Re: Atlanta reports
The facility is very nice. It's set up in a cool way like a tennis village per se with things all around the main two courts. The 3rd court is a walk though and I neevr made it over there. I could see the practice courts from the parking garage when I parked and I saw Johnson hitting with Go Soeda.
My tickets were for the upper deck first row but since few were there I was able to sit in the first row right behind the ourt the whole day and because of this I didn't make many trips to the grandstand.
Berankis vs De Voest:
It was clear than Berankis was the better ball-striker and player. However he did not look like he was fully into the match. De Voest was basically just existeing out there, doing abolsutely nothing special, every once ina while he would hit a good volley. But basically it was the Berankis show, whether good or bad. De Voest somehow got the first set as Berankis made awful errors late in the set. Trying to his too heavy a ball and they went well well deep.
The 2nd set looked to be more of the same as Berankis was losing confidence quickly. He faced 3 match points at 6-7 3-5.(I have a video of him saving these match points). He saved them with some big serves and confident forehands. After he held to make it 4-5, the crowd(which had been asleep) got on Berankis's side because he was the more interesting player. De Voest served for the match at 5-4 and played a horrendous game that changed the match. He double faulted, made errors and looked very tight. The momentum was all on Berankis's side after that. He won the tiebreak and then went on to win the 3rd set.
Smyzcek vs Bubka
Only saw the end of the 2nd set of this one on the grandstand. Bubka wasserving bombs and Smyczek rarely had looks. He did have a look at one point when Bubka was serving for the match but missed a fairly easy forehand and screamed in frustration. Smyzcek was frustrated all match with the linespeople. I saw some of the first points from the back of the center court(you could see the grandtsand from there). He kept thinking serves were out, probably wishful thinking more than anything.
Sock vs Bogomolov Jr.
What an ugly display of tennis this was. Sock has no plan and was just hitting ugly looking shots but Bogomolov could not do anything in the first set. I can see why Bogomolov is not doing well this year, he has lost all of his grit that made him tough last year. Sock was struggling with his timing but Bogomolov did nothing about it, never made the youngster pay. Sock was serving well, the cannon read 141 at one point(I highly doubt it, looked more like 130). I sat near Bogomolov's coach/friend idk who he was, he was Bogo's age and had blonde air, Russian. He said "we're just trying to bounce back this year". It's tough for these guys during osing seasons, the coach looked dejected after the match and each time Bogo failed to deliver on a chance. The match had an hour 40 minute rain delay Sock leading 4-2 n the 3rd. Sock has an annoying habit of going touse the Bathroom right after the players come out onto the court, he did it even after the rain delay. Bogo came out of the delay was sharper and was moving his feet well. He had 4 break points, each time on a Sock 2nd serve. Twice he tamley hit the return long, prompting racket throws.
One of the break points Sock hit a big kick serve wide that was called out, Sock challenged, the machine said in. Bogo said the mark was out and had the linesman agree the mark was out. The umpire even said he thought it was out, but that they must go by the machine. That would have given Bogo the break. After losing the game he slammed his racket into his orange gatorade and sent it flying, the gatorade getting all over the ball girl, the umpire did nothing(he let 4 racket throws and that gatorade slam go without even a warning). Bogo still had fight in him though and broke Sock to make it 4-5. At this point his coach was pumped up(the crowd was for Sock). But he gave it right back on the next game ad Sock won in an ugly fashion. I was not impressed with Sock, really just an ugly match all the way through.
At 8:15 a man and his 3 kids came and took their seats in the first row, deciding that 8:15 was a good time to show up for the 6 tickets he spent money on(he didn't even realize there had been rain delay). So for the next match I had too sit in the 2nd row.
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