What did we watch today? Well, we shielded our eyes a bit, for it was the Slaughter of the Innocents (American boys, that is): Chase Buchanan (born in 1991) lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-0, 6-2, 6-1. Ryan Sweeting (1987) fell (but not without a fight!) to Marin Cilic, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, 7-6 (7-4). Brendan Evans (1986) also had a tiebreaker, but lost to Denis Istomin 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3). And Czech Tomas Berdych beat Wayne Odesnik (1985), 7-5, 6-4, 6-4. Only Jesse Witten, who at 26 is a bit older than those guys, was spared. He upset 29th-seeded Igor Andreev, 6-4, 6-0, 6-2. And Sam Querrey, born in 1987 but hardly an innocent, moved on, too, beating fellow American Michael Yani.
The girls were 50/50! The awesomely charming Melanie Oudin (1991), the highest-ranked American woman besides the Williams sisters, easily beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6-1, 6-2. But NCAA girls champion Mallory Cecil (1990) lost to Tathiana Garbin, 6-0, 6-1.
Yeesh. We’re suprised the flag isn’t flying at half-staff.
In news other nationalities: We’ve already covered Dinara Safina’s squeaker of a victory. Svetlana Kuznetsova easily advanced, as did Jelena Jankovic. Patty Schnyder lost the first set but outlasted Lucie Safarova, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6). And as for the men, Novak Djokovic dispatched Ivan Ljubicic, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3.