I don't know why people would think Andy losing to Tipsy in an exhibition matters. It doesn't. Is Tipsy a top five player? No. Is Tipsy likely to be a top five player any time soon? No. Is Tipsy likely to threaten to win a major any time soon? Not bloody likely. I like Tipsy, don't get me wrong, but let's just get a bit real around here.
I'm a wee bit fed up with every little meaningless loss being blown up out of all proportion around here. Sure, I would love Andy to win every match he plays, but he just won't. No one does, not Andy, or Djokovic, or, for that matter, bloody Federer or anyone else.
I wasn't around here before Wimbledon, but I bet it was fun when Andy went out of Queen's early and then lost to Tipsy and Djokovic in the two exhibition matches. What were some of you predicting? A first round exit at Wimbledon I imagine. Andy got to the final.
I was here for the build up to the USO, when Andy went to Toronto off the back of winning the Olympics and pulled out after winning a round, and then lost in Cincy to Chardy. I know the doom merchants around here were predicting a bad USO, and look what Andy did. I hate to say I told you so.........
Andy is trying to be more consistent, but the time to do that is when it matters. Andy didn't need to run himself ragged trying to win Abu Dhabi before heading off to defend in Brisbane ahead of the AO. However, the match practice will have done him good today. At least he won't go in to Brisbane entirely cold - which I suspect was the whole reason why he played Abu Dhabi, not necessarily to win.
It's funny how some talk as if Andy owed us the win because the off season has been long and we'd bothered to watch. Supportive talk, that. Andy owes us nothing.
Andy did play some good stuff today. He just couldn't string the good stuff together enough, or, to put it another way, he did what he needed to do before heading off to Brisbane.
Teejay1, you are overreaction to what is a friendly discussion on here. We are airing our opinions and are not blowing things up out or proportion. IMO. There are no prophets of doom here today (that's not always the case, true). To quote yourselft "I hate to say I told you so", you're not saying that you have the facit answer to Andy's game/performance?