Wouldn't it be a bit pointless playing endless ATP 250 tournaments when he can only count the scores from 2 of them?
He has had a really good start to 2013, he has screwed up his first Clay Court tournament (just after a brutal Masters win), an outcome that shouldn't be surprising to anyone on here. Tennis at the higher levels seems to be very rough on the body. I really don't see what the issue is here.
Murray delivered that awesome Gold Medal in style (didn't Saint Fed lose 2, 1 and 4 in that match by the way...!!!), and followed it up with the US Open. As far as I am concerned he has paid his way. Anything else will be a bonus. Another GS if possible, but its not essential. As he himself said, if he had had to stop and never play another match after the US Open last year he would have retired happy and fulfilled. Lets just try to relax a bit, and enjoy him when he is on form, rather than getting so stressed about a predictable loss. He got his first Masters for 18 months two weeks ago, and reached a GS final. The lad is still on track.
I couldn't agree more, well apart from the slams bit. A few would be nice, for him though, not for anyone else. Furthermore, it was only Andy's third loss this year. A bad one, sure, but hey-ho. He won Miami in tough conditions, found a way to win. He just couldn't find a way yesterday. End of.
If Andy played a whole bunch of small tournaments to boost his ranking he'd be accused of the sort of thing Ferrer is accused of by some around here. I do think a small clay tourney a year might be good for him, to get practice and a feel for the surface, but I think he knows what he's doing, so I trust his judgement. He had a bad day yesterday, for whatever reason, but it's not the end of the world. Come the French he'll be fine.
I have to also say that I'm personally not unduly bothered about his ranking, even if Federer's sycophants will gloat. Andy will get back to 2, and I'm still convinced that no.1 is inevitable at some point. Maybe not this year, but it will happen.