Originally Posted by Winston's Human
Compare last year with this year:
Australia: Quarterfinals vs. Semifinals
San Jose: Victory vs. Victory
Memphis: Quarterfinals vs. Semifinals
Indian Wells: Quarterfinals vs. Semifinals
This is quite true, and easy to forget. The results are also above his 2003 points at this time, too. But, the losses this year have mostly been soooo tough.... that it's easier to focus on those
Last year at Australia, he probably had chances to beat Marat but Marat was sort of like blessed that tourney - Andy didn't leave with any regrets and actually took a lot of positives from it. Compared to this year, where he basically lost the match for himself and then basically tanked the 4th set... that's rough. the IW losses were both bad, but again, I think this year's was a little worse. Memphis was the same - he was injured both times. San Jose was a big one for him this year because he came in there with very very little confidence and ended up playing very well in his last 2 matches. I hope he can keep THAT momentum and the fighting momentum from IW as he goes into clay season.
I agree with you too, Naldo - that killer look in his eyes, that's what he's gotta get back. He still has it once in a while but he needs it on a consistent level. That "if you wnna win, you're really gonna have to BEAT me" look.
Adam, I agree with you about his racquet.... but I don't see him leaving his Babolat any time soon. I think he's got a pretty sweet contract with them for starters, and he seems to really love it.