Posted by gauloises1 on March 16, 2011
(WC) Ryan Harrison d. (WC) Milos Raonic, 76(1) 46 64
Canada the U.S.A.
I was really hoping that Raonic would take care of Harrison in this particular battle of the North American young guns / wildcard recipients. For one thing, I really do like Raonic; for another, I don’t care for Harrison at all, mainly based on how he behaved at Queens last year (a lot like Roddick at his worst without the charm). But I was nothing but impressed by his game yesterday and his attitude; he threw himself neck-or-nothing at Raonic’s serves and the net equally and displayed great touch and a cool head at the biggest moments.
Not that Raonic played badly at all. It was a fun, high-quality match that had a lot of wild predictions being thrown around (the Grand Slam rivalry of the future? We’ll see) and Harrison’s play definitely definitely justified a big celebration.
He gets Federer next. Best of luck with that, young man.
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Posted by gauloises1 on March 15, 2011
One particular man anyway, at least to begin with. JMDP was fairly solid in a straight sets victory over twentieth seed Alexandr Dolgopolov, with the exception of minor kerplosions serving for the first set and the match. But he got it done anyway, 76(3) 63. Round of sixteen, baby. At a Masters.
All about the heart.
And the arms.
And the legs.
It was a frustrating match for Dolgopolov, who is such a fun and funky player but couldn’t quite rein it in at crucial moments. Couple that with some smoking forehands from JMDP and, well. JMDP plays Philipp Kohlschreiber yet, who caused a sensation by taking out Robin Soderling in straight sets. Something of a surprise given the fourth seed’s stellar 2011 so far (Australian Open excepted), but apparently Soderling had a left foot injury and may be doubtful for Miami. At least he didn’t make any catty remarks about “real tennis”. Speaking of which …
Sam Querrey has apparently finally arrived in 2011, beating Verdasco 75 64 to set up a fourth round meeting with Tommy Robredo, who dismissed Donald Young 60 64, thereby succeeding in making Andy Murray look even worse. Verdasco’s bete noir, young Milos Raonic, hasn’t quite flashed his pan yet, beating former victim and thirteenth seed Mardy Fish. He’ll meet the American wildcard Ryan Harrison in the third round after the aforesaid upset twenty-second seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.
It would be interesting to see these two face off. In fact there’s a superfluity of really interesting third-round matches from the bottom half of the draw tonight, starting with Roddick v. Isner and ending with Cilic v. Wawrinka, taking in Gasquet v. Melzer, Troicki v. Llodra, Gulbis v. Djokovic and Berdych v. Bellucci. Why was I slagging off this tournament again?
Damn those vampires.
Stadium 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Gulbis vs. Djokovic
2. Marion Bartoli vs. Kim Clijsters (NB 13.00hrs)
3. ATP: Chela vs. Federer
4. Caroline Wozniacki vs. Alisa Kleybanova
5. ATP: Roddick vs. Isner (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Dinara Safina vs. Maria Sharapova (NB 20.30hrs)
Stadium 2 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Jelena Jankovic vs. Ana Ivanovic
2. ATP: Cilic vs. Wawrinka
3. ATP: Gasquet vs. Melzer
4. ATP: Raonic vs. Harrison
5. ATP: Dlouhy/Hanley vs. López/Nadal
6. ATP: Bryan/Bryan vs. Dolgopolov/Malisse
Stadium 3 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Berdych vs. Bellucci
2. ATP: Troicki vs. Llodra
3. Francesca Schiavone vs. Shahar Peer
4. Jankovic/Pavlyuchenkova vs. Azarenka/Kirilenko (after suitable rest)
5. Nadia Petrova vs. Peng Shuai
Court 7 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Bhupathi/Paes vs. Bopanna/Qureshi
2. Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Victoria Azarenka
3. Yanina Wickmayer vs. Dominika Cibulkova
4. Mirza/Vesnina vs. Jans/Rosolska
5. ATP: Knowles/Mertinak vs. Erlich/Ram
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