How could anyone not be disappointed at Andy's loss? It's natural but there will be other losses over the next few years in GS finals and wins as well. Novak won today - he is the one who will pose the difficulty problem in the near future unless Nadal comes back on form - so Andy will lose and win matches against him. For me the crown was beating Fed on Friday - that was the step forward. This has been a wonderful tennis fortnight - most enjoyable and Andy has shown the improvements which will carry him ever higher in the rankings. All I hope that for him this loss does not diminish the confidence he has carried since winning the US Open. I also feel that that foot DId make a difference - it must have been constantly painful - a niggling aggravation which increased as the match went on, but perhaps I am wrong.
Quite right Jan - we have to remember the step forward. I know Andy never makes excuses for a defeat but a reason is different from an excuse. I'm sure the blisters played a part - not the whole but a part. I noticed early in the match he would tug at,I think, the tongue on his right shoe but I'm sure he was doing the same in the semi. I thought several times he was going to tie the laces but he tugged and moved on. Maybe it wasn't a new problem.