The Thursday night session at the 2011 U.S. Open is just underway, but before turning our attention to the second round action from the Arthur Ashe National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadowns, New York, let's take a quick look at what unfolded earlier in the day.
On the men's side, four-time U.S. Open winner Roger Federer looked outstanding, easily dismissing Israeli Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. Federer actually had a fairly high number of unforced errors (26), but he neutralized that with 31 winners. Most importantly though for Federer, his first serve percentage was 71 percent. Hard to beat Federer when he's serving like that. Federer won 88 percent of the points that he connected on his first serve. The third-seeded advances to round three where he'll face the No. 27 seed, Marin Cilic, a 6'6" inch Croatian that will have to serve well himself if he has much hope of knocking off Federer.
The most exciting match of the day was unquestionably the five-set affair between 31-year old Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain and No. 7 seed Gael Monfils of France. Fresh off a five set win in the first round, Ferrero successfully went the distance again, winning 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-4. Ferrero was aggressive when he had to be, but he largely let Monfils beat himself with unforced errors. Monfils had 81 winners, but 81 unforced errors. After nearly five hours of play, the '03 Finalist emerged victorious for the second time this week after trailing two sets to one. He'll next face fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers.
Is it just me, or has Tommy Haas been around forever. Fine, the German is only 33, but 2011 marks his 13th Open. He's not ready to go home just yet. Haas advanced to the third round with a straight set win over Alejandro Falla. He'll face Argentinian Juan Monaco in the third round.
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