I am not here all the time as you know so just stopping by for a brief moment.
First off, congrats to Federer on his 17th. He did have a very nice and soft draw to make the final and Nole not being his own self since the AO, it did open up the path for him all the way to the final. Andy, on the other hand, had to deal with a very tough draw which got tougher and tougher with each round. Karlovic, Ferrer and Tsogna were especially tough. I really think that at this age and stage, if Federer were given a similar draw, he would have found himself in a world of trouble. Still, he was only two points away (3 times) from a defeat to Benneteau, lucky for him, Benneteau didn't have much left him in the fifth set and after that match, one could easily tell that Federer escaped big time and avoided a defeat like Nadal in the 2nd round.
As to final today, Andy had all the momentum going on until the roof came on. He was serving out of his mind in the 1st and 2nd set, but it dropped significantly as soon as the roof came on and after that long game in the 3rd set, where he eventually got broken, he was never the same again. And the fact that he had to start the first three sets 2nd, didn't really help his case when it mattered the most. He really needed a bit of luck there. Anyway, because I pay a lot of attention to Andy, I knew that his confidence level was shaken in the 3rd set and he was getting tighter and tighter with each game and by the time, 4th set rolled around, it was all gone. The roof has its benefits as well as its downsides but there's not much you can do about it, unfortunately.
Am extremely gutted after the loss needless to say as I picked Andy in 4 but the luck was always on Federer's side from the get go. The easy scheduling, the soft draw and always having to play first and be done with his match before any other player, I am sure it helps. But all things considered, it was going to be really tough for Andy anyway. To play one competitive match after another given his draw can take a lot out of you. It was already extremely overwhelming for him to be in the final, as he became the first player to make it after 74 years. At the same time though, I feel, Andy's time just around the corner. Or hope so. He made me very proud these past two weeks. If Andy had won a Slam already, then we would have probably seen a different result today who knows, but he has such a tough luck all around that, unlike the top three players, none of his opponents in the finals were either novice or a first timer. They are all either multiple Slam winners or at least won 1 Slam prior.