But if hitting winners is not among your objectives at all, it basically means you're counting on your defense to outperform anything thrown at you. Otherwise, the match is out your hands and you're relying on your opponent having a bad day. I'm not sure what you were impressed by. He was throughly outplayed by Soderling. Perhaps he can even reach no 6 this season, depending partly on how some others would do, but why would that even be among his primary objectives. I'd expect he's more focused on trying to get a slam (the ranking will surely follow even if he's semi-successful) and that kind of game has zero chances of landing him one. In fact, it is when he ventured into some more pro-active approaches that he had some prominent wins, like against Murray in Wimbledon or Nadal in masters
I guess you're right overall, the level he showed in Brisbane wouldn't win him a major. But personally, I think those times have passed for Andy, regardless. I don't think he's comfortable playing an overly aggressive game and I don't think he can keep it up for extended periods. I was impressed by his movement and his intensity emotionally, and I thought he was hitting with more depth on his shots than the end of last year. You can play to rally and counterpunch if you can prevent yourself from being on the defensive, and by doing that you have to hit deep, and I thought he did a good job of that, until he played Soderling. Overall, I guess I'm just comparing to the Roddick we saw at the end of last year, which was shit. I don't think he's peaked yet. I expect to see better from him in the months going forward. He does have a good draw in Melbourne so that would be a good opportunity to work on some more aggressive tactics.