While I admire his sunny optimism, I wonder if Andy might see things a little differently once he's played a match or two because, as he's said, he's got to get that intensity back - something you won't get on a practice court no matter how often you play, and there isn't much pressure in exhos, although Hewitt will almost certainly give him a very good test.
I'm not writing him off, although maybe it sounds as if I am, but at the same time I don't have any expectations because, as always, a lot will depend on the draw and how he's feeling/performing on the day.
I am encouraged though by what he says in the article that his op, plus his Wimbledon win, have given him a calmer outlook, that the enforced break gave him a chance to reflect more on things and get them into perspective and, most importantly, to reignite his passion for the game. So with this new lease of life, providing he can stay healthy, who knows what might happen, not just at the AO but during the rest of the season.
I don't have Andy as a optimist, I must say - I think all his comments, particularly about prospects in tournaments are carefully measured. He plays some interesting mind games at times, and I'm looking forward to this toiurnament with no great expectation of a trophy for Andy, but rather to see how the top guys settle down after a rather rocky start to the season all round.