Actually, I am on holidays. I was sitting in an empty hotel bar as it had the only TV with Eurosport on. When the fourth set was approaching its bitter end, I had some tears in my eyes as I had so much wished for Andy to break the losing streak in Melbourne, to win another GS, which would do him a great deal of justice. And I felt that destiny was unfair to him once again: all his finals were against Fed or Nole, multiple champions. Both of them fit, not like Nadal in his final against Wawrinka, who then won though never having achieved anything of significance. Or take the USO where two newcomers without Andy's vita were facing each other.
Nole's on-court behaviour did not win him respect, so I hope at least. Andy showed his annoyance in the ceremony clearly. I could just bring myself to watch his speech, which he managed with grace imo, and then immediately went for a long walk through the winter woods.
Having now caught up with all your posts here, I can hardly add anything new. Andy has given me a lot of pleasure over the past two weeks, more than I had expected after this dreadful evening at the O2. He certainly regretted not taking his chances over the three sets, which might have led to his mental collapse. Nole always makes you work so hard for your points. It can be frustrating. He might be for Andy what Nadal is for Fed. But Andy is back in the top 4. Let us enjoy it.
Hope this didn't spoil your hols, CP, Andy defs had his chances, just wasn't able to convert, for whatever reason. However, he does seem more relaxed about it all. Fascinating journey, as always.