Originally Posted by bunk18bsb
Well he was clearly hurt and his movement hampered... going into a match with Lleyton you kinda need both your legs working 100% just to have a shot, so if you have a hurt ankle how confident could one be?
If he was hurt, then of course he'll be below par, but that's all the more reason to not let your opponent know you're hurting with bad body language. You end up handing your opponent a psychological advantage along with the physical one. And the crowd was clearly in his corner as the underdog. He didn't seem to know how to work that to his advantage. Of course, Lleyton is the kind of ornery bulldog who appears to like it when the crowd is against him, so maybe the crowd support wasn't too helpful to Lopez after all.