But wouldn't you if you were in the same situation? He needs to get his confidence back both as to his knee and himself, and to do that surely the best way is to start with low-key tournaments and hopefully win at least one of them, which he has done, and take it from there? I still don't swallow the stomach virus story which caused him to pull out of Abu Dhabi and then the AO because had he played AD he'd probably have been demolished and demoralised.
If I was Rafa I'd play IW and Miami. I'd get more confidence by giving the top 4 seeds in those tournaments a run for their money than hold back and play 250 events until RG. He's going to go into RG scared I think of Fed, Djok and Muzz.