Well, look at it this way - last year Rafa returned to the tour and almost instantaneously returned to form and winning titles - and had a blinder of a year. Result - much mutterings and finger pointings that this was not achieved by talent alone. This year Andy returns to the tour - and is not instantaneously back to best form and scooping up titles . Result - much mutterings and finger pointings that he will never get back to his best.
Can't have it all ways. Andy coming back and instantly hitting top form and winning titles (nice as that would have been) would have made some folk suspicious, and other folk look rather hypocritical. (I don't neccessarily mean folk on here, just people in general). Let's just take it one event at a time. And if Berdy wins today andAndy drops to 7 - well, we know the power of that number in Andy's career!
Which he has done, so let's hope the magic of number 7 does its work again!
Let's be real here, Andy was asked to play Rotterdam last minute and there was probably some nice bit of ££££££££££££ on the table from Kraijceck that he wouldn't want to refuse. Andy used the event as a bit of a tune up and never cared about winning.
He wanted more match practice, yes, and to see how his back and his body stood up to playing on consecutive days, but to say he didn't want to win is ridiculous. It's possible he didn't rate his chances of doing so as being too good, but that didn't stop him feeling disappointed that he bowed out in the QF.
Andy is 26 and is going to be 27 this year. His prime is now and the clock is ticking.
Another positive post I see
andy cant just "rush" his recovery to suit your timescale!! He will be back to full fitness when he is good and ready.
Would you rather he pushed himself so hard he done even more damage and had to retire for good?
I agree Angie. Rob should go back to the negative black hole he crawled out of. At least Andy has a very positive attitude and a great support team round him plus Lendl as his coach, and Lendl said recently that he thought Andy would be back at his peak by RG and that that was the aim, so given that he knows a darn sight more about what's going on than you or anyone else on here, I much prefer to listen to him.