I think I saw somewhere that there may be storms in Melbourne that day. So can we start a collective prayer [secular for those of us who are non-believers] that the weather's ok so that they don't close the roof. I've voted Andy in 4 purely on instinct.
Heard a snatch of smugfed's interview saying how pleased he was for ANdy when he won his first slam and gold medal. Re gold medal who are you kidding? And somehow even when he's saying nice things about Andy he manages to come across as patronising. Oh and thanks for giving us a laugh with the pic on the h2h!
So Andy will be only player in SFs who has not lost a set and will be much the freshest. Glad he's going to practise under the lights. Somehow I don't feel too woried that he'll be 'undercooked; - hope I'm not being Pollyanish.
Agree with you completely. Pleased Andy won the gold medal my.....foot. He might not mean to be patronising, but it does sound that way. I can just never quite believe that Federer isn't playing mind games, although you do have to wonder at the wisdom of reminding Andy of the day Andy splattered him all over the Centre Court at Wimbledon.
I don't feel remotely worried Andy will be undercooked. I can see the idea of a player who has been tested is ready, as in the way Andy was at the USO, but there is also the theory that if you get through as quickly as you can there will be more in the tank when it is needed. Andy will have a lot in the tank for sure. He hasn't wasted energy in getting embroiled in long matches, he hasn't used up energy berating himself, or, on the flip side of that, being over exhuberant when he has won his matches. He's got on with the job in hand one round at a time.
The bigger question for me is Federer. I suppose today's match with Tsonga wasn't unduly long, but Tsonga did put Federer under a lot of pressure for the vast majority of the match. It does tend to be the case now that he takes a while to recover from long matches, but I also wonder if it will take him time to recover from the pressure he was under, because surely that must be as tiring, mentally more than physically, as playing for a long time.
Oh, and if it rains for that semi I will be having words above lol.