Youzhny was good yesterday, don't get me wrong, but he was helped quite a bit by Gulbis, who was a shadow of the man who beat Andy last week. If you want a model of inconsistency, then Mr. Gulbis might be the place to start. He was poor yesterday.
I don't think the time of day will come in to it much. I don't think it bothers Andy anymore than it bothers some of us. Trouble is, if he's on early we worry it's too early, if he's on late we say he hasn't got a lot of time between matches. If it's in the middle of the day it's too hot.
I think Andy will be sharper this week. Those doubles matches should have helped. Losing to Gulbis won't have gone down that well either, I'm certain, although Andy did warn people that he wouldn't be at his best in Montreal. I think he'll be motivated in Cincy.
I like Youzhny, I have a bit of a soft spot for him, racquet smashing and all
. I just feel that Andy will have too much game for him, and will be keen to make a good show of things. If Andy starts off a bit slow, Andy in three, but if he comes out playing as we know he can, Andy in two. Either way, I can't see Andy losing this one. Don't you dare Murray!