I really don't think it is that. I think we are all underestimating the skill level of playing at the level he does. He has had time out, it is taking time to get everything back together. ...
That first set to me just looked like everything was completely out of kilter, it is taking him longer at the moment to refine every thing. Once he did he was deadly.
I think realistically his "minor back surgery" falls into the same elastic interpretation of the truth that is so beloved of politicians. I am increasingly thinking it was less minor than he is letting on.
I think that's a realistic assessment, and fits with what Navratalova said. Then again, he's always had these moments, so hard to tell!
IMO, there is no such thing as a minor back surgery, but I do believe that it will have been minor compared with a lot of other back surgeries. Or at least it would have been if Andy weren't such an elite athlete. Arguably, Andy is seeing the benefits of the actual surgery, just still coming to terms from the time off it required.
I missed the match, due to sleeping. A good move in retrospect, especially as I am the only one in my office who hasn't succumbed to a heavy cold and I want to keep it that way.
Just happy Andy got the win.