lol I not seen this before:
Don't piss off Andy! He plays his best tennis when he's pumped up. Curious that Delpo then retired after the 1st game in the 3rd set.
Thanks laundry. I've seen that a few times and it always makes me smile. Rattle Andy's cage at your peril!
Finally watched this. Aaaaah! Loved the huge ticker banner Murray wins Wimbledon. Happy days!
Thanks Westie - I hadn't seen it before but the emotions are as fresh as they were on the day, as well as the knots in my stomach after that last game went to deuce!
I didn't take it as a serious problem but it did seem to me that if you'd just achieved your life's ambition it would not be surprising if you were not quite as motivated as usual to go the extra mile as Andy usually does. I suspect the mental and physical were very much intertwined as they so often are. So I do think it's a good time to have had a break, given he couldn't go on for ever playing through that pain.
I heard him talk about not being motivated after Wimbledon, which certainly could explain his under-par performances in the US - although he magically brightened up for the doubles in Montreal and played well in the Davis Cup, which he always enjoys, so my tuppence-worth is that it probably was a combination of the mental and the physical, with the emphasis more on the physical affecting the mental since playing through pain all the time must be very disheartening, therefore I think that, having achieved the goal of winning Wimbledon, why bother trying to push himself in the US and risk firing up his back in every match? He did, after all, have a back specialist on board at Wimbledon and needed lengthy treatment after his long QF and SF matches.
For these reasons I don't think the decision to have the op after the DC was really such a sudden one, particularly as he did seem to get his preferred surgeon to perform the op remarkably quickly afterwards given that it seemed to have been done in an NHS hospital, albeit as a private patient, although if he was still wavering a bit then undoubtedly playing on clay again would have sealed that decision.