I never buy a paper or listen to the news after Andy loses.
I don't buy papers anyway to be honest, so I've stopped bothering about what they say. I've also vowed to stop getting into arguments with Andy bashers on the net, they're all idiots who know nothing about Andy or his sport, or Federer fans, which amounts to the same thing.
I think you have we have to look a bit further than the press though in terms of carping. Since last year we've heard people within the game playing down Andy's Olympic success because 'Federer was tired'. I don't know how they account for how well Andy played Djokovic, or that he dropped one set in the singles in nine days and his serve went unbroken from the quarter finals onwards. We've also heard one or two people within the game suggesting that Andy fluked the USO win. Is it even possible to fluke a major, or is it only possible when it isn't Federer, Nadal or Djokovic winning them? I know what I think.
Andy playing a bad match, and it was, I think we all agree on that, would have been manna from heaven for people waiting for him to fail so they can say 'I told you so', but the fact is that they all have days when it doesn't work out, to one degree or another. For some players it might mean being pushed by an opponent they would usually wallop (Federer's played a fair few of those lately, and Djokovic has had one or two) but sometimes it might mean losing to someone you 'shouldn't' really lose to. However, Andy being beaten in only his second match of the year on clay by a very good clay courter who has already won on the surface this year wasn't an enormous surprise really. The surprise was the manner of it. I still think the match was very much like Andy's first match at Queen's last year against Mahut, where he just seemed to come out flat and not up for it at all. That's why I think it was just a very bad day and will mean nothing in the wider scheme of things.
I'm not even going to worry too much about the rankings just yet. What will be will be. I wouldn't be surprised to see Andy back at 2 before the French, and if he is it should help him, but I'm just going to watch it all play out and see what happens. Either way, Barcelona will be weird. No Andy, no Federer, and apparently, according to the comms at the weekend, no Djokovic. Nadal will think all his birthdays have come at once, and Uncle Toni will look a lot less like he's sat on a nail than he did on Sunday.