New kit, old habits.
My man Moose has been described as many things: clever, miserable, pasty as a vampire. But perhaps above all those entirely accurate descriptions one thing has remained true throughout the 2009-10 seasons: He is consistently inconsistent. You never know which Andy will show up on any given day and that is the stress that Moose Heads must deal with on a weekly basis. One day he's making Rafa look a step slow and predictable, the next he looks like he has no business being in a Grand Slam final. One week he's making Fed look one step away from calling it a career, the next he looks like he doesn't even belong in the same league.
Andy can't be counted on. Even he knows this. He's said that his goal in 2011 is to become more consistent. Unfortunately it's still 2010.
Fed was sharp today, no doubt. Andy would have needed his A-game make this a competitive match. But for whatever reason, in front of his friends and family, on a court that suits his game perhaps more than anyone else, against an opponent he has had past and recent success against, he just plain didn't have it. He was flat, he played with no conviction, no passion, and he slinked away from this match lucky not to have been sent home with a bag full of pastries.
So it goes. It's no surprise or shock that he lost yesterday to Fed. Had this been a competitive three-setter no one would have flinched if Fed had come out on top. But Andy was flat out crap. For a guy who is one of the most competitive players on the tour the trend is utterly perplexing. Even more disconcerting is the fact that he has no idea why this keeps happening.
He'll have a must win match against Daveed on Thursday, who lost to Sod in straights today.
Damn you, Moose, for making me root for Fed.