I'm sure Andy is right not to fixate on the rankings. I thought it was a mistake not to play a non-mandatory clay court tournament before the masters but if Andy feels he needs a training block to make him physically fit for the clay and grass seasons plus sort out some 'technical' problems (the serve I presume?) then I will accept his judgement. And if the back is always going to be a potential problem then the fewer clay court tournaments the better.
That's my thinking too Ruthie, especially as that surface also aggravates his bipartite patella.
I'm settling for a top 8 ranking this year. Hopefully he shows some form at Wimbledon and beyond, going into 2015.
Surely at least top 7 as Delpo will now slide down the rankings and won't be back in action for several months.