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Posted on: September 03, 2012, 09:19 PM
Posted by: Emma Jean
I've banned his IP, hopefully that'll give us a break for a bit.

This one does sound very much like AK.

yawn

Loved it, Mark. I see you've banned William Holden as well. Maybe you can take a look at Ghostbuster as all. He has never said one positive word about Andy and is always here whenever Andy is in trouble. He was here in his last match against Lopez as well and was waiting for an upset and to say how pathetic Andy was, but obviously he didn't get a chance and left after the match. Just keep an eye on him though I suspect after my this post he may be a bit careful.

Posted on: September 03, 2012, 05:31 PM
Posted by: Sabine
Yay!!!!!!!!
My internet is back to normal...
now i can access this site in peace yay
Posted on: September 03, 2012, 01:30 AM
Posted by: Bevc
I've banned his IP, hopefully that'll give us a break for a bit.

This one does sound very much like AK.

yawn

Look, that was very plucky of you!  What gave it away? lol
Posted on: September 03, 2012, 01:05 AM
Posted by: Aileen
I entirely agree with the red hair bit.  I am a red head with fair skin and the heat + humidity absolutely kills me.  When I was a child I lived in Singapore (very high humidity) and was apparently very miserable but when we lived in Egypt I was fine as it is a dry heat.  It could be nature as we tend to burn very easily. 
I think it must be the humidity, or maybe the combination of both, that gets to Andy, because he's usually OK with the heat in Oz, which is a dry heat.

I do remember Andy having a mild heat injury at Cincy one year and then could not cope with the heat at USO either.  It is not always because you not drink enough.
Yes, that was in the Cincy QF against Fish, but Andy had been playing earlier matches in the heat (in Toronto as well, as I recall) and a request for an evening match was refused because Fish was playing doubles later.  Unfortunately I don't think Andy took the break he should have done afterwards and so was affected again at the USO.  Heat exhaustion can be serious and I think Andy under-estimated that fact.

I've now read the BBC report and thought it was very grudging.  Yes at one level Andy was unconvincing in that it was more of a struggle than it needed to be.  But they give him insufficient credit for hanging on in there and finding inspiration at key moments in the match against a for the large part inspired opponent. 
The BBC report really made me angry.  What short memories their reporters must have!  They seem to have completely forgotten about Andy's gold medal, and the silver too (oh they were all over him like a rash then) and the fact that in playing and winning for his country he was not only tiring himself out by foregoing a decent break but also that he missed his usual acclimatisation period in Miami.     


Posted on: September 02, 2012, 09:28 PM
Posted by: Masaka
I've banned his IP, hopefully that'll give us a break for a bit.

This one does sound very much like AK.
Thanks from me as well. Given the number of Fed sites, it actually comes over as quite sad that they feel the need to come on here and try to bait people.

yawn
Posted on: September 02, 2012, 08:57 PM
Posted by: Aileen
I've banned his IP, hopefully that'll give us a break for a bit.

This one does sound very much like AK.

yawn
Thanks Mark.  Seems he never learns. Rolling Eyes
Posted on: September 02, 2012, 05:49 PM
Posted by: janetx
F-Lo played exceedingly well yesterday (18 aces and 68 winners!!!) so no wonder Andy had a tough match - plus then the heat as well. It's just great he came through.
Posted on: September 02, 2012, 04:43 PM
Posted by: deb
I've not watched the match but will catch the rerun today. From the sounds of it, it was an absolute grind in the heat but the main thing is that Andy pulled through.

How many times has the likes of Rafa, Fed and Djokovic pulled through when it looked like they were going to be beaten in slams? Every top player will most likely have to play 1 tricky match when they're often taken to the brink of elimination and they get through and then go on to win the tournament.
I Agree, all the top 3 have struggled at one time or another and gone on to win, and that's what our Andys going to do.
Posted on: September 02, 2012, 04:39 PM
Posted by: Ruthie
Well done Mark, he had already become irritating.
Posted on: September 02, 2012, 04:37 PM
Posted by: Mark
I've banned his IP, hopefully that'll give us a break for a bit.

This one does sound very much like AK.

yawn
Posted on: September 02, 2012, 04:10 PM
Posted by: peRFection
If the match is on Ashe it gives Murray a chance for sure with the slower courts but then again Raonic has beaten Murray in clay so we will see how it goes!
Posted on: September 02, 2012, 02:30 PM
Posted by: Emma Jean
Hello, ak400.

lol. You sound as if you care.
Posted on: September 02, 2012, 02:26 PM
Posted by: scotnadian
Great report, Boogers. Thanks. Accurate, fair and funny in parts.
Posted on: September 02, 2012, 02:13 PM
Posted by: Ruthie

  A few of you mentioned Anabel and Greg being critical of Andy what were they saying? xx

Can't remember exactly Rachie but what annoyed me was when Croft seemed to be complaining that Andy wasn't showing emotion so it was impossible to tell what had gone wrong in 3rd set.   As she is someone who is forever chastising him for his emotions on court I thought that really took the biscuit.
Posted on: September 02, 2012, 02:08 PM
Posted by: Rachie
Thanks for the match report ! I only watched 1st 2 sets had a girls night out that i was getting ready for and he was 2 sets up and a break at that point when i left so i thought it was safe to leave! Lopez played great even in the first 2 sets and was unlucky not to win the 2nd so im not suprised what transpired in 3rd and 4th.

This result reminds smwhat of that Roddick match Wimb Sf, where Roddick had a poor H2H with Andy, and he and his coach came up with a masterplan to take Andy down, and executed it well, and gave an inspired performance. If anything Andy deserves credit for having the balls too come through it although struggling with the condtions his body and an inspired oppenant. I think it will be fine next round- coming through so many tiebreaks and tough sets can only help against Raonic and the match will probably be quite similar. A few of you mentioned Anabel and Greg being critical of Andy what were they saying? xx
Posted on: September 02, 2012, 01:01 PM
Posted by: TheMadHatter
Speaks volumes about a person when they'd choose to spend their free time going on opposition fan forums and trying to bait. Does that make you feel happy? Does it satisfy you? I think it's quite pathetic but each to their own.
Posted on: September 02, 2012, 12:45 PM
Posted by: teejay1
Well said, teejay - Croft and Rusedski drive me nuts.  I would love to know what their comments would have been had it been Fed who came through that match rather than Andy.

Oh Fed walks on water, didn't you know? They would have gone on ad nauseam about him fighting through and toughing out the conditions, not to mention his sublime play and quick wits, keeping cool under pressure, blah, blah, blah. Rusedski would have carried a stretcher on for Federer, whilst Croft peeled him a grape. Marcus would even have sung him a lullaby at the change of ends, just to keep him calm. They're all idiots.
Posted on: September 02, 2012, 12:36 PM
Posted by: tamila
Thinking back to Wimby, Andy had 4 four-setters and 2 three setters and I did not worry so much.  Perhaps that, because he has improved so much, I am expecting too much.  The main thing is that he showed his tanacity and won thematch.  I do feel for Lopez as he, once again, did not win even when playing probably the best match of his career. 

If Andy does not win here I hope he only gets to the SF as it would be horrible if he lost yet another final.  I have said ever since Lendl came on bopard that it probably be the AO.

After this match I think he will have the tenacity to beat Roanic who often cannot keep it up.
Posted on: September 02, 2012, 11:59 AM
Posted by: Ruthie
I've now read the BBC report and thought it was very grudging.  Yes at one level Andy was unconvincing in that it was more of a struggle than it needed to be.  But they give him insufficient credit for hanging on in there and finding inspiration at key moments in the match against a for the large part inspired opponent.  So nice to read a more balanced account on MW.
Someone earlier wondered if Andy was affected by the loss of crowd support.  I'm not sure how important that was as he's used to playing against the crowd.  But if more of the crowd had been with him it might have helped him battle the exhaustion.  I thought it was unfair of the crowd to take it out on Andy for more than just the subsequent points.  It wasn't for Andy to overrule the umpire. And apparently the call was good anyway.  A pity the umpire didn't allow the challenge.  Still there were clearly a good number of Andy supporters there who were trying to make their voices heard against the tide of the crowd.  I have wondered though how he'd react to playing half empty stadia after the buzz of the Olympics and the Wimby final; it must be something of a let down.

According to Kev Mitchell in the Guardian 2 juniors had to be helped from the court with heat exhaustion.  I'm thinking that Lopez was probably able to prepare in hotter conditions than Andy as he was not involved in the Olympics I think?  It does underline how wise Andy has been to buy a place in Florida and use it for pre-season training and pre-USO training.
Posted on: September 02, 2012, 11:57 AM
Posted by: lgriev10
@ Igriev 10
Hey! Another Montalbano fan wave

Hi bbh, I am indeed, or I should say, we are, as I usually watch it with my daughter.  It's a testimony to how wonderful it is, that there was even any contest between Andy and a another tv programme.  So glad they have the second series!  Meditteranean colour, language, landscape and storie, fantastico!  yay

Have you come across any books of the series, in English?  I'm assuming the series is based on original books!?