What a memorable match this one was.
Andy was passive in the beginning, and it worried me no end. I think the conditions had a lot to do with it though. I don't recall it ever being quite that windy on Centre Court before. It was interesting that the commentators remarked on how cold it was out there too, so not ideal conditions I would have thought. I'm also sure, as others have said, that the Karlovic match upset Andy's rhythm for a while.
I'm glad others noticed Ivan's hand gesture, I thought I'd imagined it! It was quite cleverly done though, quite benign, if that's the right word. I mean, was it 'hit through it', or was it just a gesture? I know what I think, but it was subtle so the umpire would have had a hard time proving it.
I do like Baghdatis, but I'm never quite sure why! He's just one of those players I think, one you just can't dislike. I always want to cuddle him for some reason! He's also far better than his ranking suggests.
I think I might have gone off Miles Maclagan though. I know it is his job to support his player, I get that, but what was going on with all the fist pumping? Funny, he never did that when he was coaching Andy, not that I can recall. If anything he was a fairly blank slate. It probably sounds petty, but I couldn't help thinking he was trying to wind Andy up.
Does anyone else want to thump Chris Bradman? Or will someone hold him while I thump him? Some of his remarks about Andy were pathetic, and always are somehow. I can't remember if he did the 'evil twin' remark this time, but he was ridiculous enough without it. I was amused by McEnroe's total inability to grasp why they had to stop at 11pm. They obviously don't have stupid local council rules in the US.
I am officially in favour of timed tennis! Don't get me wrong, it was ridiculous that it had to happen, the players are under enough pressure without having to worry about the clock, but Andy played beautifully. It was great, I felt able to stop tearing my hair out and swearing at the TV by then too, so I enjoyed it immensely!
You know, I don't think I have ever seen Andy have a wardrobe malfunction before. How weird that it happened three times, not to mention embarrassing. It could have been so costly too. Interesting to see that it was reported as a fault with the pockets in the end. I'd assumed that at least one of the instances was due to Andy going over (I cringed when he went down on that knee, ouch!), because he had some heavy falls, but there we are.
I think I'm right in saying that Andy has now been part of the two latest finishes in Wimbledon history, the Wawrinka match (I've got a recording of highlights from that) and now this one with Baghdatis. See, our man making history!
You're right in your last para. And Andy even made history with the first match because it was the first full match to be played under the roof. But I will never forgot how the players on that occasion were dripping with sweat because the conditions were so hot and humid, the roof having only been tested for two sets (I think) by Agassi, etc, in their exhibition match. Andy was so exhausted he could barely speak at the end when he was interviewed on court.
McEnroe's bewilderment was quite something when he discovered play had to stop at 11 pm, and on the dot at that. The US doesn't have the same interfering Health & Safety busybodies to contend with like we have. Worried that people would trip and hurt themselves in the dark? Doesn't Wimbledon have any street lights? Also shame on the locals for complaining about the noise from the air-conditioning plant keeping them awake if matches ran on beyond that time - something which is probably only going to happen once or twice a year.
Re the wardrobe malfunction - I'm surprised Andy continued to keep a ball in his pocket after the first incident, and certainly after the second, knowing he would be penalised if it happened again. Adidas did admit that poor workmanship had been to blame for these mishaps but I don't think Andy's taking any more chances and has changed to a different style.
I never liked Maclagan much anyway and it's a pity one of the officials didn't notice what he was doing. Lendl's gesture was so slight it looked very innocent. I only picked up on it because Lendl normally doesn't move a muscle when Andy's playing.