Ladies and gentlemen … not that there are any of you … we have qualifiers!
Congratulations to the following who have won places in the main draw to lose to top seeds in the first round:
– Vincent Millot, backing up his defeat of John Millman with a straightforward 63 62 defeat of Canada’s Peter Polansky
– Gilles Muller of Luxembourg, aka spoiler extraordinaire, with a 62 63 victory over Jaroslav Pospisil
– The unseeded German Simon Stadler, who hasn’t had to face a single seed in his path through the draw. Sometimes, there really is such a thing as a lucky draw
– Dennis Gremelmayr, also of Germany; the ninth seed defeated compatriot Simon Greul 75 75 to progress into the main draw.
– Ryan Sweeting, the sixth seed, put out fellow American Alex Kuznetsov
– Nicolas Mahut, everyone’s favourite drag queen, 63 in the third over Frederik Nielsen
– Grega Zemjla of Slovakia, a three-sets victor over Thailand’s Daniel Udomchoke
Well done to one and all. But there’s no denying the truly interesting / ridiculous results came in the second round matches. I present for your Emmy consideration one Greg Jones, who took over three hours and let a second-set match point slip before finally defeating Serbia’s Ilija Bozoljac 7-6(5) 6-7(7) 10-8. Jones will face Blaz Kavcic, the no. 1 seed, in the final round – a match that’s sure to end well for the Aussie.
Not pictured: sarcasm.
On the other hand, Kavcic inexplicably traded bagels yesterday with Rik De Vroest, so maybe ol’ Greg has a chance after all. He was, however, slightly overshadowed by Bobby Reynolds, a man I don’t like, who beat Jerzy Janowicz 13-11 in the third. Damn him.
Despite the sterling efforts of Jones and Reynolds, however, today’s Isnut award has to go to Josselin Ouanna of France. The twenty-seventh seed, up against Paul Capdeville of Chile – a man whose only real claim to fame is having once infuriated the even-tempered Mario Ancic to the point of shoving him after a Davis Cup tie – toiled in the hot sun before finally putting away the Chilean, 15-13 in the third. Take a bow, Joss.
He put on quite a show. Very entertaining.
And in results that went against seeding … Frank ‘rhythm is a’ Dancevic knocked out twenty-third seed Evgeny Korolev, the talented Dutch man Thomas Schoorel accounted for nineteenth seed Stefan Koubeck in a marathon, and second seed Simone Bolleli, having looked worryingly competent in his first round match, succumbed to fellow Italian Marco Crugnola 75 62.
You can see full results here, but the final round looks like this:
Blaz Kavcic (1) v Greg Jones
Marco Crugnola v Nicolas Massu
Grigor Dimitrov (3) v Thomas Schoorel
Flavio Cipolla v Rogerio Dutra Da Silva (29)
Alex Bogomolov Jr v Frank Dancevic
Stephane Robert (12) v Bobby Reynolds
Jan Hernych v Josselin Ouanna (27)
Donald Young (15) v Izak Van Der Merwe
Andrej Martin v Milos Raonic (26)
Some really juicy match-ups there. Enjoy …