The Karlovic match was scary, although in retrospect I'm not sure whether I lost my marbles watching that one, the Ferrer match or the final. Either way I'm not sure I've fully recovered. I might be in the asylum after the Olympics at this rate!
Interestingly, John Lloyd went in to print to say that Karlovic ought to be fined for what he said about the officials. It does come under the category of bringing the game in to disrepute. The stupid thing was that first Karlovic said it was 11 foot faults, then he said 9. The actual number was apparently nearer 7. I should say that I thought Andy was diplomatic about the issue. I'm glad he didn't allow himself to get dragged in to it too much. I have to say as well that I'm not convinced it would have been the BBC's place to get in to it too much. Sure, if they had been asked to provide video evidence that is one thing, but I think to actively volunteer it could have made them look biased one way or another.
I just thought the Karlovic match was weird because it wasn't Andy's usual style. On balance I prefer his finesse game, that lovely mix of power and touch that he has, but this one was very much one of those matches you have to get through, and he did.
At that point in the tournament it really did feel like everyone was lining up to have a go at Andy. It made me fume. Still, I suppose he was vindicated by doing so well.
For the avoidance of doubt, the comment I made about the BBC was sarcasm. They, and Andy, did the right thing by keeping their distance from Karlovic's questionable complaints. I'd be interested to know if Karlovic did in fact lodge an official complaint - but my feeling is that he didn't and that his threat to do so was pure bluster.
It wasn't a pretty match to watch, I agree, but as Andy said - "It's so challenging getting into a rhythm against a guy like that. Tie-breaks can be a lottery against him - you need to get your racquet on the returns and hope he makes a mistake. I thought I returned well today - I didn't get aced too many times today, and I tried to make him play as many shots as possible. I was hitting the ball fairly cleanly on my forehand and I came up with some good passing shots at the right time, and that got me through it."