Sweet, sweet results. Unfortunately everybody is now on different rounds, which makes things a bit confusing. With only two days left to complete qualifying, there are fourteen second-round matches still to complete, mainly in the top half of the draw, while other players have already made it to the final round.
However, the first round has finally been completed (applause!) which will have come as a bit of relief to those players who started their matches on Wednesday. The biggest name to fall was fifth seed Marco Chiudinelli, who lost to the unseeded and unsung Alex Bogomolov Jr., a.k.a American Boggo.
History is silent on whether it was the rain or American Boggo’s superlative play that turned Chiudinelli to a sort of mushy pulp over the course of three sets, but American Boggo moves on to face Brazilian Thiago Alves tonight. These two have a long-standing rivalry dating back to 2002, and while Alves is 1-3 down, he completed his match on Wednesday so should surely have the advantage of being well-rested. Alves’ countryman did not fare so well; another top seed to fall was fourth seed Joao Souza, a man not at the back of the line when vowels were handed out, who lost 6-1 in the third to Flavio Cipolla.
Hello, Mr Cips.
In remaining first-round action, Stephane Robert of France and Antonio Veic of Croatia both progressed, while my favourite pumpkin-head and official Tip For The Biggish Time, Jerzy Janowicz, took three sets to complete his first-round win over Michael Yani, but win he did. He’ll be wiping the floor with Bobby Reynolds later tonight.
And as for the second round matches …
ChallengerTennis’ supposed Mr Consistency, John Millman, the sole Australian in action in men’s qualifying yesterday, showed off his abs and not much else in a straight-sets loss to Vincent Millot of France. Millot, the 31st seed, was looking pretty likely to me; he faces Peter
Parker Polanksy in the next round after the Canadian upset tenth seed Jesse Huta Guleng 61 76(2).
Other second-round upsets included Andreas Haider-Maurer’s 36 06 loss to Frederik Nielsen of Denmark. Otherwise the seeds came through in fine style, although Nicolas Mahut took three sets to subdue Guillermo Olaso of Spain. Next up for Mahut? Seed-bageller Frederik Nielsen. Stay tuned.