Unfortunately it wasn't, but great tournament! It was great to see him deep in the second week of W after the horrible memory of last year... in fact, I think exorcising the Rusedski demon was great fun
I agree. I'm a big Andy fan, but I can see his game still needs a lot of work. Some Andy fans get extremely offended if you say this however
Andy can beat most players when playing his best game, particularly when the serve is on, but not those who have MORE game than him (Agassi, Federer, Safin, Ferrero, etc) when THEY are playing their best. That being said, I'm seeing a lot of improvement in him from a year ago at this time.
We have to look at the big picture here.
How do we know that
his best game will be worse than another's best game if we base it
on a few matches in the past and too early present? We don't
know how good he'll be until much later. He could play til he's
30 or even 40, and by then, don't u think he'll achieve a lot with his
It took everyone years to get to the top, but rushing him there before
he's ready won't help.
Andy lacks belief that he'd be #1, and his coach needs to help with his strategies. The return game is very
changeable. Footwork, net game, and serve (fast but no disguise) have to improve.
He adjusted his serve technique to get more power as a teen because it wasn't a weapon. Andy was only about 5' 2" at 15
and had developed the baseline game before adding the huge serve.
He's grown to 6' 3" in the last 2 years.
Maybe people mistake the quickness of smaller players with more talent.
Some players reached their peak at 20, but a few years later
couldn't stay at that level. Others seemed
average but became excellent players for a long time.
Just because u have
1 or 2 Grand Slams- easy or hard draws- does not mean you'll be among the greatest. You have to win consistently, year after year to be successful.
Of course, the uneducated presume that he's
just one-dimensional because the serves look easy.
You don't beat players who beat u before if u have no variety.
He's ridiculed because he lost some matches and dare we say,
he's from the U. S. This is an individual sport, and he doesn't owe commentators/writers/haters any Grand Slam to have any value. He'll win for himself, his family and fans. It's not too late for him to shine, but it's too early to dismiss him.
Wimbledon isn't the only big place to win at, but why assume that his serve/forehand will be the only weapons there? He's proven he can play on clay, but he's not doomed at Roland Garros just because he was ill-prepared. His favorite is hardcourt but
so are a lot of players'. He needs to stop injuring himself carelessly
during big matches! Those bad line calls that made him lose sets are painful! :fiery:
Every player's playing small tournaments because it gives
him more confidence that he could win everywhere. Andy's no exception.
It's a shock, but all
players fail before they succeed.