Am I the only one who thinks he may regret the decision to play here in the not to distant future.
After reading that article I feel the same Tessie, especially as he ignored medical advice that the ankle would require complete rest for up to 30 days. Admittedly his movement round the court doesn't seem to have been noticeably affected, and presumably he will be having physio as well as possibly taking anti-flammatory medication, but if he's having such a struggle to keep going then it's bound to take its toll on him physically as well as mentally. Also I can't believe that he isn't in danger of seriously aggravating the injury - perhaps even dislocating the bone again - and that being the case then I can see a withdrawal from Madrid and Rome on the cards.
Dimitrov was brilliant once he got going against Nadal today. I thought for a while there that he really might do it. It was such a shame that his physical condition broke down towards the end.
Funnily enough Dimitrov beginning to cramp like that reminded me so much of Andy at Queen's in 2005, and now Andy is considered one of the fittest on tour. I really think that if Dimitrov can work on the physical side a bit more, and get mentally a bit stronger, not that his mind let him down at all today, he will be brilliant and have a bright future.
As for Djokovic, I sort of admire him keeping going, but what if it makes the injury worse? I can't help feeling he is almost asking for trouble. I know he probably feels obliged because he lives in MC (I'm tempted, but won't state the obvious about patriotism and not living in the country you are patriotic about) but honestly.
I really enjoy watching Dimitrov play and hope that he does go on to have a very successful future. If he's ambitious and committed enough, as I believe he is, then there's no reason why he shouldn't go right to the top.
I really don't understand why, as a Serb, Djoko felt under such an obligation to play here, even if it is his home now. Pretty short-sighted vision if you ask me. Andy probably spends as much, if not more, time in Miami than he does in London, but I couldn't see him ever feeling under any obligation to play there if it meant possibly aggravating an injury and thereby jeopardising part of the season. I know he did have a back problem last year which he continued to play through, but that was only after seeking specialist advice and being reassured that by playing he wasn't going to be in danger of making it worse.