Will Tipsarevic or Troicki play eventually ? I mean they need to get one of the 3 Serbian top-players at least !
__________________ “There’s so many athletes, tennis players around the world,” he continued, trying to put his life into some kind of perspective, “they want to be the best in what they do. They want to succeed. Many of them, they don’t succeed in the end. I’m fortunate to have this opportunity and succeed.”
About winning the title to regain confiance... that would not have happened given the field. Actually if he somehow lost (even in the final) would be a terrible thing to him even if it was to a good player in a good day. So yes, better to rest and prepare for Madrid, Rome and RG.
It sounded last year he needed the tournament to increase his winning streak (he even pulled out of MC) before he encountered Nadal in clay. This year it will be just 250 easy points, that hopefully will not make any difference in the fight for no 1.
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But i think you are underestimating a little his "toughtest decision". Surely is a small tournament, he was the clear favorite, but being a small country with little tradition, i guess that it means a lot to him play at home.
It certainly does leave the field wide open. Based on the web site's entry list, with Djokovic's withdrawal, #38 Pablo Andujar is top seed at the moment. There are 3 wild card slots and Djokovic's spot. I wonder who will fill those? Novak Djokovic's brother, Marko?
I kind of doubt it would happen, but it would be somewhat ironic if Roger Federer went there to use it as a tune-up for Madrid after his long rest. Only 250 points, but it would make up for the 180 he lost at Monte-Carlo. It's a much easier field than Estoril.