Wednesday Match Report
I went to the matches yesterday. Here's what I saw:
Got on the grounds around 11:20, just after play had started. Did a quick cruise of the grounds. Watched a few points of Dushevina-Bychova, only because Bychova had sat down next to me at the Bronx event the other week and had lunch in a shady spot by one of the small courts. Wanted to see what her deal was. I guess she upset Kuznetsova in the first round here the year Kuznetsova was defending, but hasn't done much else. Nice looking girl, but don't see her doing too much on the court.
Watched a few minutes of Kohlschreiber-Zabaleta. Kohly was pretty much toying with him, so I moved quickly. Watched a few games of Berrer-Przys... Berrer had already won the first and got up an early break in the 2nd, only to give it right back. I enjoy watching some of these types of matches where you have either a few journeymen, or a journeyman and a younger guy trying to break into the scene. You could see how much it meant to Berrer. He was really into it. Oh, by the way, an hour or so later he and a security guy cut in front of me in line so he could take a potty break. And I think Sam Querrey's dad was a few people in front of me in line since the back of his hat said something like "Dan Querrey"...I forget the first name. I think it looked like the guy I saw interviewed during one of Sam's matches - probably at Wimby. I would have asked him what happened to his son the previous day, but didn't feel like losing any teeth. Anyway, Berrer is not a bad looking player. Was focusing more on his play, so can't say much about Przys...
Also saw the end of the first set of Wawrinka-Korolev. I guess this turned out to be a doozy. They were trading some nasty groundies as you might expect. Koroloev certainly has a lot of game, just seems like he's going to need to learn how to harness it. Also caught a bit of the Lee-Parrott vs. Ljubo-Bolelli doubles match. I know Ljubo has had some past success with Ancic in slam events and especially in Davis Cup. He certainly knows how to volley, but I wasn't terribly impressed with his doubles sense. He didn't really have that good feel and movement around the net that you see from the top doubles guys.
I made a point to take in a bit of the Gulbis-Starace match, wanting to see what this Gulbis had to offer. Well, plenty in my eyes. I know Potito probably isn't exactly much of a test on a fast hard court, but I really liked what I saw in Gulbis. Smooth strokes, great feel, very creative, not afraid to come in. I suspect he may take the familiar route of a really young player that breaks into the top 100 or even top 50, then maybe takes anywhere from 6-18 months to really find their game, and learn how to compete against and beat the top players, and then makes his push into the top 20 or even higher. Look forward to some big things from this kid.
Then I had to position myself for Robredo-Reynolds. Reynolds and Tursy are my two favorites on tour, so I wanted to take in the better part of both their matches if possible. The US Open keeps letting more and more people in each year, so getting a seat at any court other than Ashe can be a pain in the ass. They were playing on court 13 which is one of the larger non show courts. Had to wait to get in as the Sugiyama match was just finish up, but got a good seat that was even shaded. Reynolds missed on a bunch of break opps in Robredo's first two service games. Tommy then got one break that he turned into a 6-3 set. Play was pretty even from the baseline. Tommy was obviously just a bit more consistent even though Reynolds dictated play for the most part. Man, Tommy's backhand can be sweet. Second set was very similar. Reynolds probably had better break chances and finally got a set point at 5-6 on Tommy's serve, but couldn't convert. It seemed like on all of Reynold's good break chances he went for it on the return, but was always missing. I liked the agressive strategy at first, but when it kept failing time after time, thought it may have been a bit more prudent to just get into the rally.
Need to break here. I'll follow with part two shortly....