I think they feel Raonic has a better chance of beating the top players, which would be a fair assumption going on previous matches.
I agree. I don't think Andy only focuses when Lendl is there. He wants to win every single point, but sometimes it's just hard to stay focused when you don't have much left in the tank. He'll be back.
Mssg boards are all about opinions.... and I don't agree... I've watched Murray since juniors and always been a big fan...however his downfall always seemed to be lack of focus at important moments, never lack of ability. Andy would make a basic error and let it affect his game such that he would lose momentum. He was so transparent Id say most fans hearts would drop when they saw him lose the plot. Expecting the worst. However, since Lendl came on the scene the difference has been night&day.. and his attendance at the slams has made a considerable difference to both Murrays on-court demeaner and focus. Yes... he did well last asian swing minus Lendl... but prior to Lendl he had several success patches where he appeared focused only for the same focus problems to re-appear when it was critical they didnt...ie majors.
And at the Japan open... Andy was getting back to old ways of throwing toys out the stroller ..coz he was making some basic errors...just like the old days... was it coincidence that Lendl was absent?... I dont think so. Anyway, Hey Ho...it was a diddy tourno ...and as Andy says ...what is important is that he gets his shit together for Shanghai, Paris & World Tour.
We are all Murray fans... we don't need to have the same opinions...would be weird if we did.