I have no idea whats going on in Guga's head. Miss a MS event or two, and help heal whatever is obviously hurting him, or play tournaments, lose early, get more hurt, be less fit for the upcoming GS. I obviously am missing something.
It was indeed 6-3 6-4.
As for what you´re saying, Sonic, I ask you another question:
And what if that thing hurting him is not physical? It looks a lot more like the normal mental block and fear of getting re-injured. His shots are ok, but his mind is braking him. If thats the case, he needs matches.
He said after his match today exactly that. He is at 70% of his potential and his main goal is too feel well on-court. His aim is next season. So, whenever he has no points to defend, things tend to get better. Dark days are coming.
Maybe he should play small tournaments on clay and try to get the confidence in himself again.
After the US Open, he should just have a long rest and make sure he is fine for next year. It's all about next year for him, if he carries on like this, he'll end up possibly doing some more damage to his hip, plus mentally he'll feel even worse if he keeps losing.
I keep on 'disagreeing', if thats what you are implying. I have my own opinions, and if everyone thinks different, great! We can have a great civilized debate on it.
My opinion is the following:
Think about two situations.
Guga was feeling that injury since last year in May or something. He won Roland Garros injured. That in mind, he didnt show anything that could make you think he was injured. Now I ask, why?
Because, when things are working fine and you are feeling well, your mind is light, and it is easier to do everything. By the end of the year, whenever he had a tough time, the injury "magically" started to bother him. Now I ask, why?
Thats what I meant.
He is AFRAID of getting reinjured. He did feel something, but that wouldnt make him stop playing if he was feeling ok. A lot of times it happens that you are so afraid of something that you just feel it.
Im not saying thats THE REASON in itself, but its making it harder on him. If thats the case, he would need matches to feel the ball better and get confidence, in order to BELIEVE that he is indeed cured. If not, he will struggle for looooooong, like Magnus is. Norman is clinically cured. But mentally he is even more injured than before.