Isner is a very tough opponent. The last two sets just yesterday were decided by a couple of TBs and it was a 3+ long hour match. This needs a recovery time. Remember how long a match it was for Andy at the USO? He did not even have a good 24 hours to recover from that match, while Nadal had a relatively easy match against Roddick, who's on the decline. We all know Andy would have had a similar easy round had the places been switched. But unfortunately things are panning out this way for a while now and mostly in Federer's favour no matter which tournament he enters. I think Andy’s quest to secure the #3 ranking for this year has somehow motivated Federer even more and he got the luck on his side as well. We’ll just have to wait and see how things end in the end. Right now, WTF is more important for both Andy and Federer as they both want the ranking and the title. Last time, Federer capitalized Andy’s weakness and beat him fairly easily. He can’t let happen again. Andy must overcome that weakness and beat him this time. I know the home crowd makes it harder but if he can beat Nadal, Federer etc in front of the crowd, this will give him enormous confidence going into the new season. It’s a very tough task to perform especially in front of the home crowd, but it’s perfectly doable. He has all the tools to beat all these top players – will just have to put it all together mentally as well.
Your comments are fair and astute, Emma.
It's my belief that if Andy can win at o2 or at the very least make the final, then not only will he retain his no 3 standing but it will give him a mass of confidence going into 2012, especially if he were to win the entire proceedings.
All he has to do is beat Djokovic (with his troublesome shoulder), Nadal (low on confidence and not match aware) and Federer (arrogant s**t). This should not be any problem for Andy. Let's hope that all his niggles will have dissipated and he plays as he did in the Far East tourneys.