From the RG forum on MTF. This was a French Article that was translated.
He was not crushed. Pérotte (his physical trainer): "Less than we were. And it's a good thing, because it shows he's eager to bounce back..." Hence the immediate withdrawal in doubles in order to prepare Bucharest.
Peyre's assessment of the NY experience: "There were very good things and very bad ones." Revealing of his situation: very close to the top and yet still quite far from it.
He was able to give a hard time to a former world number 2 who is always playing his best tennis at the US Open. But it was a rollercoaster again, which is hard to understand coming from a guy who is closely followed by a very demanding staff.
One shouldn't forget his spring season, it's never easy to get over such a crisis. He hasn't been doing so poorly since then, almost beat Murray in Wimbledon and knocked out Nadal in a memorable TB in Toronto. Not bad, but obviously not good enough for his standards.
Peyre: he is confident Richard is on the right way and over the main hurdle because he's working a lot and he's very motivated. But the FH remains a big issue. Sometimes he panics and looks like he just wants to get rid of the ball. It's still a big weakness in matches. "It's essential he improves in that regard. Otherwise he won't be able to establish himself at the top." "There still is an enormous amount of work to do."
His staff has been putting the emphasis on the physical part lately in all the public statements. The match against Haas proved he isn't fully ready yet. Pérotte: he still has to improve his muscular strength and his stamina so he will be more clear-headed in matches and avoid the moments of imprecision like against Haas. He needs to be more consistent in order to stand firm in the 5th sets too. That's the big difference with Murray and Djokovic right now. Pérotte is expecting a lot from the 6 weeks of work during the winter break.
His schedule for the next weeks is "gargantuan". He has a lot of points to defend. In case he doesn't defend all his points, he could lose his French number 1 spot. Peyre: "It's random and really not important. We're aiming higher anyway."
His fall schedule:
Bucharest, Beijing, Tokyo, Moscow, Madrid, Lyon, Bercy