Can I make a suggestion to the USTA? Don't rip up Grandstand, rip up ruddy Armstrong, bury Crofty under it and then build a court on top where you aren't trying to play with half of the crowd on your lap. I think that is the issue for Andy on that hateful court, it's really claustrophobic, it even looks it.
That match was always going to be a challenge on that court. Credit to Mayer for doing his damndest to be awkward, but Andy was always going to find a way. Andy hasn't won two slams and an Olympic gold just by being prettier than his opponents, he knows how to get it done. In the 4th he was magnificent and everyone knew it.
In many ways this match feels more like Andy throwing down the gauntlet than the first round. Llodra couldn't really threaten Andy much, although Andy did play a fine match. Mayer made life difficult, but Andy found a way, and in some style too. That's a champion right there.
I was glad Marcus addressed the issue of whether certain others will play on that court. We all know damned well they won't, which strikes me as grossly unfair. How dare that stupid b.itch of a former British no.1 (we must have had some God awful women players back in her day) still question Andy's status in the game and popularity and use that as justification for unfairness. Silly cow still thinks the sun shines out of Federer's orifices.
Hopefully that will be Andy's last venture on Armstrong. It had better be. Either way, he got it done, played brilliantly when he needed to, and I got to insult that cow, so everyone is happy. Oh, and Greg Rusedski was right again. Andy shouldn't have been on Armstrong in the first place.
God forgive Annabel for being unbias :rolleyes: