Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Day 3 U.S. Open Matches

John Isner over Rik De Voest 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
Isner's serve was way too much for the German, so the Isner Legend (as the calls it) continues. The 6-9 American wild card actually lost serve today, but it was at 5-1 in the second set so he just must have lost focus. Isner had chances to break in the second set, but clearly he couldn't stand the thought of playing a tennis match that didn't involve a tiebreaker. The first five points of the 'breaker were RIDICULOUS - in term's of both Isner's play and one point of net-cord luck. He got up 5-0, lost the next four, then served two bombs to take it 7-4. Next up is a third-round showdown with Roger Federer. I will be at the match! I'm hoping for Saturday night on Arthur Ashe....

Roger Federer over Paul Capedeville 6-1, 6-4, 6-4
Even Federer said he played well, and when that happens, you know he must have been on fire. He was. 45 winners and 11 unforced errors!?!? Wow. Capedeville even played well in the third set and never had a remote chance. And I think I'll mention it again: Federer-Isner on Saturday and I'll be in attendance.

Robby Ginepri over Oliver Rochus 6-0, 6-3, 6-1
OK I thought Ginepri had a good chance it this one, but this scoreline is just ridiculous. I mean Ginepri has barely won matches this year, much less ones this lopsided. Granted Rochus has been close to terrible over the past four months, but still he is still a formidable opponent. Rochus also has enjoyed some really good Opens in the past as well. Not this time; Ginepri had way too much game for him on this day. Big Shot Bob always seems to find his game this time of year. Could he be finding it again?

Marat Safin over Frank Dancevic 7-5, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (9-7)
I had Dancevic in this one that was more of a don't-wanna-get-my-hopes-up-about-Safin pick. I did think Dancevic had a real good chance though; he's had a great summer and Safin has been anything but the Safin of old throughout this year. By all indications, however, Safin played great tennis today and more importantly, sported a strong mental game. Pulling out three close sets certainly would suggest that. Safin has Wawrinka next and he'll have to play just like he did today to pull that one out. I'm hoping for a Safin-Ginepri third round clash, and hoping they'll throw it on Armstrong as opposed to Ashe.

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