Congrats for the title, Ivo
Why would Ivo retire exactly? I contend that his backhand is as good now as it has ever been, and if he keeps hitting it down the line like he did earlier in the year he can absolutely cause problems for people for the next couple of years.There'll be a whole bunch of players retiring at the end of 2012. These 2 are among that group.
Yes this makes perfect sense, tennis players have always focused their career decisions on the olympics, clearly most important tournament to them.Blake has no reason not to retire now. He can't play the Olympics. Only 4 per nation unless rules have changed. Those 4 will be Fish, Roddick, Isner, Bogomolov based on current rankings. If Roddick doesn't play, Young is still in line before Blake and Sweeting and Harrison are very close to him. Karlovic, on the other hand, has a real chance. Last time cutoff was 75, he is 61, and he is the #4 Croat