I have just decided to enter Monte Carlo. Hopefully I will see some of you in Monaco in the spring.
I’m happy to report that Roger have decided to enter Monte Carlo as part of his summer clay court schedule. I have thought that Monte Carlo would provide a great opportunity for him to pick up much needed ranking points in his quest to regain the number one ranking and now he has entered it. He didn’t play last year so there is maximum points to gain. He is clearly still very motivated to be number one:
“In a big way. It’s part of my big goals for this year, to try to get back to world number one.”
“I like being world number one, (more) than two,”
Roger will also play Davis Cup:
I’ve decided i’m going to play the Davis Cup tie in July at home against
Portugal. I’m really looking forward to helping Switzerland begin the process of getting back into the World Group.
Roger has to play one David Cup tie to qualify for the Olympics in 2012, so this may be the reason that he is playing. Either way it is good for Switzerland in their quest to avoid relegation and stay in the world group.
I also hear Roger will be playing doubles with his Davis Cup teammate Stan Wawrinka inn Indian Wells. I find all of this news pretty exciting and I think it is all good decisions.
Roger doesn’t seem to concerned about what transpired in Dubai either:
“I was happy about Dubai in the big picture. I won four matches in a row and then didn’t play the best match against Novak. Losses don’t rattle me much. They are just part of our game. It’s important to analyse them and … move on”
He also says that he played well in Doha and the Oz Open and ‘okay’ in Dubai. He didn’t play Dubai the last couple of years and he had quite a long break after the Oz Open, so that is excusable. It seems ready for Indian Wells though:
“I am feeling well on the practice court and I am excited that my form is good,”
“My mental state is really good too. I am confident, I don’t have any niggling injuries, I am fresh and that is how I want to feel.”
I think we can expect to see an improved performance from Roger at Indian Wells. I think he will have another good tournament as opposed to just ‘okay’. If he happens to play Djokovic in the semis then he may not win, but he will certainly give a better performance than in Dubai. It sounds like he is working hard and is sharp. Playing in doubles won’t hurt either. It is not impossible that he will win a record fourth Indian Wells crown here. Thoughts?