Millman vs. Marchenko
Not much to say here except Marchenko has clearly improved and thumped Millman. Johnny didn't get enough depth on his shots and Marchenko owned the baseline and pushed him around and punished the short balls from Millman. This match showed where he is at currently, needs to step into the ball more and give it some more power it will help him make the next level as he has the fighting spirit.
Koubek vs Sweeting
Stefan started well here and was down an early break, but got it back and was playing the better tennis to take the first set. Sweeting has improved his level, but Koubek still has the advantage with the backhand working well. He manages to get 4 match points but plays them poorly either missed returns or passive shots that get dealt with from Sweeting. After all the match points Koubek ends up losing the second set in a tiebreaker.
The last set was full of drama, some good shots and some big misses as well. Koubek breaks and then loses the break straight away, he was not hitting the forehand at all, it was just rolling the ball in and Sweeting took the initiative. Same thing happened again to make it 7-7, then Koubek fires up and breaks and was able to serve the match out. Afterwards it was more relief than overt happiness that he got the cash.
Kavcic vs. Devvarman
This one was full of long rallies with Somdev playing not to miss and Kavcic being patient but unlike Devvarman decided to go for his shots when the opportunities arose.
With this play Kavcic was able to take the first set. The forehand was doing most of the damage. He then had an early break, had chances for the double break but was unable to so. Then Kavcic lost concentration and Somdev continued not to miss and found himself up 5-3, then got broken easily and Kavcic held for 5-5.
Then the fun and games started as Kavcic called for the trainer, wasn't sure what for at the time, but I found out later it was something to do with him seizing up literally with the pins and needles. It took ages for the trainer to come out and assess it. He gets that done and Somdev is pissed off big time.
It's get to the TB and Kavcic going for his shots got him into the main draw. Somdev refused to shake his hand and said when they went off "Looks like he is dying out there now".
Kavcic had a class celebration as well when he won and has a big chance against Odesnik.
Louk "no neck" Sorensen was struggling but always had too much for King-Turner. It was great that Zelmja beat his demons and made it through to the main draw of qualies after the choke last year against Sela.