I hated the Ashley Fisher comm most! Why was he chosen?
Presumably because he's an idiot. Broadly speaking, apart from Petch and Fleming, with the odd Barry Millns highlight, I work on the theory they are all idiots.
It's not them being critical that really annoys me, to be fair. It's them simply not knowing basic things. There has been no attempt to understand that Andy was out for four months and is feeling his way back in after back surgery. That's not just me being defensive of Andy, it's a relevant point in a lot of the reason he is struggling at times.
The constant going on and on about Andy's attitude was pathetic last night. Let me see, a set, and not just a set, a 6-1 set, and 4-2 down, I would have thought Andy had a right to be a bit annoyed with himself, and that is all it was. He didn't deserve the 'he's always like this' comment from the fool in the comm box. He should have been watching four or five years ago, maybe a bit more, when Andy used to rant at himself. His ridiculous point might just have been valid then.
Andy was also the subject of an 'if he wants to win slams' lecture this week during commentary. Er, silly me, did I dream him winning two already? There was no qualification of 'if he wants to win slams this year', or 'if he wants to win more slams'. It was a stupid comment that didn't even make sense.
Those are just the edited highlights, or should that be lowlights, from 'Ash' and the other bloke this week. Jason Goodall should really stick to his interesting match analysis slots because there is no way he's a half decent commentator.
I don't buy into the argument that Petch sucks up to Andy. I've watched matches when Petch has got quite annoyed with Andy, in those odd times when Andy has been fully match fit, but just hasn't performed well. In those situations Petch can be really sharp about him, really tells it like it is, because he clearly knows better than most how good Andy is. I don't mind that personally, if it is fair. In my opinion the fact that he would also be one of the first to say when Andy is playing his best and has been known to get into matches (the USO 2012 against Lopez!) enthusiastically is what makes him a good commentator.