i simply fail to form an opinion on Marcos’ loss to Petzschner because i didn’t watch the match. however, i’d like to make it clear that i’m not disappointed with his performance in Halle. his wins make me happy because it makes me happy when he’s happy. and, i’m concerned, deeply concerned sometimes, about the negative effects of his defeats on his self-confidence.
Marcos doesn’t owe anyone anything. as Andy Murray said before his first-round match against Richard Gasquet at Roland Garros, “There’s expectation but you have to be a bit selfish and play for yourself because it would be impossible to play if you are thinking about everybody wanting you to win.” (Neil Harman’s published article on The Times, May 22, 2010, article).
Marcos, fight your way back and you’ll discover a cold determination lurking in your psyche. then, you’ll set yourself apart from most - if not all - players.
Marcos was playing great in the match yesterday until he received that slight strain/injury to his lower back, which slowed and hampered his movement to a very large extent. It obviously wasn't bothering him enough to call an injury timeout or recquire the trainer on court, but it definitely made him slower and stiffer in his movement. Also he wasn't running after every ball anymore, - hardly surprising with the danger of slipping on the grass and with Wimbledon just around the corner - and this obviously gave Petzshner the chance to relax and play his own game - hence the change in fortunes and the inevitable result.
I think it is a wise decision to withdraw from doubles, and have a few days rest and relaxation at home to heal the back strain before it gets any worse, and then come back strong in a week's time.