The frustrating thing is, this was one of the areas he improved so much. Something like 11 break points in the Olympic final - saved all 11. USO, the tie-break, the set points, the break points - played them all very well. But this year he seems to have fallen back to his old passive play on the big points, and his record lately has been very poor.
Confused - how many tournaments has he played this year? 3 Finals, One a GS against the world no 1, won a Masters 1000, and now got to the QF's on a surface he struggles with. I can't see that as a poor record.
Remember his game is still evolving. How do you think I Ferrer felt after the Miami final or Simon tonight? Feel for him, he must weep when he sees he is in Mr M's part of the draw.
Yes probably Berdych will beat him - the guy that Djokovic slaughters for fun, the guy that lost in the first round of the Olympics, and the Semi of the US Open. I can live with that. I think getting to the QF's was the important thing to achieve in this tournament, just as defeating Ded was at the AO. Sometimes the processes involved in getting through tournaments can be as valuable as winning them.