I think doing well in the DC will be extremely important to Andy - it's not about points or money for him, it's about smashing records and doing something for the first time. Although on a playing level - it's a one man show (or two with Jamie in the doubles) I think behind the scenes each and every member of the team has a role and they are all obviusly very supportive of each other. If they were to win it,I think Andy would be vindicated in his decision to notpariticpate fully in it as he has given it his all this year. I think the reception he will receive in Glasgow will be pheonomenal and will quicly repair some of the disapppintment he must be feeling after last night. Everything was against him - the draw, the schedule, the illness and then meeting someone that decided they would play the match of their lives. He gave it everyting he physically could and left everything out there.
I too dropped in to the match thread and quickly dropped right out again - seeing the last 6/7 posters was enough to confirm that it was not a pleasent place to be.
Andy is a unique talent and one which will not be replicated anytime soon - he wont'win every match and yes it's dissapointing but the guy is a national hero and has a bank balance to fear,a beautfiul wife and a baby on the way - he has a life outwith tennis - unlike so many of the "brave keyboard warriers" on here !!!
Onwards and upwards Andy Murray - you'll be coming home to Scotland next week and that can only be a good thing.
Thank you for your terrific posts. I had a rather weird experience of Andy's match last night as my son and I had tickets for the night-time Ashe session at the Open that I bought from a friend of mine a few weeks ago. I was deeply disappointed that we weren't going to see Andy but since his match was an afternoon one I consoled myself with the thought that I could watch it on TV and it would all be over before I went to the stadium. Well, of course, they were still in the first set when I had to leave so my son tracked the score on my phone on the way. By the time we got to Flushing Meadow and were getting something to eat Andy was down 1-5 in the second! I watched him nearly get back to evens on the big screen, at which point we went into Ashe to watch Johanna Konta (eventually) lose to Kvitova. I fear I didn't give the women's match sufficient attention because I was madly following Andy's score on my phone, thrilled when he played a great tiebreak to take the third set and eventually crushed when he couldn't manage the same for the fourth.
So I followed the match at a close yet far remove and didn't see any of the stuff on MW for which I'm grateful going on what I've read towards the end here. What I want to say is this. It was completely clear from both the score of Andy's match and the constant roars and ripples of sound and cheering and gasps in Armstrong that were clearly audible when I was sitting next door in Ashe that some incredible tennis was being played, the tension was unbelievable, the players were playing their hearts out and the spectators were having a fantastic time. I longed to be there!
Meanwhile, over in Ashe, we were watching Konta try very hard but eventually be wiped out by a superior player who clearly decided halfway through the second set that she shouldn't be hanging around like this and raised her game to finish Konta off. It was okay but in the end suspense-free. Their match and Andy's ended around the same time (four hours and 18 minutes, longest of the tournament so far!). Out came Isner and Federer. Isner managed to hold his serve, Federer produced some amazing shots in holding his and we watched him win two sets in predictable tiebreaks. I turned to my son and said, "Would you mind if we went home? This is boring." He completely agreed. There was no heart, no suspense, no tension. It was just Federer being clinical and Isner not being good enough to respond to F's better shots.
The point being that our experience was entirely different from those watching Andy and Kevin Anderson. I agree. Andy isn't a robot, he can't play a cold, dull game, at least not on purpose, and he's had a long, tiring year. I can't believe how consistently great he is and how much he cares about what he does and how he does it. It is really true: you don't know what you've got till it's gone, and when he isn't a top player anymore we are going to miss that deeply. So let's embrace it while it's still here, good and bad. I'm not against criticism of Andy, I just don't like the implication that he's somehow suddenly rubbish because he can't obliterate every opponent every time. As others have said, what makes him so great is that he's so human. And I say three cheers and on to the Davis Cup.