Re: Frederico Gil
Lacko is there, he's the best overall player in the section, but he's not nearly at his best on outdoor HC as he is indoors. Plus, he hasn't played in about 3 weeks. Of course, it would be nice if he lost before Fred had to play him. Becker is also a tough player.
I'd be surprised if Fred made the Miami MD. I don't see it happening because most of the players who withdrew from IW did so because of sickness, not injury. But we'll see what happens. In any case, a SF here would give him 45 points and a final would be 75. Winning the event would give him 125 points. Even getting a SF here would be huge for Fred. With his Indian Wells points, he still needs about 100-120 points to make the French. Winning the title would secure it, and making the final would put him in a great position to secure it with a couple extra wins in other tournaments.