he is stale, tired--both mentally and physically--, and he is lacking his usual confidence. this is a formula for a possible injury.
he had no business going to tokyo this year. none. he should have used that time for some added sessions on clay to work out his ground game and he should have used that time for some added rest and relaxation.
instead he goes to tokyo and accomplishes nothing except his stupid appearance money. he basically got laughed right of a tokyo.
by extension, he shows up in shanghai with little or no confidence and more mentally and physically tired.
does this idiot not know that he has perhaps the most important davis cup competition of his entire career coming up? he needs that more than any tokyo or shanghai title can ever give him.
he needs that for game, his confidence, his positive outlook and he needs it for his country. davis cup win will revitalize him for 2012.
and what is he doing? he is working his ass off on hard courts only to laughed off the courts. and to bring about a possible injury. and this has happened before when he could not travel to argentina because of his madness on hard courts.
needless to say, i am pissed.