Erik up against it, taking on Lu, in Burnie, Tasmania. Match beginning in a moment, being streamed live at http://www.burnieinternational.com.a...live-streaming
Check that; it's not Lu, it's LL Ryan Agar. (Lu withdrew due to abscess tooth. http://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/...rnament/?cs=88
Erik lost first set 6-3 and looks, like he often has in the past to be honest, unlikely to become ranked any higher. He makes too many unforced errors, against a guy who hits flat and misses into the net on his backhand a lot, for top-200 material.
His moment is too slow and his rally shots land at the opponent's service line or inside it (which is not necessarily easy to do) too often. He doesn't seem to be able to drive through the ball, or at least doesn't do it very often at all. (Probably spoiled after the Aussie Open all last week.)
He's playing better now - took the second set 6-2 - maybe half of it is rust from not playing many tour matches in a while.
Dug himself another hole but survived, coming back from 3-5 to take the third set 7-5. Plays Aussie WC Whittington in second round.