Mardy was playing extremely well. This was the best I've ever seen him play. With that said, James still could have dictated play, and he didn't. His body language showed defeat through most of the match. He got some of his determination back in the third set, but then it went away again. James seemed out of sorts the whole week. Don't know why; James certainly doesn't make excuses. I agree, though, that the Beijing experience, where he was SO close to a silver or even a gold, and then returning with nothing, might have taken the wind out of his sails. And the press doesn't help; when he's trying to forget the Gonzalez episode, they just keep bringing it up. James is resilient, though. When he's down and out (i.e., four years ago), he's managed to bounce back. He'll do it again.
What a great post.
That is exactly how I feel as well.