Originally Posted by Tennis_Maestro
He's been out rehabilitating since his loss to Rosol in the second round of Wimbledon man, it's been almost half a year. He is 100% fit, but jus not a 100% match-fit, my thoughts are he doesn't want to give-away any psychological edge to his rivals going into the Clay season, he wants to hit the ground running and surge on from there. I personally think it's the sissy boy's approach, he should compete in the Aussie Open and give it his best go.
He is fit, he's jus not match-fit. Call me a cynic but I believe the "stomach bug" was a cover story and he and uncle Toni watched Novak today against Roadrunner and completely demolish him, so sort it best as he jus pulled out of the Aussie open. Chances were he'd meet Novak in the semi finals and it'd have been a huge psychological edge for him going into the clay season. I know I am going deep here, but this really does happen.
What if he gets Federer in SF? He could have waited for the draw and then withdraw citing the same reason. It's not a surety that he will play Novak in SF. If Nadal can bounce back after losing seven matches on a trot then he certainly can come back after a possible lose against Djokovic in SF 2013. He should have waited for the draw at least