Yes, it´s very important to try the quad in competition when it counts:
Yes, I totally agree with you. Quad is the most difficult jump and it is very important to try this jump at every competition. It is great that Sasha's quad was fully rotated and that he didn't fall. He already attempt quad at Cup of China, landing wasn't clean as well. But one day he will land it cleanly at competition and if he lands it once he will land it for the next time too. He will need quad at Nationals.
We also hope that Sasha will have a stable quad at the competitions very soon! He is working very hard both on the elements and on the presentation. It is always much harder to show all you are able to do at the competitions! For instance, compare his performance at the Cup of China tournament: the SP and LP - with the exhibition. But still he knows that he can do it. And he is trying to move on from event to event. We're sure, he'll be a success =)