As for Marcus, I think he's a tad peeved that Fed is fourth favourite for RG with the bookies. Maybe he needs to learn that they go by form and Andy has been in better form than Federer this year. Marcus seems to think Almagro has a chance of winning RG. Yes, of course, if Djokovic, Nadal, Andy, Federer, Ferrer, Delpo and maybe even Berdych decide they aren't playing. Seriously, some of us (not me I hasten to add) could do Marcus's job, especially when he's being a pillock.
You know Katie, I think you're right about a potential match up with Djokovic at RG. It would be good. That match in Rome was great. I screamed myself silly watching it! I couldn't scream like that just now though. I've got the dreaded laryngitis again. Two weeks and counting. I hope the voice is back by the time RG comes around.
Marcus was just joking about Almagro winning RG, teejay. There's a long-running joke between him and Barry Cowan about Almagro supposedly being Barry's favourite player, so he likes to tease him about that. Almagro is a great player, especially on clay, but as others have said mentally he's not strong enough. He's lost many matches from a winning position. He did beat Andy at RG 2008 though, so he's definitely a dangerous player to have to face. Plus in Rome and Madrid, he's a potential R3 matchup - another player I'd rather Andy avoid!
The Rome match was brilliant - a very tough match for Andy to lose, but it showed how far he'd come on clay that year. Sorry to hear about your laryngitis - hope you feel better soon.
As for that Rome match, it was great but Andy could have ended Djoko's winning run had he not served two DFs while trying to serve it out in the decider. It was agony to watch and Andy was kicking himself afterwards.
Thanks for the highlights Aileen. I remember Andy serving for the match but had forgotten about the DFs - never a good way to lose serve. Though I think if Andy was in the same position today, he'd be mentally stronger in the important moments.