He's go so used to having things all his own way (well mostly), Andy has just notched up a few wins against him in his career.
This was shock and awe! Just think. Rafa lost his Championship status in Japan Open. It will put a dent in Rafas self esteem and he will be more wary of Andy next time. That can have to sides it of course.
I hope Andy remembers this victorious feeling for a long time and builds on it, game on game. Thats how he did it today. No magic involved. Just winning point by point, not looking at the point he'd just lost or the error just made, but like Nadal does, looking for the next point.
He seemed more mature, still vocal, but not the Andy of "old", Mr negative. Maybe he is maturing and getting more self control. Whatever it is, I want more of it. We all agree (on MW) he can do whatever he sets his mind to.
All thats stopping him is Andys "own head".
I'm so proud of him today.
I'd only add that I think Andy is finally getting his head sorted out. This victory over Nadal was a huge step in the right direction.
Which I gather he sorted out after the first set so I guess nothing to worry about?
Ruthie - That was the ankle he went over on at the French Open. He has similar strapping on his right ankle which he's injured a couple of times in the past. It's purely a preventative measure which gives both ankles extra support.