Great report, Nigel, and I agree that Haase did appear to come back from the dead in his attempt to thwart Andy in the fifth set. God knows how a guy who'd had the physio out so many times and appeared to be done could move so effortlessly and play so well that he pegged Andy back to all square from four love down. Adrenaline is one thing, but that was something else.
Andy took himself, and us, down to the wire with this one - even by his rollercoaster standard, this was the Big Dipper. He got the job done and came through smiling, which is always good to see. The Orange write-up remarkably reported that, unlike his fans, Andy had actually enjoyed the fifth set, saying it was true US Open tennis with all the drama, noise and crowd involvement that goes with it.
This was a great result for Andy, we saw Mr Tragic, Mr Magic, and a breathtaking cameo appearance by Mr Harry Houdini. As soon as I saw the draw it was obvious that this was a dodgy potential banana skin but Andy has successfully navigated his way safely past it. The tennis gods thus far appear to be playing their all-important part in Andy's quest which is great news and hasn't always been the case. Andy did great but here's hoping for a slightly less bumpy ride next time - he may enjoy it, but we can't take too much more... or can we? Whatever it takes, it must be done.