It's not that we wear "Murray tinted spectacles" and think he can do no wrong, it's about applying objectivity and acknowledging there will be times when his performances are below par and when he will lose. However, daft knee jerk reactions like "he'll never get to No. 2 in the world", he's not good enough to beat ND, RN, RF etc" are what heighten anxiety as we all have a vested emotional interest in this young guy. He is a superb sportsman, genuine, humble with a tortured genius streak and he is one of the most talented players to ever have played the sport, however he is HUMAN and there in lies the problem. For me once an Andy fan, forever an Andy fan and I will be until the day he retires but there are and will be losses along the way but there will also be plenty of highs too. One loss does not mean his career is on the wane, it just means "bad day at the office" better days to come.
Great post, I couldn't agree more.
I must admit I had a little smile at some of the comments here today. 'He'll never get to 2 in the world', 'He's not good enough to beat Djokovic, Nadal, Federer', and, of course, 'he'll never be as good as Djokovic, Nadal and Federer'. I think some of us must have short memories and a crystal ball, because Andy has been 2 in the world. He has beaten Djokovic, Nadal and Federer many times, and as for how good he will be in the future, who really knows? Not so very long ago Tim Henman was suggesting in an interview that he believes that Andy will ultimately be better than Djokovic, so there we are. We'll see.
I just feel it is easy to over analyse one loss. Andy has lost two matches so far this year. Just two. I seem to remember someone here saying the other day that this is one of Andy's best starts to a year in his career to date. That's not bad, and it doesn't vanish just because he lost to Delpo, and neither does it mean that Delpo is suddenly going to start winning all over the place and overtaking Andy in the rankings. I seem to remember a certain player going out of the AO very early, and I'll give you a clue, it wasn't Andy.
Personally I think Andy just went on a mental walkabout after the first set yesterday. In the first set he seemed to be mixing it up quite well, keeping Delpo guessing and making him run. Sure, he didn't break him until the tie-break, which he won convincingly, but it felt like he'd got himself into a nice rhythm, and for my money, played the best he'd played all week. In the first, after he'd got into his stride, Andy served superbly.
After the toilet break he just wasn't the same. He started to use an approach of hit the ball and if that doesn't work hit it harder, which seemed to play in to Delpo's hands. I also noticed that as it began to go wrong Andy seemed to play faster, when if anything I felt he just needed to slow down a bit, make Delpo think about it. It just suggested that Andy was no longer thinking clearly, just reacting, which can be a good thing, but can also be a problem. If Andy had been mentally engaged I think he would have seen where he had gone wrong and would have tried to right the ship. What I think he actually did was play Delpo in to a nice rhythm.
The good thing about yesterday was that Andy didn't waste time and energy berating himself when it went wrong. I hope he has the good sense to see that it was just a bad day at the office. I hope he can take some confidence from the week, because he did get further at IW than he has since 2010, and he lost to someone who has played a lot recently. What I hope he does not do is alter his plans for the year too much now. I still think he was right to have that off time at this point in the year. I'm certain it will help later.