It was a total mismatch today, but it was the sort of mismatch I was happy with, considering it was Andy's first competitive (and I use that term in the loosest sense) match back. I suppose some will argue it might have been hard to judge Andy's form, because he just had far too much for Zayed, which could be an issue later on, but I'm quite happy to cross that bridge when we come to it.
On balance I think Andy looks in fine nick. He seemed to be moving pretty well, and he was striking the ball beautifully. He was going for a lot of his shots, which has to be a good indication of where his back is. It was interesting to see Andy on the base-line a fair bit, taking it to the opponent. That has to be a good sign.
I think Frew made a good point about the way Andy played Zayed today. Andy took him seriously, didn't muck about, didn't toy with him, but more importantly, at least I think, he didn't keep himself out there any longer than he needed to. That might help later.
I didn't feel sorry for Zayed. He would know there are players out there much better than him. I very much doubt he really thought he could win today, but all the same he's had the experience of playing one of the very best in the game. That can't be bad. If he's got his head screwed on properly he will learn from today. He might never be the player Andy is, very few are, but he may well see from today what he can improve to push himself forward.
I think it's hard to know whether Zayed's wildcard was worth it. If he'd come up against someone he was better matched to he might have had a much better chance. I suppose it's no one's fault that he was hopelessly outclassed. Meanwhile, Andy's back