I suppose in a match between two players who are such incredible servers but also such poor returners (they both take big swings on the return) you might expect no breaks, but no breakpoints even, and service games won with such ease... reminds me of a quote by Ljubicic after he'd beaten Safin in the Lyon semis a couple of years ago, when he observed that every time they step on court they might as well just play the tiebreaks without bothering about the rest of the set. I wonder if there is some destiny behind Kuerten saving those matchpoints, if he goes on to sweep through his opponents here... either way, the Great Dave is a lucky beggar, Philippoussis definitely handed him the last Houston spot on a plate.
Wednesday (2nd round):
Coria over Lopez 6-4 6-2
Blake over Schuettler 7-6 4-6 6-4!
Federer over Ascione 6-7 6-2 6-3
Santoro over Novak 7-6 6-3
Grosjean over Henman 6-3 6-7 6-4
Phillippoussis over Kuerten 3-6 6-3 6-4
Pavel over Mantilla 6-4 6-3
Nalbandian over Bjorkman 4-6...