Saturday, May 31, 2008

Five for fighting


Talk about some incredible matches going all five sets today on the men's side! Gael Monfils looked today like a player who really wants it as opposed to just being someone coasting by on talent and rallied to beat someone who I think is also a perpetual underachiever, Jurgen Melzer, 6-2 in the fifth. (Maybe that's a topic for discussion in the future: the all-underachiever squad. Definitely something to ponder...)

Anyway, another player who got down two sets to one and came back was David Ferrer, who got all he could handle from Lleyton Hewitt. I had Hewitt down for first-round fodder here since he hadn't played since god knows when. How long was their match? 10 hours? No, it only felt like that!

Fernando Gonzalez went "Gonzo" on Stan "not close to being the man" Wawrinka and won from two sets down. But THE rally of the day goes to Ivan Ljubicic (above) coming from two sets down to beat Nikolay Davydenko. (Maybe kicking the crap out of Marat Safin and ruining my quarterfinal predictions tired old Nik out!) Anyway, that has to be old Lubey's best win in at least a year and a half. Just a few weeks ago, I asked what the heck is going on with him. He keeps this up and I guess we won't have to worry about that anymore!

(Photo: Getty Images)

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