Originally Posted by star
Bunk, you must be at Rice.
I think Andy might not finish at number one now. But that is all right.
I'm sure JCF won't tank. There is a war of will and of ability going on between the three now. Federer wasn't pleased to lose to JCF either.
Yes, I am....
And yes of course it's OK if Andy ends up #2 or even #3 - he had an amazing year, had the best GS results (not points-wise but getting far in the most tourneys) than anyone, and he's set up a real threat with him and Brad for him to just keep getting better over the next years.
I think I misused the word tank. I just meant that he *may* lose early, but not because of something he does, just from being tired (also, Basel looks like it'll be a tough-as-nails tourney, Henman and Philippousis aren't even seeded so early matches could be really tight, even for the top seeds), I wasn't suggesting that JCF will give up or anything. But I don't think Andy will either. Before, I wouldn't have been able to say either way, but you aren't down 2 sets and match-point in a TB and come back and win if you are a person who gets down and gives up.
My hope is that Andy's losing in Madrid was the cold shower he needed to turn up his intensity. Like losing in the DC against Hrbaty, he came out swinging against Beck. I'd like to see that happen again in Basel and Paris - not letting the crowd being against him get to him and him setting the tone. We saw one Andy in Madrid and I have a feeling we might see a different one in Basel and Paris. And I have a feeling Brad said to him "look, if you want this, this is what you have to do." And Brad clearly has some influence on Andy's psyche or their matchup wouldn't have been so successful SO fast. I think he wants it bad and just doesn't talk about it as much as Ferrero does. But I could be wrong, lord knows that happens a lot. Guess we'll know it all in a couple weeks!