I'm so HAPPY!
I don't want to jinx anything, but has anyone else noticed that the second round nearly always proved to be his stumbling block. With one exception in the beginning of the year, he only passed into the QF twice and both times he ended up playing in the final. Besides, both of those second round matches were extremely tough and he nearly lost them. He had to save match points againt Mantilla in Monte Carlo, and he was 2 sets to 1 down againt Coutelot in RG.
But he passed this demonic obstacle tonight, so maybe he'll go all the way again. Anyway, I'm overjoyed.
I so hope my theory is right.