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Re: Well we haven't had this feeling since..... « Reply #15 on: January 30, 2013, 06:18 PM »
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I think Andy will take over the mantle from Federer at Wimbledon. The two were in both Wimbledon finals, winning one each in 2012. Both knocked out Nole in semis. I think they are the best two on grass...............and now Andy has the measure of Federer in a slam!
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Re: Well we haven't had this feeling since..... « Reply #16 on: January 30, 2013, 07:02 PM »
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I honestly don't think losing in Australia this year is anything like losing the other major finals. Those two losses before in Australia especially, were devastating, in some ways more than losing the USO final in 2008 I think, and as for Wimbledon, I was more concerned about Andy to be honest, rather than my own disappointment. This, in comparison, just feels like one of those things, a blip. Sure, I can't help wondering about what if Andy had gone into the final fully fit, what if he'd had longer to rest between the semi and the final, what if he hadn't had to play most of his matches in the heat of the day, but there we are. I think we can look back over the final, and the tournament, with pride, with a real sense that Andy has more chances to come.

What I think Andy did at the AO is show how he has developed. No longer does he get embroiled in long matches with players he should get rid of fairly quickly, such as Haase. No longer does he lose focus for points, even games at a time, if things get frustrating. Now, if Andy is under pressure, it seems to bring out the best in him, at least most of the time.

I can't put it in to words really, but Andy looks the part out there now. He didn't appear to be intimidated by Federer in the semi. He didn't look out of place or uncomfortable to be out there in the final. Even the way Andy walks on the court between points is different now. I wouldn't suggest he has a swagger, but it's the closest damned thing to it I've ever seen lol. Watch him against Federer for example. Everything about him said 'I'm winning this match'.

I really do think that win against Federer was huge. Sure, it could have been done in four. It could even have been done in three, but I think in a way it was probably more significant that it was in five, even if that had a bearing on his chances in the final. Andy demonstrated that he could play his best when it mattered, that he could rise to the challenge of the stiffest opposition he'd had, arguably, until that point. He showed that he could hold it together and come through even when Federer was starting to show some signs of getting back. Andy even held it together when Federer showed his true colours and indulged in some petty head games.

Andy has shown now that he is the second best player in the world. That will show in the rankings soon, without a doubt. I also remain convinced that Andy will challenge for, and achieve, the world no.1 position at some point.  I agree completely that it is inevitable that Andy will win more slams, because he keeps putting himself in the position to do so. Indeed, I think it is easy to overlook how strong Andy has been in putting himself in the position again and again, even when he has had to deal with adversity. That will to do it though, shows the measure of the man.

I remember so vividly watching the TV and seeing Andy play at Queen's in 2005. He was obviously a long string of raw talent, totally unlike anything we had ever seen before in Britain. More McEnroe, with all due respect, than Henman, the potential in him was so obvious. I remember telling people then that Andy was going to win slams. I do so love being proved right, and there is much, much more to come, I'd bet my life on it.

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Re: Well we haven't had this feeling since..... « Reply #17 on: January 30, 2013, 09:25 PM »
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Just drinking a cup of tea that my boss had to make me as a result of Fed losing against Andy.  Tetley's has never tasted so good!

Andy's loss in the final of the AO feels nothing like his first loss at the AO, back in 2010.  I can't wait for Andy to be back competing, just to see what happens.  It's a mouth-watering prospect. Little tongue man
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Re: Well we haven't had this feeling since..... « Reply #18 on: January 30, 2013, 09:52 PM »
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I think Andy needs to make one of the slams his own, the other 3 have all done particularly well in one of the slam compared to the others - obviouly Rafa and the FO, Djoko with the AO and Federer with Wimbledon (although that is pushing it a bit considering he has also done well in the AO and USO)

Wimbledon would be nice, but i suspect that the USO may be Andy's ticket to multiple slam nirvana
I was thinking the same. Nadal has RG, Federer has Wimbledon and it's looking like Djokovic is going to make a similar mark on the AO. That leaves America.
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Re: Well we haven't had this feeling since..... « Reply #19 on: January 30, 2013, 10:18 PM »
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And here's how we felt shortly after! What's for you will not go by you!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/19136775
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Re: Well we haven't had this feeling since..... « Reply #20 on: January 30, 2013, 10:56 PM »
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And here's how we felt shortly after! What's for you will not go by you!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/19136775
Oh happy, happy memories! yay

If Andy gets to the final of Wimbledon this year, I want to hear that same roar from the crowd!
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Re: Well we haven't had this feeling since..... « Reply #21 on: January 31, 2013, 09:17 AM »
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And here's how we felt shortly after! What's for you will not go by you!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/19136775

What a glorious day that was. It still brings a lump to my throat that one. I still vividly remember having laryngitis and not being able to scream at the TV. It made me crazy lol.

The only thing that annoys me is comms who now say 'Federer was exhausted'. Well, okay, being kind, the match against Delpo was long and tense, so Federer might have been mentally jaded. However, in that final Andy still had to go out there and play well, and didn't he just!

I really feel that Andy's play that day is overlooked in favour of Federer being 'tired', and I also feel that he showed at the AO that getting past Federer in a five setter is no fluke. I think he's going to be doing a lot more of it.

I really can't wait for Wimbledon this year. Andy will go in there holding a major at last, and knowing he can do it, and I think, and hope, the crowds will feed of that, assuming they can be dragged away from their Pimm's.
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Re: Well we haven't had this feeling since..... « Reply #22 on: January 31, 2013, 10:06 AM »
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We have often discussed a shock favoring Andy at the FO. There is a question mark this year with Nadal's fitness. Andy could be number 2 seed by then. Nadal gets put in Noles half! If Andy made it to the final that would be a big improvement and an increase of world championship points. It would also be nice to have been in all GS finals in one yaer! 
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