I don't know if I want to read back through the thread to see what Andy was being called during the 1st set yesterday. I'm sure everyone's swear word vocabulary was well used
I did think this would go three, because Andy hadn't played for a while, so I wasn't too concerned. I felt that there was a sense that once Andy got into a rhythm he would be all right, and he was. The last couple of years at IW did go through my mind, but Andy is different now, in every sense.
The first five or six games of the match were horrible from Andy's point of view. I couldn't understand why he was faffing about at the back of the court so much. Surely that was giving Donskoy a chance to dictate? However, Andy did really well to get back to 5 all, and looked like he was beginning to feel the ball much better, so I thought that the second and third sets would be different. Once Andy was in his stride there was no stopping him.
I think this was a good match to get through after not playing for a while. Andy kept himself together very well under pressure and worked it out. I think sometimes it is good to get a bit of a test early on, because then you are sharp for when you need to be. Hopefully Andy will continue to get better with each match now, and he has definitely cut off any idea of IW being a bogey tournament for him.