Watching those matches when he lost against Fed and Rafa were disheartening itself without the added absence of home support. Hopefully it will be different this time around.
Fed, and more particularly Rafa, enjoy a high level of support in the UK, and I really can't see that changing any time soon. Andy is not, and never will be, as popular as Timbo was.
There has been alot of criticisim about the tie in February being back at the Braehead but to be honest I think they are right (and I live in the south of england) the support is phenominal. Like you I just wish Andy would get that support everywhere he plays in Britain. Unfortunately we seem to have that knock them culture for alot of our sportsman.
It is because he is Scottish.
I've said it before on this forum, and I'll say it again - contrary to popular belief, there are a lot of Scots who don't like Andy largely, I'm afraid, because of his on-court behaviour. Also it isn't only English people who perceive him as being a rather dour and unattractive invidiual! Obviously he's going to get more support at Braehead because it's more easily accessible to most Scots who are his fans than a venue in England.