Montreal – 2R

Three players had to play two matches on Wednesday because their first round encounters were interrupted by rain: Fernando Verdasco (1-1, *2:2 with Kamke), Feliciano Lopez (1-1, *2:3 with Stepanek) and John Isner (6-3, *1:2 with Baghdatis). Neither of them was able to get two wins within the day…
Kevin Anderson [35] made the biggest upset of the first two days of the tournament (the only second round meeting on Tuesday), outplaying in just 69 minutes the double defending champion Andy Murray 6-3, 6-1. “Sometimes you can make mistakes with your preparation, but I’ve done pretty similar stuff to what I’ve always done coming in here. It’s just a really bad day. It’s happened to me a couple times this year and also last year, as well” explained Murray, who spent 10 days in Miami preparing himself for two Masters Series events in North America. “It was probably not exactly what I was expecting” admitted Anderson, for whom it’s the biggest win since beating Novak Djokovic three years ago in Miami.
Djokovic in his first match as the new No. 1 in the world, played against Nikolay Davydenko [30] one of the weirdest sets in career. There were seven breaks of serve in the 1st set, the Russian led with a double break 4:1, and had a set point on serve at 5:4 – sent a forehand long. Djokovic said after a 7-5, 6-1 victory: “I didn’t play a match for four weeks. It took me some time to get used to the conditions, get into the match. I needed to hang in there. I needed to wait for the chances“. It was a good day for the Serbs: in 3-setters won D’Joke’s compatriots – Viktor Troicki and Janko Tipsarevic, the latter after a 3-hour-double-fault-fest (27 d.faults in total, including 3 in a row in the  tie-break!!) battled past Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, Tipsy squandered a triple match point on serve in the 2nd set. He faces next Ivan Dodig [41] who scored the biggest win of his career stunning in the other 3-hour match, Rafael Nadal 1-6, 7-6, 7-6. Nadal led 3:1* in the 2nd set, he never before suffered a loss wasting such a big advantage, considering a set and a half! The Spaniard had his chances also in the deciding set, led 3:0, afterwards was two points away from win at three different occasions: *5:3 (30 all), 6:5* (deuce), 5:4* in the tie-break!! He was unusually tentative from his forehand side, but credit to the Croat for great service performance (19 aces; 11 in the final set!) and offensive attitude – he was going to the net after the 1st serve regularly since the middle of the 2nd set. Dodig converted the first match point with a cross-court backhand winner. “He played very well, very aggressive. He didn’t feel the pressure in the important moments. And at the end of the match, probably I was a little bit unlucky today,” said Nadal.
Ivo Karlovic [125] has won the most all-tie-break matches in history #. This time he prevailed in three tie-breaks against Philipp Petzschner in a match with only two breaks of serve (an exchange of breaks in the middle of the 3rd set, the German was *3:2 ’40-30′ ahead). In the deciding tie-break Karlovic led 3:0 with two mini breaks but Petzschner fought off a triple match point, only to lose his serve on the 4th match point.

# Karlovic’s all tie-break matches (8-3):
2004, Indian Wells: A.Pavel 6-7(10), 7-6(4), 6-7(4)
2004, Cincinnati: W.Moodie 6-7(2), 7-6(7), 7-6(9)
2004, St. Petersburg: A.Corretja 7-6(3), 6-7(5), 7-6(8)
2006, Barcelona: E.Korolev 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 7-6(5)
2007, Tokyo: H.T.Lee 7-6(6), 6-7(8), 7-6(8)
2007, Basel: T.Berdych 6-7(5), 7-6(2), 7-6(13)
2008, Queens Club: R.Nadal 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 6-7(4)
2008, Gstaad: V.Hanescu 7-6(4), 6-7(3), 6-7(11)
2011, Doha: P.Kohlschreiber 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 7-6(2)
2011, Houston: J.Isner 7-6(2), 6-7(2), 7-6(9)
2011, Montreal: P.Petzschner 6-7(0), 7-6(2), 7-6(6)
This entry was posted in Tournaments. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply