Day 5: More Rain, No Gain

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Day 5 proved to be another soggy one. With rain delaying play for over 7 hours of the day, not much tennis was able to be played. Credit has to be given to the grounds crew for sticking tight and working hard to get as many matches on as possible.

No Trouble for Novak- After having to battle with the young David Goffin in the first round, Novak Djokovic made quick work of Guido Pella today. He was never really threatened, and was in control of almost every point. It looked like he really wanted to get the match over with before the rain came back. He did a good job of that, winning 6-2 6-0 6-2 in 84 minutes. He pit 28 winners compared to Pella’s 10. His third round match will not be as easy…

Dimitrov Wins Battle of Young Guns- Lucas Pouille definitely has some talent, but it’s tough to match the talent of Grigor Dimitrov. He’s got many nicknames for a reason. Baby Fed, Showtime, just to name a couple. In the past he has been criticized for not working hard enough, but after hiring coach Mikael Tillstrom, his work ethic and shot selection have drastically improved. He has matured as a player and as a person, and the results are showing. He is seeded at a grand slam for the first time in his career, and after taking out Pouille 6-1 7-6(4) 6-1, he set up a mouth-watering clash with world number 1 Novak Djokovic.

Notable Results- Benoit Paire continued his good run of form, taking out Lukasz Kubot 7-6(2) 6-2 6-4 in a twice delayed match. When Paire’s forehand is on, he’s tough to beat, because his backhand and serve are rock solid. He will play Kei Nishikori in the third round, after Nishikori beat Grega Zemlja 6-1 5-7 6-1 6-4. These two up and comers will battle for the right to play in the round of 16.

Rain Delays Many- Rafael Nadal made it only as far as the warmup with Martin Klizan, before the rain came and took them back to the locker room. He is first up tomorrow morning. This scheduling backup means he will have to play best of 5 matches on back to back days. Stan Wawrinka is up two sets to none with Horacio Zeballos, and will try to close out his match tomorrow. Tipsarevic and Verdasco were also pushed to Friday.

Coming Up- Chris previews day 6, which has a jam packed schedule due to today’s rain.

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