With all this talk of match-ups, I'm starting to wonder if Andy's best shot at a slam might not be if he can avoid Nadal in the semis (some hope).
It seems his game matches up better vs Nole and Fed. So, let's assume the top 4 come the Aussie Open are:
In this scenario, he might play Djoko in the semis. Unfortunately, though, he'd get Nadal in the final, as he usually deals with Fedex fairly well.
Hmmm. We need someone else to beat Nadal.
You forget the AO final?
That's what Murray v Djokovic is like when he dodges Nadal. He ain't winning anything till he can beat Nadal again.
I'm of the opinion that Andy needs to play the top players more often outwith the slams to become more match tough, and also to work on tactics to beat them at the majors. This would mean taking the other tournaments more seriously than he has done this year. Miami, Indian Wells and Montreal would have been opportunities to mix it with Nadal and Djokovic more often but alas due to Andy's strategy of trying to peak at the slams he was nowhere near his best in these tournaments and crashed out early.
As that worked so well as far as beating Federer is concerned...