I don't think Andy will put that pressure on himself to be a dominating force in tennis and a multi-grand slam winner. He's had the goal of just winning a slam for such a long time that I think he will be almost entirely satisfied with managing that and everything from here on out is simply a bonus.
It doesn't matter what other people think at the end of the day, only if Andy can look back on what he's achieved and be proud and I think whatever happens now he can do that. I heard him say in one of his post-final interviews that "at least whatever happens now I can retire happy". That's actually the one question I wanted to ask Murray after he won the Olympic Gold that "Can you die happy now you've won this Gold Medal" and I think if he answered honestly he would have been lying to say "yes" but if you asked him now he could "yes" and mean it because winning his slam was his main aim.
Hi Laundry and all,
I can see where you're coming from, but I sort of disagree. What I think Andy has done is prove to himself that he can take on one of the 'best' and win, and I think it will drive him forward.
I agree completely that if Andy never won another he could eventually retire knowing that he had done it once, and that would obviously give him more satisfaction than being considered 'a nearly man' or 'the greatest never to win a slam,' assuming he'd retired without winning one, but I just think Andy's competitive nature won't be sated until he feels he really has reached his potential.
I think the pressure he will deal with now will come from within. The one thing that has come through to me over and over during these last few days was Andy saying that he will never again have to go through being asked when he is going to win his first major. Obviously, he won't have to deal with pundits who suggest he won't win one either, because he has now, so those external pressures will be gone to an extent. However, I do think he will go all out to win more, because I suspect now he will understand that he is good enough to do it. I really think he has doubted that in the past, he has said as much, which is as heartbreaking as it is honest, from such a talented player.
The interesting thing to see will be how Andy deals with being in this different position. I really do think we watched him in that final go through every emotion possible. He certainly looked like he was battling doubts and all those demons that have stood in his way before. For me his complete masterstroke was to go to the loo before the fifth set and essentially give himself a talking to. When he came out to court again he looked like a new man. To me he looked like a man who was ready to fight again, and he did. I really do think that the way he drove himself on, knowing that he needed to win just one more set, will take him through a lot in the future. I hope so.
I wonder in retrospect how significant those wins against Lopez and Cilic were in the scheme of things. Now sure, I realise there is a whole world of difference between being in a tight spot with Lopez or Cilic, compared to being two sets all in a major final with a multi slam winner, but with Cilic especially Andy had his back right to the wall. I knew somehow he would come through, but in reality there, he was close to going out. Andy found it within himself in that tight situation to gather himself and come through, and he did the same in the final against a much tougher opponent, with all due respect to Cilic. I really do think now those struggles against Lopez and Cilic were worth it, because it meant that when he really had to dig deep he was ready to do it. I think that is another thing that bodes so well for the future.
I can't help feeling that another win, wherever it comes, might feel more real than the US. When he won Andy looked stunned, as if he really couldn't believe that he had done it at last. I think next time, and I'm convinced there will be a next time, and very soon, he will really believe it.