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Day 2 Results (MEN), Day 3 preview

January 17, 2012 | 07:59 PM

Highlights:

Murray def. Harrison: 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2

Ryan Harrison showed his potential again, taking a set from Murray, his 5th set in 10 encounters against top 10 players. Though he has yet to beat anyone ranked higher than Troicki at #16 last year, as a teenage up-and-comer Ryan begs to be taken seriously for multiple reasons:

- his weapons: a big FH, a good down-the-line 2 hander, one hand ability and touch, facility in moving forward

- court sense: know to take first opportunities (as on weak 2nd serves), play to weaknesses, adapt game plans

- huge 2nd serve (not quite Roddick, but it averaged 110mph v Murray's 88 in 1st set and helped him win

48% of 2nd serve points)

Starting out fast against Murray, he broke serve twice to go up 5-2 in the first and held on to take the set 6-4 after having two set points at 5-3 on Murray's serve. But Murray was not to become flustered and blow up as he'd done last year in a couple of first rounds. Andy's first serve fired when he needed it, and after he started playing more aggressively, he brought up a dismal 1st set average from just over 20% to win 60% of his 2nd serve points.

In just over 25% of their points, one of the two came to net were they won about 70% of the time, but it was Murray who made his equal share of those points at the critical times in the last 3 sets, earning twice as many break points (15 to 7) and converting 5 versus 2 for Ryan (both in the first set).

Roddick def. Haase: 6-3, 6-4, 6-1

While Roddick didn't win as high a percentage of net approaches as Murray or Harrison, both of whom have more natural skill at net than he does, A-Rod did come in more than he has in the past with positive results (maybe it's the new buzz cut?). He won 62% of approaches, but more impressive was that a third of his points came from coming forward - a big change for him. While he lacks the technique necessary, along with the anticipation and speed of a Murray or Harrison at net, this change is essential for him both on slow hard courts like there, and on faster surfaces like the US Open. Beating opponents like Haase will be easier. It remains to be seen how far into his tough draw there he can go: he has Hewitt, Raonic, Joker, Ferrer and Murray in his half. Playing as he did today, he should play to his seeding, getting by Hewitt and Raonic, but he will be no match for Joker playing as the Serb did in his opening.

Other Seeded Men's Results: (Americans in all CAPS)

- Joker def. Lorenzi: 6-2, 6-0, 6-0

- BOGOMOLOV def. G.Traver: 6-3, 6-2, 6-4

- Ferrer def. Machado: 6-1, 6-4, 6-2

- Tsonga def. Istomin: 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5

- Monfils def. Matsovic: 7-6, 6-3, 6-3

- Gasquet def. Seppi: 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1

- Simon def. Udomchoke: 6-1, 3-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2

(it is pronounced oo-dumb-choke...)

- Granollers def. LEVINE: 6-0, 7-6, 5-7, 5-7, 6-3

- Chela def. RUSSELL: 7-6, 6-3, 6-4

- Tipsarevic def. Tursunov: 5-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-4

- Troicki def. Ferrero: 4-6, 6-7, 6-2, 7-6, 6-2

- Raonic def. Volandri: 6-4, 6-0, 6-2

Unseeded Ryan SWEETING Def. Bachinger 6-4, 6-4, 6-2, giving Americans 7 men in the 2nd round.

Their next match-ups:

Roddick v Hewitt

Bogomolov v Llodra

Sweeting v Ferrer

Isner v Nalbandian (tonight)

Fish v Falla (tonight)

Querrey v Tomic (tomorrow morning)

Young v Lacko

WOMEN'S seeds all advanced - five struggled: Kuznetsova (3 sets), Stosur (2 sets), Lisicki (3 sets), Zvonareva (3 sets) and Petrova (3 sets).

5 American women are in the 2nd round:

- Serena Williams

- Vania King (plays Pavlyuchenkova)

- Christina McHale

- Sloane Stephens (plays Kuznetsova)

- Jamie Hampton (plays Sharapova)

LIVE MATCHES TO BE BROADCAST TONIGHT:



From 7 - 9pm on The Tennis Channel:

- FISH v Falla and;

- Na Li v Rogowska

Followed by:

- Clijsters v Gacon and;

- Berdych v Rochus

- Christina McHALE v. Erakovic

From 9pm on ESPN2:

- FISH v Falla (continued) and

- Del Potro v Kavcic

Followed by:

- Nadal v Haas and

- Wozniacki v Tatishvilli and

- ISNER v Nalbandian

- YOUNG v . Lacko

Followed by:

- Federer v Beck

- Dologopolov v Kamke

Rick

Australian Open 1.17.12


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