Wednesday (2nd round):
Coria over Lopez 6-4 6-2
Blake over Schuettler 7-6 4-6 6-4!
Federer over Ascione 6-7 6-2 6-3
Santoro over Novak 7-6 6-3
Grosjean over Henman 6-3 6-7 6-4
Phillippoussis over Kuerten 3-6 6-3 6-4
Pavel over Mantilla 6-4 6-3
Nalbandian over Bjorkman 4-6 6-3 7-5
Carraz over Schalken 7-6 6-4
Hrbaty over Verkerk 6-3 6-2
In the biggest upset of the 2nd round, 5th seed Schuettler was ousted by Blake.
4 other seeds also went out - Novak, Mantilla, Schalken and Verkerk.
All 3 contenders for the 8th place - Nalbandian, Grosjean and Philippossis - needed 3 sets to go through, as well as Federer.
Thursday (3rd round):
Coria over Pavel 7-6 6-3
Federer over Hrbaty 6-3 6-4
Roddick over Robredo 7-5 6-4
Nalbandian over Carraz 6-4 6-2
Ferrero over Santoro 6-3 4-6 7-6
Grosjean over Philippoussis 7-6 6-7 6-4
Massu over Blake 3-6 6-4 6-4
Srichaphan over Arazi 6-4 6-3
The 2 last matches on center court fullfilled all the organizers expectations. Santoro battled with Ferrero until a 3rd set tie break, which the top seed finally won 9-7 after saving match point at 5-6.
Grosjean missed 2 match points at 5-4 in the 2nd set and 2 more on the tie break at 6-5 and 8-7, before losing it 8-10. He finally won the battle between the 2 candidates for Houston on his 6th match point in the 3rd set.
Eventually, the favourites all won, and 7 of the top 8 seeds went through to the quarter final.
Coria beat Massu 7-5 6-3
Ferrero beat Srichaphan 6-4 6-4
Roddick beat Nalbandian 7-6 7-5
Grosjean beat Federer 4-6 7-6 7-5
Grosjean was given the center stage again and didn't dissapoint anyone... except Nalbandian, who now should hope the Frenchman fails to win the tournament in order to qualify to Houston.
First, Coria continued his steady progress with another straight-sets win over Massu, then Ferrero eliminated Srichaphan from the race to Houston, and Roddick avenged his loss to Nalbandian in Basel and stopped him one match short of securing his 8th place.
Federer looked set to complete a semifinal of the top 4 seeds after he won the 1st set and served for the match at 5-4 in the 2nd set... but on the brink of defeat and elimination from the Masters Cup Grosjean managed to break back and take the set to a tie break. Then he came back from 2-5 deficit to win the TB 8-6 and take the match to 3rd set.
The drama wasn't over yet... at 4-3 Grosjean saved no less than 4 break points and eventually held his serve... then he saved 2 MP at 4-5 and levelled to 5-5. He broke Federer's serve at the 2nd attempt to lead 6-5. Serving for the match, he recovered from 0-30 and saved break point at 30-40, and missed 2 match points before finally clinching victory.
Ferrero beat Coria 6-4 7-5
Grosjean beat Roddick 7-6 6-3
Compared to previous days, this was a quiet one...
Ferrero needed one break to win the 1st set. He was briefly in trouble when Coria broke his serve to lead 3-2 in the 2nd set, but immediately broke back and as in the 1st set broke again in the last game of the set.
Roddick, who served 1st in the 1st set, wasted 2 break points at 3-2, while Grosjean missed a break point at 4-4... eventually the set went to a tie break... Grosjean went 5-2 up and won the TB 7-4.
In the 2nd set, he broke Roddick's serve in the 6th game to lead 4-2, and saved 2 break points in the next game which he held to lead 5-2.
He had no trouble to win his 1st match point on his next serve.
To keep you suspended I won't reveal the result until the end... if you think Grosjean's match against Federer was dramatic, wait for this...
But first let's set the stage... Grosjean, after beating the 3rd and 2nd seeds, now needs to beat the #1 to get to the MC... Ferrero can take a lead of 59 pts over Roddick to Houston if he wins, which means he'll guaranty the year-end #1 spot if he reaches the final there... if he loses, his lead will be only 29 pts...
The crowd, of course, is 99% for Grosjean...
Grosjean served first in the 1st set... he struggled in the 7th game and needed to save 2 BP before holding his serve... in the 10th he had a set point but Ferrero saved it, and the set went break-less to a tie-break...
Grosjean dominated it all the way, took a 4-1 lead and won the TB 7-4 on his 2nd SP...
In the 2nd set Grosjean had 2 BP in the 5th but Ferrero saved them and held... the set continued break-less until Ferrero converted his 3rd BP in the 8th game, and held his serve to win 6-3 and take the match to 3 sets...
Grosjean broke for the first time in the 2nd game and led 3-0. He had a BP to lead 5-1 but Ferrero saved it and held. Then Grosjean saved 3 BP in the 7th and held to lead 5-2. 3 "match-games" for the title and trip to Houston... but Ferrero didn't give up... he held his serve to 5-3... Grosjean serves for the match and lead 30-0, but Ferrero levels, and after 2 BP he converts and narrows to 5-4, and then levels to 5-5 on his serve... Grosjean holds his serve at last to lead 6-5, and in the 12th game he got a MP, but Ferrero saved and held the game to force a tie-break...
Grosjean takes the lead in the TB 4-2, and at 5-3 he serves for 3MPs... but he loses the crucial point, and Ferrero wins the next 2 points on his serve to get a MP at 6-5... Grosjean saves and takes another MP at 7-6... Ferrero saves the 2nd MP, then takes his 2nd MP at 8-7... Grosjean saves it, but loses the next point for a 3rd MP to Ferrero, this time on his serve... and he gets it and wins 10-8 in the TB, and leaves Grosjean and the crowd stunned... and as Ferrero celebrates his victory, there is a wild celebration at Nalbandian's hotel room...
Last edited by nitsansh; 10-29-2003 at 03:14 AM.