Andy will play Gulbis or Youzhny in the 2nd round. Just great
Couldn't believe it when I saw the draw. Strange forces are at work here!
Assuming Gulbis beats Youzhny (and their H2H is 2-2, discounting a Youzhny retirement), Andy should be prepared for him this time, his doubles matches having hopefully shaken off the rust.
The way Andy is talking about his focus being to peak at the USopen ...dont expect much more effort from Andy than we saw at Montreal. Hi focus is to work some aspects of his play and avoid injury. Thats about it I reckon. He might win 1 or 2 rounds.
The timing of cincy is stupid. No top player wants to run the risk or injury or peaking too early going into the USopen.
Re the timing of Cincy, there is a week's break before the USO, which is the same as that between the Rome Masters and the FO, so I don't see where the scheduling problem is.