Awesome Frank today - best match he's played at US Open I've ever seen (and I've been through a lot). Phone was dying unfortunately so no pics today.
MTO's werent serious - the first was for a blister or foot problem that just needed to be taped, the second was from a cut on his elbow after he dove for a volley. Speaking of diving volleys, Frank pulled a Boris Becker at 5-2 in the 4th set tiebreak and hit a winner off a diving volley - cut his elbow again on that play but kept going. In poetic fashion, Haase double faulted to lose the match.
I missed the first set, but Frank was the better and more aggressive player throughout the match. Serve was miles ahead of where it was in qualifying - Haase wasn't getting much on his service games and he was scoring plenty of cheap points. More impressive was that Frank took every chance he had - at 30-40 and 6-5 in the 3rd set he played an amazing point and finished with a running passing shot. In the 4th set breaker almost every point he won off a winner and not a UE from Haase, including another amazing backhand pass at 1-0. The forehand was dialed in and he was hitting winners off the backhand consistently, especially down the line.
Overall so glad Frank got his first US Open MD victory (amazing he never had one before) - Robredo's probably too much for him but great for his confidence and his wallet to reach the second round - well done Frank
Tebbutt was at most of match should be blogging about it soon.
I'll be there again Thursday