herc... you are saying people would not be impressed with Andy beating the number 2 player in the world.. especially after their match in IW?
you obviously didnt read the last post bgt but no problem. i will see if i can elaborate. he was not injured back then. he would later have petellar tendinitis in both knees which was very painful for him and he was ordered off the courts for 35 days for complete rest. he has struggled terribly since montreal where he said that he was not able to move well because of the pain in one knee. he would get to new york and injure his second knee while practicing with murray.
do you really honestly believe he is #2 when he is kept on the court for 4 hours by an aging 32 year old moya who really has no weapons to speak off other than fitness and a solid forehand.
and how about youzhny demolishing him 0 and 1. was that a #2 ranked player to you? fed raked him over the coals in shanghai and nalby demolished him not once but twice. once in a final where nadal is usually the toughest. he has never suffered these type of losses before. not even when he was a kid playing the pros.
so to answer your question, he is not #2 right now in real terms. certainly not on hard courts.
like i said before, i am worried about him. when he left chennai, he said that he was just glad to be leaving without an injury. that is how much he has been plagued by injuries. and now having lost some fitness, he is more vulnerable to injuries like thigh strains or even recurring knee issues.
i will just be happy for him win 3-4 matches here and get the hell out of here without any injuries and keep working on his fitness and his game for the upcoming clay season.
and one last thing. indian wells hard courts are really slow. these courts here are speed rated to be faster than wimby grass. in short, the courts are significantly faster than last year.