Random thoughts from yesterday:
Before the Rieschick-Sugita match, I overheard this kid basically acting surprised that Rieschick was a pro tennis player and didn't expect much from him because of his size. Then Rieschick proceeds to win in straight sets.
Sugita has a good serve, but Rieschick was like a wall, returning very well. Rieschick's serve wasn't all that great (save for a few powerful ones here and there), and his second serve was pretty meh, but Sugita never really attacked it. In fact, maybe if Sugita tried being a more aggressive/attacking player (like he was in some games), then he might have had a chance.
Oh, and Rieschick is like a big teddy bear. Hehe. He seems really nice off the court, as I saw him joking around a bit with some of the other players after the match. He was also really nice when I asked for an autograph and photo. Very intense out on the court, though. Lots of yelling.
Bhambri vs. Rungkat looked like an intense match. I could see that the first set was quite intense, some really nice ground strokes from both players. Then the match started running longer and longer (two matches on centre court finished, and they still weren't done yet) and both players started getting tired and hurting. It became more of an endurance match by the third set, and both called for an MTO. It goes into tiebreak, and both had a lot of heart, but in the end, Rungkat made more errors than Bhambri. I imagine Lu is gonna sweep him aside tomorrow.
Didn't get to see Lu vs. Huang but I hear loud cheering when Huang finally got on the board.
That top half of the draw is ripe for Lu's taking... very weak now, I think.
I got to get autographs and take photos with Rieschick, Capkovic (who's very, very tall, but was in a good mood after he and Weintraub won their doubles match), and Laaksonen (who was there for some training; I must have caught him after training as he was very quiet). I saw a bunch of other players as well but didn't get the chance to approach them.
More second round matches today.