You know what, I've argued and reasoned. I've looked at the race points, which has already been pointed out as not being the all important thing it's made out to be. I've also looked at how Andy has performed this year, in already having won one more title than last year, and I have reached a conclusion. I couldn't care less about his ranking and I'm not going to worry about it, which is rather like the man himself. If Andy loses the no.2 spot to Nadal at year end, and at this point in the year that is still an if, so what? If Andy loses the no.2 spot before, so what? Andy has demonstrated that he is capable of getting to no.2, therefore he is quite clearly capable of getting back there.
Just look at the last 12 months. Andy has been to four of the last five major finals and won two of them. He won the Olympic gold as well, and it's hardly Andy's fault that doesn't carry the points it should. In my book it should at least be the same as a Masters, but hey-ho. In addition, over the last 12 months Andy has been to the final of two Masters and won another, but if people want to persist in portraying him as some kind of inconsistent loser, who am I to stop them.
I love how BN suggests Andy has fallen far short in North America so far. Er, the top players have played one tournament, so excuse me if I don't start tearing my hair out. We don't know, and some of us don't pretend that we do, how Cincy will go, or the US Open. If you follow BN's line of thinking you could argue Djokovic has fallen short too. I mean, he won Toronto last year, and has failed to defend or even get to the final again. Novak, you naughty, naughty boy!
If Nadal does get back to no.1, again, a big if, I can definitely see Andy overtaking Djokovic to get to no.2. I know, some of you will laugh, some will pour scorn on that, but who looks the most convincing between Andy and Novak in the majors just now. A little clue, it isn't Novak. It seems quite obvious to me that Novak's confidence has had a knock, what with what happened at the French (surprise, surprise, Nadal won
) and Wimbledon. Djokovic isn't Mr. Invincible now. The 'man of steel' has rusted. With all due respect, I don't think he likes having two of them snapping at his heels. It's not surprising.
I think we make a lot out of last week at our peril. Andy knew he would be short of match time at Montreal. He said exactly that. I'm sure he'll want a decent run at Cincy, but winning isn't vital. I think Andy is focused on the USO. Considering he is defending champion I can't say I blame him.
It seems quite clear to me that at the moment Andy is results focused, not ranking focused. He clearly wants to add to his major tally. Nothing wrong with that. It seems the right approach just now too.
As for the dubs, I do think Andy played to help Colin out first and foremost. I also think he feels a wider sense of responsibility towards the other Brits, not just those he considers mates. However, I don't think he was being totally selfless. I think he hoped to use it as more match time too, which it gave him. It was great to see them make the final. I didn't know Bruno Soares had said that about Andy. I must read the wrong things
. It's a lovely thing to say though.