I got to Cincinnati (Mason, to be exact), this afternoon, coming from West Virginia, where I’d stopped for a night along the way from Philadelphia.
Ohio–or parts of it anyway–is really pretty. (I went to college in Cleveland, so I’m well aware that you can’t make a blanket statement like that about Ohio in general.)
To start the day, I checked out part of Adrian Mannarino’s match against Rajeev Ram. The Frenchman prevailed in three sets, hitting some pretty dazzling shots in the process.
Dmitry Tursunov struggled against Aljaz Bedene in the first set, but he managed to turn the match around to win in three.
After that, I watched Bernard Tomic’s 30-second-long (approximately) straight-sets loss to Robby Ginepri, which was too quick to take any photos.
Next up was Goffin vs. Gabashvili, whose grunt likely scared off any young children in the immediate five-mile radius. Goffin toughed it out in straights, but it was a tight, entertaining match.
Bogomolov vs. Sousa was pretty underwhelming. Just a couple of days ago, Bogomolov was beating David Ferrer in Montreal, and today he lost in straight sets to Sousa in the Cincinnati qualies.
I spotted Sabine Lisicki practicing her slice backhands, with a huge crowd gathered around to watch.
In front of a much smaller crowd, Richard Gasquet hit some balls and made funny faces.