**I’ll update after Thursday’s matches are completed! 🙂
1) Do you guys remember the epic 5 setter back in 2010 between Ferrer and Verdasco? It was one of the saddest matches I ever watched. D.F. had come so close only for his pal to have been the victor in the end. That too when Ferru had won the first two sets!–> Fast forward three years later. Sadly today Fer could not repeat the same miracle that had occurred a couple years back on Louis Armstrong. Fernando being the number 27 seed at the U.S. Open was up against Croatian Ivan Dodig. *Now before this match had started I already heard alarm bells ringing off. I knew that Dodig was a tough opponent- remember he beat Rafa [in his opening] round in Montreal in 2011!
Anyway Fer started the match slowly. Which is more or less his game-style now. I think I’m going to have just face the truth, Fer isn’t going back to his crazy run in ’09-’10. In the third and fourth set the Madridista was hitting the most amazing forehands. Even the commentators here were quite impressed by him (and I’m only mentioning this because he does get mocked sometimes). In the bitter end Fer had hit the ball out which had halted his run for the U.S. Open. Nevertheless I’d like to point out a couple positives. I have to! 1) Fer is still in the doubles. Hopefully he can go deep there. 2) He along with David Marrero have a good shot of making it to the doubles race in Barclay’s. That would be quite cool actually. 🙂
2) Rafa was being Rafa today 🙂 when up against the young American Ryan Harrison. The Mallorcan is like the Energizer bunny this year- nothing is stopping this guy on hard courts! Moving on he’ll face the winner of Pospisil/Rogerio Dutra Silva. BTW, Feli and Tommy are thru to their second round as well.
3) Not sure if it was nerves or not having playing played the number one junior (in ATP currently) before…but David had started off his match a lil slow. He beat Kyrgios 7-5, 6-3, 6-2. Next up for him is fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut.Are you guys having a good week so far? All the best from an extremely hot and humid California. 🙂