In hindsight was it a good decision? Looking at the draw and depleted field, he could've easily steamed through the final, and with Nadal and Nole looking average, he would've fancied his chances on a Rome title. With that, he could've potentially gained an extra 900 points, rising to no. 2. Being seeded 2nd, he could've avoided Nadal and Djokovic until the final at RG. Not only that, he probably would've been the first non big 4 member to be no 2 in over 15 years.