I am disappointed not to be playing in Montreal next week. It is a great tournament with amazing fans. I look forward to competing there in the future.
Well as expected Roger has withdrawn from Montreal after his back problems in Hamburg and Gstaad. I don’t think anyone honestly expected him to play Montreal with his recent back problems. The question was more whether he would skip Cincy and maybe the US Open as well. Apparently he is still in doubt for Cincy. Roger was already seen practicing on hard court in Zurich a couple of days ago and for that reason some people may have thought he would play Montreal. But clearly skipping Montreal is the right decision. Roger added Hamburg and Gstaad to his schedule with the hope of getting used to his new racquet and playing some more matches to gain confidence before the hard court swing, but his back didn’t play along and now he has to pay the price by at least missing Montreal. It’s a pretty frustrating time for Roger and his fans.
Roger’s US Open outfit
In fact it’s been that way ever since Rotterdam. Personally I have some time off for a change and would have loved to watch Roger a bit, but first Roger loses in the 2nd round of Wimbledon, then withdraws in the 1st round of Gstaad, and now withdraws from Montreal. What bad luck! Looking on the bright side of things Roger did say at the start of the year that 2013 would be a transitional year, so at least there is that. As usual we have had some good discussions on my last post and we have concluded that Roger shouldn’t play the exhos he is thinking about at the end of the year but rather focus on making the best of 2014, as it will probably his last chance to win a slam. As for the rest of the year it looks like he will try to play at least the US Open and then take it from there. The good thing is that he will have plenty of time between the US Open and his next tournament.
Love the shoes
If he decides to skip Shanghai he will have an even longer break. But does he need a long break for his back or does he need matches for confidence? This is the big question. We know he is seriously lacking in confidence and I don’t see how he is just gonna play the world on fire at Cincy and the US Open. I guess he will skip Shanghai again and play Basel, Paris, and the Masters Cup. But for now he has to try and make the best of Cincy(if he plays) and the US Open. It will be interesting to see how he fares. If he makes semis at Cincy and quarters at the US Open I’d be amazed. The back has become a major issue for Roger and things are uncertain. As a fan I can just take it tournament by tournament and see where things go. For now I will find someone else to support, and that will be Del Potro who won Washington today. Hopefully he can so the same at Montreal.