Brilliant match report, very happy reading
! I don't know Whack The Mole, but I get the idea, so it wasn't entirely lost on me. Lovely stuff. The line about the 2008 Olympics was inspired!
Oh I do so love seeing Federer reduced to a foul-mouthed, ranting fool, and Andy has mastered how to do it. I don't know what was said by Federer, but the look of satisfaction on Andy's face was priceless. I swear he was thinking 'gotcha!', or some such thing. It's funny though, having spent some of the match (I watched on the BBC) talking about how Andy's demeanour has changed on court, and also saying at one point that he shouldn't go back to giving off negative signals, they never said a word, apart from a dismissive apology for Federer's language, about Federer's behaviour. Oh, and you could hear Federer swearing quite clearly, so in my book the umpire should have given a code violation.
It was just brilliant to see Andy being so aggressive out there. He never really looked out of it at any point, and for the vast majority of the match was the better player. It was a bit of a shame about the second set tie-break, and a shame Andy couldn't close it out in four, but it didn't matter in the end. Andy was all over the fifth like a rash. It was a quick set.
I still think Andy is going to win the AO. I'll believe he isn't when he doesn't. I don't think we should all do the 'oh well if he doesn't win.....' thing until he has actually lost, if he loses. Today may well have been the first big test he has had, but he has passed it with flying colours. Yes, he had a brief lapse of concentration, but he regrouped and got over it quickly. I might go as far as to say that Federer might just have played Andy into his best form, but to be honest I don't get the feeling Andy will be asking to practice with him any time soon. Mind you, I'd love to be a fly on the wall if he did lol.