Filo fought himself back from the knee injury and confidence crisis he had in 2008 and went W, W, SF in 3 straight Italian challengers to get back into the top 100. And then he had that all taken away from him with the drug suspension after having an asthma attack and getting treatment. It's just been a grind these last 3-4 years for Pippo. He's older now, and the truth of the matter is, he's no longer a decent ATP player. He's average at best. The age, injuries, and time off has caught up to him and the game has passed him to a certain extent. So we just have to take the good with the bad as fans, and he's just got to continue with the focus and with fighting his hardest match in and out. This year he's generally done good at that and he's starting to reap the benefits.
Yes Filo V, this much we know, but do you really believe the game has passed him by? I mean, I think we can all admit he was getting in over his head when he made the top 30 anyway. I still think he has some better form left in him though, it's not all bad news. The good signs for me are that he's moving better than he was 2 years ago with the knee problems and his strokes don't lack bite. It's just a shame that he can only play on dirt because when his form doesn't compliment that time of the season, he's pretty much relegated to the lower reaches of the top 100.
He needs to make the most of the South American clay swing, and he failed to do so this year. We're at another crucial moment in the season right now though, it would be great news if he could take out Granollers.