It was one loss. We're particularly annoyed about it cause it's a slam but all the same ot was one match. Remember when he lost to Tipsarevic in Moscow we were all gutted but he went on to push Nadal, win St. Petersburg and come within points of Shanghai. As he gets stronger his consistancy will get better. And the mental aspect will follow because the more consistant you get, the more consistant you feel, the less you lose. Or something like that. This tournament is a blip in what will be a long and profitable career.
Tsonga will become one of his rivals no doubt, which makes this blip less concerning. Although Mark's right, the fact that actually during the match he should have beat him is what's disappointing.
All of what you say jsmall is true and I have said elsewhere that Tsonga was really good. However if Andy is to reach as good as I hoped, he will need to get over these inconsistencies if he is to become where I had hoped he might go - top 3.
I'm just feeling that at the moment I'm not seeing that extra little edge you need to get there.
I will continue supporting Andy whatever, but I also will not expect more of him that I think he can deliver!! So I'm waiting. His fantastic beginning is not to my mind being met at the moment by a fantastic continuing and that is not just the open, it was also Kooyang.
Although, do not know if anyone else has seen this and don't have the link but I read somewher that there is a jinx on people who win Doha - apparently they all go out in the first round of the Au Open!!