I think he got a fairly good draw for the US Open, especially for a non-seed with T. Alves first, then probably Bagnis and either Authom/Zeballos in the final round, couldn't ask for a better opportunity.
A nice looking R2, if he can get past Alves. Looks like he's 0-3 against Zeballos, though all were on clay, and it was tight at the French this year. Just worried about his ability to push through in close matches, hopefully he can get it going.
I dont think Peter could have asked for a better draw. In any event, I hope to make it over in time tomorrow to catch his match. Alves is crafty but no weapons so as long as Peter plays well he should take this.
Besides the three games at 4-1 in the first, Peter completely dictated this match. Lots of beautiful winners. What impressed me most was the hold at 3-3 in the second set. Alves had 0-40, and Peter saved all three break points with aces. Game lasted another 10 or so points, and every time Peter was down break point he came up with a huge serve.
But man - those three games at 4-1 were horrendous. Peter went up 0-40 at 3-1 up and Alves missed first serves on every point - but Peter got nothing back in play. He then missed a couple of easy groundstrokes and you could tell right away things were going to get bad.
I didn't see Bagnis but based on the evidence yesterday if Peter plays to his level and stays mentally strong, he should win.