I have been underwhelmed by Nadal's much vaunted return to form and Novak's form this clay court season.
The Rome final was crap and not a great example of the incredible level of tenacity & determination that Andy has to attain.
If you had said the AO final, I may have agreed with you more given the marathon of ball bashing that took place. Nevertheless Andy's match with Novak was of a higher standard in my view although it took a long time to get there.
Andy will have learn to dig deep and not fear the pain it brings in order to take on Nadal and Novak and also not fear to be uber aggressive, he is slowly getting there.
You make a lot of sense, but I am still hopeful that Andy could get it together by the US Open. As long as he doesn't have to start on the Wednesday, there are courts without potholes and he avoids a few hurricanes there is no reason why he can't make it to the final. And then you never know.
I think a good showing at Wimbledon and any kind of medal at the same place a month later would really spur him on.
If the Nadal & Joko Rome final was crap then all Andy has to do is play as crappy as they did! The objective is to win and that's all that counts. We all know that Andy has talent and so do many others in the queue but there is no sense in giving him praise for his game when it fails to produce the results with the top three. Tennis is not going to go back to the serve and volley game just yet so we have to put up with the slam dunks whether we like it or not. Federer has a beautiful game but he has difficulties with the bully boys too. If you can't beat them join them.