Glad to see you're in your usual positive mood Boogers - do you ever see a glass half full?
I think there's a clear difference between the tone of my match reports and the tone of my pessimism and bile filled during-the-match forum posts.
I always try to be fair with my match reports and give an honest appraisal. The match was ugly, Murray wasn't playing well but he did win. What do you want me to do? Write a report with no connection to reality?
Winning ugly isn't a bad thing. Sometimes players have bad days, and the ability to fight through that and find a way to win is what separates the likes of Murray from the hot and cold wannabes like Soderling.
Good report, Phil. As ever mixing negatives along with positives.
There is no doubt that Brad Gilbert would have been proud of Andy. It was a fairly ugly win. However, don't forget that in Tokyo he had a difficult first match against Marcos Baghdatis and from then on it was win after win.
Andy to retain his Shanghai Masters title.
Thank you. Sometimes a sticky early match is a good thing. And yes - I'd be disappointed if he didn't retain the title (and kick Fed into fourth spot).