Apologies for my continually negative predictions, but I'm just trying to keep my expectations in check. As you've just been saying, these are still his "early days" and I would not expect him to beat someone of Gonzalez's quality yet. Yet! When he's 21 or so I'll be disappointed in him if he loses to anyone!
Completely with you there.
Oh and my "Gonzales to win in 3" was a winning prophecy for a change. But, and a huge round of applause here, Andy played one of the best matches I've seen him play.
Welcome to life at the top Andy. From here it gets tough. You are a marked man. Like Nadal and Hewitt before you, you have set the tour buzzing. All the top lot will be gunning for your scalp.
But what a game. No "if only's" there. You played a top class opponent brilliantly.
Would this be too early a time to predict a Grand Slam win for Andy? The speed of his learning plus the natural stuff you cant coach, is astounding.
Anyone knocking his decision to take Petch as his coach now? I have always been a Petch fan. You dont have to have been a great player to be a great coach...usually the best coaches were mediocre to average players.
I am in total shock that Britain could have produced such talent....that is until I remember British tennis has bugger all to do with it. It's a combination of natural talent, positive mental attitude, quickness of learning and general stroppiness familiar to all who have "Kevins"
Add Queen Judy to that mix and (dare I whisper it?) we have potentially Britain's greatest player ever.
But not to be too carried away, these are early days. Anything could happen, we've seen prodigies come and go.
And yet, and yet, I just think that this time we are truly looking at a champion in the making.
(I'll be crossing my fingers and toes, that's for sure!)(I'll be crossing my fingers and toes, that's for sure!)