Back to the Stadium which was now 70% full for the Roger SHOW. Oliver played very well for someone his size but just was overpowered and outclassed by Roger. This was by far one of the most entertaining matches of the day as the 2 traded groundstrokes, lobs, dropshots, between the leg shots! I think the American crowd may finally appreciate Roger.
Dementieva and Lineskaya were next up. After the Roger match, the Stadium emptied out and there were probably only 2% full for this Russian match
Elena threw in her first double fault on the third point of the match
and her volleys were awful.
Finally went out to the Mardy / Tommy match which was played before a capacity Court I. Todd Martin was in the stands. Mardy had set point in the first set but hit a HARD return just out. Wanted to get in the Marat / T. Johansson vs. Taylor / Robby doubles match but impossible at this point because there was LONG lines to get in.
Players I saw walking around:
Moya (at Flavia's match)
One of the great things about the NASDAQ is the player's lounge, which has an outside lounge area w/ tables and chairs where players congregate to socialize before and after matches or practice. I stalked this area whenever I walked by it and saw
Pierre Yves dressed in full Adidas gear sitting at a table w/ Justne's tennis racquets, talking on cell
Paola, Vivi at a table w/ Argentine guys like Canas and entourage
Denisa Chladkova w/ her coach
Arnaud Clement talking on cell
Rafael Nadal relaxing
Some blond girl that everybody thought was Anna but wasn't