Well that was short and sweet, wasn't it?
Youzhny didn't play as he can, quite clearly, his game was littered with ue's, but I think that was largely to do with the opponent. It was fairly obvious from the start that Youzhny didn't even remotely think he could win, and he didn't, but let's be honest about it, Andy held a 3-0 head to head before today and not without good reason. Youzhny just doesn't have the power to get through Andy. I would venture that not many do these days, unless Andy has an off day.
To me today was a masterclass in the difference it can make when a player believes. Andy openly admitted to Crofty in the studio (I don't care if she is nice about Andy these days, I still want to smack her, annoying cow) that he was nervous beforehand, knowing he wanted some matches this week, but from the start Andy was on it. He took every opportunity presented to him and made life very awkward indeed for his opponent, who looked way out of his depth from the off.
Andy wasn't quite at his best, but it was rather a lot better than last week, so so far, so good.
I think the point about Andy needing to come to the net more is generally fair enough, as is the point about not getting too far back, but he didn't need to worry about that today. Today was about getting it done as sweetly and efficiently as possible. He did well on that score.
It was nice to hear the c'mons from Andy today, as well as the bit of talking to himself when he needed it. That shows he still expects a lot from himself, and rightly so.
Onwards and upwards, but a fine start.