In Bleachers report it says that Federer is taking a 2 month break after mid March I wonder if this is why Andy seems to be risking going into Indian Wells without doing a minor tournament first Is he concentrating on clay hoping to gather points there and overtake Federer?
Also it says that Andy has bought a £2million pound hotel in Dunblane Is he beginning to plan for retirement?
Federer, I believe, is simply trying to preserve himself. He doesn't want to tire himself out by playing too many tournaments at this stage and age of his life.
As to Andy, I think it's a very good investment and not necessarily an indication of retirement. Tennis career is very short anyway, so perhaps best to get the 2nd career going already. I like men who plan ahead.