I must admit to getting more and more nervous the longer he stays away. It's now been 4 months since he last played and there don't seem to be any reassuring statements about him coming back anytime soon, just a few vaguely hopeful hints.
I'm beginning to accept that it is highly unlikely he will return this season. I think January 2013 is the earliest time we can expect to see him re-emerge onto the scene. But we can only speculate on what kind of shape he will be in if and when he finally does re-appear. After all, a 7 month absence from the tour is bound to take its toll.
“Other than when Andy lost to Novak in 2011 he has always played the No.1 player in the world in the finals, those are difficult to win." (I. Lendl).