Ernests Gulbis def. Tomas Berdych, 7-6(5), 7-6(4), 7-6(4)- Gulbis finally showed that he can compete with the top players, something that the tennis world has been looking forward to seeing. Gulbis can not lose sight of what’s at stake, and for him that’s to reach the 2nd week. After beating a high-caliber opponent, he shouldn’t lose in the next round to an unseeded opponent, but we’ve seen crazier things from Gulbis.
Alejandro Falla def. John Isner, 6-4, 6-7(7), 3-6, 7-6(7), 7-5– Isner said it himself, he made the claim that he’s “his own worst enemy.” And, that is exactly what wrong for him in this match. In the fourth set he had match point, but was unable to capitalize. It’s funny how Isner has won many matches that he shouldn’t have won, but this one was different. All of the credit is given to Falla here, after all he was very close to eliminating Federer here 2 years ago. Now, he has finally tasted glory, and Isner defeat early on at a Grand Slam yet again.
Denis Istomin def. Andreas Seppi, 6-7(2), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 8-6– While this was a tight match, Istomin eventually went on to show who was worthy. Seppi was poised to continue a run since the clay court season that brought him a win over Isner, taking Djokovic to 5 sets at a Grand Slam, and a grass court final with Andy Roddick. Unfortunately, that good run was ended by another fairly good grass court player who has had an up and down season.
Ryan Harrison def. Yen-Hsun Lu 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2- Although 4 sets, this one wasn’t easy for Harrison, but he pulled through anyway. Now, he has the unlucky task of facing Novak Djokovic in his next match. He definitely will come out with confidence which could lead him to take a set. But in my mind, it will be nearly impossible to defeat Djokovic.
Viktor Troicki def. Marcel Granollers 7-5, 7-6(5), 3-6, 2-6, 8-6– Yet another match on Day 1 went all the way to 8-6 in the final set. Although Troicki stumbled after taking a 2 sets lead, he regained focus for the decider and booked himself a place in the second round.
David Goffin def. Bernard Tomic , 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4- One thing Tomic can learn from a fellow up and coming player is temperament. During the entire match, Goffin seemed calm even in the pressure moments, Tomic on the other hand seemed negative and ended up receiving booes when he lost. Tomic will now fall to about 50 in the rankings since he was defending points from his Quarter-Final result last year.
Juan Martin Del Potro def. Robin Haase, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(3), 7-5- Haase showed the same amount of promise as he had at the 2010 Wimbledon, where he took Nadal to 5 sets, and the previous year’s tournament where he took Murray to 5 sets too. But this time it never went that far, and one of the major reasons was that Delpo’s serve was just too good in the pressured moments. Haase displayed a great game, and we can only wonder how long it will take him to transfer that style of play to a hard or clay court.
Grigor Dimitrov def. Kevin Anderson, 7-5, 7-6(3), 6-7(4), 6-3– Yet another player who was finally able to capitalize on all the tennis talk around him. Anderson is a tough player on any surface due to his height. Fortunately for Dimitrov, he was on his toes the entire match and able to match Anderson’s level of play. Dimitrov should’ve won the match in 3, but he ultimately pulled it out in 4.
Sam Querrey def. Vasek Pospisil, 7-6, 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4– Querrey is likely to face another Canadian in Milos Raonic in the next round. It shouldn’t be easy for neither of the guys, and the match should go 4 or 5 sets.