It is frustrating though when Andy playing so far from his best even though against a new kid on the block who had nothing to lose and playing much better than anyone had anticipated. Kept having to remind myself of my own advice that we have to be patient during the recovery process.
It wasn't great from Andy at times, but I think you have to credit him for finding the best when he needed it. He'd never played Thiem, said himself he was surprised by how well Thiem moved etc, and Thiem did play well.
Andy's just getting back in his stride. The encouraging thing for me was that he wanted the win today. How often do people here accuse Andy of not taking tournaments seriously outside of the slams? Well he took it seriously today when he could have bailed and just put a loss down to a bad day.
Andy hasn't played many back-to-back matches since he came back, and also the pressure was on him really. Thiem was free to go out there and go for it, no one would go on about it if he lost, most would have forgotten about him within a few days. Andy's in a position where he's taken a wild card and Krajicek (who is getting higher in my estimation all the time
) is effectively giving him star billing. That's a pressure in a way, but Andy lived up to his billing by finding a way and getting it done.
I really hope Andy recovers from today. I don't want Cilic beating him. In a way, if he recovers physically, the fight today could do Andy good. Cilic hasn't got a good record against Andy. I suspect it will stay that way.