Can't help but feel
given that Andy's first match for a while and the first on clay since FO whereas Troicki has been able to play his way into the tourno. Previously I've always come into clay court season with low expectations but after last year that is no longer the case as Andy has proved he can certainly play well on clay and that makes it more anxiety-making somehow. At least Mr L will be there and Andy has said it helps him to feel calmer to see him in his box. Another interesting thing that Andy said over w/e was that Mr L used to get more nervous than most but learned how to deal with it - so I'm hoping that Andy will be able to learn from his experience.
Anyway, with or without hair Andy we're behind you and hope that you just go out there racquets blazing and put down a marker for the clay court season. But if you have a wobbly start, we'll still be there and hope you can come through it .
I'm anxious too, Ruthie and will be pleased when this match is done and dusted with Andy through to the next round hopefully. There's always an element of 'will he - won't he' about Andy at the start of a tournament - could do with a stretch of wins such as he had at the end of last year to verify any improvements he mat have gained through working with Lendl - but I expect that's a bit premature - (saving it for Wimbledon/Olympics perhaps?)