Have no illusions I would be really disappointed as well, but I find the current situation far less stressful than I think I would have done if it happened 18 months ago.
I am sure though he will be back raring to go. I also still think he will benefit immeasurably from the mental break as well. This enforced lay off will give him chance to mentally process what he has done over the last 18 months. I think he deserves time to quietly gloat, and get his head round just what he has achieved. Not too mention facing up to the fact that at some point there will be a statue of another great British tennis player gracing the Wimbledon grounds.
I agree what you are saying it is wonderful what has done. We must never forget it. I sure all will be well but we must not except great wins in tne next few months. He has to get back to play, knowing Andy he will be fine. Have faith he has a great team all so supportive . Just all of us have faith and support him
I really doubt Andy would have been sounding so cheerful if there had been any doubt as to the final outcome of his operation. Like most of us he would have wanted to know all the facts, and all the pros and cons, both before and after the op, and wouldn't have been satisfied until he had got them. Also, given his status in the tennis world, and the future of his career, would any surgeon worth his salt try to be anything other than honest?
I realise nothing can ever be a 100% certainty, but I'm sure that if Andy obeys medical advice to the letter (which he no doubt will) - and on that score perhaps having the monitoring of his back passed on to a specialist in the US, preferably Miami - then that plus the fact that he has a great team around him should stand him in very good stead. I don't have any expectations as to when he will return to competition, nor as to how well he will perform when he does, or how long it will take him to get back to where he was before, but I'm confident that he will get there because he has the guts and determination to do so.
What I don't want to see is comparisons between him and Nadal, because there's a big difference between delicate back surgery and inflammation of the knees, which is what we've been led, rightly or wrongly, to believe was Nadal's problem.