Re: 2014, Season at the Americas!
Ugh, so frustrating. Pissed at him and yet sympathetic at the same time. Such a shame. Feel bad for him. The win could've been a game-changer for his thus far poor season. He competed well, and that would've been enough for me if he hadn't actually had any real chance to win, but the reality and the bad thing about this loss is that he did have the chance to win and the match was there for the taking for him and he just took his foot off of the gas yet again at the key moments of the match instead of putting the petal to the metal and going full speed ahead to the finish. He had it on his racquet at 5-3 in the 2nd set. Then on Murray's serve at 5-4, and then in the tiebreak, but each time he started playing tighter and tighter when he should've been even more aggressive than he already had been up to that point because it was either going to happen there or be the usual outcome in the third, which it ended up being yet again.
Again, well done to him and he competed hard and I know he wasn't feeling the best, but this was a match he should've won, but instead, the outcome was the same again and now he's 1-12 against Murray. It's getting tiresome. He deserves better than this but you have to step up when the opportunities present themselves. I'd say I hope he carries the form he had in the first to sets tonight, which were shades of good old 2009 Simon, into Indian Wells, but we all know that is a crapshoot as well. He's just too much of a wildcard anymore. Either way, good luck to him in Indian Wells.