I had another good day at the tournament. I parked for most of the time at the smaller Stadium1 court, which offers from the upper seats
, shade, a breeze and a pleasing view of the apparently affluent residential neighborhood across parkland along with a good view of the court. Much nicer than the main stadium which is too hot
in the afternoon.
First up was a match between Jack Sock and Igor Sijsling, which Sock won comfortably 6-4, 6-2. Interestingly, Mohamed Lahyani was the Chair Umpire, even though it was one of the smaller courts. Normally one only sees him at the big matches. In my shady seat, I could view the scoreboard in the main stadium and when I saw that Somdev Devvarman had won a first set over last years winner, Alexandr Doglopolov, I though it time to go over and see what was up. Devarrman is Mr. Consistency; nothing flamboyant, just careful shots. Doglopolov, on the other hand lives dangerously all the time and is really fun to watch. He tries anything and everything at different stages of the match and is clearly having a wonderful time doing it. Unfortunately he lost today 3-6, 6-7 and I must admit to being sorry to see him go.
Then back to my perch at Stadium1 for the Tomic - Goffin match. Tomic was on his best behavior and there was no awkward parent in sight. He only needed to play well as Goffin was really very routine. I expected better. Tomic won 6-1, 6-3. While this was going on, I kept an eye on the main stadium scoreboard and noted that Ryan Harrison was giving Lleyton Hewitt a hard time. It was awfully noisy there and I did not want to go into the heat of that particular kitchen so I stayed put. Harrison won 6-3, 7-5
. Next up in my stand was a good match between X-man Malisse and Grigor Dimitrov. I've been a long term Malisse fan but I had not seen Dimitrov play before. The game was a good one, mostly following serve but Dimitrov had the slight advantage and won 7-6, 7-4.
Then came Davydenko and Marinko Matosevic (who beat James Blake yesterday evening).It was a close match. Davydenko impresses with his outstanding physical condition. After all, he's been round for quite a long time. Still, Matosevic kept up the pressure as he did with Blake and eventually won with 6-4, 7-5.
Sam Groth, the big server, was unlucky enough to draw another big server Milos Raonic at the last of the night matches in the main stadium. I sat through part of that while they threw bombs at each other. I did not see the whole match but while I was there, Groth hit one serve at 147 mph. But, not surprisingly, Raonic had slightly the better overall game and he ended up winning 7-5, 6-4.
Yes, lots of tennis in a very full day. I was sorry about Lleyton but I expect he'll be there at Cincy again.
Don't see him quitting just yet.