Marcos is no longer more sure-footed dancing on ice than playing on clay and he's developing a more ruthless attitude out there. these things seem to have been lacking from his character over the years and will most likely serve him well.
and, i'm always happy to answer any questions when people get closer to the core.
-Evita- I don't get how Baghdatis went from barely winning a single match on clay the last few years to almost beating Ferrer :confused:
Eduardo Infantino, Marcos' Argentinian coach and former coach of Nalbandian and Del Potro, is doing a great job. that Infantino also worked with Gaudio can also be a good helpful thing while he's dealing with Marcos' persona since he has a wide range of responses around the behaviours that had made a difference to people.
I hope Marcos isn't too despondant at the result, as I thought he played an excellent match, and showed so much improvement on the horrid terre-batue. His volleys and net play were stunning and his movement much improved.
About Nice - I kind of got the impression when I was in Munich, that the Team were always planning to spend some time apart and have a few days vacation time after Madrid. I haven't heard they will pull out of Nice, but it wouldn't totally surprise me.