Just joined this forum, and wanted to say I thought Andy played his best match in a Slam Final today. I've watched all his televised matches since 05 and I can see many positives since Lendl became his coach, more aggressive play, better mental attitude etc.
Also I was glad to see I wasn't alone in crying during his very emotional on-court interview.
Looking forward to US Open. Come on Andy!!
Welcome to MW and thanks for your positive post. And thank you Phil too for your very good report.
Well I think just about all that can be said about this match has been said. Would it have made much difference had the roof not been closed? I don't know. Certainly Federer seemed to take on a new lease of life but I feel that Andy didn't have too much left in the tank mentally and emotionally after his semifinal win - which was a major achievement in itself and one which also moved Andy to the verge of tears, so we know how much it meant to him. I think winning the final was just one step too far here, which isn't surprising given the pressure and expectations that were heaped on his shoulders after that win, and also the fact that he was playing one of the greatest players of the modern era.
I'm very, very proud of what Andy has achieved in this tournament, especially given the pretty tough draw he had. Also he didn't go out with a whimper against Federer but kept battling on until the very end. He'll feel gutted for a day or so, which is a normal reaction, but his whole mental attitude has changed now. In the BBC Sport report Andy says - "It's hard, it's tough to take, but you need to show strength of character to come back from it ... We're talking about one of the greatest athletes of all time. You've got to put it in context a little bit."
Yes, Andy, you have that strength of character, you have a great team behind you and you have a legion of loyal fans plus the many more you won over yesterday. You will come back, hopefully stronger than before.