I really can't see that a loss in the quarter finals of a Major is a disaster. Stan played well - Andy didn't play his best - end of story. Personally, I'd far rather Andy lost to Stan than to Berdych - that I would have found hard to take!
I agree. I think the difference is that Berdych would have got a boost from beating Andy like that, regardless of whether Andy was below his best or not. Stan, as well as he played, must have realised Andy was below his best, way below if we're honest, which gave him the freedom to go for everything, which he duly did. It may well have been a tough match for Andy even if he'd been fresh and so on, but I honestly think Stan has the sense to know it would probably have been tougher for him in that cicumstance too.
The way I look at the USO is that it was a blip. Andy has struggled a bit since winning Wimbledon, but that is understandable. As long as Andy is physically right and sorts his head out, he'll be fine and normal service will resume soon, so there is nothing to panic about.
It will be interesting to see if Stan can maintain this level. If he can he'll be tough for everyone. I wonder though, I really do. I think there are a few players edging a bit closer to those at the top, especially now Federer seems to fade in the slams earlier, which opens draws up, but none of them seem to be able to threaten consistently, not in the slams, which is where it really counts.