If Andy was a 100% fit just now do you think he would announce it after pulling out the French?
We've all seen Andy look half-dead on a court and thought; well thats it, game over only for him to find another level and win in double quick time. I think that's why people were surprised he pulled out of Rome and the French. Compared to how he looked playing Niemenen last year for the first couple of sets Andy looked in tip top condition in Rome.
I agree that in the past Andy quite often looked half-dead on court and then suddenly sprung to life (something Djokovic is still good at), but I'm convinced that was a psychological thing, maybe even, dare I say it, playing mind-games, but he began to drop that habit soon after taking Lendl on, so nowadays if Andy looks awful then that means that he is.
The Nieminen match was a bit weird, and I admit to feeling a little sorry for Nieminen who must have wondered WTH was going on, but that was due to a muscle spasm and wasn't connected to the original problem
Sorry Aileen, I think that's the second time we've been at crossed purposes this week lol. My brain isn't firing properly lol.
Mine isn't either. It's definitely all down to the tennis TJ - and the final arrival of summer (I hope)! Also I'm feeling a bit drained after the Tsonga match, which is unusual unless it's Andy whose playing. I don't know what I'd have been like if it had gone beyond three I was so desperate for Jo to win. I knew could do it, but was expecting at least a 4-setter.
I agree completely. Without knowing what the problem is its hard to judge, but I'm sure how he takes care of himself between matches will be important. It's vital anyway, even when a player is fit, but when you are carrying a problem it has to be even more important.
Andy was advised a year ago to stop playing golf and footie, two sports which would do nothing to help the problem. Anyway I was glad he gave the footie up because of the risk of leg injuries, so it never seemed a wise idea to me.
I agree with that. The day Andy pulled out in Rome he looked dreadful, even before he'd struck a ball. Anyone could see he didn't look right. Rather than being surprised when he pulled out of Rome and RG, I would have been surprised if he hadn't.
Risking himself for a slam he was unlikely to win over a slam he is capable of winning, would have made no sense whatsoever.
I missed the Rome match, probably fortunately. I hate seeing Andy when he's in pain, or any other player for that matter.