A disappointing match but that's all it is - absolutely no need to push the panic button. Andy looked flat from the beginning. Maybe it was reaction, maybe he's under the weather or maybe he just got out of the wrong side of the bed. Whatever it is, he doesn't become a bad player overnight. Perhaps Emma's right and it was a strategic loss - would you want to play Delpo, Djoko and Fed in successive days in those conditions? Certainly now he has time to rest and get ready for the USO.
Totally agree, absolutely no need to panic, if it is the knee then his team will ave time to work on it, if it is the "hangover" from the London Euphoria then again his team will pick hi. Up and dust him down. Masters tournaments do not make Champions, Grand Slams make champions and that is what people remember. For sure it is dissapointing but it is not the end of the world. Andy gave us the best summer ever, he may well yet give us the best Autumn ever. Trust him folks.
Emma Jean, loving your posts tonight and agree with the points you are making. Andy will come good and make the end of year finals. Ranking points are probably the last thing that he is looking at just now.
The guy is damned if he does and damned if he don't - a while ago when Andy was winning masters and smaller tourneys everyone said "it's the slams he needs to concentrate on" so he does this to the detriment of the smaller tourneys and suddenly we are in the depths of depression. Andy hates getting beat, providing he is physically fit, this will fire him up.