^^ Should have, could have, but didn't. I reckon Andy, like everyone else, including my seasoned ESPN comms, thought the shot was unreturnable.
This is very poignant, consider that if Djoker missed that crazy tweener he would have probably lost the match. That's how close these things are and Andy was so close to winning it practically was a win.
Many matches have been turned around on incredible shots won, or easy shots missed - that's the way the cookie crumbles in tennis. Djoko was a new man after that point. Just a shame that Andy had been suffering from a virus that finally took its toll in the 3rd set, probably not helped by the fact that he had such a late match on Saturday so therefore less time to recover - but, then, he showed SmugFed who was boss, so let's not forgot that!
Given all the circumstances I think Andy did incredibly well in this tournament, and even here with legs that could barely hold him up he fought to the bitter end. He vowed in his speech to keep on fighting for the rest of the season, and I've no reason to believe he won't, although it wouldn't surprise me if he skipped Basel since he really does need to be 100% fit for Paris and the WTF, and he has no ranking points to lose by not playing there.
Also Andy may not have won a Masters this year so far, but Olympic gold and a maiden Slam more than compensate for that, in my book anyway.
Personally I'm looking forward to next year and more great Andy/Nole matches, provided my nerves can handle them!