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 61 
 on: Today at 08:44 AM 
Started by TheMadHatter - Last post by Ruthie
Yes 'steel' is just right atl.
That's lovely to know about the hug.  I so respected Andy for the way he used that interview (and I agree Courier was unusually sensitive) to put the record straight about Amelie.  This must have been such a boost to their relationship.

 62 
 on: Today at 08:37 AM 
Started by Connor - Last post by Ruthie

thank you.  Yes pretty graceless.  
Btw is the implication that he said 'well done Tomas' in English when he passed Andy at the net?  If so, it clearly wasn't just talking to himself as why on earth would he talk to himself in English?
A post on line reminded me of when he refused to shake Almagro's hand at the net after Almagro had hit him with the ball - and apologised.
Any doubts I've had about whether my dislike of him is justified have been dispelled and I think Kim got it right he is a FF. And re F-gate, I read that Kim didn't yell it at Berdych a la Mirka but just muttered it to herself and it was picked up by cameras and lip read

 63 
 on: Today at 08:37 AM 
Started by TheMadHatter - Last post by amongsttheleaves
Watched a bit of Game, Set and Mats last night and for once Mats put his finger on it I thought when he said Andy looks like he's really enjoying his tennis again, which he didn't so much under Lendl.  Now that might not be to do with Lendl but could be that for the first time for ages he's playing without pain and his body is feeling really good.  And I think that is releasing him to play with the combination of aggression and flair that makes him unique.  And I think Amelie is the perfect coach to release that in him. I'm not sure Lendl really appreciated the flair side.

I agree with this Ruthie, last year (most likely because of the struggles he was having with various factors) he looked pretty miserable and he was not enjoying himself out on court. It was clear that Lendl is what Andy needed at the time when he joined in 2012 and they had fantastic success together, but people and situations change, players needs and wants change as well.

Andy really does look like he is relishing being out on court right now, the joy is there, the hunger is there and the fight is there. I finally managed to catch up on the match last night having only seen the first set before it went to a tie break, and thought Andy showed a great deal of mental strength, he had that 'steel' about him.

The on court interview was quite emotional for him. Thought Jim Courier handled it quite well and really let Andy express himself. It was obviously an emotional moment for Andy's team as well. David Law from Radio 5 Live reported on Twitter that there was a massive hug between Andy and Amelie backstage when he came off the court.

 64 
 on: Today at 08:29 AM 
Started by Connor - Last post by Ruthie
No I don't think so grab.  Those were when he'd never won a slam and it must have felt like he never would when he kept losing finals.  
I think after last year it's such a gift to be back in a final, he'll be much more philosophical should he lose.
I've posted this elsewhere too but Mats W put his finger on what should have been obvious to me - Andy is enjoying his tennis again. And I'm sure, as others have said, it's largely because his body is allowing him to again,  And now under the tutelage of Amelie this is allowing him to combine the aggression that Lendl instilled in him with his natural fair and his speed.  As he cements that combination, provided his body stays strong, I really do think we ain't seen nothing yet.  I'm so excited.  yay yay yay yay

 65 
 on: Today at 08:27 AM 
Started by Connor - Last post by Fiverings

It might be mind games, but I do believe Andy when he says he's feeling much better than he has at the equivalent stage in the past.  Maybe not quite as fresh as he claims, but I believe he is feeling physically good.
  Somebody made the point that the extra day may not necessarily be  the bonus it seems, as it can affect the rhythm, but on balance you would think it would be beneficial.

 66 
 on: Today at 08:23 AM 
Started by TheMadHatter - Last post by Ruthie
Watched a bit of Game, Set and Mats last night and for once Mats put his finger on it I thought when he said Andy looks like he's really enjoying his tennis again, which he didn't so much under Lendl.  Now that might not be to do with Lendl but could be that for the first time for ages he's playing without pain and his body is feeling really good.  And I think that is releasing him to play with the combination of aggression and flair that makes him unique.  And I think Amelie is the perfect coach to release that in him. I'm not sure Lendl really appreciated the flair side.

 67 
 on: Today at 08:22 AM 
Started by MurrayRocks!! - Last post by Caz
Xotica

 68 
 on: Today at 08:21 AM 
Started by Connor - Last post by Grabcopy
Just hope if he loses on Sunday, he doesn't go into another post-AO slump.

 69 
 on: Today at 08:20 AM 
Started by Connor - Last post by amongsttheleaves
Katie Swan is through to the Girls' Finals.

 70 
 on: Today at 08:12 AM 
Started by laundry - Last post by Caz
PERSISTS  ( - UU + ES )

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