There we are, over in straights, no sweat
Yes, okay, before I get shouted at I'll be good
. Let me just say that when Andy was down in that second set I was thinking about Djokovic! I mean, come on, if Andy wasn't giving up against Djokovic, he was never giving up against Granollers, was he?
Andy was just a bit rusty today, that was all. They said as much in commentary, and Fleming (who is my favourite just now
) also said it in the studio. However, he got it done when he needed to, by getting himself back into the second set and by playing a fantastic tie-break. That's a champion if ever I saw one. I have to say before the match I expected it to go to three, so getting it done with a set to spare made me happy
Andy's just going to get better through the week. A month of not playing must be tricky, and of course, all the hoopla around winning Wimbledon must take some getting used to as well, but Andy got it done today in straights. He also lifted his game when he needed to, so I think that shows his best is there or thereabouts. I'm not worried about him.
So far, so good. Andy has shown today, as if there was any doubt, that he is prepared to fight in these awkward moments, even if the match is not in a slam. He got the job done in straights with no histrionics, no panic, just belief in his ability to lift himself when needed.
Fleming reckons Andy is the best returner in the game. He said so after the match. Lovely man
. Also, and sorry to be such a girl, how good did Andy look in his outfit? I'm glad he didn't wear the dark blue. All the underlings appear to be wearing the blue in Montreal. I liked the white very much