Rain came, improved the quality

Was it just me, or was pretty much every match better today? Federer played his usual outstanding against Gicquel. Hewitt probably did his best match of the year and actually looks dangerous before meeting the King. Verdasco got Berdych in 3 sets, only giving him 8 games! Didn’t see it, and I assume it wasn’t the best of the matches, but congrats to the lefty from Spain. He will have to show what he’s made of against Mario (aka Super-Frickin-Mario) Ancic. He just finished his match against Ferrer in the dark, by taking the 4th set tiebreak. Amazing tennis from him, amazing from Ferrer, who IMO was just unlucky getting a Ancic who was probably doing his best in years. A few minutes later, under even darker skies, Safin pulled through a 4th set win against Seppi. Also some decent tennis from the Russian who actually looks like a hot SF candidate. He will face Wawrinka, who has sort of sailed through silently (at least for me). He won by retirement today and will have to rely on good practice before facing the Marat. Baggy and Lopez will meet after they won their matches today.

This means we can start look at the QF possibilities.

Federer-Ancic?
Safin-Baghdatis?

That’s my picks anyway.

Tomorrow it’s the bottom half:
Tipsy-Turs
GGL-Schutty
Math-Cilic
Melz-Clem
Richy-Simon
Haas-Andrew
Worm-Mikhail
Kief-Rafdal

I think Stepanek-Youzhny has the potential to be the match of the day. But what do I know?!

 

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