We have moved into the Second Round of the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament today. I write this as the day is progressing, so it is up to date concerning what remains for the day.
So far, the biggest win of the tournament was Richard Gasquet's victory over Nickolay Davydenko, the sixth seed. I have Gasquet as one of two to watch for getting far in the tournament.
Kei Nishikori's victory over eleventh seed Marin Cilic is in my mind the biggest upset. I would never have picked this one. Here are others to watch for upsets, good matches, and to see how well the players are doing during the tournament.
James Blake v. Peter Polansky
In a match of old versus new, thirty-year-old Blake takes on twenty-two-year-old Polansky. Blake, who once reached fourth in the world, has been trying to rejuvenate his game. He is currently ranked 108th and unseeded. His opponent is new to the U.S. Open, but has already won some spurs advancing against Juan Monaco who was seeded thirtieth.
Robin Soderling (5) v. Taylor Dent
As matches go, Soderling may have had the weakest opening of all the seeded players in both draws who still did not lose. This round, he meets Taylor Dent, a U.S. player who may not have as much to offer. Dent's major problem is that Soderling is not going to relax a bit until he seals a win. On the other hand, if Dent wins one of the first two sets, he could take Soderling a long way. We will see if he can make something happen today, although as I write this, he is almost down two sets with the results seemingly already at hand for Soderling.
Jurgen Melzger (12) v. Ricardas Berankis
The smaller twenty-year-old Berankis may trip up Melzger at a tough time. This match is ongoing as I write this article. Hurry over to see the outcome of this match, currently tied at one set apiece. With Melzger doing so well this year at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, a quick exit would be a shocker.
Maria Sharapova (14) v. Iveta Benesova
Sharapova, one of the two favored women to win the tournament, is not yet Grand Slam sharp. Benesova, a left-hander, could pose a problem for the taller and much better Sharapova. This is worth seeing to find out just how much the first match for Sharapova helped her for the upcoming matches.
The whole tournament is worth watching. These are just a few of the great tennis on display in New York today. Remember, these matches are offered live on www.usopen.org and on ESPN2 or the Tennis Channel.