As Lugburz surely knows, Tommy Haas came out firing
and never stopped. Dimitrov did likewise for the first half of the first set and there were some spectacular fireworks between them. However as the set moved on to the first tie-break Dimitrov couldn't keep up the pace and in the second set, although he won serve, it was always by a narrower margin than Haas and one knew that if it went to another tie-break that Tommy would win it. So it happened, 7-6, 7-6.
The Tursunov - Matosevic match was very close. I had not seen Tursunov for some years and was surprised how good his serve was. The two kept pace a set a piece and until the tie-break in the third when, as I recall, Matosevic was leading 3 -1 when he suddenly developed a severe camp in his leg, and someone said, his racquet hand. In short, he then hobbled to defeat. That was sad
. It is tough when the body lets you down like that. Score 6-3, 4-6, 7-6.
The Isner - Baghdatis match was distinguished by having only one tie-break set, which Baggy won
! He played a good game with some nice touch but in the end it was the Isner serve. Still, Isner was not as overwhelming as he can be. Scores 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 shows it.
It was during the last match of the night between Del Potro and Anderson when tennis balls rained on the spectators in the stands. One of Del Potro's overheads came uncomfortably close to me. It is disconcerting
to see a tennis ball coming at you fast. Anderson did well in the first set but it was mostly his serve while Del P had other things as well like his famous ground strokes and some surprisingly effective approaches to the net. Score 7-6, 6-3. Anderson more or less gave up when he lost the first set tie-break at love.
I'm glad Del Potro won. I was telling myself that the last thing I wanted to see was another Anderson - Isner final.