What's all the panic about ? so he lost a match so what. Really we should all calm down the number of points he lost is not drastic. Andy will go on to the next tournament and try his best that is all we can ask for.
Very true. I think because the rankings positions have been fairly static at the top of the men's game in recent years that the ups and downs that used to be so common place come under greater scrutiny than they deserve.
It was inevitable that in the period after Andy surpassed Roger that he'd be vulnerable to dropping down again. The main thing that bugs me isn't so much the rankings, but that while the pair are switching places, or close to switching places, the more annoying Fed fans are willing Andy to lose (more than normal) and generally being bitter and ungracious about it.
I also liked that Andy was getting quite a lot of respect for being #2, because even the most cynical of Brits (and the press) have to admit that's good. For some reason, they think it's OK to describe the third/fourth best in the world as rubbish, or mediocre. I realise that's not actually very important, but I quite enjoyed the turn-around.
It would be fantastic if Andy moved into the grass court season firmly in the #2 position, but being realistic, being #2 during the clay season doesn't actually help that much. Status wise, everyone treats Rafa as #1 regardless of ranking, and knows Andy isn't the 2nd best clay-courter.