Fed has a lot as well, so has Rafa and so I think he will get to #2 and hopefully by the summer he could be #1.
The way things are going with Fed and Rafa it might make life easier for Andy. Like many on here I see Djokovic is being his main rival, and a lot is going to depend on how well Andy does in the clay-court season
Teejay1 and Gnome - totally agree. I think we forget on here, sometimes that very few of us know the man personally? I have never even seen him in the flesh. Following him and supporting him is great - personally it's given me a new interest in my ill health retirement. I don't think he owes any of us anything.
Whatever he does from here on is fine by me. I don't watch him for the GS performances. I watch him for those matches when he goes out on the court and is unplayable. The last two Fed matches, and Raonic at the US Open being cases in points. The Olympic Final brought me great joy, partly because it was unexpected in a way, but mainly because of the joy on his face when he did it. I like to see people getting their just deserts. That match did it for both Murray and Fed.
I will continue to watch him and enjoy him regardless of how many trophies he lifts.
and that goes for Teejay and The Gnome as well.
Anyway I see that the tournament organisers, the ATP and, of course, the Swiss media are positively drooling over Federer now that they don't have Andy to concern themselves with. Talk about ego massaging - as if Fed's wasn't already grossly inflated!
I don't expect it will happen, but it would be lovely if it did and Fed got knocked out. Don't forget he lost the final in his other "home" tournament, the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, where he was beaten by Tommy Haas in straight sets, making a load of UEs in the process. Fed is no longer invincible much as he and his fans like to think he is.
I hate conspiracy theories; but a player withdrawing with a fake injury isn't really a conspiracy - it's common practice in sport.
Of course it is, but the difference here is that I don't think Andy is faking. I do think he has a genuine niggling back problem but hopefully not a serious one. In fact if it had been serious I'm sure he wouldn't have continued playing as he did, which, in the circumstances, would have been extremely unfortunate. As he's very careful about his body, he did the sensible thing and sought professional advice which possibly included 2nd or even 3rd opinions, was given assurances that he couldn't cause any more damage by playing, and then had massive cortisone injections to see him through until after the USO. Inevitably though the effect of these injections will have started to wear off. What he does now is ultimately up to him - he knows the situation, we don't - but he'll be making very sure that he's 100% fit by the start of next season.