So, we all basically agree that Andy's sole problem here is his confidence which seems like it's totally gone now. I am having a hard time tracing back to the event that's caused it, really. The reason being, he seems to be riding on some kind of high after winning a tourney or beating someone whom he hasn't beaten in ages, but then it could just evaporate just like that.
He is a confidence player - take that away, he's in huge trouble - because that seems to be the way he sets his mind up to play. Plus, gone is the vital intimidation factor's.
I don't think him giving up is because he's not motivated, or just couldn't care less/not interested in the match. IMO, it's a case of he pushes himself into a dead-end, thinking he has no way out against his opponents, which isn't true. Again, this is because of his confidence-issue. And his stubborness is really killing him sometimes. He's too reluctant to change his strategy/tactics during matches.
Skipping the clay-court season is a bad idea, IMHO. Journalists will be quick to jump all over him and that's the last thing he'd need - to have more criticisms.
Who know, miracles might happen... He might wake up one fine day and re-discover all that magic touches....
One can only hope...
Keep the faith
I feel so much rejuvenated with my football team winning their first silverware in 2 season It's not one of the more prestigious trophies, but it's a trophy, nonetheless, and at this point, I'm not discriminating any tournaments every again