Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Day 2 U.S. Open Matches

Xavier Malisse over Kristian Pless 6-4, 6-7 (7-5), 6-3, 7-5
I didn't even think Malisse was in the draw this year. Where has he been? Well, it's not like beating Pless 7-5 in the fourth is some kind of extraordinary accomplishment, but it's certainly a good sign for Malisse. Malisse always - and I mean always - seems to be around over Labor Day weekend at the Open, and he actually has a decent chance to be there again. He has David Nalbandian next, and Nalbandian has not exactly been lighting up the tennis courts in 2007.

Stefan Koubek over Sam Querrey 7-6 (7-1), 6-1, 6-1
What a stunning disappointment for Querrey. I mean this is really bad. The loss itself is bad, but the way it happened is even worse. Querrey squandered six match points in the first set before losing in a tiebreaker, and then he just completely went away. He was done after the first set and just went through the motions in the second and third. How else can you explain someone with that serve winning two games in two sets!? And Querrey had been playing well prior to this one....

Wayne Odesnik over Danai Udomchoke 6-7 (7-2), 6-3, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2)
This is the third win in two days for American wild cards (Odesnik joined Isner and Donald Young in the second round) and surely Odesnik's biggest win of his career. He has been playing the best tennis of his career on the U.S. hard courts this summer (lost to Isner in the 3rd round of D.C. and then beat Ljubicic in Montreal) but this win was the biggest yet. Odesnik actually has a good chance to go one more round, as he gets Juan Ignacio Chela in the second round and Chela has been anything but stellar recently.

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