Oh the email was a rapsody about the beauty of Fed's game and compared it with Rudolf Nuryev's ballet etc. That didn't bother me so much because much as I dislike him I accept his game is beautiful. But what did annoy me was that she berated the comms for speculating that Andy could overtake him in the rankings tomorrow. Apparently they're not allowed to say that until after it has happened for fear of hurting the great man. Yuk sums it up nicely.
The email came from one D. James of Somerset. This was the second day running that Ms James had emailed Sky. Yesterday she was representing a group of Federer fans and they were complaining about the excessive number of times Marcus had mentioned Andy taking over the number three ranking. Marcus remarked to Petch that he wasn't aware that he had!
But why oh why did Sky even bother to give airtime to these sour-grape comments? Andy is in the best form of his life and has earned every freakin' point the hard way, playing lights-out tennis day in, day out in the Far East while Jolly Roger licks his wounds back home in Europe. Without Andy and Nadal, the Asian swing would have been a non-starter. How dare Ms James and her ilk begrudge our Andy his thoroughly well deserved accolades. It appears to have reached the stage where Sky feel the need to appease Federer's fans at all costs.
Having said that, I applauded Sky showing Andy's wonderful victory over the Smug One in last year's Shanghai final immediately after today's victory. I couldn't help but smile at the thought of Ms James complaining that Sky were being insensitive showing Andy beating the Swiss Maestro out of sight. Andy is the reason I subscribe to Sky and I really appreciate their tennis coverage. They should not feel the need to apologise for or play-down Andy's success for fear of upsetting other players and their fans.