I think had you offered Big John the runner-up spot in both Singles & Doubles at the start of the tournament he would have taken it.
Sure he is going to be disappointed but he has taken a massive step forward this week and he needs to concentrate on the positives. Top 10 for the first time, firmly cementing his place as the Number One American.
I have always enjoyed watching Big John live and was very impressed with his run to the Semi Final at the Paris Masters in November. He has shown that he is not just about the big serve, he likes to come in and volley away a winner and for someone so tall his movement, especially side to side, is improving all the time.
His willingness to play in Doubles is also impressive, given the norm of players in today’s game to concentrate on Singles only. He has had some success, a couple titles & finals over the past few years which to me shows he is wanting to constantly improve his game. Remember that Big John turns Pro later than most (2007) as he went to College so in a sense he has spent time playing catch-up.
Miami is next, which he goes into with a new pressure on his big shoulders. People will expect a lot more from him now. Everything is heading in the right direction, the rise has been progressive and there is no reason why it cannot continue.
Good luck Big John