Very encouraging from Andy, in the end, actually, I thought - though he was clearly struggling to get the motor ticking over smoothly without stalling, he forced a better performance out of himself by refusing to lose and just fighting hard, getting very pumped up, and making his will dominate over Monaco's. By the end there I thought he was hitting some very good ball most of the time, the UEs had dropped, the serve was firing nicely including some beautiful wide second serves.
I think that's the sort of match Andy perhaps needed to kick-start his campaign here.
Credit to Monaco, he was competitive for 3/4 of the match, and it's always damn tough to play someone you've never played before, in tricky conditions. Not many players would be prepared, as Monaco was, to go 40 - 45 shots in a rally either, so that made it hardly for Andy - patience wasn't necessarily the route to success, and as we saw, he became much more aggressive as the match wore on.
I'd rather him not have a match like that but at least when he does, as he is going to from time to time, he won it, and won it going away in the end.
I think he is lacking confidence since his return from illness even though he got to final of IW he was hardly in good form, maybe this match will restore some confidence in his game, he was agressive in big situations and it paid off! I think he will only get better from here.