Originally Posted by Vlad1980
Richard should be looking into peaking at 500 and 1000 events this spring, not playing every single 250 event. I am not sure what him and his team are thinking. He needs confidence by playing and beating good players.
Unfortunately there is a huge problem with 500 events: the draw.
This is very much possible:
Rotterdam, 1st round: Gasquet vs Djokovic
Dubai, 1st round: Gasquet vs Federer
result: 2 crushing defeats, 0 ATP point, 2 weeks lost. + 2 big 0
on his points breakdown.
The only "good" 500 events are:
Barcelona: 56-man draw, 16 seeds.
Hamburg: 56-man draw, 16 seeds and weaker field because it's just before the US harcourt season.
Basel: end of season, just before Paris MS, weaker field.
And Monte-Carlo, thanks to his ambiguous status.