In the clash of young guns, JMDP came out on top in three sets, 46 64 61. I'm beginning to question Ernie's ability to play more than two sets, let alone five. I don't know if it's a fitness thing (though he looks like he bulked up in the off season) or if it's mental. But something ain't right.
Otherwise, it was a day of three setters in Auckland but in the end, the only seed to fall was Juan Monaco. And how about a tip of the cap to Johnny Isner, or as I like to call him, Jim Halpert. He's come through qualifying beating Bellucci and now Ginepri. Air five, Halpert.
 J Del Potro (ARG) d E Gulbis (LAT) 46 64 61
 D Ferrer (ESP) d M Gicquel (FRA) 67(3) 64 64
 R Soderling (SWE) d [Q] B Reynolds (USA) 63 46 62
 N Almagro (ESP) d Y Lu (TPE) 67(4) 63 62
 P Kohlschreiber (GER) d J Ferrero (ESP) 64 46 76(5)
 S Querrey (USA) d [Q] G Muller (LUX) 36 63 64
V Troicki (SRB) d  J Monaco (ARG) 36 64 62
[Q] J Isner (USA) d R Ginepri (USA) 64 67(1) 76(5)