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The players have been hitting the practice court at the BJK center.
Which of course means practice pics.
No one needs to see a concave chest.
The US Open draw is done. Download them here. I'm done trying to throw my chair out the window (this glass is way thicker than you'd think) so here are the highlights (and lowlights)
All in all, pencil Fed into the final. If anyone but Muzz is on the otherside, then hell, chisel Fed on #16. I personally still think Muzz can beat him so I'm not ready to just give Fed #16 yet. Then again, I've been drinking since I saw Rafa's draw so this is all just crazy talk.
As for the ladies, does it really matter what the draw is? In any two weeks Serena can either tear through it, or she can lose in the first round. So whatever. The real story (for anyone who *doesn't* work for the American media and is actually, oh I don't know, a tennis fan) is on Dina's half of the draw, where Dina, JJ, Lena, and Masha are all gunning for semifinal spots and Dina and Masha will be looking to avenge their rough losses during the USO Series.
What are y'all's thoughts?
Stadium (from 10.30hrs)
1. Bondarenko/Bondarenko vs. Benesova/Hradecka
2. ATP: Davydenko vs. Querrey (NB 13.00hrs)
3. Virginie Razzano vs. Caroline Wozniacki
4. Amélie Mauresmo vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (NB 19.00hrs)
6. ATP: Acasuso vs. Serra
Grandstand (from 10.30hrs)
1. Anna Chakvetadze vs. Elena Vesnina
2. ATP: Andreev vs. Mayer
3. Magdalena Rybarikova vs. Flavia Pennetta (NB 16.00hrs)
4. ATP: Melzer vs. Verdasco (possible court change)
Court 1 (from 12.00hrs)
1. ATP: Hanley/Kerr vs. Martin/Ram
2. ATP: Cermak/Mertinak vs. Melo/Sa
3. ATP: Hanley/Kerr or Martin/Ram vs. Damm/Lindstedt (after suitable rest)
Wrap your mind grapes around that one. A bit weird that Roger and Andy win the Masters titles but Sam walks away with the Series, but hey, commitment, consistency, blahblahblah. Same arguments for rankings go here.
Side note: I've always wanted to call Sam "Skeletor". But I actually like him so I never do. But feel free. Those sunken eyes and that upturned nose are way Power of Greyskull.
 N Davydenko (RUS) d  F Santoro (FRA) 75 63
 [WC] F Verdasco (ESP) d  A Seppi (ITA) 76(3) 62
 S Querrey (USA) d B Phau (GER) 75 63
 I Andreev (RUS) d [Q] F Gil (POR) 64 64
 J Melzer (AUT) d  V Hanescu (ROU) 76(5) 46 61
J Acasuso (ARG) d  I Kunitsyn (RUS) 36 76(3) 63
L Mayer (ARG) d S Bolelli (ITA) 62 64
F Serra (FRA) d [WC] R Ram (USA) 46 76(6) 75
Doubles – Quarter-finals
J Knowle (AUT) / J Melzer (AUT) d C Kas (GER) / P Petzschner (GER) 76(2) 46 10-8
 B Soares (BRA) / K Ullyett (ZIM) d J Chardy (FRA) / F Santoro (FRA) 61 76(3)
Doubles – First Round
 F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d W Moodie (RSA) / H Tecau (ROU) 76(4) 46 10-7
 M Damm (CZE) / R Lindstedt (SWE) d [WC] R Kendrick (USA) / S Lipsky (USA) 75 64
M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) d S Huss (AUS) / R Hutchins (GBR) 75 63
Apparently beating Yanina Wickmayer in three sets inspires these types of celebrations.
And with great sadness I am forced to report that Sammy Stones lost to Vezzie in three sets. But in happy news, ELENA VESNINA beat Sam Stosur in three sets! Oh, tennis. How you torture me.
For all you folks who do the bracket challenges for the Slams, take note that A-Rad and Mono both retired with injuries. Ruh roh.
Singles – Second Round
(1/WC) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. (Q) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 64 57 76(2)
(2) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 61 64
(3) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Iveta Benesova (CZE) 76(1) 64
Virginie Razzano (FRA) d. (5) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 36 64 ret. (right hand injury)
(Q) Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. (6) Marion Bartoli (FRA) 16 76(5) 20 ret. (left adductor strain)
Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. (9) Samantha Stosur (AUS) 36 63 64
Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez (ESP/ESP) d. Senoglu/Shvedova (TUR/KAZ) 62 61
(3) Craybas/Raymond (USA/USA) d. Borwell/Kops-Jones (GBR/USA) 63 62
(4) Bondarenko/Bondarenko (UKR/UKR) d. Cornet/Gallovits (FRA/ROU) 63 75
And he was luscious.
They both look fresh and the colors totally pop.
Damn. Myla's getting HUGE.
Lots of folks were on hand for the DirectTV ESPN promotional event, which saw a bunch of players showing off their USO kits. Basically its a whole lotta color. And James Blake. Ironically.
As for the rest of the peens, Chucho took out Tommy, Bjorn upset Nico, and in a bit of a shocker, Florent Serra upset Jeremy. Oh, and Janko keeps losing in second rounds. That's fun.
Singles - Second Round
 N Davydenko (RUS) d R Kendrick (USA) 76(10) 63
 [WC] F Verdasco (ESP) d P Capdeville (CHI) 60 63
J Acasuso (ARG) d  T Robredo (ESP) 36 75 76(5)
[WC] R Ram (USA) d  M Fish (USA) 63 63
 I Andreev (RUS) d K Kim (USA) 63 61
 V Hanescu (ROU) d J Tipsarevic (SRB) 64 67(8) 63
B Phau (GER) d  N Almagro (ESP) 26 63 75
F Serra (FRA) d  J Chardy (FRA) 67(8) 76(4) 61
 J Melzer (AUT) d [Q] P Cuevas (URU) 62 30 ret. (shoulder)
[Q] F Gil (POR) d  P Petzschner (GER) 67(2) 76(8) 63
S Bolelli (ITA) d  A Beck (GER) 64 64
 I Kunitsyn (RUS) d [WC] T Dent (USA) 63 64
 F Santoro (FRA) d P Starace (ITA) 75 60
 A Seppi (ITA) d Y Lu (TPE) 67(5) 63 75
L Mayer (ARG) d [LL] O Rochus (BEL) 60 64
Doubles - First Round
 B Soares (BRA) / K Ullyett (ZIM) d E Butorac (USA) / J Coetzee (RSA) 63 63
J Knowle (AUT) / J Melzer (AUT) d O Marach (AUT) / D Skoch (CZE) 63 64
Singles - Second Round
It's nice to see Momo back and gaining some momentum going into NYC. She 'sticked A-Bond 1 and 1.
And Boots kept the hurt coming during the evening session, as she double bageled Edina Gallovits.
In other warm and fuzzy news, Chakky came back to beat Bammer in three sets, rightfully putting her on the short list for #1. Recognize.
Oh, and look at that. Alicia Molik is playing dubs with Megan Shaughnessy. Well, not anymore. They lost to the Spaniards. But nice to see her name again.
Singles - Second Round
(8) Amélie Mauresmo (FRA) d. Alona Bondarenko (UKR) 61 61
Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) d. Sybille Bammer (AUT) 46 64 75
Singles - First Round
(2) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. (LL) Edina Gallovits (ROU) 60 60
(3) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. (Q) Ioana Raluca Olaru (ROU) 61 62
(6) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 46 63 61
(9) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Alizé Cornet (FRA) 67(8) 62 64
Doubles - Quarterfinals
Benesova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) d. Dekmeijere/U.Radwanska (LAT/POL) 36 62 107
Doubles - First Round
(1) Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez (ESP/ESP) d. (WC) Molik/Shaughnessy (AUS/USA) 61 61
(3) Craybas/Raymond (USA/USA) d. Jans/Rosolska (POL/POL) 63 62
Sam reminds me of my dog. Mainly because if Chase, who is piss-in-his-pants shy, could hide behind sunglasses all the time, he totally would. And no, I do not make my dog wear pants.
Sam kept her cool after dropping the first set in a tight tiebreaker, 10-8, to come back and take out the Cone, who was hilariously Coney as usual.
And thus my relationship with New York continues.
Don't get me wrong. I love New York. All those epic quotes about how New York is the greatest city on earth? Don't be shocked if they come out of my mouth because I truly believe them. The food, the culture, just life in New York generally is like nothing else on earth. And believe me when I say I have mad respect for anyone who has ever grown up in Manhattan or has lived there for a prolonged period of time.
But GOD DAMN, do I hate New York. The bottom line is that I am, first and foremost, a kid from the Bay Area. We're inherently nice people. If I'm sitting on Muni and some dude starts to take a shit in the car, NO ONE SAYS A DAMN THING. Because really, who are we to judge? Dude, probably really has to go. All power to him. But you know what really pisses us off? Bad manners. Like seriously, the only time I've ever been involved in a near riot on Muni was when this girl was clamoring away on her laptop with her earphones in on one of the "Senior Benches" and was totally oblivious to the fact that an old woman had just boarded Muni. People were screaming at her to get her attention and when she finally realized what was up, she quickly got up and apologized profusely. Yeah, that's pretty much it.
Where was I going with this...
Oh yeah, the US Open. It's coming up. And while I used to get really excited about it, I just can't bring myself up for it this year. Maybe it's because I'm dreading the coronations of Mr. Federer and Ms. Serena. That might be part of it. Maybe it's because I hate the timing of having tennis on my continent, that when I'm heading off to work, tennis is just starting. I really don't know what it is.
But I'm trying to stay positive here. So here are the things I am looking forward to at the US Open:
But the one thing that would make the USO absolute shite?
Fed taking out A-Rod, Rafa, and Muzz to capture his third straight Slam.
Sigh. I need to start preparing myself.
So let's hear it folks. What are you looking forward to?
Lots of beautiful tan, white teethed, toe bouncing awesomeness. My favorite part has to be Mo chastising the dude for cussing in front of the ball girl. All class, Mo. All class.
Thanks to GoToTennis for finding this.
It's never easy drawing Jay Z in the first round of a tournament. But Kuz was able to hold her nerve (kinda) and win in three.
Singles - First Round
(1/WC) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Zheng Jie (CHN) 61 67(5) 64
(5) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (Q) Roberta Vinci (ITA) 26 62 76(5)
(8) Amélie Mauresmo (FRA) d. Ai Sugiyama (JPN) 64 61
Virginie Razzano (FRA) d. Patty Schnyder (SUI) 63 36 63
Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. Gisela Dulko (ARG) 76(6) 62
Iveta Benesova (CZE) d. (LL) Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 46 62 61
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 63 63
(Q) Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 64 64
(Q) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) 36 61 64
Doubles - First Round
Dekmeijere/U.Radwanska (LAT/POL) d. (2) Chuang/Yan (TPE/CHN) 75 46 108
(4) Bondarenko/Bondarenko (UKR/UKR) d. Garbin/Medina Garrigues (ITA/ESP) 62 36 107
Borwell/Kops-Jones (GBR/USA) d. Niculescu/Olaru (ROU/ROU) 62 36 108
As for the boys, it was biz as yoosh. Sad to see Marco lose early, though.
Singles - Second Round
 S Querrey (USA) d M Gicquel (FRA) 64 67(3) 62
Singles - First Round
S Bolelli (ITA) d C Rochus (BEL) 63 64
P Starace (ITA) d M Zverev (GER) 63 26 63
[Q] P Cuevas (URU) d A Golubev (KAZ) 63 64
K Kim (USA) d T Gabashvili (RUS) 64 57 63
B Phau (GER) d B Becker (GER) 26 62 63
R Kendrick (USA) d [Q] F Nielsen (DEN) 63 75
[Q] F Gil (POR) d [WC] M Baghdatis (CYP) 64 63
Y Lu (TPE) d G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 62 62
J Acasuso (ARG) d M Gonzalez (ARG) 61 67(7) 62
[WC] R Ram (USA) d [Q] N Lapentti (ECU) 75 16 76(3)
Doubles - First Round
C Kas (GER) / P Petzschner (GER) d  M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) 75 63
J Chardy (FRA) / F Santoro (FRA) d T Parrott (USA) / F Polasek (SVK) 64 36 10-7
Singles - Second Round
The dick bump is bad enough, but did they really need the creep smiles on their faces?
Reason 4,253 why the USO is my least favorite slam: All the media attention on the American players. New York Magazine's profile on the BryBros. No, I didn't bother to read it.
I didn't get a chance to watch the Toronto final, but thanks to Double Bagel, we get a nice little recap of Mike Joyce's frustrated coaching timeout.
“All right I’m wrong. It’s fine. You do what you want to do.(!!!!!) Everybody knows you’re tired but either you just give in to yourself and get out of here or fight for it.”
Ah, good times. If only he had dropped a "shitting the pants". Then all would have been right in the world.
Well you go on with your bad self, girl.
The Yale Open kicked off yesterday with a mild upset, as Chakky took out #4 seed Nads, coming back from a bagel in the first to take the next two sets 76 64.
As for today, A-Rad was under serious threat from Roberta Vinci but came away with a three set win, 76(5) in the third.
Stadium (from 10.00hrs)
1. Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Roberta Vinci
2. ATP: Nielsen vs. Kendrick
3. ATP: Gil vs. Baghdatis (NB 13.00hrs)
4. Ai Sugiyama vs. Amélie Mauresmo
5. Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Zheng Jie (NB 19.00hrs)
6. ATP: Gicquel vs. Querrey
Grandstand (from 10.00hrs)
1. ATP: Kim vs. Gabashvili
2. Francesca Schiavone vs. Magdalena Rybarikova
3. Patty Schnyder vs. Virginie Razzano
4. ATP: Lapentti vs. Ram
5. Garbin/Medina Garrigues vs. Bondarenko/Bondarenko
Court 1 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Elena Vesnina vs. Gisela Dulko
2. ATP: Phau vs. Becker
3. ATP: Lu vs. García-López
4. Yanina Wickmayer vs. Alisa Kleybanova (NB 15.00hrs)
5. Dekmeijere/U.Radwanska vs. Chuang/Yan
Court 2 (from 10.00hrs)
1. ATP: Bolelli vs. Rochus
2. Ekaterina Makarova vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
3. Iveta Benesova vs. Varvara Lepchenko
4. ATP: Parrott/Polasek vs. Chardy/Santoro
5. ATP: Fyrstenberg/Matkowski vs. Kas/Petzschner
Court 3 (from 10.00hrs)
1. ATP: Zverev vs. Starace
2. ATP: Golubev vs. Cuevas
3. ATP: González vs. Acasuso
4. Borwell/Kops-Jones vs. Niculescu/Olaru
I've made my feelings for Lena known so I won't go through it all again. But congrats to her for seizing the opportunity to bag her third title of the year in Toronto by beating Masha. A serveless Masha is a breakable Masha, which will be her downfall at the USO. But not before she wreaks some havoc through the quarters. If she gets a favorable draw and the top seed fall early, she has a legitimate shot at the USO title.
And congrats to TMF, who withstood a challenge from Nole in the second set to take his first Masters title of the season in straight sets. I think Nole comes out of this tournament with some momentum, as he has to believe that he can beat Rafa in NYC and he can give Fed a run for his money. The question for me is whether he believes he can beat either of the Andys, which is going to be more of an issue considering he can't be in Rafa's half at the Open. But a run to the semis would do the kid some good.
As for Fed, he won, he was phenomenal, and in his two matches against Andy and Nole he didn't collapse when the pressure was on late in the second set. He looks confident and and calm and is playing with clarity. So that's AWESOME.
For all the ups and downs and momentum shifts in the match, Masha/Kleybs was actually a really fun match to watch. Well, maybe not aesthetically, but tennis-wise, it had its moments.
After the first set it looked like Maria had this in control. Kleybs looked overwhelmed by her power. But then the serving woes hit and she dropped the second 64 and fell behind 3-1 in the third. Kleybs was doing a better job handling Maria's pace and more importantly she was showing off that very perplexing ability of running down balls you would never expect her to.
But then Maria called out Mike Joyce and he seemed to be able to calm her down and give her clarity. From there, Maria just ground it out and came back to take the last set 64.
She advances to the All-Russian Final against Lena today, who she owns, 8-2. That said, I don't give her much of a chance against Lena. But congrats on getting to your first final since the comeback and last night's win means Masha will be seeded at the USO. Is it weird that I'm kind of bummed about that. I liked the thought of Masha as a floater, taking out top seeds early. It's not like she's got a chance to win the whole thing anyway. Might as well make it entertaining.
Oh, Nole. You kill me. Just when I'm ready to write you off you play a match like this and you give me hope again. Hope that will last at least for another 12 hours until you get your ass handed to you by Fed. But hope nonetheless.
Really nice match from the Forgotten Falcon today. Perfectly executed game plan. And what gave me hope in particular was his ability to step up during key points and hit the ball confidently and dictate play. That hasn't been the norm over these past few months, when Nole seemed to get too conservative during key moments. Please, Falcon. Take this play into NYC.
As for Rafa, his hardcourt season played out better than I would have expected. He got a good number of matches under his belt, scored some solid wins, and engaged in some pretty tough competitive battles. So all is good in Rafa world.
Unless it isn't. Towards the end of the match it looked like Rafa tweaked something. Possibly an abdominal problem. Hopefully whatever it is heals in time for NYC. The healthier the Rafa, the better.
Ha. I had a conversation with a friend this morning and predicted Lena would win. As I am omniscient, Lena beat Serena in straight sets, 76 61.
Lena played a quality match. Served well on the big points, ran down a crap load of balls, and painted the lines when she needed to. She absolutely deserved the win. Serena was simply outplayed.
But I had to snicker when Cliffy said that his favorites for the Open are Serena, Venus, and Lena. Uh, first of all, no on Venus. That's just a stupid pick. Second, the knock of Lena isn't that she sucks. We all know she's a solid tennis player who has the technical skill to win a Slam. But she's a headcase. Sure she can outperform Serena at a non-Slam event. Serena didn't look like she cared at all.
But put both of these ladies back on center court in a Slam? Yeah, the only way Lena's winning a Slam is if someone even headcasier than she is is across the net. And considering she lost in at the USO to Kuz, I venture to say that there is no one more headcasey than Lena D.
Well, except for Dinara. But I digress.
That's not to say that Lena doesn't have a good chance in NYC. But in my opinion, she has no better a chance than Dinara or JJ. I guess if I had to give my "most likely to win" picks, I'd say Serena, Dina, Lena, and JJ. But I certainly wouldn't single out Lena as the best of the non-Williamses.
Not that the match completely turned on it or anything, but WTF, Muzz? Stopping play to challenge a serve? IDIOT.
Nice match from Fed, who played contained aggressive tennis. Not sure what was up with the Muzzard. Seemed like he couldn't get a shot over the net to save his life in the first set. Well, that and he had no first serve whatsoever. So...yeah. Probably not best for both your groundies and your serve to break down against Fed.
In what was one of Masha's better matches in her comeback, she was able to exact revenge on poor Agi, who beat her at the USO two years ago. The serve is still wonky but Maria was able to tee off on Agi's puff serves and take advantage of anything short. Really nice performance from Maria, who got the 62 76 win. Maria actually came back from 2-5 down in the second set and 0-2 in the tiebreak.
So the semis will be Pova vs. Kleybs and Lena vs. ReRe. Uh...Davai! If Maria can make the final then it's likely she'll be seeded for the USO. So yes, there is something riding on this tournament.
As a side note: Dear Toronto fans -- Cheering between first and second serves and applauding double faults? Come on.
This was the one match today that I was actually felt safe predicting. How the hell did Kleybs pull this off? Well, one thing that I learned watching her pick Ana apart in Melbourne is that she is (a) surprisingly mobile and (b) surprisingly fit.
She outlasted JJ in a 3+ hour brawl wherein JJ fought and scrapped to get the first set after being down 5-1 in the tiebreak. Apparently there were idiot linesmen who were getting calls wrong left and right, but all credit to Kleybs for sticking with JJ and busting the win, 6-7, 7-6, 6-2. Kleybs is one of those players, just like Lucie, who has the weapons to blast you off the court. Sounds like that's what happened here.
This is a tough loss for JJ, who looked to be gaining a head of steam into the USO. It's losses like these that make other players believe that you're always beatable. Bummer. I really was looking forward to a Masha/JJ semi and a JJ/Serena final.
Aw, poor Gilly. But he had a great run and I think he's got some confidence back. Does anyone else get the sense that he's playing tight? Either from the pressure, lack of confidence, or injury? He just doesn't seem to be the same smiley Gilles from last year. Hell, I guess we can say the same for Nole.
He'll face the winner of Big Berd and Rafa. Here's hoping for a 1, 2, 3, 4 semis.
I don't know what happened this week but I have completely turned on Lena. I started the week calling her the Kolya of the WTA, a player who sneaks through, who I don't mind, and who I generally don't root against or for. They're just there. But now? I'm so over it. Her matches are hell to watch/follow and I don't even like her game that much. So yeah, you won. Feh.
You know what my problem with her is? She wins but it's never convincing. Very rarely do I ever say "wow, Elena was just the better player today." Her game just reeks of "whoa, you escaped one there" or the other player choked (which is saying something). But I very rarely think she wins because she simply took the match.
But we do have a potentially interesting set of matches for the weekend. We'll get a rematch tomorrow of the Wimbledon semi between Serena and Elena, and then a possible USO 08 final rematch between Serena and JJ. And to be honest, I'm pretty stoked for that.
So yeah, don't be stupid ladies. Bring your game and duke it out.
Well, Lleyton, at least you made him sweat for this one. Actually it was probably just the heat and humidity of Cincy that caused all that tasty goodness, but you know, you don't have to tell yourself that. Fed cruised to a 3 and 4 win in an hour and 10 minutes. It's his 13th straight win over the Lawnmower Man. Make of that what you will.
So Fed did his part, but what about Andy? Uh...let's not talk about it. He beat Apricot in three sets.
Ok, fine I'll talk about it. Crap play from Andy generally. I mean, you really should be needing to fight for a three set win over a Lucky Loser, Deuce. But Andy did what Andy does and he gutted out the win and basically broke Apricot's spirit. In case you haven't heard (and seriously, I don't know how you could avoid this news) a 53 shot rally in the second set pretty much broke 'Cot. He would go on to win only two games after that rally and he looked WIPED. So once again, Andy "Fitness Freak" Murray outlasted another one.
So we'll get Fed vs. Murray. 6-2 in favor of Muzz, H2H. This is a big one going into the USO.
Stadium (from 11.00hrs)
1. Black/Huber vs. Dushevina/Rodionova
2. Samantha Stosur vs. Elena Dementieva (NB 13.00hrs)
3. Lucie Safarova vs. Serena Williams
4. Alisa Kleybanova vs. Jelena Jankovic (NB 19.30hrs)
5. Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Maria Sharapova
Slowly but surely, he's working his way back to form. Rafa started slowly (literally) against Paulie, eventually finding himself down 4-1. He looked a step slow and fairly tentative, and Paulie capitalized by jumping on every short ball that Rafa hit. But then he hit a ridiculous backhand flick passing shot and something seemed to flip. He got that fire back and the fistpumping and vamosing kicked into high gear.
I was gchatting with donkeygrooming at the time and she asked what the score was. I told her Rafa was down 1-4 but he would be fine. You could see it. Once he secured the first set 75, the rest was history. He closed out the match and played well. I still think he's a step slow and he doesn't trust his legs. But if he can keep notching some wins he'll be able to work himself out of it.
In the other matches of the evening, Gilles was able to close out on Kolya in three sets, and Big Berd bombed his way to a straight set win. He'll clash with Rafa tomorrow in what will be a tricky one for Rafa. Then again, they're all feeling a bit tricky these days, no?
Leave it to the Glitter Queen to complete fuck up everyone's analysis for the USO.