The motto for Survivor, a show that I have avoided ever watching for however long it's aired, is "Outwit, Outplay, Outlast." It's actually a bit of a misnomer. You don't actually have to outwit or outplay the other contestants to win. All that matters is that you outlast them, however way you can.
That principle applied to the epic Reeshie/Moose match, a five setter that saw ridiculous quality from Richard in the first two sets, scrappy "how the hell is he hanging in there" Houdini shit from Muzzard, before, as many predicted, Ricky ran out of gas in the third set, allowing the fitter Moose to cruise to victory.
It was interesting match insofar as there were no villains (except the FFT, arguably) and despite the feeling of inevitability that crept in as Rico's legs and mind began to fail him, the match was full of drama and tension. As a Moose fan, there was just so much to like about how Rich was striking the ball in those first two sets. That one backhand down the line in the first set? That second serve backhand return in the second? You know which ones I'm talking about. They were epic and welcome reminders as to why Richard Gasquet matters and why, whether or not he's playing one of your faves, it's important to root for him. He falls into that category along with Nalby, Ernie, and Marcos. Tennis is beautiful and varied when they play well.
But Ricardo ran out of gas (see how I'm avoiding the "Gassed-quet" pun? Discretion is the better part of valor). Again, inevitable. He's not fully fit in a "I can compete ever other week for a year" kind of way, and was coming off back-to-back tournaments and an 3+ hour grinding Nice final against FeVer. I honestly don't think it would have made a difference if the FFT gave him an extra day.
As for Muzzard, even with all the caveats, this was an important win for him. The way Rick was playing I fully expected Andy to lose his shit and go away. But he fought hard and really, if a few points go the other way *cough*muffedvolleyintothenetonsetpoint*cough*, who knows. This could have been a straight set win for the Moose. But the conjecture is irrelevant. He fought, he stayed with it, and all the wind sprints chasing Florida cheerleaders in the off-season paid off. So good on him.
Now don't let it go to waste, Moose.