Ryan was much improved today in keeping it together mentally --- no breakdowns, outbursts, or letting disappointments get under his skin. Down 2 sets and making lots of UEs, he maintained composure to take over when Del Po went away in the 3rd. Clearly he didn't wear the crankypants to work today.
He does have an exceedingly defensive way of playing, --- hangs around the baseline batting back grounders until the opponent makes mistakes. He is not good on the midcourt or net game and rarely attempts to get there, so his game is mostly one-dimensional and thus predictable. The element of surprise once in awhile would keep his opp guessing and off-balance. In this regard, he plays a lot like Roddick which may be no coincidence since Andy is his mentor.
But overall much better control than at other hard court tourneys this summer. Hope the trend continues.