Andy vs the other Elite players.
Generally speaking I think this is fair. I think there was a period in 2014 when Andy's return game broke down and he had to rebuild it. In the second half of 2016 he was blocking a lot of his returns back. Which is fine against someone like Isner - block as many back as you can and put pressure on him. But not against players ranked ten or fifteen places above that.
It is a balance between getting the ball back into play, and doing something with the ball. We saw in late 2015 when he resorted to ball-bashing his returns - that may be perceived as 'aggressive' but it was a fool's errand - how many of them went long or wide.
I'm actually working on this and other data at the moment. I'm focusing on the period from 2011 to the present. The question is who is an 'elite' player these days?
One of the factors in this period is Andy's back injury and his surgery/comeback. The injury he had surgery on actually presented itself in 2011.
So for maybe four to four and a half years Andy was playing with injury issues or returning from the surgery. I think he only regained his full fitness after the clay training block in 2015, and there were four stages in the process of getting to that point and then another two in getting to number one last autumn.
I'm wondering if the data when complete - which will be a while - will reflect any of the above.
The most disappointing aspects for me yesterday were the poor second serve return stats, and the fact that Andy repeatedly adjusted his court position backwards after hitting a shot rather than maintaining or adjusting it forwards in a - to use Tim Henman's favourite word - proactive way.
Only in the latter part of the second set did he start actively moving forward, and got 12/12 points won at the net. Which is good on slow Plexicushsion, where the slow bounce gives the opponent more time to get to a ball, but also allows well used spin to kill off a ball at times.