Ok, so our Andy lost. I know everyone here on MW will be disappointed with this start to his WTF campaign. I am too, but lets all imagine how our Andy now feels - he knows things were not right for him in this match, and he knows he'll have to up his performance in the next match - only a win will give him a realistic chance of progressing further than the RR stages. putting everything into its proper perspective, both Federer and Nadal had tough opening matches, matches they both so easily could have lost. I for one am not panicking, if he does not move past the RR stanges, is it really the end of the world? In a few months it will all be forgotten. In the bigger scheme of things our Andy appears to be moving forward, even if he is taking the scenic route. Onwards and upwards Andy, put this performance behind you, focus on your next match.
Sweet words of common sense. From the success of Bankhok, Tokyo and Shangai, he went onto Basle and Paris where he somehow acquired this leg injury which, if the sciatic nerve is affected, it can prove very painful. He was still suffering a little when he went on court today in the year-end competition he so wanted to do well in in front of a home crowd. That alone put on mental pressure and his injury was not cured just under control. Ferrer is a ferret, a super, sportsmanlike tennis player who has so much class. With all these things he was nervous and then a movement tweaked the leg injury and he was in pain on certain movements and suddenly his dream to do well here was in jeopardy. Some people can cope well with situations such as this, some can't. For some, those perhaps with a strong emotional sensitivity they haven't quite learnt to control, this will affect the outcome of their game, however much skill they put into that game, emotionally and mentally it is affected. Confidence of course plays a tremendous part. Andy's injury caused an inability to move as he is accustomed to move and this in turn affected his confidence. As the game went on and Ferrer gained in confidence so Andy lost more and more of his. This loss will affect him as in the AO this year but he may have learned how to cope with it better and it may not be so deep. We all say it is a mental thing with Andy's game and it may be he needs a bit of help but it may just be that he is someone whose maturity takes longer to reach - he is getting there - let's hope that further injury doesn't make it worse. The media of course will have a field day, a camera went before him as he walked to his dressing room, he took no notice of them - he needed a bolt hole. I hope if his injury is present that he withdraws from the tourney rather than struggle against Novak and Berdych. 2012 is another year and is just a few weeks away. I for one will remember his triumph in the Far East - No.3 can wait until next year too. Let the smug man have it back, Andy - you'll send him packing soon enough.