On the men’s side, Rafa Nadal played the match of the day, taking what was supposed to be a tough opponent, Lleyton Hewitt, and beating him 6-1, 6-2. It did take him 90 minutes to get the win, so we can assume that Lleyton didn’t go quietly.
More after the jump…
Roger Federer beat another Rafa: the 447 ranked El Salvadorean wild card Rafael Arevalo. Novak Djokovic took out Rainer Schuettler in straights and James Blake, the last American man remaining in singles, came through over Dominik Hrbaty in three sets.
In other interesting results on the men’s side, Janko Tipsarevic retired against Olivier Rochus, Paul-Henri Mathieu scored a mini upset over Nikolay Davydenko, Jurgen Melzer took out Stan Wawrinka and David Nalbandian squelched any hopes Nicolas Massu had of winning another Olympic medal. (Nicolas, your effort in 2004 will always inspire me!)
The big news for the men are the intriguing Round 3 matchups that are coming up. I’m looking forward to:
Federer vs. Berdych: revenge served hot, humid and polluted
Simon vs. Blake: go U.S.A.!
Nalbandian vs. Monfils: the connoisseurs’ match of the day
Youzhny vs. Djokovic: if Novak wins this, he’s playing for the Gold
Andreev vs. Nadal: careful, Rafa
In men’s doubles, I’d like to catch the live stream of Murray/Murray vs. Clement/Llodra.
Activity on the women’s side was equally calm today, with minor upsets including Bammer over Schnyder, Schiavone over Aggie Radwanska and Wozniacki over Hantuchova.
Team U.S.A. continues it’s strong performance, with the Williams sisters dominating in the singles and getting through their doubles match up against Vaidisova/Benesova in three sets. Davenport/Huber also advanced, with Lindsay saying that her knee is getting better.
The 3rd round is where things can get interesting:
Serena vs. Cornet: don’t underestimate the feisty Frenchwoman
Venus vs. Azarenka: here’s where Venus’s form will be put to the test
Safina vs. Zheng: Both Dinara and Jie have enjoyed hot streaks lately – can home support score the upset for China?
Jankovic vs. Cibulkova: I hate to say it, but Jelena’s swelling leg and Dominika’s swelling confidence mean that an upset isn’t probable, it’s imminent.
Since I didn’t have any good photos to share today, I thought I’d pass along the link to “Ab fab: Guess the Swimmer.” Click here and enjoy!
Serena photograph: Ahmad Yusni/EPA