Emma - I' like to pick up on your response to me about Djokovic's tough semi against Del Potro. I disagree that Murray's semi with Janowicz was comparable. Whether JJ is an up & coming player / had something to lose or not is beside the point - after winning the first set, he slid back into a more submissive role in the match & Murray was basically unchallenged in the final 2 sets.
This does’nt compare to the tough contest between Djokovic & JMDP. JMDP was formidable in that match, and it could have gone either way. The energy, both emotional & physical that such an encounter requires is different to one in which one has control, and Murray had control of his semi with JJ. Verdasco played well in the first 2 sets, but his usual inconsistency was an open book in the final 2 sets, taking the sting off the contest, with Murray very much in control. It was a shorter, less demanding 5 set match than the Djokovic / JMDP one.
Other significant factors are that Djokovic could not play his best tennis on the day. He was prone to errors & failed to take his chances. This may in part have been due to being exhausted after the JMDP match, or because he was having an “off” day or both. The evidence is his inability to finish points off quickly & to move as well as he usually does.
I do of course acknowledge that Murray played well, and remained focused & determined throughout. He took most of the presenting chances & had more of a momentum when it mattered. As a result, he was the better player on the day & outplayed Djokovic. Add to this the crowd support for Murray, which must have had at least some effect in keeping him energised.
I am not saying that Murray won because Djokovic played a tough semi, but that it would have been a closer match if Djokovic had been able to play his best game, which he could not do at least in part to having played a tough 5 setter beforehand. I find it odd that anyone would think that Djokovic was playing his best game out there. He wasn’t. This fact does not diminish Murray's win, but gives perspective to how the win was achieved in straight sets.
Sid – I agree that Lendl has had a wonderful influence on Murray. He's helped him to break free of self doubt, & the results speak for themselves. But for me the remarkable thing is not that Lendl has been a positive influence, but rather that Murray allowed himself to be guided. This makes me respect him & his efforts even more. For it takes courage to trust someone enough to be guided by them & to put oneself in the hands of a mentor / accept ones shortcomings & make the changes required to overcome them, particularly where attitude / emotions are concerned. To me, Murray’s biggest achievement is to allow himself to be guided. Everything else has simply followed from that. It has been just wonderful to see the blossoming of a potential ability to be a grand slam winner, into a realised one. I hope he can follow his remaining dreams to fruition.