Sigh, I thought he might get a set. It sounds like it may have been closer than the scorline might indicate but still, straight sets
I mean it's good that he did the best he could, but that's what he SHOULD do, so it's hard for me to be extra-happy about that.
And I hate to be the reminder of bad news, but he was a LOT closer last year to beating him and it didn't seem to do him a bit of good considering what happened the next time they played
Anyway, he better win DC, because it's the only thing that would salvage a year that has somehow turned out to be even worse than last year
Tough, but it's a bit untrue. Andy played the best I have seen him play in years last night. Years...sure he's had glimses, that match against Baghy was really nice, the match against Roger in Shanghai was good, and even the Johannson match was encouraging. This was far and away the best I have seen him play, he came out guns blazing, Andre said "engage primary weapon" and he did, proving to me that Andy still has the best serve in the world. He would have beaten anyone tonight except for Roger, and really could have easily had Roger 2 sets to love.
It's encouraging as a fan, it's very encouraging. I haven't seen Andy hit the ball like that since 04' Wimbledon. Andy's a champion, he's proved time and time again. Last night he played the way he had to and didn't back down. He was unlucky was all, the points didn't go his way at crucial moments. If he learns from this match, remembers it, and plays this way again there is no doubt in my mind he can win another major(s) playing this style. He can beat anyone...yes even Roger(with some luck).
The year isn't over Deb, there are a couple more indoor masters that Andy could grab, a few of which Roger doesn't even bother playing. He started well last year until he rolled his ankle during that indoor season. Then of course the cup is coming up too, where he can yet again pickup more points. All is not lost in Roddick in fact, matches like these are stepping stones. Lets hope Andy steps forward.
I've said my piece, but to close, for three years I was asking Andy to remind me why I am his fan, he reminded me last night and every other Roddick fan who saw the match...he's a guy with the heart of a champion. Is there any other more endearing quality?