I think this one will do Andy good in the long run. He played well for the most part, moved well too, although I was a bit concerned about his back there for a while (could have smacked Petch for the possum comment, has he never heard of Djokovic!), but I hope that is mostly down to the difference between play and practice. I wouldn't have worried if, after Andy pulled up a bit on it the first time, he hadn't seemed to be hitting the ball slightly less hard than at the beginning. Like I said though, I hope it's just the difference between play and practice. It looked like it. Andy seemed bright and positive enough at the end, so that's good enough for me. I loved the little dig at Petch lol.
I think the difference between today and the Wawrinka match at MC was vast. Today Andy looked up for it, looked prepared to have a go at Mayer (with his play I mean lol) and didn't look like he was coming off that court without the win. Frankly, he didn't look like that against Stan. I never mind when Andy mutters to himself a bit, which he did today. As long as he doesn't get down on himself it makes him look keen, which he clearly was. Truth be told, after that first set tie-break I knew Andy had got it. Credit to Mayer for the start of the second, but I just sensed Andy would find a way and he did. I think Andy showed his character by picking up his play when he needed to, like the champion he is.
400th match win
. Hopefully Thursday will bring his 401st.
Well done our lad