great performance from him; he'll probably not win it, but no reason to be ashamed of, he really pushed Verdasco to the limit today
Completely agree. I suppose the true test for Carsten starts now though and if he can take this sort of experience onto the challenger tour and put up a series of good performances something which he failed to do last time he impressed on the main tour in LA and US Open. His next tournament is scheduled to be the Dallas Challenger where he is the third highest ranked player on the entry list.
Carsten will play Giovanni Lapentti from Ecaudor in the first round in Dallas hopefully he gets an easy win and maybe makes the semis or the final. We could even see a semi final match up between Ball vs Philippoussis. Good Luck.
Yes would be really nice if he could finally win a challenger tournament this week. If he did indeed win this tournament he would move to around 108 and be with in 30 points of the top 100. I've been checking a couple of entry lists out and it would seem that Carsten is going to play qualies in San Jose (if he doesn't make semis in Dallas), qualies of Memphis and Del Ray before coming back to Australia for DC before returning to the US to play qualies of Indian Wells and Miami along with challengers in between and wouldn't be suprised if he tried to qualify for Houston as well.
Big couple of weeks for Carsten with lots of points on offer in the tournaments he is playing in. Considering he is only about 120 points away from the top 100 and with no points to defend until April surely he will get very very close to top 100 by the time the Clay season starts in Europe. Lets hope that Carsten gains entry into the French and Wimbledon so that we have 3 aussies in the main draw guarunteed.