Everything is pretty upbeat but it is how things come out around next friday morning which will determine everything.
Andy is not the favourite, it is not like in 2009 when Andy was #2 seed and was supposed to get to the fina, and I think the pressure was too much for him in that very close match v Roddick. Everyone acknowledges that Fed, Nadal and Nole are ahead of him, and I think this helps put things in perspective a little, and keeps expectation in check. Plus Andy himself is a lot more mature these days.
But we have been here before where everything seemed well set for a great grand slam, and he just fell short. Nothing radical needs to change for him, just that little extra belief and guts in those crucial points v the top three. I think Andy always believes he can beat Nadal and Fed on the faster surfaces. I think Australia v Nole bothered him for so long because he was so well beaten, it wasn't even close. To that extent I think the fact that he should have beaten him in Rome is something even Andy has said gives him confidence. Andy won't look ahead, or at least not admit to, but his draw is really good. On form he will beat all the players in his section. Wawa, Roddick, Cilic or Monfils can all be very dangerous but none has shown any recent form to speak of really. Andy has 5 games to settle in to the crazy Wimby journey again before it gets really serious!
I love Wimby, but Andy makes it so much more exciting....
Having said that Andy in a final at Wimbledon would be a phenomenal national event, something none of us have ever seen. How he would react, how the nation as a whole would react, is something unknown. The support would be unbelievable for him and the crowd could easily provide that extra confidence required to win.
What a great sensible piece,helps to keep my feet firmly on the ground but at the same time lets me go on hoping for him to win the slam of his life.Thanks SG