Basically, Roger was incredible from start to finish. He broke in the opening game and got the double break a few games later to really open it up. He won the first set in 27 minutes. The second set was more of the same as he broke in the third game and again in the final game to wrap up a very impressive and convincing win over the big Uzbek.
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It was the best start Roger could ask for, and in his next match he won't be playing the man who beat him in Rotterdam, Julien Benneteau, as he was beaten in straights by Ivan Dodig, best known for beating Rafael Nadal in Montreal in 2011. So the revenge for that loss will have to wait until another day I'm afraid. The Fed should get by Dodig with ease if he plays half as well as he did against Istomin.
To wrap up the other action:
Rafa Nadal won his first official hardcourt match since Miami last year when he beat Ryan Harrison 76(3) 62. Kevin Anderson upset David Ferrer 36 64 63. Janko Tipsarevic was blasted off the court by the newly reformed Ernests Gulbis 62 60. Similarly, Fernalndo Verdasco was embarrassed in a 61 60 loss to Jarko Nieminen. John Isner was upset by the always-resilient Lleyton Hewitt 67(6) 63 64. Tomas Berdych advanced easily, Richard Gasquet took out Bernard Tomic, Jerzy Janowicz beat David Nalbandian, and Gilles Simon saved three match points against Paoo Lorenzi to get through. Other seeds to fall were Mikhail Youzhny, Philipp Kohlschreiber, and Benneteau, as previously mentioned.
Until next time, Kyle.