so you guys are saying that he gave up and deliberately lost that match ??
Why not? Other players do it. Nadal and Djoko tanked in Madrid because they weren't happy with the surface, Andy throws his match against Gasquet because of injury, so ...
EDIT: I've since watched the a replay of the 3rd set. Certainly towards the end Andy played some pretty stupid shots mixed in with some very good ones, which did seem a little strange, and even my commentator [on tennisTV] noticed it. His movement seemed OK to me but there's no doubt that by the last two games of that set he was obviously experiencing some discomfort, so I can't imagine he was relishing the idea of an encounter with Ferrer - another match that would have been long and pretty tough. On the other hand though Andy does NOT like losing matches, so I reckon we'll never know, and probably the less said about it the better.
I've listened to that interview three times, but I really don't see what people are getting so excited about. Andy says that his back was "a little bit sore towards the end" just as it was at the end of the Nalbandian match, but that this was something that he expected "coming back from taking a break when you have a niggle, so the muscles probably get a bit more tired." It all makes sense to me, but doesn't bode too well for RG where he's going to be faced with playing 4 or 5 setters, albeit with a day's break in between.