He really is a tool because he picked him in a kind of back-handed way. "More as a show of respect than as a barometer of current weather conditions, we have to tip five-time champ." It's like he's saying "I really don't think this but I'll say it anyway." I find him so annoying.
These so called experts are only trying to stir the pot. All this garbage will backfire on them when Roger wins Wimbledon and the USO he wont forget who was ready to bury him and write the obit and who were the people who defended him.