Everything yesterday was over shadowed by just 1 fact. Donald Young won a match. I blame global warming.
In other news Goffin had a gerat win over Troicki and Keothavong served for the match against Erakovic but a ball was called out that she thought was on the line. She just wouldn’t let it go and that started her meltdown. She lost in a third set tie break.
Since winning the Citi Open Dolgopolov has had 2 first round exits where he performed badly. He has played today’s opponent Lu twice before and beaten him both times. On both occasions Lu took the opening set in a tie break.
Lu has been playing pretty solid tennis recently and Dolgopolov’s starting price of 1.54 is a little low. Sooner or later Dolgo has to get his head around the fact that he has just won his second career title. We won’t know if that happens today until we watch a few games but a small lay at the start doesn’t seem like a terrible idea. Lu won’t make it easy for him and Dolgopolov will need to produce a level significantly higher than his last 2 matches to win today. Three sets are a real possibility.
Nalbandian has been unlucky enough to meet Tommy Haas in his last 2 events. He lost both in 3 sets. When he saw his opponent for today his heart may have sunk for a second until he realised he had this time drawn Haase.
Haase is no pushover as long as his serve is working well. Nalbandian has the better all round game but his own serve is the weak link so this could be a match with a great number of swings.
The only way I see this being one sided is if Hasse struggles on serve. Otherwise I will be looking to lay the player who breaks first. After that any further trades will be based on what we see in play. This will no doubt be discussed in the members’ chatroom.