Citi Open - Early Round Highlights

Grigor Dimitrov aka. "Baby Fed"

Early Round Recap by Nikhil S.

An action packed Tuesday evening at the Citi Open in Washington DC - lot of great matches and young talent on display. If you still haven't visited this year, today and tomorrow (Thursday) are going to be great days to visit (click here for tickets and tournament info)

Somdev Devvarman (UVa Alum)

Upset of the day (Tuesday)

Somdev Devvarman (yes that two "dev's" in one name) taking out defending champ Alex Dolgopolov. Alexander has been affected by health issues this year nad he looked out of sorts but Devvarman showed incredible foot speed and great touch to pull this one out.

Matches of the day

Sam Querry vs Denis Istomin - 3rd Set Tie-breaker
In terms of drama, Sam Querrey's Houdini-esque escape after saving multiple points against Denis Istomin probably stands out. Both players seemed tentative in the final set tie-break with Istomin throwing in two double faults, to let Sam squeak through.

In terms of quality of tennis, the late night match between Marcos Baghdatis and Lukas Lacko on Court 1 might be hard to beat this week. Baghdatis moved like a cat counterpunching while Lacko glided around the court dictating play, as both guys traded clean flat groundies in this pulsating encounter. After winning a close 1st set tie-break Lacko looked drain a Baghdatis entered the zone clocking winners on the run to the delight of the gasping crowd. "Bag" as some of his inebriated fans nicknamed him last night, got the early break in the 3rd set and coasted along to close it out 6-4 in three tight sets.
Ryan Harrison - focused, tanned and ready

Other highlights: Young talents Jack Sock, Bernard Tomic and Grigor Dimitrov posted routine wins while young American Ryan Harrison notched an impressive scalp in ousting Lleyton Hewitt in straight sets. In the press room, Grigor Dimitrov handled the press with panache, skillfully deflecting questions about his "off court" media scrutiny. You can see a clip of his interview here.

Wednesday promises to be another action-packed day with top seeds Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro, Tommy Haas and John Isner all taking the court.

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