Regions Morgan Keegan: Day 1 (For Me)

Written By: achangeofends - Feb• 18•11

It’s already Day 2 for me here in Memphis and it’s quarterfinals day for the men. However, before I bring you live twitter coverage of today’s matches, and hopefully some more blogging, I wanted to recap a little bit of yesterday’s action.

After four and a half long hours in the car (I’m a wimp when it comes to driving long distances), I finally arrived in Memphis, ready to watch some tennis. I wasn’t sure how the club was set up, so I came a bit unprepared for actual writing. I brought my voice recorder, camera, and a notebook, but neglected to bring my laptop, clearly a blogger’s most important tool. Anyway, I came here to watch some tennis so I went right out to the stadium to watch del Potro/Dodig. I’ve never seen Juan Martin play in person because he was out for most of last year (when I actually went to watch tennis) so I was pretty excited. He played really well and made it through to the quarterfinals where he will face Michael Russell, an extremely winnable match to make it to the semifinals. I also got the chance to attend del Potro’s presser yesterday, which was pretty cool. I don’t know what I was expecting, but what I found was a very empty room with a few journalists and JMDP. For full coverage of Juan Martin’s presser, please check out my article at TennisGrandstand.

Next up, for me, was Andy Roddick vs. Janko Tipsarevic. This is what I was waiting for. Seeing Andy Roddick play in person was way better than ever watching him on TV. The first set was magnificent on Andy’s end and Tispy just wasn’t in it, but he met with the trainer during the break between sets and came back a whole new player. For a while there, I really thought Andy was going to lose it, but he was able to pull it together and win the second set breaker. Andy was looking super stylish in his all black kit.

I skipped out on the beginning of Hewitt/Mannarino to watch Roddick/Harrison vs. Myrni/Nestor in doubles. I had little hope that Andy and Ryan could take out the No. 1 seeds, but I knew this match was going to be all kinds of good. Interestingly, the court was so full that they had to institute a ‘one in, one out’ policy, but I got there pretty early and snagged a seat in the second row of bleachers, just a few seats away from Larry and the rest of Team Roddick. I was so close to Andy that I could actually hear all the things he was saying to himself during the match and watch the absolutely priceless facial expressions. Roddick was kind of playing the mentor role for Ryan which was really cute. He was very encouraging. Best of all, Andy seems to treat doubles as playtime and really pandered to the crowd in a way he can’t do in singles. All in all, they actually played a really good match, but Myrni and Nestor were just too good for them.

At the end of the night, I did sneak in to watch a little of the Hewitt match. Hewitt was supremely frustrated with the way the match was going after he dropped the first set 11-9 in the tiebreak. But, unlike other players, regardless of how frustrated he gets, Lleyton Hewitt will fight for every single point. He never gives up. That’s why he’s such a great player and that’s why he ended up winning the match. Lleyton will play Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals at 7pm CST tonight.

In random news, Fernando is still here and practiced yesterday in the late afternoon and Xavier Malisse stopped in to watch part of Roddick/Tisparevic.

It’s tough to find a good chunk of time to sit down and write since I want to maximize my tennis watching, but I will do my best to keep you updated as regularly as possible. Remember to check for my daily articles at TennisGrandstand and follow me on twitter. I love to tweet during the matches.

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