I do see your point Katie, and I appreciate it takes him time to adapt to this surface but looking at his runs on Clay last year, he certainly seems to appear to have realistic chances to be going deep in the clay masters and the FO than before therefore it is a tricky one I do see what you are saying, but I also feel staying fresh for the summer is crucial! But he has a good team around him and I am sure Lendl will have a good idea of how to man that schedule!
Yes managing the schedule for this year is a tough one to get right. Rafa's schedule looks loaded as he's likely to reach all the clay finals - I wouldn't be surprised if he missed Madrid as he hates the altitude and blue clay. I can see both sides of the argument for Andy but think that he will benefit from matches on clay. I agree that staying fresh for the summer is very important - for both Andy and Federer this is likely to be where most of their success will come from.
Attention the draw has been made
Barcelona potential QFs: Rafa-Janko, Tomas-Kei, Feli-Ferru, Nico-Muzz
Murray/Haase a possible 3rd round.
A guess what? Bird Brian is on Rafa's side of the draw this time
Glad he's not on Berd's side of the draw this time! Almagro will be tough in the QF.