Federer Tested in Opener; Davydenko Gives Warning
World No. 1 Roger Federer lost an opening set in the first round of a Grand Slam for the first time in more than six years on Tuesday, rebounding to defeat the forehand-heavy Russian Igor Andreev 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(2), 6-0.
“Tough match, like I knew from the start,” Federer said. “He’s got incredible acceleration on his shots, obviously, especially his forehand. He’s very physical and intense, so I was happy with the start I got today. I was up a break and actually feeling well, and then there was a quick swing around and he was able to get the first set. That was tough, but I reacted, and I think I played a very good match from start to finish really. A few hiccups, but I think those are more due to his good play and because of also playing against the wind.”
Other Top 10-seeded winners on Tuesday were (3) Novak Djokovic rolling Daniel Gimeno-Traver 7-5, 6-3, 6-2, (6) Nikolay Davydenko blitzing Dieter Kindlmann 6-1, 6-0, 6-3, (9) Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco (9) holding off the serving threat of Aussie Carsten Ball 6-7(4), 7-6(1), 7-5, 6-2, and (10) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga straight-setting Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
“Now it’s everyone scare,” said Davydenko in sending out his English-challenged, cryptic warning to Oz opponents. “That’s what’s is start to talking about me and favorites and everything. But it’s interesting feeling. Now I feel like I can beat everyone. That’s was these guys now, you know, something feel different. Before no because I know I can win, but mostly I losing against these guys. But now I can beat everyone. It’s good feeling.”
Spain’s Marcel Granollers led the upsets, coming from two sets down to take out (8) Robin Soderling 5-7, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.
Other upsets were Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo over (16) Tommy Robredo 6-4, 6-2, 6-2, Croat Ivan Dodig topping (23) Juan Carlos Ferrero from two sets down 2-6, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-1, former Oz runner-up Rainer Schuettler bouncing (25) Sam Querrey 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, Frenchman Florent Serra outlasting (28) Jurgen “Tuna” Melzer 6-1, 6-7(3), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, and Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin summarily dismissing (32) Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 6-2, 6-0.
At press time this morning Richard Gasquet led (20) Mikhail Youzhny two sets to one, (26) Nicolas Almagro led qualifier Xavier “X-Man” Malisse two sets to one, and American qualifier Donald Young led Christophe Rochus two sets to one.
Other unseeded winners of note were Taylor Dent over Fabio Fognini in straights, Jan Hajek over Robby Ginepri in straights, Stefan Koubek over Rajeev Ram in five, Janko Tipsarevic over Ryan Harrison in straights, John Isner over Andreas Seppi in five, James Blake over Arnaud Clement in straights, and Marcos Baghdatis rolling past Paolo Lorenzi in straights.
The pickings are slim for the highlights of Wednesday play in (2) Rafael Nadal vs. Lukas Lacko, (14) Marin Cilic vs. Aussie Bernard Tomic, James Blake vs. (4) Juan Martin Del Potro, and (21) Tomas Berdych vs. Evgeny Korolev; Andy Roddick and Andy Murray are also among the seeds in action.
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