Any day that starts with Nadal and Verdasco on the practice courts together promises to be a good day in my book. The second round of the men’s draw had a strong start on Saturday.
John Isner started off against Federico Gil, and the first set seemed to be wrought with errors. Isner pulled out the first set, but really took control in the second, which seemed to be just the opposite for Richard Gasquet.
Unlike Isner, Gasquet started off strong. He took the first set from Albert Ramos at 6-3 and went up a break in the second. Even with this break, he seemed frustrated with his level of play and was talking to himself for at the half of the second set. He finally had reason to when he failed to successfully serve out the match. From then on, Gasquet lost concentration and Ramos took total control, ending the third set quickly.
The trouble for the seeds seemed like it might continue when Andy Roddick began his match against Lukasz Kubot. Roddick was off his game in his first set, losin...