Read a crit of Andy on clay and apparently he doesn't time his movement to the ball quite right, is slow coming onto it. Of course unconsciously he might've been protecting his back. So I wUnfortunateon't completely right him off, but while Rafa is still playing on clay, it's difficult to see Andy winning RG.
Would rather he saves himself and keeps on winning Wimbles!
Unfortunately clay can also make his bipartite patella flare up because of certain movements on that surface, and one of them is suddenly stopping at the end of a slide.
In today's Times, they quote Andy as saying he's not been taking any painkillers during his training in Miami, nor in Doha. It was ambiguous whether or not he'd taken any in Melbourne, but it was all sounding like great progress from how things were before.
That's very encouraging to know. He may be taking some here until his back and his body get used to playing competitively again, but I suspect the dosage will be kept to a minimum.