Oh Teejay like you I'm getting thoroughly browned off with some of the members of this forum, they seem to suffer from short term memory loss. Andy was injured last year, he had to pull out of Basel, not right for Paris and pulled out of the 02 after The Ferrer match as you so rightly pointed out he was injured.
Is it that obvious that I'm getting browned off? That's a nice way to put it actually. I would have said pissed.
I just think sometimes it's easy to imply that Andy somehow failed, rather than look at the facts. I realise that everyone here, well, nearly everyone, wants Andy to do well, to be the best he can be. I'm sure he wants that too, otherwise he would not have worked his backside off to get where he is, and he would not have fought back after losing four major finals, to put himself in the firing line again. I actually don't think Andy gets the credit he deserves for that, even here.
I'm not averse to criticising Andy myself if I feel he deserves it. There have been times when I have felt like kicking him around the court when I have felt that he has lost matches between the ears, such as the loss to Nadal at Wimbledon last year, and the loss to Fish at Queen's a few years back. The thing is though, there are times when a player just can't give anything else of themselves at that moment. The loss to Federer in the Wimbledon final is one such time. The loss to Chardy at Cincy is another, and this loss to Raonic is a classic example. It seemed to me in each of these situations that Andy went to the well and found it dry, because he'd used up all the water, if you like, previously, in simply getting himself to that first Wimbledon final under such pressure, winning the Olympics and then the USO.
It's funny that benniebone mentioned patience. There are some here, with all due respect, who could do with some. Not so that we can understand that we don't all remember all of the details as to why Andy might go out of a tournament, but to understand that after the success he has had this summer Andy might just be running on fumes to a point, and also to grasp that even the very best lose the odd match. Just ask Federer, who seemed to think he had the Olympic gold in his hands not so very long ago, until Andy let him know otherwise, and for once I'm just stating that as a fact, not as a dig at Smugfed.
I think the panic is because Andy lost to Raonic. If he'd lost to Nishikori in the final it would have been understood to a point. The thing is though, Andy did have match points in that third set in the semi. Had he converted those match points we would all be celebrating him getting one over on the great hyped one, but he didn't. The thing is, go back to Barcelona earlier in the year. I'm not sure Andy had much of a look in during that match. Then he thumped Raonic big time on the way to the title in the USO. In Japan it could be argued that Raonic had learned from the USO trouncing, but Andy still achieved match points, even after a dodgy start. A bit of luck, and maybe a bit more mental energy, might have got Andy over the line with those match points, and might have made the difference again in that third set tie-break if he had still lost those match points. In other words, instead of getting in to a state about one loss, I think we should look at it as one of those things. I am convinced that Andy will have already moved on, and so should we. I'm also convinced that Andy will get Raonic next time they meet.