To be fair, it was Nole who had 5 break points in set one and he didn't convert, whereas the reverse was true in the second set. It's almost like the each of them won the set they shouldn't have!
Nole should've won set one and Andy should've won set two. In the first set Andy's serving was not great, but by the second he'd risen his first serve percentage back up to around 60s% and Nole's had dropped so they were about level.
As for Nole "playing possum" or using "tactics" - could it not be just that Nole was uncomfortable on the court at first, or maybe nervous? He was slipping all over at first, much like during his match against Stan, and one could tell he was frustrated because he couldn't use his chances, just as Andy was frustrated later. It makes sense that when Nole won the second and levelled the match, and saw that Andy was hurting, that he might've felt a surge of adrenalin telling him to strike now. It doesn't mean he was pretending earlier does it? Don't players going through emotional and physical dips and rises in 5 setters especially? I tend to notice that anyhow?
I totally agree
totally about tactics. I can't understand why Muzza doesn't come to net more often; he's got such beautiful hands, and volleying seems to comes much more naturally to him than to Nole. And yet it was Nole coming in trying to shortening points when he could. Tactically, esp with the sore toes, Andy would've done well to move forward from the baseline and shrink the court instead of running behind the baseline. Maybe it's easier said than done?