a qualification place in some of the lesser 250 events.
I'm still bemused as to why he plays so much clay though, with that serve. Another 10 aces yesterday. Must be huge on a hardcourt or grass!