Thanks Bunny for those updates!
Anyway, did you think his injury factored in on that match?
I think so. The pains might have been gone or bearable, but he couldn't prepare well and was definitely playing with some uncertainty I think. He wasn't hitting as hard or freely as ususal, and hit his trademark jumping FH only once.
I noticed that once Kei is losing his play continues to downgrade, winning only 1 to 2 games a set. I think that is what he needs to do, if he is losing he needs to find a way to get back and play his best tennis. That is what Federer and other top players are doing.
Because as we see on his other matches, if he is winning or he is ahead most of the time he ended up winning his match.
Hmmm I'm not sure of that. I think for a young player Kei is pretty good at coming back from a set down, changing strategies and not allowig himself to break down mentally. That's what happened in Delray Beach SF and F, and at Queens against Nadal (though he lost in the decider).
I think what you said happens when he's physically not 100%, like when he played Sodering, and/or when he is playing against a player of similar veins, like Gasquet or Melzer, who don't rely on power and have abilities to mix up shots. And Melzer is a lefty, which makes things even more complicated. In hindsight maybe today's match up and conditions were a recipe for a bad loss for Kei. Sure he must learn to win these matches and I'm sure he will work on that.
Hope for the best in San Jose!