Er, pandering to the British public? Andy did win, so where is the pandering?
In addition all the pundits mentioned, Lindsay Davenport picked Andy as well.
To my mind Andy looked like the Wimbledon winner all through Queen's. I could go further back and suggest that the way he won the Olympics indicated that a Wimbledon win was on the cards. I picked him on the basis of that. I even picked the finalists for SW19 on that basis, which is strange when you think Djokovic was beaten by Delpo in the bronze medal match. The big confirmation for me that Andy was likely to do it was when he got through Verdasco. I just sensed it as a turning point of sorts.
I think people who can't see how brilliant that final was just don't get it. There were momentum switches, but there always are in Andy and Djokovic's matches. They both return so well and have similar games. It was always going to be attritional.
What people don't get is that Andy is a better player on grass than Djokovic, simple as that. Why was Djokovic sliding like that, treating the grass like a clay court? Andy's footwork was brilliant, and boy was he fast!
Andy has never dropped a set to Djokovic on grass. I think we all know why if we're honest about it. Andy is, without a doubt, the best grass court player in the world.
To me the writing was on the wall for Djokovic when he was using serve and volley. Andy was reading him like a book! I think Djokovic just got his tactics all wrong, but didn't know what else to do, especially when Andy was being a brick wall.
People will make excuses of course, Djokovic was tired etc. For the last two years pundits have gone on and on about how tireless he is. I also think people making excuses takes away from how gracious he was in defeat, and how lovely his parents were to Judy. Then again, tiredness was an excuse made by some when Andy beat another multi-slam winner in straight sets on Centre Court. That excuse wasn't true either.
I agree, I too had a sudden moment during Queens (actually during the charity match) where I just thought - here's the Wimbledon Champion. It was just something in his body language. The only way someone was going to beat him at Wimbledon was if they killed him. And in the final you could see he was so determined he was going to lave it all out there the way he went after every ball. As you say, he wanted it more and it showed,