From Simon's injury on the whole match was a struggle. Esp. In the fifth set. After nearly every game they both needed treatment, could hardly run for the ball. Therefore I did not see the point in playing endless rallies. I know that their style is not based on aggression. But you should have a plan B when things go differently, shouldn 't you. Re Monfils: I actually like it when someone brings life on the court, Andy has also tried to animate the crowd, yet he sometimes overdoes his tendency to "playing" instead of finishing the point. Or is it just poor shot selection?
I don't see the point in having a lot of long rallies anyway - (a) they're tiring for the players, and (b) the only thing they seem to prove is which player is going to outlast the other, not only physically but as far as hitting and placing the ball is concerned. If players came up to the net more often then that would bring more interest to the game.
I don't care to speculate on Andy's shot selection because I'm not well enough versed in the technicalities of the sport to do so, but my feeling is that Andy needs to find more of a killer instinct, something that Lendl is keen to work on because he was quoted recently as saying he didn't care even if Andy buried the ball in his opponents nuts, just so long as he put it away somewhere inside the court.