Thursday, 2 September 2010

Men's US Open - Berydch and Baghdatis crash out

The big upset in the 1st round of the men's draw saw the Wimbledon champion, Tomas Berdych knocked out in straight sets on by Michael Llodra. Berdych was outplayed by Llodra who served and volleyed his way to victory and will be someone to look out for in the draw as he has looked sharp since a run to the title at Eastbourne in June. Also falling in the 1st round was Marcos Baghdatis who was beaten in a five set thriller by Arnaud Clement. This came as quite a surprise because Baghdatis has produced some excellent performances during the summer including a win over Nadal in Cincinnati. However his tendency to lose against lesser known players and not raise his game remains a problem when competing at a GS. Ernest Gulbis was also knocked out as he was beaten in straight sets by Jeremy Chardy after it appeared the heat was too much for Ernests.

Most of the top seeds prevailed with Federer, Nadal, Murray, Roddick and Davydenko all coming through in straight sets. However the number 3 seed, Novak Djokovic had to battle hard to reach the 2nd round after coming from 2 sets to 1 down to beat an inspired Victor Troicki. Troicki looked set for a superb win as he dominated proceedings early on in the 4th set however Djokovic dug deep in the blistering heat and pulled off an excellent win in the end. David Nalbandian and Mardy Fish, both form players over the Summer had to come through in 5 sets. It remains to be seen whether these two can produce the same results when playing best of 5 set matches at a grand slam. Fernando Verdasco also came through in 5 sets against Fognini who defeated him in the first round of Wimbledon however this time round Verdasco was too strong.

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