I've aksed this on Mens Tennis Forum and would like to ask this question here. I was watching this guy last week in Barcelona, particularly the matches against Ferrerro and Ferrer, I also saw him play live back in 2008 at the French Open (actually the match I saw he got thrashed by Nadal in the quarterfinal but everyone gets badly beaten by Nadal at Roland Garros). He has a nice game, good backhand - but I feel he could be better with a bit more courage. I noticed literally every time he opened up the point with a backhand or had a short ball to attack (well within the service line), he would hit the ball and race back to the baseline, and consequently often lose the point. Personally I find that sort of thing profoundly irritating and I would like to see Nicolas develop a transition game and be more brave. If he wants to win the French he will have to develop this kind of tactical play and summon up more courage and conviction. Do you think this guy can be a real contender at the French or is he too wishy washy at the top level?