I'm being stupid, but I can't remember the format of the WTF. I presume it's best of three sets, but I can't remember. Is it a best of five final? I don't even know why I can't remember. My bug must have gone to my head or something
I can't imagine anyone being surprised that Nadal won't be playing. I think we saw that a mile off. The weird thing is that I sort of miss him, but I don't as well. I've got used to him not being around. It will be interesting to see Andy play Nadal next year, assuming the rankings make that possible. It sounds strange I know, given the head to head record, but I have often felt that Nadal is wary of Andy. Of course, I didn't see all of it, but Tokyo last year could be argued to be significant in the scheme of things. We'll see, but it seems to me as if Andy is different now compared to when he last played Nadal. Their next meeting will be interesting.
Is it weird, am I being stupid, or has anyone else stopped worrying about Andy playing Smugfed? I know Smugfed can beat Andy when he is playing well, but I don't know, the Olympic win, and now that beating in Shanghai, it feels to me as if Andy has turned the tide on Smugfed. He's definitely got in to his head. I don't think I've ever seen Smugfed so shaken as he was in Shanghai. Of course, people will point to the majors and say that Smugfed has had the better of Andy in three major finals, but look at the Olympics. Andy beat him in a five set match, which is what you have to do to win a major. I don't think Smugfed will get the better of Andy again in a hurry.
Tsonga never worries me in terms of Andy. I tend to think of him as being a bit like Ferrer. I don't mean the way he plays, but in the sense that he might push Andy for a while, but Andy seems to find a way through. Tsonga can be dangerous, like Ferrer, but I'd be quietly confident for Andy if he is fit and in form.
Berdych makes me wary. Isn't it weird that Berdych has such a poor record against Djokovic, given that he has beaten Andy? I wonder if that is simply down to Andy not having played Berdych as often as Novak. I'd love to see Andy put Berdych in his place again. That said, what we could really do with is Djokovic getting rid of Berdych, so he won't be an issue.