First of all - love your poll options, Bev
However, I stopped predicting the outcome of Andy's matches ages ago. Rarely got it right!
To play well at S&V, Llodra needs all his energy to get to the net quickly, be able to have fast reflexes for volleys, running back for overhead smashes or retrieve the ball after a deep lob.
Even with his energy slightly below max, he will become even more of an easy target for Andy. Andy can hit a fast dipping shot left, right, high lob or even straight at the body (a la Lendl). If he stays back, Andy consistency will overwhelm him. If he comes in, he will get passed.
Llodra will be in deep doodoo comes Saturday
Nice assessment as usual Philip. I have to have faith ...
Because I'm not as much up on the technicalties of the sport as many on this forum (I did play tennis for many years but (a) that was a long time ago, and (b) I never had any formal coaching), I'm just quoting from Llodra's wikipedia here -
The Guardian journalist Xan Brooks described Llodra as "one of those talented, maddening French players in the tradition of Henri Leconte, Guy Forget and Fabrice Santoro; at once supremely gifted and curiously brittle" and that he "plays like he's just flown in from the 20th-century. His game is all dinks and slices and sly changes of pace. To aid his touch on volleys, Llodra is one of the few professionals to use all natural gut strings, which give him better feel at the expense of power at the baseline.
Anyone interested in the weather forecast for the rest of the tournament - http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/Melbourne+Australia+ASXX0075
If Andy does play on Monday what's the betting he'll get a daytime match in that sweltering heat?