Thanks Kworb; I hadn't seen that before.
But yeah, he missed close to a year and half, which is incredibly tough for a player of his age. Those are some of the most important developmental years.
And it's too bad he withdrew from Kalamazoo, I hope it's not an injury. I live pretty close to there and have gone to the tournament before, was thinking of going for half a day to watch Christian play.
Though Christian lost in qualifying for the last two futures, I had a feeling he was starting to play better, based on the fact that he beat some very solid players, like Chris Kearney. Well today he validated my feeling at least a little bit.
He beat Rudolf Siwy 6-2 5-7 6-3. Siwy might be in bad form, but he is a decent player that made a futures final pretty recently and won by retirement over Rajeev Ram earlier this year. He also played Donald Young in a close match in the next round of that tournament(Indian Wells Qualifying). So I would say a pretty positive result for Christian. Next up is either his good friend and 7 seed Mike Venus or his fellow American youngster Dennis Novikov. BTW, he is also playing doubles with Venus and they won their first round.
Christian lost 6-0 6-1 to Denis Kudla.
Tough one, but pretty expected. Denis is a very good young player and I'm not expecting too much consistency from Christan at this point.
I'm more still shocked about the Venus result, he must be in very bad form.