What I find most interesting now the post match hullabaloo has died down a bit, is that the general consensus seems to be that Andy has come out of this defeat with mostly positive viewpoints directed towards him, that there was no choking on his part, no difference between them for 2 and a bit sets and that Andy performed admirably.
On the tennis forums there is talk of playing through pain, an unfair schedule hampering his chances and more importantly, his popularity seems to be in the ascendancy with most of the nasty commentators being told to shut up and making any spiteful comment look embarrassing for the person writing it.
Overall, I would say that this defeat is nothing compared to Wimbledon, Andy's post match speech after losing against Djoko cast him an even more positive light, and I think even his fans especially us are feeling pretty upbeat about it all, I certainly am.
I think that's generally true. I think Andy has come out of the AO in a good place, in spite of the loss of the final. I honestly think most people who know what they are talking about seem to think that Andy is on an upward trend now, and is effectively the second best player in the world, with potentially a lot of success to come, this year and beyond.
I wouldn't know about other tennis forums, but a lot of the comments in response to newspaper articles take a similar view. There will always be fools who don't like Andy for some reason, or who watch tennis for two weeks a year and think they are experts, but a lot of people have discussed the schedule, Andy's quite obvious injuries (feet and hamstring) and realised it did put Andy at a disadvantage.
After Wimbledon I cried right along with Andy, I don't mind admitting it. Then again, I cried with joy when he won the Olympics (I feel he has underlined that win by beating Federer again at the AO) and the USO. All in all I seem to have spent a lot of tears on Andy over the last six or seven months lol. However, Sunday, whilst disappointing, i nothing to cry over. Andy fought, but lost this time. More chances will come though, I'm certain of it, and it seems a lot of other people now agree.