It's important to take it into consideration that a player might not be at his best coming from one MS going to another. Roger won IW then went on to struggle in the final of Miami......perhaps he wasn't at his best in that final? Then Roger lost to Gasquet in Monte Carlo but still people weren't cutting him any slack even though he'd just been in two consecutive MS finals and won them. Many casual fans have no idea of how depleting is getting to the finals of MS events. Of course some maybe more so than others depending on the heat factor.pesto said:Why do they schedule so many of the Masters tournaments in pairs with no break between them? Indian Wells-Miami, Rome-Hamburg, Canada-Cincy?
It's so common for a player to reach the final of the first, and then either pull out of the next (Agassi in Cincy, Nadal in Hamburg), or lose in the first (Nadal in Cincy, Henman in Miami 2004, Federer in Cincy 2004).
And then, of course, they will criticise players for choosing not to play some of the Masters.