Mertov and I sat through two matches; Del Potro - Lopez and Federer - Haas.
The last first: Mertov will be writing at length later but he more or less agrees with Alex and Lugburz. He thought that both played a very scrappy game and in the first set wondered if Fed just wanted out of here. He also thought Tommy could have won it. Still it was all very intense for the spectators who were mostly pro-Fed. They were starting to wonder what they were going to do with their red Federer T-shirts.
Del Potro - Lopez was interesting. Del P won the first set, lost the second, and won the third 6-4, 1-6, 6-4. I didn't think he was playing as well as he did yesterday against Davydenko and was lucky to get past a very good F. Lopez.
By the timeI got to Tursunov - Ferrer, Ferrer was nearly gone 2-6, 4-6. From what I saw later, Ferrer's first serve percentage was very low, around 50% (it might have been worse). He never seems to do very well here
I did not go into Djokovic - Goffin when I saw the way the score was going. From what Alex says, there were some good things to see.
I was talking to one of the ushers, whom I have come across at the YMCA in Washington. He helps in the same way at the Washington tournament. I was congratulating him on how well he was doing directing the crowds at the Del Potro match. He brushed it off by saying that here in Cincinnati it is a lot easier, they listen and cooperate. However, in Washington, nobody listens to what you say and they all go off and do their own thing.