On court 1 Andreev was playing against Wessels. They were already in the second set when I came in. Igor was playing well and was aggressive. Wessels seemed very frustrated. At one point he yelled in Dutch: “Cant the damn ball bounce well for a change!” There were some nice winners, but the match was over quickly.
Back on the practice courts I saw Hrbaty, who already lost and Jankovic, who won pretty quickly.
There was only one match I wanted to see on centre court and that was Vliegen-Verkerk. I had a good seat and enjoyed the atmosphere. Both players were serving well and started pretty equal. In the third game at 15 all a bird flew over the court and it took two minutes before it flew away lol. At 4-4 the first breakpoints were for Vliegen. Verkerk saved them and after saving some more breakpoints in the coming games in went to a tie-break. Vliegen was the better player in the first set, but Verkerk was better in the tie-break and took the first set 7-6 (7-2). Verkerk’s serve was above 210 km/h regularly, but he also hit a few double faults. Vliegen doesn’t a really fast serve, but good placement. He went to the net sometimes, something Verkerk clearly wasn’t doing. Martin can’t really play on grass from what I’ve seen. His serve alone won’t save him on the surface. One thing that amazed me was how bad Martin judged certain balls. It happened THREE times that he thought a ball was going out, but was in. Easy points for Vliegen
I left for one final walk around the courts after that first set since I had a long way back home. Verdasco was still playing and I quickly took a pic of him. I also saw two games of Llodra’s doubles match. I wanted a pic of him as well.
There was only one bus per hour that passed the stadium (Rosmalen is really in the middle of nowhere) and the only hour it didn’t go was 7 p.m. I had to wait another hour for the bus and then take the train. I decided to call my parents who were kind enough to drive 70km and pick me up.
I had a great day and will love to go again next year, but only if I have my driver’s license.