Losing a few big names in the early rounds is no big deal – it’s almost part of the deal and may even prove beneficial.
Lose Caro, Rafa, Murray, Delpo and Kim in the space of 48 hours and its clear you’re dealing with chaos.
And any post purporting to “explain” chaos is, well, part of the problem.
That doesn’t mean I don’t think there’s any reasons for what’s happening: I don’t think you can dismiss the role of the July layoff, for example – Murray, from what I remember (which is frankly nothing), doesn’t always cope with that type of interval too well.
Rafa losing to a big hitting Croatian on a hard court? Seen that before. Being so horribly predictable under pressure it makes your eyes water? Seen that too. [full credit to Dodig for his muscly double-hander but he shouldn’t have been given so many of them to begin with]
Injuries, withdrawals? That’s just the fabric of tennis reality.
Perhaps the only real surprise is that it should all happen at once – a statistical anomaly, nothing more, nothing less.
All of which is to say is, the sh*t sometimes hits the fan.
And I don’t even think its that much of a big deal . Nor do I think we should be bending over backwards trying to “explain” it.