Papa Bear is in the house!
That's right, Roger's back, with Mama Bear and Baby Bears #1 and #2 in tow, and he's ready to rumble. He may not have exactly been in cruise mode against Frederic Niemeyer, Canadian journeyman, but somehow I'm thinking that doesn't mean too much. A little rust, perhaps, but that machine still looks pretty damn well-oiled to me. The Federer Express is a-rolling on, and it'll be crushinating and burninating again very soon, mark my words.
Someone who's not crushinating and burninating at the moment, seemingly out of nowhere, is Marin Cilic. Now we all know I'm a Marin fan - he's one of my Stars of the Future who's rapidly growing into a Star of the Present - so I'm monitoring this mini-slump quite closely. He's now had two first round exits in a row, which is unlike him - including one to Somdev Devvarman. I'm sorry, but who? I'm not too worried - I think Marin's pretty resilient - but I'll be keeping an eye on him, nonetheless. Watch yourself, boy!
Wins also went today to Djokovic, Murray and Davydenko, whom I'll be interested to watch progress in this tournament, as well as to Tommy Haas. Now there's someone whose cranked up the crushinator and the burninator of late. He hasn't played this well for years. First he was ever so close to beating the Rog at Roland Garros. Then there was Halle and the Wimbledon semi final, and some excellent matches since. Today he negated the ever-dangerous Ivo Karlovic - I'm not about to say that he's going to win the title or anything, but I think ol' Tommy has proved he's not going to be underestimated. He's got his game face on, that's for sure!
And speaking of game faces, the king of the game face, one Mr. Rafael Nadal, will be back on the singles court tomorrow. He's already played a bit of doubles and not looked too shabby - let's see what he's like with the world watching...
Rogers Cup (Montreal)
Andy Roddick def. Igor Andreev, 6-1 7-6 (7-3)
Juan Martin Del Potro def. Jan Hernych, 6-2 7-5
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga def. Rainer Schuettler, 4-6 6-3 6-4
Gilles Simon def. Alejandro Falla, 4-6 6-2 6-2
Fernando Verdasco def. Leonardo Mayer, 6-1 6-1
Juan Carlos Ferrero def. Gael Monfils, 6-3 7-6 (9-7)
Philipp Petzschner def. Tommy Robredo, 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-4)
Mikhail Youzhny def. John Isner, 6-7 (8-10) 6-1 6-3
Victor Hanescu def. Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-3 4-6 7-5
Stanislas Wawrinka def. Andrey Golubev, 7-5 6-4
Western and Southern Financial Group Women's Open (Cincincatti)
Elena Dementieva def. Yanina Wickmayer, 6-3 6-4
Jelena Jankovic def. Maria Kirilenko, 7-6 (8-6) 6-3
Vera Zvonareva def. Alisa Kleybanova, 6-4 1-6 7-5
Caroline Wozniacki def. Aleksandra Wozniak, 4-6 6-4 6-4
Victoria Azarenka def. Anna Chakvetadze, 6-4 6-2
Melinda Czink def. Ana Ivanovic, 7-6 (8-6) 7-5
Sybille Bammer def. Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-0 7-5
Flavia Pennetta def. Agnes Szavay, 6-2 6-4
Sorana Cirstea def. Anna-Lena Groenefeld, 6-3 6-2
Daniela Hantuchova def. Alona Bondarenko, 7-5 1-6 6-4
Peng Shuai def. Maria Jose Martinez Sanches, 5-7 6-2 6-1
Kim Clijsters def. Patty Schnyder, 6-2 7-5