Re: Andy's 2008 Live Scoring Thread (Dubai R2 vs Mathieu, Post 732)
Good clean serving here. Not that fast, very well placed. Those last two forehands by Andy! Wow! He missed the second one in the net...but damn! Ace. Yep, he wants to stay in Dubai for a little while more. Great second serve. And it's over! Nice.
I haven't been able to watch the matches but it sounds like Andy is looking inspired out there. Is this true? Because it would make me very happy to hear that. Usually, Andy is kind of glum when Roger crashes out.
And finally, we get the Rafa rematch.
I wouldn't call andy "inspired" - he looks fairly relaxed and in good spirits. he's definitely hitting his FH better than in Australia and Davis Cup, but I wouldn't call it 2003-4 esque either. He had some rough moments tonight but Mathieu really handed him some gifts. Andy should really consider himself lucky to be off the court with a win in 2 sets IMO.
Some of the forehands were 03-04 esque, it's just he's varying it. Sorta bringing them in at odd times, I guess he's trying to work them in to his current game plan of passive never aggressive play. I could see how that might be a problem for him since, it sorta goes against the way he currently plays.