I just hope all the mentoring Andy has done for NK doesn't come back to bite him, much as I like the fact he is looking out for some of the younger players. I see that Mac is predicting NK could be no 1 in next couple of years - talk about hype.
Have to admit I feel rather
about this one. It's difficult to discount all the hype. I'd like to see Andy in the kind of magisterial mood he was in when he saw NK off at the AO.
I think that Andy's actually been mentoring Kokki more that NK, because he has practised a lot with Kokki and not much at all with NK from what I can tell. But quite a few of the younger Aussies see Andy in that role - Luke Saville as well, who was Andy's practice partner through most of the latter part of the AO.
There are still question marks over NK's work ethic, in particular with regards to recovery processes and managing fitness. Andy said something last year or earlier this year when asked NK's potential and future success, Andy's response was something along the lines of - it depends how much he wants it and how much he's prepared to work for it. Hype and talent can only get you so far.
Andy is prepared for this to be a tough match, but he also knows that his return and defence will be key, as the previous two matches have shown, and that he can think his way through a match and adapt.