Japan Open brought us a lot of excitement and quality points.
Ivo Karlovic played his first match after his 1st round loss in US Open. The 38 years old Croat fell short this time as well in front of Matthew Ebden (139 ATP), 4-6, 3-6.
Milos Raonic came back from injury after almost 3 months of rest. The big Canadian made his return in style, dominating Viktor Troicki on all aspects. He came often to the net to shorten the points. He didn’t look rusted at all, going in time to most of the balls and rushed the rhythm so the Serbian can’t keep up.
Alexandr Dolgopolov continued his inspiring and spectacular comeback, displaying a dominant performance in front of Russian Next Gen star, Daniil Medvedev, 6-1, 6-2.
David Goffin continued his winning streak, defeating Feliciano Lopez.
We got to see a vintage Richard Gasquet, as he met big server Sam Querrey. The American attacked at the net a lot, but was passed by Gasquet’s incredible backhand most of the times. Richard made a great defensive game, succeeding all sorts of angles with his one-hand backhand. The Frenchman covered the field in a world class manner. He had an answer for all of Sam’s attacks.He claimed the victory by 6-4, 7-6 (2).
The biggest surprise of the day came when the second favorite, Dominic Thiem, fell in front of Steve Johnson. The Austrian looked in charge and showed control and maturity to take the first set. But a few points made the difference in the second set tie-break and the decider saw him having to admit Johnson’s better day. The second seed crashed 6-4, 6-7 (5), 4-6. Thiem didn’t play bad, but Johnson was better during the big points.
The tiny Argentinian, Diego Schwartzman, continued his great form from US Open, as he won against Donald Young yesterday and against the fall from grace Australian, Tomic, today.
Number 5th seed and US Open’s finalist, Kevin Anderson, showed a dominant display yesterday against Giles Simon, but couldn’t bring his best game today, when he was defeated in a tight match against Ryan Harrison, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (2).