I'm having a bad feeling about the AO this year. I'm predicting Andy to go out early, before the QF at least. It won't be too much of a loss if he does though, he's had an amazing run in the last 8 really.
Another little ray of sunshine ...
Certainly his performances in Abu Dhabi and Brisbane didn't inspire confidence, but Andy's had a poor run up to Slams before and then gone far into them. I still maintain though that the jet-lag caused by travelling across so many time zones in a matter of days might have had a lot to do with it. Also it's now known that Andy learnt about Ross's illness soon after he arrived in Abu Dhabi, so goodness knows how far that affected him as well, because he's such a caring person and has been in constant touch with Ross. It says a heck of a lot though about Andy's mental toughness that he was able to cope with this division of focus and go on to win the tournament.
Too early to form a view in my opinion. Depends on the draw, the weather, physical condition, state of mind etc. If all these are OK ( not necessarily brilliant, just OK) then he has absolutely no-one to fear, and the only serious threat is Djokovic. I still feel that he is on for a real drive, and has the fear/respect factor working in his favour for perhaps the first time at a Slam
I agree. In fact I don't even like making predictions from match to match in any tournament where Andy's concerned!